Lizard reptile – Phrynosoma http://phrynosoma.org/ Mon, 26 Dec 2022 05:34:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://phrynosoma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-150x150.png Lizard reptile – Phrynosoma http://phrynosoma.org/ 32 32 How Mortal Kombat’s 3D-era Reptile Redesign Is Easily The Series’ Most Hated https://phrynosoma.org/how-mortal-kombats-3d-era-reptile-redesign-is-easily-the-series-most-hated/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 19:58:29 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/how-mortal-kombats-3d-era-reptile-redesign-is-easily-the-series-most-hated/ As a fan of the Mortal Kombat series from the start, Reptile is one of my favorite characters from the series. However, it should be noted that I’m only a fan of Reptile when he dons his humanoid ninja guise (including […]]]>










As a fan of the Mortal Kombat series from the start, Reptile is one of my favorite characters from the series. However, it should be noted that I’m only a fan of Reptile when he dons his humanoid ninja guise (including what Reptile looks like in Mortal Kombat 9 and Mortal Kombat X).





Like most other fans, though, I thought the Mortal Kombat 4 and Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance redesigns were… excruciatingly bad. Needless to say, I remembered these horrible reptile drawings recently thanks to TrueUnderDawgGamingvideo of which reviews Reptile’s revamp in Deadly Alliance.









In Deadly Alliance, Reptile was effectively transformed into Aeon Calcos – the Lizardman – from the Soul Calibur series. It’s not like I hated Soul Calibur’s Lizardman, but it wasn’t the Reptile I enjoyed playing in 2D Mortal Kombat titles.


Oddly enough, Reptile in Deadly Alliance was actually a very strong character. However, it wasn’t due to the way his promotions worked. In fact, his only returning special was the Acid Spit, while he also gained some sort of rolling move that never returned in Mortal Kombat 9 or Mortal Kombat X.


What made Reptile so strong was apparently his silly crab stance. This effectively unlocked ridiculous confusions and sting options for Reptile.


Check out TrueUnderDawgGaming’s video on the subject below:









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A 225-million-year-old tiny reptile was the ancestor of the flying giants: Research https://phrynosoma.org/a-225-million-year-old-tiny-reptile-was-the-ancestor-of-the-flying-giants-research/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 18:07:26 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/a-225-million-year-old-tiny-reptile-was-the-ancestor-of-the-flying-giants-research/ A tiny 225 million year old reptile unearthed in Brazil gave birth to the largest creatures that have ever flown, according to new research. The lizard-like species measured just 15 inches from nose to tail. It is a “missing link” in the evolution of pterosaurs which reached the size of airplanes. Appointed maehary bonaparteit will […]]]>

A tiny 225 million year old reptile unearthed in Brazil gave birth to the largest creatures that have ever flown, according to new research.

The lizard-like species measured just 15 inches from nose to tail. It is a “missing link” in the evolution of pterosaurs which reached the size of airplanes. Appointed maehary bonaparteit will shed new light on how giant predators got their wings.

“We hope so. Pterosaurs were flying reptiles even before birds. But the earliest origins of wings are still poorly understood,” said paleontologist Rodrigo Muller of the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil.

An interpretation of what the Maehary Bonapartei looked like, shown in an undated photo illustration. The 225-million-year-old reptile recently unearthed in Brazil gave birth to the largest creatures that have ever flown, according to new research.
Marcio L. Castro, SWNS/Zenger

Pterosaurs ruled the skies for 150 million years. They were close cousins ​​of dinosaurs that evolved on a separate branch of the reptile family tree.

“Maehary is the most basal in the line of greatest flying animals that ever lived,” Muller said.

He belonged to a group of two-legged, wingless ancestors called lagerpetids that trotted around the supercontinent Pangea. The primitive animal fills a vital gap in the fossil record. It was placed at the root of the pterosaur family tree.

A skull, jawbone, shoulder blade and teeth have been unearthed at a prehistoric animal cemetery in Rio Grande do Sol, southern Brazil. Remains, including vertebrae, of another even smaller reptile called Faxinalipterus minimus were excavated at the same time. The remarkably preserved bones were buried in rocks from the Upper Triassic, a period of evolution hotly debated by paleontologists due to a meager fossil record.

“They lived about 8 million years after the ‘rise of the dinosaurs’ – living side by side with them. Fossil records of carnivores from strata 225 million years old are scarce. We believe they were hunted by fast and agile theropods – early ancestors of T Rex. Primitive crocodiles would also have eaten them – if they could catch them. Similarly, fossils of such animals are rare,” Muller said.

Skull of a Bonapartei Maehary
Skull of a Maehary bonapartei, depicted in an undated photo. The 225-million-year-old reptile recently unearthed in Brazil gave birth to the largest creatures that have ever flown, according to new research.
Marcio L. Castro, SWNS/Zenger

“The skull of Faxinalipterus is unknown, so its diet is uncertain. Conversely, Maehary’s teeth appear to be related to an insectivorous diet. They lived in an environment dominated by crested lizard-like reptiles called Tuataras and de tiny mammalian ancestors called cynodonts. The first of the long-necked dinosaurs that grew over 12 feet tall appeared in these ecosystems,” Muller added.

CT scans showed both species to be wingless. The dentition pattern and the close spacing between the cavities were not compatible with pterosaurs.

“However, we are familiar with the pterosaur wing formed from the elongation of the fourth finger of the forelimb. It is basically a giant, elongated finger. As the hand bones of the pterosaur arms have evolved to fly, they got longer – and the equivalent of our ring fingers became extraordinarily long,” Muller said.

Pterosaurs were among nature’s most successful animals. They ate fish and small animals. Many had hooked claws and sharp teeth which they used to grab their prey. Quetzalcoatlus was the most massive. As big as a giraffe, it had thin, hollow bones, a terrifying beak and a wingspan of 40 feet.

It was killed 66 million years ago, along with other pterosaurs and the non-avian dinosaurs, when a city-sized asteroid crashed into Earth, creating the Chicxulub crater on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Using an anatomical database, the Brazilian team established that Faxinalipterus was closely related to lagerpetids, including Maehary, which are “sisters” of pterosaurs. Together they all form a larger group called Pterosauromorpha, of which Maehary is the most primitive.

Skull of a Bonapartei Maehary
Skull of a Maehary bonapartei, depicted in an undated photo. The 225-million-year-old reptile recently unearthed in Brazil gave birth to the largest creatures that have ever flown, according to new research.
Marcio L. Castro, SWNS/Zenger

“That is, Faxinalipterus and Maehary are not pterosaurs, but are related to them. Maehary is uniquely set up as a key element in elucidating how anatomical features evolved along the lineage to ‘to the pterosaurs themselves – fully adapted for flight. These species, with an estimated length of 30 centimeters (12 inches) for Faxinalipterus and 40 centimeters (15 inches) for Maehary, demonstrate the importance of continuing to collect fossils in this region,” Muller explained.

The genus name of the new species comes from Ma’ehary, an expression of the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa people of southern Brazil and Paraguay. It means “who gazes at the sky”, escaping its position in the evolutionary line of pterosaurs.

Muller and his colleagues are now looking for new discoveries to understand how the first vertebrates to evolve flapping flight came to be. The first were miniature compared to their gigantic descendants, with a wingspan of less than 3 feet. Only a handful of lagerpetid fossils exist due to their fragile bones. Brain characteristics suggest increased agility, which they passed on to pterosaurs.

Produced in collaboration with SWNS.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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Fossils of Thalassotitan, a “terrifying” giant marine reptile, discovered in Morocco https://phrynosoma.org/fossils-of-thalassotitan-a-terrifying-giant-marine-reptile-discovered-in-morocco/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 13:16:12 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/fossils-of-thalassotitan-a-terrifying-giant-marine-reptile-discovered-in-morocco/ R Researchers have discovered fossils of a giant predator that has been described as “a Komodo dragon crossed with a great white shark crossed with a T. Rex crossed with a killer whale.” The atrox Thalassotitan was a mosasaur, which were giant sea lizards. It had “massive jaws and teeth” which enabled it to “seize […]]]>
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Researchers have discovered fossils of a giant predator that has been described as “a Komodo dragon crossed with a great white shark crossed with a T. Rex crossed with a killer whale.”

The atrox Thalassotitan was a mosasaur, which were giant sea lizards. It had “massive jaws and teeth” which enabled it to “seize and tear apart huge prey”.

The mosasaurs are not dinosaurs, but lived in the last million years of the age of the dinosaurs, which means that the atrox Thalassotitan lived on Earth at the same time as the T. Rex and the Triceratops.

The researchers also found fossils of Thalassotitan’s potential prey, which include at least three different species of mosasaurs and a plesiosaur, which is another type of marine reptile.

Fossils show that Thalassotitan had injuries that would suggest it fought violently with other mosasaurs over feeding grounds or mates.

Thalassotitan’s teeth are broken and worn, suggesting that the animal attacked other marine reptiles and broke its teeth by biting into their bones.

Thalassotitan was an apex predator

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“Thalassotitan was an amazing and terrifying animal,” said Dr. Nick Longrich, who led the study.

“Imagine a Komodo sragon crossed with a great white shark crossed with a T. rex crossed with a killer whale.”

Fossils of the atrox Thalassotitan have been discovered in Morocco, near Casablanca, which was flooded by the Atlantic Ocean during the late Cretaceous.

Professor Nour-Eddine Jalil, co-author of the article from the Paris Natural History Museum, said: “Phosphate fossils from Morocco provide an unprecedented window into paleobiodiversity at the end of the Cretaceous.

“They tell us how rich and diverse life was just before the end of the ‘age of the dinosaurs’, when animals had to specialize to have a place in their ecosystems. Thalassotitan completes the picture by taking on the role of the mega predator at the top of the food chain.

“There is so much more to do,” Longrich added. “Morocco has one of the richest and most diverse marine fauna known from the Cretaceous. We are just beginning to understand the diversity and biology of mosasaurs.

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Giant tooth of an ancient marine reptile discovered in the Alps | News | DW https://phrynosoma.org/giant-tooth-of-an-ancient-marine-reptile-discovered-in-the-alps-news-dw/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 15:10:32 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/giant-tooth-of-an-ancient-marine-reptile-discovered-in-the-alps-news-dw/ The giant tooth of a prehistoric sea monster has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, according to a new study published Thursday. The tooth was discovered along with two skeletal remains believed to be from ichthyosaurs – massive marine reptiles with small heads and elongated bodies that ruled the oceans in the early Triassic. Published […]]]>

The giant tooth of a prehistoric sea monster has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, according to a new study published Thursday.

The tooth was discovered along with two skeletal remains believed to be from ichthyosaurs – massive marine reptiles with small heads and elongated bodies that ruled the oceans in the early Triassic.

Published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the report analyzed a skeleton containing 10 rib fragments and a vertebra, suggesting a huge animal around 20 meters (66 feet) long, about the size of a large sperm whale. . The second fossil suggested an ichthyosaur about 15 meters long.

But “the tooth is particularly exciting,” said lead author Martin Sander, of the University of Bonn, because the largest ichthyosaurs discovered so far appeared to be toothless.

With its 60 millimeters (2.4 in) diameter root, it is the largest tooth ever found for extinct reptiles.

Mysterious giant ‘fish lizard’ predates dinosaurs

The ichthyosaur – which literally translates from ancient Greek to “lizard fish” – was one of the largest animals to ever live, measuring up to 20 meters and weighing up to 80 metric tons, heavier than the largest large sperm whale ever recorded.

The beasts are thought to have first appeared around 250 million years ago after the Permian-Triassic extinction event, sometimes called “the great death”, which saw over 95% of life destroyed navy.

Ichthyosaurs died out 100 million years ago and left behind a meager trace of fossil remains, mystifying researchers. The dinosaurs, which died out much later, have better preserved remains.

The specimens studied in the new report were actually unearthed during geological surveys between 1976 and 1990, but are only now being analyzed in detail.

The ichthyosaurs were previously thought to have survived in the deep ocean, speeding through the water at speeds of over 22 miles per hour (36.5 km/h) and navigating in complete darkness with their gigantic eyes.

But these were found in an area that was once a shallow coastal body of water, leading scientists to speculate about how the animals lived there.

During their lifetime, the three newly analyzed reptiles likely swam in the waters around the supercontinent Pangea. The subsequent tectonic changes pushing the Alpine mountain range out of the ground explain why they are in an area that is now well above sea level.

Other ichthyosaur fossils have already been discovered in Canada and the United Kingdom. The largest ichthyosaur remains discovered had suggested an animal about 26 meters in size – and toothless.

Previously, scientists suspected that large ichthyosaurs may not have had teeth like smaller species.

It’s unclear why the water giants went extinct, but some experts link their extinction to unstable environmental conditions at the end of the Cretaceous, when the earth was much warmer.

sl/msh (AFP, Reuters)

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Reptile Rescue: Tree felling experts help recover 4ft iguana in Pawcatuck | Daily news alerts https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-rescue-tree-felling-experts-help-recover-4ft-iguana-in-pawcatuck-daily-news-alerts/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 00:50:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-rescue-tree-felling-experts-help-recover-4ft-iguana-in-pawcatuck-daily-news-alerts/ STONINGTON — As temperatures soared into the mid-60s on Saturday, a 4-foot-long pet iguana named Iggy escaped his home in favor of a springtime adventure, leaving his pen behind and wandering around the neighborhood before climbing a tree in front of a house on Downer Street in Pawcatuck. The playful behavior quickly turned dangerous for […]]]>

STONINGTON — As temperatures soared into the mid-60s on Saturday, a 4-foot-long pet iguana named Iggy escaped his home in favor of a springtime adventure, leaving his pen behind and wandering around the neighborhood before climbing a tree in front of a house on Downer Street in Pawcatuck.

The playful behavior quickly turned dangerous for the 20-year-old male green iguana on Saturday night when temperatures dropped into the 30s and rendered the cold-blooded reptile immobile. There, Iggy sat through the night, hovering 35 feet above the ground waiting for help to arrive.

Luckily for Iggy, two animal lovers and tree care experts were able to ensure there was a happy reunion for the tropical lizard and his family on Sunday morning.

“Iggy is feeling better and getting on my lap after being rescued by Peter Rodgers and Jake Manfredi,” owner Sherri “Finn” Moran said in a post on the Stonington Community Forum Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Manfredi, a Westerly resident and owner of Treemendous Tree Service, and Rodgers, owner of The Equipment Doc LLC and working part-time as a contractor on tree-cutting projects, were able to get Iggy off the unharmed tree. The thank you messages shared on Sunday indicated that by evening he was already back to his normal, loving reptilian self.

It was by no means a typical rescue, Manfredi said, but the rescue went quickly and gave both men a chance to do something good and be a helpful member of the community.

“I was just happy to be able to help,” said Manfredi, who has many dogs, horses and other pets and grew up on the family farm in Dunn’s Corners. “I’ve done a lot of animal rescues over the years, and this was an easy way to make someone happy and save an animal that was out of their element.”

Iggy’s harrowing story began on Saturday when he escaped his enclosure and made his way to a tree on a nearby property. Although Iggy was located before dark, an animal control officer and the Pawcatuck fire department were notified but had neither the training nor the resources to remove the iguana from the area. ‘tree.

The story was posted on the Stonington community forum and was quickly shared by many residents concerned about Iggy. An expert climber originally offered, but Manfredi got a call from a friend on Sunday morning when Iggy’s initial rescue plan fell through.

Manfredi stopped at Agway in Westerly, where he met Rodgers, and the two decided to go see what they could do to help.

The iguana was on top of a concrete slate and a fall would likely have resulted in serious injury or death, Manfredi said, so he tried unsuccessfully to access the iguana with a bucket before Rodgers n springs into action, using a rope to get to the motionless iguana. Shortly after, Rodgers said he was sending the 20-pound animal back in a rope basket.

“Iggy was awesome. He didn’t bite, claw or scratch, and he was easy to pick him up and bring back,” Rodgers recalled. “I was able to bring a rope bag and lower it to Jake. Everything went great.”

Manfredi and Rodgers said they arrived Sunday evening and were happy to hear Iggy was healthy and back to normal. Although the two said they hoped a similar rescue wouldn’t be needed anytime soon, they wouldn’t hesitate to respond if asked again in the future.

“We’re pet owners and pet lovers too, and we understand what it’s like to have a pet in distress,” Rodgers said. “Although I don’t know Iggy or his family, it was the right thing to do.”

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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Reptile Rescue: Tree Felling Experts Help Recover 4-Foot Iguana in Pawcatuck | Daily news alerts https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-rescue-tree-felling-experts-help-recover-4-foot-iguana-in-pawcatuck-daily-news-alerts/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 00:50:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-rescue-tree-felling-experts-help-recover-4-foot-iguana-in-pawcatuck-daily-news-alerts/ STONINGTON — As temperatures soared into the mid-60s on Saturday, a 4-foot-long pet iguana named Iggy escaped his home in favor of a springtime adventure, leaving his pen behind and wandering around the neighborhood before climbing a tree in front of a house on Downer Street in Pawcatuck. The playful behavior quickly turned dangerous for […]]]>

STONINGTON — As temperatures soared into the mid-60s on Saturday, a 4-foot-long pet iguana named Iggy escaped his home in favor of a springtime adventure, leaving his pen behind and wandering around the neighborhood before climbing a tree in front of a house on Downer Street in Pawcatuck.

The playful behavior quickly turned dangerous for the 20-year-old male green iguana on Saturday night when temperatures dropped into the 30s and rendered the cold-blooded reptile immobile. There, Iggy sat through the night, hovering 35 feet above the ground waiting for help to arrive.

Luckily for Iggy, two animal lovers and tree care experts were able to ensure there was a happy reunion for the tropical lizard and his family on Sunday morning.

“Iggy is feeling better and getting on my lap after being rescued by Peter Rodgers and Jake Manfredi,” owner Sherri “Finn” Moran said in a post on the Stonington Community Forum Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Manfredi, a Westerly resident and owner of Treemendous Tree Service, and Rodgers, owner of The Equipment Doc LLC and working part-time as a contractor on tree-cutting projects, were able to get Iggy off the unharmed tree. The thank you messages shared on Sunday indicated that by evening he was already back to his normal, loving reptilian self.

It was by no means a typical rescue, Manfredi said, but the rescue went quickly and gave both men a chance to do something good and be a helpful member of the community.

“I was just happy to be able to help out,” said Manfredi, who has many dogs, horses and other pets and grew up on the family farm in Dunn’s Corners. “I’ve done a lot of animal rescues over the years, and this was an easy way to make someone happy and save an animal that was out of their element.”

Iggy’s harrowing story began on Saturday when he escaped his enclosure and made his way to a tree on a nearby property. Although Iggy was located before dark, an animal control officer and the Pawcatuck fire department were notified but had neither the training nor the resources to remove the iguana from the area. ‘tree.

The story was posted on the Stonington community forum and was quickly shared by many residents concerned about Iggy. An expert climber originally offered, but Manfredi got a call from a friend on Sunday morning when Iggy’s initial rescue plan fell through.

Manfredi stopped at Agway in Westerly, where he met Rodgers, and the two decided to go see what they could do to help.

The iguana was on top of a concrete slate and a fall would likely have resulted in serious injury or death, Manfredi said, so he tried unsuccessfully to access the iguana with a bucket before Rodgers n springs into action, using a rope to get to the motionless iguana. Shortly after, Rodgers said he was sending the 20-pound animal back in a rope basket.

“Iggy was awesome. He didn’t bite, claw or scratch, and he was easy to pick him up and bring back,” Rodgers recalled. “I was able to bring a rope bag and lower it to Jake. Everything went great.”

Manfredi and Rodgers said they arrived Sunday evening and were happy to hear that Iggy was healthy and back to normal. Although the two said they hoped a similar rescue wouldn’t be needed anytime soon, they wouldn’t hesitate to respond if asked again in the future.

“We’re pet owners and pet lovers too, and we understand what it’s like to have a pet in distress,” Rodgers said. “Although I don’t know Iggy or his family, it was the right thing to do.”

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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Reptiles and Fish as Pets Can Become Ill. Insurance covers even Their Veterinarian Visits. https://phrynosoma.org/reptiles-and-fish-as-pets-can-become-ill-insurance-covers-even-their-veterinarian-visits/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 20:07:01 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/?p=2795 When it comes to pets, it doesn’t matter if they’re dogs or cats; fish and reptiles may be less popular, but they aren’t any less important to their owners or their health. If you’re surprised by the level of care required, you haven’t spent enough time in the exotic pet world. A reptile insurance specialist […]]]>

When it comes to pets, it doesn’t matter if they’re dogs or cats; fish and reptiles may be less popular, but they aren’t any less important to their owners or their health.

If you’re surprised by the level of care required, you haven’t spent enough time in the exotic pet world. A reptile insurance specialist with USInsuranceAgents.com believes many medical ailments need treatment. She notes that internal parasites, diarrhea, lung infections, constipation, bacterial infections, and low blood-calcium levels are all possible medical issues. Vetexotic. the clinics.com, a medical specialist site, reports that there is also reptile cancer, which may be treated in the same manner as cancer in other animals.

When it comes to our aquatic friends, Francies explains that “fish can get sick from poor water quality that leads to them having suppressed immune systems, which reduce their ability to fight diseases,” and that “vets can advise an owner of a fish on how to care for the fish and how to treat and maintain the water properly.”

As a result, despite their diminutive stature, these pets don’t usually come cheap for veterinary care. According to Francies, medications and microscopic examinations may cost up to $200 for reptiles, who estimate that an exam can cost $50 to $100. She adds that surgery and anesthesia may cost anywhere from $150 to $350 depending on the severity of the sickness and any treatment.

Make sure that you have the proper insurance for your exotic pet.

There are fewer veterinarians and insurance companies that cover fur-free animals than there are for typical pets. Nationwide is the largest non-furred pet insurance company, and they ensure anything from chameleons to iguanas to turtles and everything in between. Several smaller insurance firms, such as Pet Assure and Prime Insurance, cover reptiles and other “exotics.”

These insurance providers cover several species, but they don’t cover the whole zoo. Insurance companies aren’t protecting them when it comes to uncommon or hazardous animals, including venomous, endangered, or threatened species. Chickens, Pigeons, and Other Animal in Groups, “and hybrids of domesticated pets with a wild or non-domesticated species” are also off-limits, according to Francies.

PaydayNow explains that The most basic insurance coverage covers accidents and diseases. You’ll have to pay extra if you want routine care for your species. Exotic animal insurance policies work like those for cats and dogs. There are a variety of deductibles and co-pay percentages, ranging from $25 to $1,000 depending on your choice of each.

Is insurance worth the money?

Fish and reptiles have cheaper insurance prices than other popular pets. The average monthly premium for reptile coverage Nationwide is $9, less than the $60 for dogs and $30 for cats. Since lizards and tropical fish often live 3 to 5 years, your lifetime premiums will likely be lower. (Turtles, a remarkable exception, may live for 50 to 60 years.)

Reptile owners, however, often spend less on medical care than owners of conventional pets, even though per-visit expenditures might rise. An estimate by Dr. John Williams on petplace.com puts the price tag on yearly doctor visits for reptile species, including snakes and lizards, between $100 and $125. According to the American Pet Products Association, the average medical bill for a dog is $214, while the average vet bill is $426.

It’s less probable that you’ll go over your coverage deductible in a single year if your typical vet charges are more minor. As some fish owners are well aware, a tiny pet may pass unexpectedly suddenly and plans seldom cover the expense of replacing a pet that has perished.

When it comes to insurance for a scaly pet, your experience with fish and reptiles will play a role. If you decide to take any action to preserve your pet, you may want to have insurance in place. The second option is to forego coverage if you’re willing to accept the prospect of a high cost or the danger of not treating a sick fish or reptile.

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Reptile dealer sentenced to jail for Lacey Law and firearms charges | Takeover bid https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-dealer-sentenced-to-jail-for-lacey-law-and-firearms-charges-takeover-bid/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 17:38:23 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-dealer-sentenced-to-jail-for-lacey-law-and-firearms-charges-takeover-bid/ A federal judge in Valdosta, Georgia, yesterday sentenced Ashtyn Michael Rance, 35, to 33 months in prison on each count to run concurrently, a $4,300 fine and three years of post-release supervision. The judge also prohibited Rance from owning or selling wildlife during the watch period. Rance pleaded guilty on November 18, 2021 to violations […]]]>

A federal judge in Valdosta, Georgia, yesterday sentenced Ashtyn Michael Rance, 35, to 33 months in prison on each count to run concurrently, a $4,300 fine and three years of post-release supervision. The judge also prohibited Rance from owning or selling wildlife during the watch period. Rance pleaded guilty on November 18, 2021 to violations of the Lacey Act and unlawful possession of firearms.

In pleading guilty, Rance admitted that on February 22, 2018, he shipped three Eastern Box Turtles and 16 Spotted Turtles from Valdosta to a customer in Florida, in a package falsely labeled as containing tropical fish and common lizards. . He was paid $3,300 for the turtles and knew they were then trafficked to China.

Rance further admitted that on May 10, 2018, he shipped 15 Gaboon vipers from Valdosta to Florida. The snakes were worth around $900 and were also headed for a buyer in China. He falsely labeled the package as containing harmless reptiles and ball pythons. Rance had legally imported 100 Gaboon vipers and other venomous snakes from Africa to Atlanta. He received a special permit to transport the snakes out of Georgia, but then returned to Valdosta with 16 vipers.

Rance owned and sold the reptiles in violation of Georgian laws. The federal Lacey Act is the nation’s oldest wildlife trafficking law and prohibits, among other things, the transportation of wildlife in interstate commerce if the wildlife is illegal under state law. It is also a violation of the Lacey Law to falsely label a package containing wild animals.

The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttatalisten)) is a semi-aquatic turtle native to the eastern United States and the Great Lakes region. The eastern box turtle (terrapene carolina carolina) is endemic to forested regions of the East Coast and Midwest. Collectors enjoy both species in the domestic and overseas pet trade market, where they are resold for thousands of dollars. The Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonicalisten)) is native to central sub-Saharan Africa. Its venom can cause shock, unconsciousness or death in humans. Authorities intercepted the package containing the vipers to minimize the risk of it being bitten or escaping.

Additionally, Rance admitted to possessing a Bushmaster Carbine .223 caliber rifle and a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun at his Valdosta residence which he was prohibited from possessing as a convicted felon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Office in Vero Beach, Florida, ATF and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources conducted the investigation as part of the Southern Surge Task Force’s Operation Middleman . The operation concerned the trafficking of reptiles from the United States to China. The government is represented by General Counsel Ryan Connors of the Environmental Crimes Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division and Assistant United States Attorney Sonja Profit for the Central District of Georgia.

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Reptile Expo returns to Lexington https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-expo-returns-to-lexington/ Sun, 04 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://phrynosoma.org/reptile-expo-returns-to-lexington/ LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reptile enthusiasts rejoiced last weekend when the Kentucky Reptile Expo returned to the Central Bank Center in Lexington. What do you want to know The event returns after a one-year hiatus Reptiles, their food and other supplies presented Snakes and lizards are more common reptiles to own as pets Strict diets and […]]]>

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Reptile enthusiasts rejoiced last weekend when the Kentucky Reptile Expo returned to the Central Bank Center in Lexington.


What do you want to know

  • The event returns after a one-year hiatus
  • Reptiles, their food and other supplies presented
  • Snakes and lizards are more common reptiles to own as pets
  • Strict diets and special habitats make the Expo an important event for reptile owners

The Kentucky Reptile Expo, which has been on hiatus for a year due to COVID-19, takes place every two months in Lexington and features captive-bred reptiles and supplies. The Expo is also for people looking for amphibians, spiders, insects, and more, plus the chance to learn about owning and caring for reptiles by talking to experts.

People were there for many different reasons: Some are currently reptile owners who need supplies or food for their pets, such as bugs and mice. Others were former reptile owners looking for their new pet, and some were scouring the dozens of tables for their first snake, lizard, salamander or other addition to their family.

A child looks at snakes for sale at the Kentucky Reptile Expo. (Brandon Roberts/Spectrum News 1)

Rodney and Mandy Adams of County Oldham are the current reptile owners. This fact was obvious if the three iguanas, complete with leashes and harnesses, clinging to his jacket were any indication.

“It’s Agave,” Mandy said of the year-old iguana on her left shoulder. “He’s just a baby – all three of us are babies.”

Rodney said the iguanas in the family are frequent travel partners.

“They go with us everywhere,” he said. “We took them to Gatlinburg and everything.” with Mandy adding, “They love to ride.”

David Frost, the owner of Crossbones Critters and Craft in Winchester, manned his stand of hand-carved tikis and other supplies, along with his rare Albino Tangerine Honduran Milksnake.

“He carries all kinds of recessive genes,” Frost said as the snake snaked through his fingers. “Normally they don’t look like that in the wild and a lot of people confuse it with a corn snake. It’s not.”

Special environments and strict diets are important parts of reptile ownership. Like any pet, reptiles depend on their owners for food. With a pandemic shutting down the Expo for a year, a place where many reptile owners bought the insects their pets ate, there was no shortage of vendors selling their food.

Dean Marlow of Vandalia, Ohio sells bug feeders called Dubias, which are cockroaches eaten by many types of lizards. At the Expo, Marlow was explaining to a potential buyer how to breed Dubias.

“I will build a habitat for these so they can breed and I will always have them,” the Expo visitor said. “It shouldn’t be such a big project.”

The Kentucky Reptile Exhibit returns to Lexington on June 12, August 7, October 2 and December 4.

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