Keeping Reptiles Newsletter
  Issue 11 Vol 5 October 2010
Horned Lizards – Fierce Looking Reptiles that are Harmless In this Issue

Horned Lizards  Fierce Looking Reptiles that are Harmless

All across the North American deserts you will find five different species of horned lizards. These fierce looking animals have received a bad reputation when in reality these spiny lizards are quite harmless.

Because of their flat toad-like bodies it is no surprise that the horned lizard has earned the nickname of 'horny toad.' However, the fact is that there isn't anything amphibious about it. Many people think that its horned image gives it the look of a miniature dragon, but rest assured this small reptile does not breathe fire nor does it intend any harm to humans.

In fact, the horned lizards feed primarily on ants. While they will stray from the ant diet formula from time to time and eat larva, butterflies, and even beetles, for the most part, the horned lizards are all about ants.

Some of the species of horned lizards are in serious decline population wise which has prompted them to be included on many 'danger' lists and as with many other types of animals; it is man who is their biggest foe. Not only does man keep infringing on its territory and driving away many of the ants that it would normally feed on, but many visitors to the dessert will take some for these unique lizards home and think they can keep them as pets.

This is never a good idea as the horned lizard's diet is again primarily ants and the ants that it does eat are very limited and not found everywhere in North America. Taking a horned lizard out of its environment is almost always a death sentence for the creature.

Horned lizards are best enjoyed by simply enjoying them from a safe distance. They mean no harm to anyone or anything save ants, so it is in the best interest of everyone that they be left alone to enjoy their dessert homes.

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2010 Proving to be a Tough Year for Sea Turtles

2010 Proving to be a Tough Year for Sea Turtles

As if sea turtles don't have a tough enough time dealing with all the things that stand in their way just so they can make it to the ocean waters after hatching now they have disasters both natural and manmade that are making their 2010 a rather taxing one. This makes the dangers for the already endangered and threatened species even greater than normal.

Researchers at the University of Florida have seen firsthand how 2010 has proven difficult on these aquatic reptiles. First in the unusual cold winter time, there was an influx of sea turtle deaths that were investigated by researchers who came to the conclusion that the extreme cold waters simply shocked the turtles and those that were weaker or smaller perished along the way.

Then came the BP oil rig explosion and the consequent leaking of countless gallons of oil into the waters in the Gulf of Mexico, which is threatening to be one of the biggest ecological disasters of all time. This has also claimed a number of sea turtles as they have either become sick as a result of the oil in the water or have lost much of their food supply as feeder fish have either moved on or died as well.

The latest setback for the sea turtles now seems to be coming by the way of over shrimping in the Gulf of Mexico in wake of the oil spill. Because those who make a living shrimping the waters knew that their livelihood could be affected when the oil came towards land, an increase in activity was spawned and this led to many sea turtles getting caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When it is all added up you have five of the six species that reside within the Gulf of Mexico region being on the endangered list with the sixth being on the threatened list. While the researchers at the University of Florida are optimistic that the sea turtles will survive this cataclysmic year, 2010 will certainly be a year that the sea turtles will be happy to get behind them.

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