Snake Compass

Burmese pythons¬†(Python bivittatus) are a successful invasive species in Florida that have been profiting from local wildlife and few natural predators. Native to Southeast Asia and listed by the IUCN as vulnerable or endangered in their original habitats, abandoned or escaped pythons have been thriving in the Florida Everglades, to the dismay of conservationists trying…

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Reaching New Shores

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a report on the development of climate change and its effects on humans. The 2600-page report is the result of three years work and the collaboration of 300 scientists. It makes for mostly grim reading, with an emphasis on climate impact on food security (not positive),…

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Staking Territory 1

I’m always interested in the way creatures find to mark their territory, the variations in what can be considered grounds for competition. Physically marking territory for hunting by using scents; territory for mating by using struts, plumage or howls; fencing and barbed wire for farming. Staking territory to gain an advantage is probably almost as…

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