Reptiles

Welcome Back, Baby Tortoises!

In the last 100 years, baby tortoises have been absent from the population of tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, mostly due to our own fault. Humans haven't taken good care of the islands, overfishing and whaling and otherwise destroying the animals' habitats. We've even unwittingly diminished their numbers by bringing rats, animals that eat their eggs and ruin their nests, to their islands.

New Snake Species Discovered

A new species of snake that lived about 5 million years ago was discovered in a sinkhole in Tennessee. Known as the Zilantophis schuberti, the snake is especially cool because it has a couple of vertebrae that are not like any other snakes known. These bones jut out as if they were meant to be home to a couple of serpent wings, giving the snake its nickname, which is "winged serpent." As creepy as flying snakes might sound, they make perfect sense.

Animals Inside-Out

There’s a new exhibit heading to the Milwaukee County Zoo and it’s pretty amazing. It’s called “Body Worlds: Animals Inside-Out” and it portrays more than 100 species of animals turned (you guessed it) inside out, displaying their insides on their outsides. Many people may recall the Body Worlds exhibit featuring human bodies featured this way, and this is the first time the exhibit will feature animals in America.

Today is World Animal Day

Celebrate by giving the animals some love!

In honor of World Animal Day today, I’d like to invite you to take action with me. First I opened all of the windows in my house for the cats to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather, then I gave them each some treats. Now I’ll be taking action as a voice in support of the animals, and I hope you’ll join me in the quick action links below!

Stop the Polar Bear Fur Trade

Did you know that people actually like to kill polar bears and sell their body parts and fur? It’s really hard for me to believe, especially since we’re already destroying their home with global warming and they are already endangered as it is. Click here ask President Obama to make protecting these bears a priority and to push for greater protections beneath the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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