The only thing I love more than reptiles is sports and one of my favorites is football. Why am I talking about football on a reptile blog? Well, because I have direct tv nfl sunday ticket and among all those mascots, I always pick out the reptiles. I wanted to take some time to talk about some of the reptile-themed football mascots.
Reptiles aren’t just in the natural world, they are all around us from the Geico Gecko to the Florida Gators. Albert, the mascot of the Florida Gators is often recognized by his winsome grin…revealing rows and rows of teeth. The team, however, is anything but kind.
Maryland Terrapins…well, let’s be honest, it’s a turtle named Testudo and, depending on who you talk to, it’s probably not technically a reptile or an amphibian. Who cares. Testudo is a particular genus of tortoise but it also refers to a Roman military formation for defensive purposes.
And those are just a couple to go by.
I apologize to my regular readers for the “slight” deviation in regular programming. Having an operation on your knee can lay you up for a while and I haven’t had much time to talk about our scaly friends. That changes next post.
Alligators live in freshwater and brackish water, and Florida is a state that has plenty of water for alligators to live in. There are over one million alligators in the state. In 1987, the alligator was declared Florida’s official state reptile.
With so much water and so many alligators in Florida there is a great possibly that you may encounter one of these large reptiles at some point. Knowing what to do before this happens is the key to safely coexisting with them.
Generally speaking, alligators are a little apprehensive when a human is near them, however, Keep Reading
Alligators are fierce, apex predators that have no equal in the water, an environment for which they are well-suited. But what about on land? Since a human obviously stands no chance against an alligator in any body of water, inquisitive minds want to know if a human can outrun an alligator on land. Just in case you ever get stranded in the Everglades, you will pleased to know that the average human can outrun an alligator.
Although alligators are Keep Reading
Turtles have resided on the planet for nearly 220 million years. Despite that, scientists now estimate that half of all turtle species are threatened. Unfortunately, more than just global warming is affecting the turtle population. As a result, supporters are trying to make the public more aware about this growing issue.
Habitat loss is one of the main threats to North American turtle populations. Every year, more homes are constructed to support the rise in population growth. The world population is now Keep Reading
Snapping turtles are similar to many other species of turtles. However, they do have a bite that is painful. They eat many different things such as bugs, baby ducks and lizards. Even though they are predators, there are some benefits to having snapping turtles in a pond.
Beneficial At Keeping The Fish Population Down
Ponds can be overpopulated with fish if preventative measures are not taken. Snapping turtles can help control the population of fish in a pond. The amount of fish that they eat is generally minimal so Keep Reading
Frogs and toads are both amphibians, which means they spend part of their lives under water breathing with gills, and the other part on land breathing with fully developed lungs. Frogs and toads also share a passing resemblance. There are, however, some important differences that set these two creatures apart from each other.
Frogs typically have a long, lean body and long, powerful hind legs. Their skin is smooth and may appear wet or slimy. Their eyes are Keep Reading
Exquisitely sensitive, amphibians are often the first species lost when an ecosystem is damaged. Here are a few amphibians that are critically important to protect.
Frogs are important players in the food web, both in water and on land. As tadpoles, they eat algae and insect larvae in the water and therefore control species that tend to grow out of control if left unchecked. As adults, they eat mosquitoes, flies, and other bothersome insects.
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A great many people would probably find it difficult to believe that frogs and other amphibians are better able to predict environmental changes than humans are. This unfortunate truth is made doubly so by the fact that by the time these animals have alerted us to our planet’s changing conditions, it may already be too late for them.
In the temperate regions of the United States, it’s particularly easy to see how frog populations can be the harbinger of environmental change; many ponds that filled Keep Reading