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Mud Snake (Red-bellied Mudsnake)
This colorful snake is Farancia abacura (Colubridae), a nonvenomous colubrid endemic to the southeast of the United States. They are commonly known as Mud snakes because their habitat includes marshes, swampy weedy lake margins, wetlands along the edges of large rivers, oxbow lakes, beaver ponds, slow mud-bottomed streams, shallow sloughs with rotting logs, floodplains, drainage ditches, and brackish tidal areas.
Specimen shown belongs to the subspecies Farancia abacura abacura, known as the Eastern Mud Snake, and found throughout Florida, except the Florida Keys.
These snakes get a reduced pattern and color as they age. The dorsum will be almost uniform black and the red banding on the sides will be almost null.
Photo credit: ©Jake M. Scott
Locality: Eastern Mud Snake, Okeechobee County, Florida, US
Look carefully, both are pure Indian Pythons (Python molurus molurus), but these two hail from different locations within the snakes natural range (like the King cobra pictured, it is not a hybrid if an animal from Thailand is bred with a Chinese animal as long as the genus and species name are the same). The Indian Python on the left comes from mainland/southern India while the baby on the right was from Pakistan.
By Paul Bodnar.
Surgeons performed a C-section on this turtle and saved her life!
A turtle named Dabao was a bit lethargic and zookeepers at China’s Chengu City Zoo thought she was sick and sent her for x-rays. The results were surprising: 14 eggs were stuck in the birth canal. To make sure Dabao survived, the surgeons opened the shell with a skull opener, carefully removed the 14 eggs (which were immediately buried in sand to await hatching) and resealed the shell with epoxy resin.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1j2zcqQ via Digital Journal
Image via Scientific Illustration for the Research Scientist | somersault18:24
This is the kind of edible arrangement I need.
rhamphotheca: Hairy or Rough-scaled Bush Viper (Atheris hispida)
They are highly venomous and can be found in the rainforests of Central Africa. It is the highly keeled and bristle-like scales that give it an almost feathery appearance thus earning it the common name of Feathered tree viper. While a bite from one of these snakes would be a serious event as no known antivenin exists, because of their remote location they rarely come in contact with humans.
(via: Center for Snake Conservation)
We’re at the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo at the International Centre for its last day! If you’re in Toronto, drop by and check out some of our enclosures before we close at 5pm. We nearly sold out yesterday, so come early!|