Friday, September 27, 2013

Hatchling Chameleon

I don't know what species of chameleon is this but if someone does know, please leave the species name in the comments. Thanks, yet again, to Deb H for this submission.

Source: Click here:
All the best,
Glenn B

Yet Another Cat - This One With A Jurasic Tortoise

The cat in this photo seems to be the one being teased. It looks like it is totally amazed at what it is seeing (or is it just me who was amazed to see a tortoise dressed up in a knitted dinosaur outfit). The things some people do with their herps is a bit mind boggling, at least for me. Once again, a hat tip and my thanks to Deb H for this one.


All the best,
Glenn B

Cat Teasing A Snake

I sure likes the cat is deliberately toying with the snake - doesn't it! For the cat's sake, I would hope the snake is not venomous. Looks like a black racer to me.

A hat tip to Deb H for this one.

All the best,
Glenn B

LIHS September Meeting Review and Upcoming Events

The LIHS kicked off its 2013/2014 season with a general meeting this past Sunday, September 22nd. The meeting was attended by about 15 members (to maybe 20 at best and I think that a stretch). We discussed some general stuff and then Vin Russo ran the scheduled Snake Sexing Workshop. He probed and popped a lot of snakes. While that was going on, the rest of the membership talked about whatever.

Being that only about 15 or so members attended the meeting, I got to wondering what we could do to increase attendance at the meetings. I have a few ideas of my own but I would sure like to hear from any of the membership as to what you guys think we can do to make the meetings more interesting for all of us. If you have an idea along those lines, anything at all within reason, please leave a comment to this post with your thoughts.

Some upcoming LIHS Events:

1) On October 13th, Sunday, the LIHS will have a table at the Long Island Reptile Expo. If you are able to volunteer to help man the table, please contact Rich Meyer Jr. at

2) Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 20th, at 1PM. The meeting will consist of general business, nominations for the executive board (which were not held last week) and a presentation: Reptiles & Amphibians of Long Island, Part 1 (of 4 parts), Snakes and Lizards. I am pretty certain that the speaker will be John Heiser. It will be held in the Conference Center at SUNY Farmingdale from 1-4PM (it may end earlier).

Hope to see you at these events.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Went to the NY Metro Reptile Expo at White Plains, NY today and spent the entire day there from about 8:15 AM until about 4:15 PM. As opposed to usual for me at a reptile show, I barely looked around at any of the reptiles or amphibians. Instead, I spent almost all day at a vendor's table with John H, Rich H and Vin R. I brought along a Hermann's Tortoise and three Crested Gecko babies that I got rid of while there.

While I did not look at many herps at the expo, I managed to get two large bags of Keepers' Choice red cypress substrate and a jar of Rep-Cal Tortoise Food from Slither & Swim, and a piece of cork bark (used as a hiding place for my lizards) and 1,000 3/4" crickets and 500 1/4" crickets from other dealers.

I also managed to make a major score in that I found (really my good friend John H found) a dealer selling a female Rhacodactylus chahoua (New Caledonian Mossy Gecko) at a very good price.

New Caledonian Mossy Gecko, Rhacodactylus chahoua.
This is a female and is of the mainland variety.
The females usually go for anywhere between $500 and $700 apiece but the price being asked was substantially less and the price I paid was even less than the asking price. It was the friend of a friend price kind of a thing. Al I can say is that it is good to have good friends who are good friends of herp dealers. Besides getting the excellent deal, the chahoua is guaranteed to be female.

Being it is only a year old, I will have to wait at least a year and a half or more before trying to mate it with my male. Mating these lizards is not all that easy like it is with Crested Geckos. My understanding is that they sometimes do not readily accept a mate just because it is the right species and the right gender. Time will tell if my pair hit it off and if chahoua eggs and babies are in my future.

All the best,
Glenn B

Don't Fly To Close To The Water

Phil: "Hey Fred, don't fly to close to the water!"
Fred: "It's okay, just watch as I swoop down clos..."
Phil: Fred, Fred, where the heck are ya Fred?

A hat tip to Deb H for the pic at the click.
All the best,

Saturday, September 7, 2013

NY Metro Reptile Expo - Tomorrow September 8th

Just a reminder that the NY Metro Reptile Expo will be held in White Plains tomorrow. It is always an excellent opportunity to see and purchase reptiles, amphibians, feeders, and herp care accessories & supplies. For more info see:

All the best,
Glenn B

Long Island Herpetological Society Meeting Season Begins This Month

The Long Island Herpetological Society's meeting season begins this month and will continue through June 2014 with monthly meetings. Meetings are open to the public. If you have an interest in reptiles & amphibians please feel free to hop on over to join us. The meeting schedule can be found at this link:

For more information on the LIHS, please go to the page at this link:

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Extinct" Vipers Born At St. Louis Zoo

Montivipera wagneri
The Ocellate Mountain Viper, the range of which was once thought to be restricted solely to Iran, was rediscovered in Turkey in 1983 after having been thought of as extinct since the 1840s. Upon rediscovery, many were collected and some wound up in U.S. zoos, the St. Louis Zoo winding up with the largest captive population in the world - 23 of them. That number includes 9 recently born baby vipers. That is good news since the worldwide population of them is believed to have decreased by 80% in the last 20 years or so.

See the story at this link for more info.

All the best,
Glenn B