We see them in books, on TV and our pet stores are full of 'em. But that doesn't mean that reptiles can't be endangered. There are Snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles around the world facing the possibility of extinction due to habitat loss, pollution and human greed. Take a look at these fierce but fragile endangered reptiles that Kidzworld wants to bring to your attention.
Endangered Reptiles - San Francisco Garter Snake
The San Francisco Garter Snake is a relative of the common garter snake that is found all over North America. The San Francisco Garter Snake differs from the common version mainly in its coloring. This snake is characterized by an orange-ish head, black and red striping/blotching on its back and a blue or blue/green belly. Its beauty is one reason that has led to its endangered status. Reptile collectors have been known to pluck this rare snake from its habitat to sell on the black market. The other reason numbers of the San Francisco Gartner Snake have dropped to between 1,000 to 2,000 is habitat destruction. Urbanization and pollution are the main culprits.
Endangered Reptiles - Green Sea Turtle
While all green sea turtles are threatened, it is the population off the coasts of Florida and Mexico that are closest to extinction. Because they live in the sea, it is hard to know exact population numbers. All we can do is count how many breeding females come to shore each year to lay their eggs. At last count, there were between 200 and 1,100 breeding green sea turtle females. Other places in the world such as India and Australia see thousands of nesting females each year, but their numbers are also declining. Green sea turtles have been commercially harvested for eggs and food. Other turtle parts are used for leather and jewelry. It takes a female green sea turtle 20 to 50 years to begin reproducing. If commercial harvesting of the turtles and their eggs does not stop, their numbers will continue to drop.
Endangered Reptiles - Komodo Dragon
The Komodo Dragon, the world's largest lizard, is only found in one place today - Komodo National Park, a small group of islands off the coast of Indonesia. Today there are between three and six thousand Komodo Dragons, but it is estimated that only 350 of them are females. Whether this will impact the Komodo Dragon's ability to maintain stable numbers is unkown. Things that do threaten the Komodo Dragon are natural disasters like volcanic erruptions and forest fires, as well as human destruction of their habitat. This 10-ft (3-m) reptile became the inspiration for the very first Godzilla movie when one was brought to New York in 1920.
Endangered Reptiles - Tuatara
The tuatara is a lizard-looking reptile that is believed to be one of the oldest species on Earth, having barely changed in the past 220 million years. There are two different tuatara species, the common tuatara, found on a few different New Zealand islands and the Brother's Island tuatara, found only on Brother's Island off the coast of New Zealand in the Cook Strait. The Brother's Island tuatara population is less than 300. Tuatara's have been classified as an endangered species since 1895, but still face the threat of extinction due to habitat loss and the introduction of predators like rats, weasels and badgers.
Endangered Reptiles - Gharial
The gharial is a crocodile-like reptile with a long, narrow snout and numerous sharp teeth. It is only found in the rivers of India, and a few surrounding areas like Bangladesh and Pakistan. Gharials live entirely on fish due to their slender snouts, which are incapable of catching larger prey. Its name came from the Indian word ghara, which is a pot that resembles the gharial's long snout. Even though the gharial has been listed as an endangered species and has been protected since 1973, there are only about 1,500 gharials in the wild today. Conservation programs have been in effect for the past twenty years and continue to take place to ensure the gharial's survival.
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Ancient Medicinal Marijuana the MMJ USA Series Episode 1. Tangible evidence that Medicinal Marijuana was in use in the middle east over 1600 years ago was discovered in 1993 when Israeli scientist scraped some residue from the skeletal remains of an ancient 14 yr old girl who had died in childbirth. It seems her nurses gave her this ancient remedy to aid with the contractions as well as mitigate the pain. The finger pointers (i am sure) have already extended their digits to accuse the herb of possibly contributing to the death of the underage labor laden maiden, or at least suggest that is was a antiquated idiots attempt at medicine. Clearly the patient is dead. Well, the truth in the matter is the poor girl died from Narrow Tunnel Syndrome (or NTS) the primary symptom being a pelvis too small to deliver a child naturally. So perhaps it might be more appropriate to point the finger at the Republicans of Antiquity for refusing to allow the distribution of sheep’sintestine at the local Bedouin high school or the philandering ways of that one rich kid who drove a really cool camel with racing stripes and 3 humps. My point is that way back in the days before hormone laced Vitamin D milk a 14 yr female often didn’t yet have those child baring hips and c-sections in the middle of the desert more often then not go awry.
Now a confession: The National Police Headquarters in Israel and the Israel Antiquities Authority forensic division confessed knowledge of marijuana as a medicine in use prior to 1,600 B.C. in Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek and Roman records to include the medicinal journals of the day.
My confession: there is no such thing as Narrow Tunnel Syndrome (or NTS). I took my journalistic liberties to MAKE IT UP!! So, please don’t try to Google it. Here is to Freedom of Speech and the integrity of journalism.
A hunter shot at a flock of geese That flew within his reach. Two were stopped in their rapid flight And fell on the sandy beach.
The male bird lay at the water's edge And just before he died He faintly called to his wounded mate And she dragged herself to his side.
She bent her head and crooned to him In a way distressed and wild Caressing her one and only mate As a Mother would a child.
Then covering him with her broken wing And gasping with failing breath She laid her head against his breast, A feeble honk ... then death.
This story is true, though crudely told. I was the man in the case. I stood knee deep in the drizzle and cold And the hot tears burned my face.
I buried the birds in the sand where they lay, Wrapped in my hunting coat, And I threw my gun and belt in the Bay When I crossed in the open boat.
Hunters will call me a right poor sport And scoff at the thing I did; But that day something broke in my heart, And shoot again? God forbid!
Best wishes, Irene.
Editor's note: When a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshot and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead. Sometimes they die, too.
The old forest in Verle will be logged if enough funds are not raised before 19 March 2009. Together we can save this forest. Verle's old growth forest is 82 hectares and located near Gothenburg, Sweden. The forest mainly consists of old pine trees with
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