Riki's Reptile Relocations

Riki's Reptile Relocations


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I think it was last year that I saw a post about an alligator with a knife in its skull. I believe it was in the Sugarland area. What was the outcome for this gator?
Lounge lizard
Hey I just caught a copperhead and need it relocated. Any ideas?
I'm not able to send this to your page by messenger and I can't find your personal profile, but this is Spring area
Anyone?? Not copper right?
Advice needed. I had to relocate a citrus tree that was drowning near a spring. While digging, a lump I thought was a rock turned out to be a young box turtle burrowed in near the roots. What do you recommend I do with it? Options include putting it back in the soggy hole and throwing in dirt, putting it in my greenhouse, or (other option?) Polk County in densely wooded creek area.
This Coral snake was stuck in some shade cloth this morning, I only noticed because Mr. Fangs was playing with it. Contacted Riki's Reptile Relocations and she came out to the rescue! She'll take it somewhere safe. I'm happy that it's alive but also happy that it's being relocated 🤠 thanks Riki's Reptile Relocations!
I recently took a trip to Banff National Park in Canada. Driving down the road, we kept passing underneath these beautifully designed wildlife crossings throughout the highway. At one of the sightseeing spots we pulled over at, I came across a miniature version with a lot of information regarding them. They currently have forty four crossings built, some going over the roads like pictured and some below. I definitely think we should adopt these more across the states, so I wanted to share the information here for everyone to read about.
I made a new friend Riki Lee Treadway
Good news! I was out walking at the Spring Trails pond yesterday and didn't find a single dead or distressed turtle. There were plenty of active turtles in the pond so, hopefully, whatever was ailing the turtles before has gone by.
any idea whats growing in my garden? i hope its happy here! cant believe the change in my mindset from a little education🐍

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Riki's Reptile Relocations 07/03/2021

Riki's Reptile Relocations

Good afternoon everyone! We hope everyone is doing well and wanted to announce that our website is now LIVE!! be sure to check it out!


Riki's Reptile Relocations ConservationStarts With You Learn More Education and Conservation Through OutreachOur lives depend on the survival of our native flora and fauna. Through education and outreach we can help future generations understand the importance of putting down that shovel and picking up a book. Although we spe...


Today we are saddened to announce the loss of Arrow, our Merlin, in an incident that occurred in February. We have refrained from sharing this until now in order to make sure we have all the information we can about what happened.

Arrow was observed behaving normally in her enclosure at 7:30am on February 9 during a routine check by our volunteers. At 9:00am she was found on the ground in her enclosure and was seriously injured. She was immediately rushed to the Avian & Exotics Clinic at the Ontario Veterinary College where she was assessed. It was quickly determined that her injuries were too severe to be treated, and she was humanely euthanized.

Based on evidence at the scene (tracks in the snow), her assessment by the Avian & Exotics team, and subsequent reports from her postmortem examination, it is almost certain that she was attacked by a feral or outdoor cat which grabbed her through the small-gauge chain-link at the front of her enclosure.

We have never experienced an event like this before, and we believed (erroneously) that our enclosures were predator-proof. It is a testament to the incredible hunting ability of outdoor cats, and a huge motivator for us to continue to teach about the importance of keeping cats indoors to protect birds and other wildlife. We have since modified our enclosures to further protect our birds.

If there is a small bright spot in this tragic event it is that our volunteers responded perfectly to this unexpected and very challenging situation. They used their training and critical thinking to ensure that Arrow got exactly what she needed as quickly as possible. There was nothing they could have done differently to change the outcome, and their actions minimized Arrow’s suffering as much as possible. We are incredibly grateful to our volunteer team, and to the team at the Avian and Exotics Service - Ontario Veterinary College, and we are reminded how fortunate we are to be surrounded by so many amazing people.

We’ll miss you, sweet girl!

University of Guelph University of Guelph College of Biological Science U of G Student Experience



Just because an invasive species is "cute" does not make it any less harmful and destructive than "uncute" invasives.

Do you ever see TNR, protection, adoption, relocation and sanctuary programs for cane toads or brown rats? No, you only see the encouragement of uneccesary cruelty and violence towards them. Yet feral cats, feral horses, feral dogs, foxes and rabbits are spared because they're "cute"

We live in a backwards society that prioritises appearances over anything else and sadly this also applies to wildlife conservation and dealing with invasive species.


Just because an invasive species is "cute" does not make it any less harmful and destructive than "uncute" invasives.

Do you ever see TNR, protection, adoption, relocation and sanctuary programs for cane toads or brown rats? No, you only see the encouragement of uneccesary cruelty and violence towards them. Yet feral cats, feral horses, feral dogs, foxes and rabbits are spared because they're "cute"

We live in a backwards society that prioritises appearances over anything else and sadly this also applies to wildlife conservation and dealing with invasive species.

Coral Snakes | The Venom Interviews 03/19/2021

Coral Snakes | The Venom Interviews

Hey! I’m going to just leave this here, since we have members still citing the “Coralsnake Rhyme.” Below explains why we advocate strongly against the use of it, and we don’t really want members citing it on our page. (Stolen from Jon Farris).

There are lots of reasons the rhyme isn’t recommended in snake identification groups.

1. The rhyme was intended to determine between Scarlet King and a Coral. Instead, it’s used on any and every snake with any form of red, black, and yellow. Lots of Long-nosed, Shovel-nosed, and Broad Banded watersnakes have been victims.

2. The rhyme absolutely does NOT work outside of the US and in the US, it doesn’t always work. Sonoran Corals in Arizona have white, not yellow. Lots of corals have really dark Red and looks black. Several been aberrant Corals found in the wild and In Texas.

3. Too many people don’t remember it correctly. They mess up the order, the color, etc. some even think yellow and black means venomous...I’ve seen a Speckled King snake a victim of this...no joke!

4. Too many people think that if any snake doesn’t have red and yellow, it’s safe and if any snake that has red and black, is safe. Likewise, as mentioned in 1. Any snake that has yellow and red is venomous.

One method you can use is the Stop Light method. If the colors on the snake go from yellow to red, STOP. And back away.

For a Coralsnake, the tip of their snout is black, followed by a yellow band across their head. The black ring on their neck generally doesn’t touch the parietal scales. Their red rings typically also have black specking in them. They also do not have a loreal scale.

The thing about the rhyme is that when it’s used properly, 9/10 times it will work to ID a coral that has no aberrancies and carries the textbook alternating red yellow black yellow banding. This only works on US corals and you can never rely on it to rule out a coral snake as a possibility.

I want to add that a member from another group was envenomated by a Coralsnake because another member cited the rhyme incorrectly. The member picked up the Coralsnake thinking it was a Milksnake, and was envenomated leading to a hospital stay, a lot of pain, and a ginormous medical bill. I would really hate for this to happen to one of our members. To add to this, there is a video of a 10ish year old boy who cited the rhyme incorrectly and picked up a Coralsnake and was bitten after holding it for a few minutes. Fortunately, it was a warning bite that resulted in a dry bite. However, citing the rhyme incorrectly could have resulted in a little boy being envenomated. Below is a picture shared by David Olivares of a melanistic Coralsnake found in Southeast Texas.

Here is an article written by Ray Morgan on the Coralsnake Rhyme with further explanation.



Coral Snakes | The Venom Interviews The Work and Science of Venomous Herpetology

A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children 03/03/2021

A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children

Makes you think how many animals we have underestimated! Cuttlefish and jumping spiders are among the list of underestimated animals with more intelligence than we give them credit for!

A Cephalopod Has Passed a Cognitive Test Designed For Human Children A new test of cephalopod smarts has reinforced how important it is for us humans to not underestimate animal intelligence.


In pristine native ecosystems, coyotes eat a diet containing almost nothing but rodents and rabbits. These small, weak animals are the natural staple of a coyote’s diet, and are part of why they’re so important to an ecosystem. Without coyotes, these animals get very overpopulated, leading to disease and starvation.

Coyotes have an amazing ability to adapt their diet, though. They’re omnivores and opportunists, and will gladly eat fruits, carrion, and whatever else they manage to find, when that’s what’s most readily available. Eating unnatural foods, like cats, dogs, and chickens, is a learned behavior that happens only when these animals are left in areas where they’re easy prey.

While cats and dogs may not be a favored or natural food for coyotes, we can’t expect to place easy prey outside without drawing the attention of wild predators, so it’s important to keep pets properly contained so coyotes stick to their natural food sources. Free-roaming cats and small dogs are at a very high risk of death by cars, disease, poison, and fights, and coyotes will accept the easy meal if that’s what’s available. Please keep your pets properly contained, but don’t persecute coyotes based on misconceptions!

Photos from Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC)'s post 03/01/2021


They’re meant to be “humane” because you’re supposed to remove the trapped animal after capture, but people leave them unattended for animals to starve to death.

I end up removing a dozen or more snakes and lizards every year... not all of them survive.


There are a lot of great ways to make an impression on your significant other this Valentine’s Day. For example, you could plan a camping trip to Padre Island National Seashore. You could also pick up trash together at someplace both of you care about, for example Padre Island National Seashore. Long walks on the beach are popular too. Could we recommend going to Padre Island National Seashore?

One thing we ask is that you don’t release balloons, no matter where you are. When you release balloons, they often end up in our oceans and on our beaches. After Valentine’s Day last year, the Ibarra family picked up over sixty Valentine's balloons in a single day, and many more were found by others. Mylar balloons are composed of a synthetic nylon with a metallic coating and are non-biodegradable. Sea turtles, fish, dolphins, and even whales can mistake them for food. Birds and other animals can also become entangled in the balloon string. This fleeting gesture of love can actually cause a lot of heartache.

Show everyone how big your heart is and tell your loved ones to never release balloons.

Photo Credit: Ibarra Family

Image Description: A young man kneels next to a pile of red, pink, and white Valentine’s Day balloons.


Looking for a pet? Here’s a good rescue to look for this weekend at HERPS Exotic Reptile and Pet Shows

‘A remarkable phenomenon’: billions of cicadas set to emerge across eastern US 01/26/2021

‘A remarkable phenomenon’: billions of cicadas set to emerge across eastern US

Copperheads LOVE these guys.

‘A remarkable phenomenon’: billions of cicadas set to emerge across eastern US Last such event for 15 states including New York, Ohio, Illinois and Georgia occurred in 2004

fox26houston.com 01/20/2021

Donate spices to help rescued wildlife

fox26houston.com The Texas Wildlife Center is taking donations of spices to help with the enrichment of their rescued opossums.


Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC)

Our Animal Care Program is hiring Supervisors for the 2021 season! We are looking for motivated candidates who are excited to work with native Texas wildlife and assist in their rehabilitation and return to the wild.

Since 1979, TWRC Wildlife Center has been committed to providing quality emergency care and rehabilitation for injured, ill, and orphaned wildlife brought to us by the public. TWRC Wildlife Center has several seasonal openings for Supervisors in our Animal Care Program (ACP). Animals in the program include, but are not limited to - squirrels, opossums, doves and songbirds.

Check out the full description and complete your application today!



Hi everyone! We hope yall have had a good holiday!

Unfortunately Riki has asked that a post be made asking everyone to save her number for future relacations/identifications. Unfortunately due to algorithm issues and app issues, she is going to be deleting her Facebook which also means rikis reptiles relocations page will be deleted.

Riki's number is 832-705-5505, just in case you didn't have it saved already!

We all want to thank you for all of your support over the past years! You have no idea how much it has meant to us! We have loved educating yall and so grateful yall have wanted to learn about our passion.


#LeaveNoTrace #NatureIsNotYourTrashCan

Examples of Leave No Trace

A photo-essay by Ranger John

Seeking to improve his photography skills, Ranger John was inspired by a rising trend in nature. Discarded masks. Once worn by guests, now cast aside and lost.

Leave No Trace Principle 3 is to Discard of Waste Properly. Pack out what you pack in. Leave it cleaner than you found it.

With your help, let's make this Ranger John's first and only chapter in this essay.

#TPWD #huntsvillestatepark #leavenotrace

phys.org 12/20/2020

New species of turtle discovered

phys.org Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Uwe Fritz described a new species of mata mata turtle based on genetic analyses. Until now, it had been assumed that the genus Chelus only contained a single species. The new description also necessitates a reassessment of the conservation s...

e360.yale.edu 12/12/2020

How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline

e360.yale.edu The impact of introduced plants on native biodiversity has emerged as a hot-button issue in ecology. But recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well.



Recently, the Notre Dame caught on fire. News networks around the world went ballistic. But something far worse happened. The largest species of freshwater turtle, the Yangtze River Turtle (“Rafetus swinhoei”), was declared functionally extinct. The last known female was over 90 years of age and had undergone a fifth attempt of artificial insemination to no avail. The female passed away and with her, the entire hope of her species.

I’ve been watching the new David Attenborough documentary recently (“Our Planet” on Netflix) and one sentence has been stuck in my mind. “In the space of one human lifetime… everything has changed…”

We are in the midst of one of the worst environmental catastrophes the world has ever seen. Within the blink of a geological eye, we (as humans) have wiped out a staggering amount of biodiversity. What do you think? Is the largest species of freshwater turtle becoming functionally extinct more important than the loss of Notre Dame? Image via @joelsartore

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center

If you use artificial eggs or golf balls to show your hens where to lay, please keep in mind that these can be lethal to snakes that may mistake them for eggs. This problem can be easily corrected by properly securing your coop or by gluing multiple fake eggs together (so a snake cannot ingest them) or securing them directly to the coop. You can also use a real egg (that has been marked so you do not accidentally collect and eat it) to show hens where to lay.

This eastern ratsnake was brought to us when the finder noticed a golf ball-sized swelling more than halfway down the snake’s body. Luckily, she immediately made the connection that this may be the result of having used golf balls in her chicken coop.

This golf ball was far down the gastrointestinal tract and could not be brought back up manually, so surgical intervention was required. The “egg” was removed and the snake now has all winter to recover here at the Center.

Interestingly, this ratsnake had elevated lead levels. It is our second ratsnake to have been tested at our hospital and our second to come back positive for the toxic heavy metal. We suspect that the golf ball may have contained lead as many golf balls do.

With the surgical wounds healing and the lead levels coming down, this snake is becoming more active and alert. We fully expect this patient to be ready for release in May!

#EasternRatsnake #WildlifeSurgery #HerpsOfVA


Fun finding!

The Toledo Zoo is excited to report the first documented case of biofluorescence in Tasmanian devils!

Biofluorescence refers to the phenomenon by which a living organism absorbs light and reemits it as a different color. In the case of the Tasmanian devil, the skin around their snout, eyes, and inner ear absorbs ultraviolet light (a type of light that is naturally abundant, yet invisible to humans) and reemits it as blue, visible light. It is unclear whether this instance of biofluorescence serves any ecological purpose or is simply happenstance.

Biofluorescence has recently been popularly discovered to occur in other Australian mammals such as the platypus (Anich et al. 2020) and wombat (Frankham and Travouillon 2020). Ohio native Virginia opossums (Meisner 1983) and southern flying squirrels (Kohler et al. 2019) also fluoresce under UV light. While the reasons (or lack thereof) for biofluorescence in mammals have yet to be determined, it is interesting to speculate. Evidence suggests that some bird species use UV fluorescence to attract mates (Pearn et al. 2001). Many fishes even use biofluorescence to camouflage themselves (Sparks et al. 2014).

While it is possible that Tasmanian devils evolved biofluorescence for purposes such as those above, it is also possible (though perhaps less exciting) that due to their primarily nocturnal habits, they may not encounter fluorescence-inducing levels of UV in the wild. Additionally, Tasmanian devils or other species they interact with (such as their predators or prey) may not be able to detect UV light or the resulting fluorescence.

Even if the biofluorescence is naturally occurring and detectable by a species, it would also need to influence their behavior in order for it to be considered a functional adaptation. While caution is required when interpreting these findings, one thing is for certain: the Tasmanian devil lives up to its name in all spectrums of light!

Photo: Jake Schoen, Toledo Zoo Conservation Technician.

#ToledoZoo #Biofluorescence #TasmanianDevils

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