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The Cerberus Groundsnake is a Critically Endangered new species from Ecuador

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:06:00 EST

With as many as 140 species, Atractus is the most diverse snake genus in the world, even though it can be found exclusively in Central and South America. However, these colubrid ground snakes seem largely under-researched, since there have been thirty-three species discovered in the last ten years only.(image)



Livestock grazing effects on sage-grouse: study identifies options to sustain ranching and help wildlife

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:26:00 EST

Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. The research was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.(image)



World's First Fluorescent Frog Found in the Amazon

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:43:00 EST

Scientists have discovered the world’s first known naturally fluorescent amphibian — the South American polka-dot tree frog.(image)



Wild Birds an Unlikely Source of Costly Poultry Disease

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:54:00 EST

Wild ducks and shorebirds do not appear to carry Newcastle disease viruses that sicken or kill poultry, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.(image)



Increase of Alaskan Snow Geese OK for Other Species

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:39:00 EST

A new report by the USGS finds that although snow geese are increasing rapidly in northern Alaska, they are not having a negative effect on black brant. Brant are a goose species that shares its nesting habitat with snow geese.(image)



Spiders Eat 400-800 Million Tons of Prey Every Year

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:13:00 EST

It has long been suspected that spiders are one of the most important groups of predators of insects. Zoologists at the University of Basel and Lund University in Sweden have now shown just how true this is – spiders kill astronomical numbers of insects on a global scale. The scientific journal The Science of Nature has published the results.(image)



After Deepwater Horizon Spill: Which Animals Weathered the Disaster

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 10:38:00 EST

A new study from a Coastal Waters Consortium team of researchers led by Rutgers University postdoctoral researcher, Michael McCann, has found which birds, fish, insects and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion should be given top priority for conservation, protection and research.(image)