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  • Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Water Monitor Lizards From Philippines

    02/01/2020 11:15:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A Florida man turned lizard smuggler pleaded guilty this week in federal court to trafficking live water monitor lizards from the Philippines. Akbar Akram, of Holiday, Florida, near Tampa, admitted to illegally importing more than 20 live water monitor lizards in 2016, according to the plea documents. The documents say Akram stuffed the lizards into socks and sealed them with tape, before hiding them inside electronic equipment which was shipped under a false label.
  • I ordered a box of crickets from the Internet and it went about as well as you’d expect

    12/30/2018 12:13:49 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 30, 2018 | Christopher Ingraham
    For Christmas this year, my family adopted a young bearded dragon lizard as a pet. Our dragon, whom we named Holly, eats a lot, and the thing she loves to eat most is crickets (typically about 10 a day, in addition to other things like mealworms and vegetables). From the get-go, I knew that keeping an ample supply of crickets on hand would require some planning. We live in a rural area of northwestern Minnesota. The closest pet shop is an hour away, in North Dakota. Restocking our cricket supply would require a time commitment of at least two hours...
  • Turbines Kill So Many Birds They're Effectively an Apex Predator

    11/07/2018 1:49:53 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 37 replies
    Take, for instance, a wind farm in the Western Ghats region of India, where a group of researchers from the Indian Institute of Science performed their study. In the area of the wind farm, raptors were around four times less common than in other areas. They kept dying to the turbines, which is not great for the raptors but good news for fan-throated lizards, the raptors’ prey. In and around the wind farm, lizard populations exploded, completely unchecked by predation. So few of them were being eaten that they even lost almost all fear of danger. The researchers found they...
  • Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study

    08/03/2018 6:55:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jon Herskovitz
    A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to a new study. Tegu lizards, which currently live in two large colonies in Florida, could expand into an area from the Carolinas to Central Texas, according to the scientific report published in July on the website for the journal Nature.
  • Tourist pictured covered in blood after KOMODO DRAGON attack leaves him with ‘severe’ [tr]

    05/04/2017 6:14:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 24 replies
    UK Sun ^ | May 4, 2017 | Patrick Knox
    A TOURIST who refused to pay for a tour guide was mauled by a fearsome Komodo dragon. Lon Lee Alle, 50, from Singapore, ventured alone into a secluded area to watch the wild beasts gorging on goats and pigs in West Manggarai, Indonesia.
  • Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians

    09/23/2015 12:42:47 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 11 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | Gilbert J. Price, et al
    As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped
  • Large, Invasive Lizard Taking Over Parts of Florida

    03/01/2014 3:45:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    WZZM ^ | February 26, 2014
    The Tampa Bay area seems to be a fertile breeding ground for an exotic lizard that wildlife officials want to keep from becoming the state's next invasive species problem. More than 100 black-and-white tegu lizards have been spotted in Hillsborough County, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The area is now considered home to one of three tegu breeding populations in the state. Wildlife officials have spotted more than 100 of them between Riverview and Gibsonton. The animals, which are native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina, do not belong in the habitat in southwest Florida, and...
  • Adorable Kitten Freaked Out By Lizard

    05/15/2013 11:06:34 AM PDT · by Twotone · 33 replies ^ | May 13, 2013 | none
    Everyone knows that sometimes the strangest animals can become friends, but this kitten is having none of it. When he meets the house lizards he doesn't even know what to do with them. So he overreacts. A lot. Thankfully the lizards just wait him out and eventually the cat gives himself a timeout off camera.
  • Big lizards scare Secret Service ahead of Obama's Thailand visit

    11/17/2012 1:26:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies ^ | 11/17/12 | UPI
    BANGKOK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Thai officials reassured the U.S. Secret Service that lizards found on the Government House grounds were not the dangerous komodo dragons, but water lizards.
  • Discovered: The mini-meleon that is one of the smallest reptiles on the planet

    02/15/2012 9:11:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 02-15-2012 | By Wil Longbottom
    His species is renowned for its ability to blend in, but this tiny critter is even better than most as the world's smallest chameleon. Balanced on the tip of a scientist's fingernail in Madagascar, the-three centimetre reptile is no bigger than the flies that form his average-sized cousin's lunch. Scientists discovered four new species - called Brookesia micra - on a small islet just off the main island.
  • Large lizard on the loose (Roswell, NM)

    09/29/2011 1:29:37 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 22 replies
    KRQE News 13 ^ | September 28, 2011 | Gabrielle Burkhart
    ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - A Roswell woman is asking for the public's help in finding a missing member of her family. But this is no ordinary missing person's case. The missing member is an iguana that's around 5 feet long. 'Izzy' the iguana has only lived with the Atkinson family since last Thursday, but he's already made a run for it. Owner Melissa Atkinson said he hadn't quite adapted to all of his new siblings yet. "Okay, I have six poodles, a guard dog, two cats, a ferret, oh, and a snake," Atkinson explained. Her 7-foot red-tail Columbian Boa knows...
  • Woman accused of killing lizard, running amok

    08/18/2011 1:01:19 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 23 replies ^ | 8/18/2011
    A San Carlos woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend's pet bearded dragon in cold blood, the first act of a drama that ended with her in jail for trying to grab a sheriff's deputy's gun, authorities say. Shawna Apour, 37, killed the lizard because she thought her boyfriend was flirting with other women, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The victim was Speedy, a 14-year-old bearded dragon, said sheriff's Lt. Ray Lunny. Speedy clung to life for three days before dying.
  • Nasty Nile monitors showing up in South Florida

    07/02/2011 6:38:58 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies · 1+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 2, 2011 | Robert Nolin
    From pythons in the Everglades, to coyotes in the suburbs, to iguanas and Muscovy ducks in any given backyard, South Florida is a magnet for exotic invading species. Now comes the latest gate-crasher: the ill-tempered, all-devouring Nile monitor, a large African lizard that has discovered in South Florida a splendid place to seek prey and raise a family.
  • Florida Wildlife Commission: Be on the Lookout for Freak Seven-Foot Lizards

    06/29/2011 12:45:59 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 41 replies
    Broward/Palm Beach New Times ^ | Jun. 29 2011 | Matthew Hendley
    If you see a seven-foot lizard in your Broward or Palm Beach residence, that's a problem, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nile Monitor lizards, native to Africa, have been popping up around the two counties -- enough times to warrant a hotline and a website dedicated to reporting freak lizard sightings. The lizard hot spot is the canal along Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, according to the FWC, which just caught two in the area last week -- including a five-foot lizard discovered on someone's patio after it crawled through the doggy door. They killed...
  • Lizard in Restaurant Sold for $8

    05/07/2011 1:56:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, May 07, 2011
    A big desert lizard wreaked havoc inside a restaurant in Saudi Arabia when it sneaked into the place before it was auctioned for around $8, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Customers inside the restaurant in the central province of Ras ran out in panic when the lizard, weighing more than three kg, walked into the place, 'Al Riyadh' Arabic language daily said. The lizard had managed to flee municipality cleaners who seized it at a nearby cemetery and headed for the restaurant, apparently attracted by the smell of food, the paper said. “Customers fled the restaurant in panic before a...
  • Obama Clears the Way to Shut Down Oil Production in the Permian Basin of West Texas

    04/25/2011 10:58:55 PM PDT · by OneVike · 32 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 4/25/11 | Chuck Wolk
    From the moment Richard Nixon created the EPA in 1970, and signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law, they have been the primary engines of social change used by leftists environmental elitists to destroy America. They have done so by infiltrating the EPA, and the US Fish & Wildlife (USF&W) the agency which decides what animals will be listed as endangered. Now, 28 years later, these renegade environmentalist wackos are prepared to use the ESA to shut down oil and gas operations in portions of Southeast New Mexico and in West Texas, including the state's top two oil...
  • Wikileaks is backed by lizards: David Ickes' forum has the truth

    12/27/2010 12:53:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Tech Eye ^ | December 16, 2010 | Nick Farrell
    While Julian Assange is famous for his conspiracy theories about the CIA, it seems his current plight has not affected his fellow tin foil hat wearers who follow British messiah David Icke. You would think that Icke's followers, who believe that the world is ruled by a secret cult of alien masonic lizards, would be supportive of Assange's stand against the Man, or in this case reptile. But a look into the Ike forums reveals that they believe that Assange is all part of the Lizard plot. Icke's cult works on the basis of connections which are sometimes pretty dubious,...
  • 2010 shows liberal contempt for voters

    09/29/2010 4:01:48 PM PDT · by Lakeshark · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/29/2010 | Don surber
    My favorite moment in every episode of the V television series is when the flesh veneer of the aliens peels away and the lizard beneath shows through. The truth comes out at last.
  • Warming extinguishing lizards

    05/14/2010 9:11:27 AM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 24 replies · 523+ views
    The Scientist ^ | May 14, 2010 | Lauren Urban
    The worst-case scenario of the consequences of global warming - mass extinctions - appears to be a reality for lizards, according to a new report in Science. The authors found that 12 percent of local populations of lizards have already disappeared from hundreds of sites in Mexico. Furthermore, within the next 70 years, the authors predict that 1 in 5 lizard species will no longer exist anywhere on the planet, all the result of rising global temperatures. Although a growing amount of data is showing the impact of climate change on species, these lizard extinctions were somewhat surprising, said Jack...
  • Climate change to kill off a fifth of world's lizards: study

    05/13/2010 1:42:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies · 617+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/10 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Global warming could kill off as many as a fifth of the world's lizards by 2080, with potentially devastating consequences for ecosystems around the world, a study released Thursday said. Researchers who conducted a major survey of lizard populations worldwide said in a study published in the May 14th issue of Science that lizards appear to be especially sensitive to the effects of climate change and are dying off at an alarming rate. The loss of the lizard populations could wreak havoc with ecosystems in which they are a crucial part of the food chain, since they...