Reptile news


Pet lizard, a hidden danger in the living room.

The past 15 yrs doctors have been warning people the dangers of having pet lizards. This occurred because some pet owners were getting meningitis when interacting with these little creatures. Most of the time it happens when people are around the feces of the animal.

One of the worst species to is the Salmonella species. Back in 1996 a highly documented articles was written about a baby ands her sister getting infected. It was inEnglandand she was admitted to theSheffieldHospital. The many tests showed she had a bad fever .

Another report was issued about a man who also got salmonella. He worked in a food processing plant and eventually got fired. The risk of salmonella is high in theUSand that’s why there was a ban in the 1970s.  That of course has been lifted. In Europe not many cases have been reported, but are common in theUS.

Dr Guy Makin, a well known doctor inEnglandsaid this in an interview “There is a particular problem in relation to certain turtles and rattlesnakes. I think it would be reasonable to say do not keep lizards as pets if very young children are in the home”.




New Spiderman and the…Lizard?

The new Spiderman movie coming out June 29 stars the actor Rhys Ifans as the evil Lizard character. He is depicted as one of the Oscorps leading Scientific minds that help re generate and re grow limbs.

In a September, 2011 interview, he talked about his character that spends the majority of the film as a human. While filming for the 9-foot tall Lizard, Ifans was required to wear a CGI suit. A large stunt-double was used as a stand-in for the role, but Ifans insisted on portraying the transformed character. Commenting on the technology used to bring his character to life, Ifans continued “I had a green suit on, and then this cardboard head, and these big claws. “Each and every time you see the Lizard, the technology is so advanced now that when the Lizard’s eyes move, they’re my eyes If I frown or show any emotion, they’re my emotions”. That’s how spectacularly advanced technology is.” Ifans also said that he voiced the Lizard as well explaining, “I’m sure the voice will be toyed with in the eventual edits, but when I was shooting the CGI moments, when I wasn’t actually human, when I was Lizard, I looked like a dummy in those crash test commercials except  in a green leotard thing. There were many moments when I had to speak to Andrew Garfield(Spiderman) and Emma Stone as the Lizard.”



Snakes on a plane

Remember that movie with Samuel Jackson? I know, good movie and scary at the same time.

See the thing about snakes is just saying the word snake Drives people crazy. No matter where you are…your home…a hotel…a pool…your In Laws…no one likes snakes. I mean all they do is just slither around on their bellys looking to see what’s in front of them. Then they most often do nothing.  Especially harmless snakes like a garden snake. They just like grass….especially fresh cut grass. Usually when you walk around and see them …people freak out and yell and scream and create chaos while the snake just looks at you and slithers on minding their own business.Now if you are in a country where the snakes are oh…about….10-20 ft long and want to bite your head off, well then maybe you should run. Sometimes you will see them dance out of some Arabic vase and go around and around. But how often do you hear about snakes biting heads or hands off people…almost never. So just chill out and when you see a snake of any kind, look at them and maybe try to hiss like they do. You just may end up making a friend and you take them home to kill…not you…but mice and other varmints that you hate…more than snakes.





As you know for years people were getting scared of getting bitten by people. NOW because of the low mentality of TV audiences and greed of the producers of these so called Entertainment shows…people are biting them! Unbelievable!. So read on and spread the word. Thanks to our friend Debbie Johnson for sharing this with our crew. Privileged starlets, pranksters, aging rockers and those hoping for a miracle are welcomed into American homes with growing frequency, as “reality” entertainment overtakes its scripted counterparts.   We’ve watched as housewives behave badly, people undergo surgical procedures and rigorous exercise routines in a quest for beauty and grown men try weekly to render themselves eunuchs.

What we must not welcome – must never welcome – is abuse, cruelty and exploitation in the pursuit of entertainment.  The NBC show Fear Factor recently rebooted and premiered the episode “Snake Bite” on January 2, 2012.    During one stunt, contestants in teams of two faced their “fear” of snakes.  One team member laid in a clear, coffin-shaped box filled with 500 various live snakes while the other team member set about removing the snakes using only his or her mouth. Apparently, to overcome your fear of snakes, you must bite them.   

Notwithstanding the potential health risks to humans (salmonella, e-Coli and a host of other bacteria), little, if any thought to the health and well-being of the snakes is evident.  From the footage presented, experts agree that many of the snakes – whose backbones are comprised of many, fine, delicate and easily-broken ribs underneath fragile skin and musculature – likely suffered permanent injuries and trauma.

Fear Factor, as a “reality” TV show, is not mandated to abide by the industry standard guidelines (created and enforced by AHA) that provide for the humane treatment of animals, as well as their protection from abuse, cruelty and exploitation.  Many networks and producers of such shows claim they are filmed in a manner similar to that of documentaries. But, unlike a documentary, shows like Fear Factor are staged.  They are games.  Contestants can choose to be catapulted off of skyscrapers, hang upside-down from a moving helicopter and push themselves to the brink of physical and emotional exhaustion (as they did during the “Snake Bite” episode).  And, before you brush this off, telling yourself  “they’re only snakes,” think about this: your Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) was started in 1877 to protect those who people deemed to be “just women,” “just children,” “just horses” and “just pets.”  For the voiceless, there is no payoff, no prize, no fame, and no glory.  There is only suffering, confusion and death, all for our entertainment. Animal cruelty is a crime in the state of Californiaand the rest of the country regardless if it is a reality show. That is the reality.

Please, urge the producers of Fear Factor, NBC and the others who produce and air television shows glorifying the abuse and mistreatment of animals to stop. Those who cannot choose – in this case, snakes – must not be forced to suffer injury and trauma.

Boycott the show and its sponsors, contact Fear Factor’s producers and NBC and ask them to remove animal “stunts” from Fear Factor and ask your friends to do the same.

Endemol USA(Fear Factor production company)
Chantelle Siegel
Vice President of Publicity


Together, we can prevent animal cruelty.


Madeline Bernstein
President, aspcaLA





Snakes be gone??

Here is a story we would like to share with you on ..of all pets…Snakes. Looks like if we are not careful, they just may be gone. Thanks to our friends at the BBC and New Scientist, read on.

After more than 150 million years on earth, snakes may be slithering toward extinction. A new study shows snake populations plummeting around the world, with an especially sharp and mysterious drop in 1998. Researchers who tracked 17 snake populations in Africa, Europe, and Australiawere “alarmed” to find 11 had declined markedly since 1998—some by up to 90%, BBC reports.

The scientists say they “don’t have a clue” what could have happened to snakes in 1998. Female snakes were more affected than males, and snakes living in preserves and parks were especially hard-hit, New Scientist reports. Researchers think climate change, declining habitat quality, and less abundant prey may be factors in the troubling decline.




       Matildas Horned Viper


New snake species found!

A new type of snake species of bush viper was discovered in southernTanzania during a recent biological survey. Unfortunately the snake’s exact location is being kept secret to protect the visually striking black-and-yellow snake from illegal pet collectors and poachers. This is common practice for new species.

The new Bush Viper species is called Matildas Horned Viper .It is described as having many hornlike scales above its eyes and measuring 2.1 feet ( About 60 centimeters).

 The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) researchers who conducted this survey and many others the past 30 years named the new species after the daughter of study co-author Tim Davenport. He is the director of WCS’s Tanzania Program.

The very brightly black and yellow hued snake bears a strong resemblance to the Usambara bush viper. The difference is their scales differ and the new species is considerably larger.

The viper’s habitat is estimated to stretch across a few square miles of a remote forest located in the mountainous region in southwest  Tanzania. The area is degraded as a result of many logging companies and charcoal manufactures

The illegal hunting in the wild can have devastating effects on their populations. In many parts of Africa, snake and other species poaching is the single biggest threat to the existence of a large amount of species in the wild, according to the WCS. This is especially due to their attention-grabbing, colorful appearance. The continuing degradation of their natural habitat may also seriously threaten A. matildae’s population.

The researchers have also established a small captive breeding colony for the new Viper snake and expect the certain species to be classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.