1. photo

    photo

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  2. reptiglo:

Crested Chameleon Trioceros cristatus by berniedup on Flickr.

    reptiglo:

    Crested Chameleon Trioceros cristatus by berniedup on Flickr.

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  3. flowerling:

Morelia viridis (Green Tree Python) by wtfajardo

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    Morelia viridis (Green Tree Python) by wtfajardo

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  4. viatorr:

Yosemite pt.1

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    Yosemite pt.1

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  5. rorschachx:

Genetic Forensics Wakes a Dragon
A genetic investigation into the illegal trade of sailfin dragons has unearthed a surprise: a new species of the rainbow-colored lizards that resemble small dinosaurs. The finding highlights just how little is known about these mysterious and threatened animals.
Sailfin lizards (genus Hydrosaurus) look like they were pulled from a child’s coloring book. As the water-loving reptiles mature, their faces, dorsal crests, and saillike tails shift from a drab green and gray to vibrant shades of neon purple, cyan, and harlequin. That’s made them a popular target for an illegal pet trade which—along with destruction of their habitat in the Philippines, eastern Indonesia, and New Guinea—has decimated their numbers. In the wild, only juveniles remain in most populations, says Cameron Siler, the curator of herpetology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
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    rorschachx:

    Genetic Forensics Wakes a Dragon

    A genetic investigation into the illegal trade of sailfin dragons has unearthed a surprise: a new species of the rainbow-colored lizards that resemble small dinosaurs. The finding highlights just how little is known about these mysterious and threatened animals.

    Sailfin lizards (genus Hydrosaurus) look like they were pulled from a child’s coloring book. As the water-loving reptiles mature, their faces, dorsal crests, and saillike tails shift from a drab green and gray to vibrant shades of neon purple, cyan, and harlequin. That’s made them a popular target for an illegal pet trade which—along with destruction of their habitat in the Philippines, eastern Indonesia, and New Guinea—has decimated their numbers. In the wild, only juveniles remain in most populations, says Cameron Siler, the curator of herpetology at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

    Read more (via sciencemag.org)

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  6. ggeology:

Phantomed Fluorite with Pyrite on a druzy matrix // Le Burg Mine, France

    ggeology:

    Phantomed Fluorite with Pyrite on a druzy matrix // Le Burg Mine, France

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  7. creatures-alive:

Gonatodes annularis, Guyane by MP7Aquit on Flickr.

    creatures-alive:

    Gonatodes annularis, Guyane by MP7Aquit on Flickr.

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  8. 10bullets:

African Bush Viper by imthecustomizer

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    African Bush Viper by imthecustomizer

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  9. funkysafari:

Tawny Owl by Ian Macfadyen

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    Tawny Owl by Ian Macfadyen

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  10. all-reptiles:

Ornate Flying Snake
- Hermant Ogale

    all-reptiles:

    Ornate Flying Snake

    - Hermant Ogale

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  11. forthewildthings:

Komodo dragonVaranus komodoensis

    forthewildthings:

    • Komodo dragon

      Varanus komodoensis

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  12. mineralists:

Pentagonite specimen from Wagholi, India

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    Pentagonite specimen from Wagholi, India

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  13. wonderous-world:

Yukon Territory, Canada by Newelly

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    Yukon Territory, Canada by Newelly

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  14. fuckyeahmineralogy:

Malachite after Azurite pseudomorph; Kerrouchene, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

    fuckyeahmineralogy:

    Malachite after Azurite pseudomorph; Kerrouchene, Khenifra Province, Meknes-Tafilalet Region, Morocco

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  15. reptilefacts:


The turquoise dwarf gecko, also known as the electric blue gecko. Lygodactylus williamsi. A charismatic Tanzanian species, it’s rather like the TARDIS. It’s small. It’s blue. It’s enigmatic. And you never know where it might turn up next: zoos, pet shops, the Pratical Reptile Keeping magazine, obscure Tumblr blogs… And like the TARDIS, it’s here today, but it won’t be here tomorrow.
The turquoise dwarf gecko is under siege. And not from tiny pepperpot daleks either. Instead, this is a species that is being driven to extinction by the pet trade.
In its wild Tanzanian habitat, Lygodactylus williamsi can be found in just one single area: Kimboza forest. Within the forest, the gecko inhabits one singular type of tree known as Pandanus rabaiensis – the screwpine. Unfortunately, the range of these reptiles is shrinking yet further. Some trees, some areas of near-perfect habitat hold no geckos. The reason: they’ve already been bagged.
As a bright blue gecko with diurnal tendencies, these animals are easy to find in the wild. Overcollection quickly occurred. Even the females, which are normally green to brown (that’s sexual dimorphism for you) are easily sourced. Taking these animals from the wild is illegal as L.williamsi occurs within a protected area. So far, that hasn’t stopped the trade.
Several countries have already closed down their borders to these imports. The UK, at current, is not one of those countries. That blue gecko that you notice sitting in the pet shop might well be wild caught. Be careful.
The most important point to note is that the turquoise dwarf gecko can be easily bred in captivity. By following the caresheets that are now available, this bright blue reptile can be amazingly prolific. In other words, there’s no need to source wild-type geckos any more.
If you were planning to buy some of these reptiles, be careful with sourcing. If you already own some of these reptiles, it may be worth contacting other keepers to help with breeding. There’s a need for more hatchlings – and they can be surprisingly valuable in comparison to leopard gecko or bearded dragon juveniles.
Don’t let this little blue reptile get exterminated!
Further Reading:Flecks, M., Weinsheimer, F., Boehme, W., Chenga, J., Loetters, S., Roedder, D. (2012). Watching extinction happen: the dramatic population decline of the critically endangered Tanzanian Turquoise Dwarf Gecko, Lygodactylus williamsi. SALAMANDRA, 48(1), 12-20.
Maisch, H.,(2013). Reasons to feel blue. Zooquaria, 83(3), 24-25.
Nash, S. M., Brereton, J. E., (2013). The Plight of the Electric Blue Gecko. Practical Reptile Keeping, 57(1), 18-22.

[article written by James Brereton] [photo source]

    reptilefacts:

    The turquoise dwarf gecko, also known as the electric blue gecko. Lygodactylus williamsi. A charismatic Tanzanian species, it’s rather like the TARDIS. It’s small. It’s blue. It’s enigmatic. And you never know where it might turn up next: zoos, pet shops, the Pratical Reptile Keeping magazine, obscure Tumblr blogs… And like the TARDIS, it’s here today, but it won’t be here tomorrow.

    The turquoise dwarf gecko is under siege. And not from tiny pepperpot daleks either. Instead, this is a species that is being driven to extinction by the pet trade.

    In its wild Tanzanian habitat, Lygodactylus williamsi can be found in just one single area: Kimboza forest. Within the forest, the gecko inhabits one singular type of tree known as Pandanus rabaiensis – the screwpine. Unfortunately, the range of these reptiles is shrinking yet further. Some trees, some areas of near-perfect habitat hold no geckos. The reason: they’ve already been bagged.

    As a bright blue gecko with diurnal tendencies, these animals are easy to find in the wild. Overcollection quickly occurred. Even the females, which are normally green to brown (that’s sexual dimorphism for you) are easily sourced. Taking these animals from the wild is illegal as L.williamsi occurs within a protected area. So far, that hasn’t stopped the trade.

    Several countries have already closed down their borders to these imports. The UK, at current, is not one of those countries. That blue gecko that you notice sitting in the pet shop might well be wild caught. Be careful.

    The most important point to note is that the turquoise dwarf gecko can be easily bred in captivity. By following the caresheets that are now available, this bright blue reptile can be amazingly prolific. In other words, there’s no need to source wild-type geckos any more.

    If you were planning to buy some of these reptiles, be careful with sourcing. If you already own some of these reptiles, it may be worth contacting other keepers to help with breeding. There’s a need for more hatchlings – and they can be surprisingly valuable in comparison to leopard gecko or bearded dragon juveniles.

    Don’t let this little blue reptile get exterminated!

    Further Reading:
    Flecks, M., Weinsheimer, F., Boehme, W., Chenga, J., Loetters, S., Roedder, D. (2012). Watching extinction happen: the dramatic population decline of the critically endangered Tanzanian Turquoise Dwarf Gecko, Lygodactylus williamsi. SALAMANDRA, 48(1), 12-20.

    Maisch, H.,(2013). Reasons to feel blue. Zooquaria, 83(3), 24-25.

    Nash, S. M., Brereton, J. E., (2013). The Plight of the Electric Blue Gecko. Practical Reptile Keeping, 57(1), 18-22.

    [article written by James Brereton] [photo source]

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