Articles: reptiles

Snakes in a Garage

800 snakes in a garage. These snakes weren’t on a plane, but terrified neighbors in Shirley, NY were worried about snakes in the Long Island garage. Can you imagine? In truth, the snakes appeared to be in good shape. This isn’t the story of a hoarder – it’s the story of a seller. It turned…

Lesson Learned, Eating Too Many Bugs Can Kill You

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 8  –According to UPI, a 32-year-old Florida man ate dozens of cockroaches and worms to win a contest. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he died. Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach went outside after winning the contest at the Ben Siegal Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, FL…

Are Slider Turtles Choice Pets?

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column: Q: My 12-year-old son really wants a pair of slider turtles. These pets were popular when I was young. I checked online and found that sliders spread salmonella and are now banned in some places. Our son is so determined that he created a power point…

Overweight Bearded Dragon Lizard

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column Q: How can you tell if our 3-year-old bearded dragon (lizard) is overweight? I’ve seen bearded dragons in pet stores and they all seem to have round bellies. I asked our vet, but she doesn’t know much about lizards. She did say that if Boris is…

Skunk or Skink, Which Is Better Pet?

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column: Q: Do skunks really make good pets? I read in a magazine that you have a skunk with a blue tongue. Where would I find one? — C.T., Cyberspace A: I do have a pet with a blue tongue — a Northern blue-tongue skink, a kind…

Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment

This one is for those idiots who randomly kill snakes, particularly if they are venomous. A promising possibility exist for treating colorectal and we can thank sharp-nosed vipers for this possibility. A protein in the venon from this species (Deinagkistrodon acutus),has been shown to shrink the size of colorectal tumors in mice by 28 percent in…

Bearded Dragon Playing Ant Crusher

New video game: Ant Crusher. I can play and do okay – but not nearly as well as this professional player. (thanks to Mallory for the idea of this post)

Foster 2 Home: Dogs Got Talent

Foster 2 Home is a newer organization, based in the Chicago area, which pulls dogs from shelters all over – and places them into Foster homes. At many of these shelters, the dogs are on death row, to no fault of there own. While there isn’t the expense involved of running a brick and mortar…

Unlikely Friendships: Animal Odd Couples

By Steve Dale If these guys can do it, so can Democrats and Republications…”Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom,” a new book by Jennifer Holland (Workman Publishing, New York, NY; $13.95), offers stories of improbable and mysterious friendships. Take the dwarf hamster and the rat snake. They first met at a Japanese…

Ancient Tortoise Passes Away

The world is mourning the death of a tortoise. You can’t say Methuselah didn’t live a long and happy life. The Galapagos Tortoise was 130-years old. If he had been getting social tortoise security, it means he would have been receiving payments for 65 years. Payments for a tortoise might be raw carrots or watermelon.…

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