Riki's Reptile Relocations

Riki's Reptile Relocations

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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.
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🐍
Yesterday I was walking on the south side of the Spring Trails preserve around the pond. Again, I found one dead turtle and one that was on land but obviously dying. The dead turtle had about a 12" shell and the dying turtle was large with about a 14" shell. This is the same are I previously reported three dead turtles. Did you ever get someone to check it out?
Little fellow was hanging out under a beach towel that was drying on a patio chair
Rikki will come take and relocate snakes. Please contact her before killing them.
Today (5/13) I was walking my dog around the Spring Trails Lake by the Spring Nature Preserve. First, I saw a snake that looked like it had red bands interspersed with black bands that were edged with yellow. So it was red, yellow, black, yellow and then starting over with red. I left it alone. Then I saw three dead turtles. Two were floating in the water near shore and a third was up on the bank. They were spread out over a couple of hundred yards. None showed any obvious causes of death. I wonder if there is some kind of disease with the turtles?
Our resident green anoles. 🦎❤️🦎
Thanks to Riki Lee Treadway for the opportunity to adopt this adorbs Kenyan sand boa! She will make a great ambassador and overall adorable addition to the menagerie.

We are licensed for handling and safely removing our native reptile species. Text images for quick ID. Services are free. Donations are accepted.

I am here for the identification and/or relocation of our native snake species. I am here to educate and prevent the killing of these species. This is a free service, however, donations are welcome. Any and all donations made will go towards new tools of the trade (hooks, buckets for transporting snakes, educational material, licensing fees for renewal and gas for the traveling) Questions, comments and concerns can be sent through the page or to the phone number linked in the page information. For quick ID, text the images of whatever you may have found. Do not try to pick up the snake.

Today’s relocation. The buttermilk racer. This is a speedy species of snake. It’s food sources are often other snakes as well as the occasional lizard, frog or rodent.

This one had an unfortunate run in with someone scared and ignorant. It’s likely missing a portion of its jaw and will be staying with us for a short time in order to make a decision based on its injuries and it’s quality of life. (Update: we needed to euthanize this snake because of the extent of its injuries...)

Thank you to the Kroger associate who let us know about the snake through our sister group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SoutheastTexasSnakeID/?ref=share

The Herpetology Collective

Cottonmouths are probably the most unjustly hated snakes in the US. They are a particularly docile species, but anywhere you go, stories abound of people being chased by these "mean" and "aggressive" snakes.

Interestingly, none of the biologists or other professionals that encounter these snakes every day have ever managed to observe such behavior... apparently, they are only mean to people that are scared of snakes when there are no cameras around! ;)

To understand where these stories come from, check out this article- bit.ly/snakechase

It's also worth mentioning that most "cottonmouth" sightings are cases of mistaken identity. For some insight about identifying venomous snakes, visit bit.ly/Snake-ID

You can also join our snake identification group at bit.ly/live-snakes

Make sure to follow our page for more good info and Happy Herping!

Thanks to Tiffany Bright for this great photo of a cute Florida Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti)!

Remember that when tagging us in posts, we aren’t ignoring the post. Chances are we are unable to comment due to the original poster’s privacy settings. Thank you to everyone who thinks of us when trying to save or ID a snake!

(Photo of three-toe Box turtle for attention)

Thank you to Richard Taylor for these awesome shots. This Gulf Coast Ribbon got ahold of me during a herping trip and didn’t want to let go. I had no swelling or itching from the prolonged bite and the snake was released right after the pictures were taken. #gulfcoastribbonsnake #omnomnom #snakebite #nonvenomous these guys eat frogs, toads and newts so some people could have small reactions to their bites due to the food sources having poisons. Perfect example of these guys using food for aid in capturing other food sources. (Eastern newt has a mild neurotoxin and is a staple in the ribbon’s diet.)

The Eastern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) is a venomous species of pit viper found throughout southeast Texas as well as much of the eastern US (as far north as southern NY)
Although not a deadly bite, the venom could cause pain, swelling, tingling and nausea.

Bites from these snakes mostly happen from victims stepping on them or reaching into areas like under shrubbery or rocks without looking first.

This is a non-aggressive species and rarely bites without provocation.

If bitten, adults would seek care at Ben Taub downtown, children at Texas Children’s downtown. Crofab is the anti-venom used.

At no time should a surgeon ever be consulted on a venomous bite. You have a right to deny care by them.

The only cure for a venomous bite is anti-venom. Period.

No sucking, cutting, biting, burning, shocking, freezing...etc.

Thank you to one of our followers in Kingwood! This poor gal was found wandering someone’s back yard. Their pup thought it found a chew toy.

You can see it’s lost a foot at some point, but these guys are so resilient that they keep trucking despite the injuries.

Tonight’s relocation is brought to you by...

Poor husbandry and people who cannot properly care for their pets.

This little guy/gal was found while taking out the trash somewhere in Greenspoint. Lucky for the snake it’s got a new home already and seems to be pretty healthy.

We don’t know how long it was lose, or if it escaped or was released.

There are people to take in your pets if you cannot care for them. Not only is it an awful thing to do to your pet, but releasing a non-native animal into the Wild is illegal.

(Photo is of a ball python)

savethebuzztails.org

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Did you know?

Copperhead venom is being used in breast cancer research!

https://www.savethebuzztails.org/product-page/breast-cancer-awareness-sticker

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tpwd.texas.gov

Venomous Texas Snakes — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Check out Texas Parks and Wildlife’s link on snake information.

The only change needed: identification of a snake is not needed to properly treat a bite. You do not need a picture or the physical snake to be treated.

REASON(s): First is that most doctors and ER staff can’t properly identify a snake from a rope in the road. Second you increase the likelihood of taking another bite from said snake.

When bitten and you’re unsure, signs of envenomation by a pit viper (cottonmouth, copperhead, rattlesnake) is usually pain and swelling at the bite site.

Signs of a coral snake bite vary and usually don’t show until hours afterwards in some cases. Pain is not immediate.

Please message us for any comments questions or concerns.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/education/resources/texas-junior-naturalists/snakes-alive/venomous-texas-snakes

tpwd.texas.gov The State of Texas is home to 15 potentially dangerous snake species or subspecies. Despite this, each year, there have been more deaths in Texas attributed to lightning strikes than to venomous snakebites. This is due, in part, to increasing awareness of snakes around us, developing and improved fi...

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Houston Venom Conference​

houstonvenomconference.com Houston Venom Conference Educating physicians, nurses, EMS professionals, and nature enthusiasts about the management of snakebites and other envenomations. May 16, 2020 May 16, 2020 ABOUT

thelemurrefuge.org

Donate

https://www.thelemurrefuge.org/donate

We aren’t the only people who help the less fortunate critters!

Thanks to the dedicated workers and volunteers here, many animals (not just lemurs) get a helping hand!

Check out the website and if you have the funds, help them feed their visitors and permanent residents!

thelemurrefuge.org

We have recently had a little friction in the community. To clear some things up.

No, we aren’t a rescue, but we do help get some critters to the proper people.

Yes we have helped nurse critters back to health when the rescues were full.

You can tag us in posts about both native and non-native reptiles, just understand that we aren’t a facility.

Our group is a part of a collection of volunteers from all over Texas. We at RRR work out of Spring, The Woodlands, some Conroe as well as North Houston. We try to reach out to anyone who needs the help.

If someone corrects you about tagging us for help, don’t back down. We are a resource for guiding, educating and assisting ANY reptile.

We do get calls about baby birds and other injured wildlife, especially during the spring and summer months. Although we aren’t licensed to removed or rehab those animals, we have information for those that do.

Again. We aren’t a rescue, but a resource for local rescues within our area. We aren’t a rehab facility, but a resource for local rehab facilities.

If there are any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to message us here at Riki’s Reptile Relocations or text Riki at 832-705-5505.

Thank you to those that helped get the ball rolling and who continue to support us!

(Picture: Atheris squamigera, Variable Bush Viper. Venomous and not native to Texas)

npic.orst.edu

Mothballs - Regulation, Proper Uses and Alternatives

Snake repellants don't work.

Snake away, mothballs and other commercial and home remedies don't work. Study that shows mothballs don't work. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1041&context=ewdcc2

Study that shows sulfur doesn't work. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1431&context=gpwdcwp

Video that shows snake away and mothballs don't work. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ8bXLPQrTU

Video that shows oils don't work. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AH2DR9Z7txY&feature=youtu.be

EPA regulations showing it's illegal to use mothballs. http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/mothball/regulation.html

npic.orst.edu You are here: NPIC Home Page Pesticide Ingredients Pesticide Products Pesticide Types Mothballs Regulation, Proper Uses and Alternatives

Follow Gina's Heart of Gold Reptile and Exotic Rescue for cute reptile adoptions!!

Three adult male Herman’s tortoises need new homes - preferably (their wish) with cute females

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Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC)

It's the holiday season and time to think about gift-giving. Why not give something that helps the environment? We have bat boxes for sale. Bats are very valuable to our environment because they eat lots of bugs! Stop by the Center any day, Monday-Sunday, between 10am and 2pm to purchase.
Large boxes are $20
Small boxes are $10
Flat panel are $15

khou.com

Clouded leopard cubs born at Houston Zoo

khou.com A pair of clouded leopards were born at the Houston Zoo Tuesday morning.

Learnaboutcritters.org/primer

Just a snippet from Louisiana Exotic Animal Resource Network’s Primer!

Although we offer these services, our main purpose is to educate so we do not have to remove an animal from its habitat.

Something less serious for you guys. How many of you can relate??

The struggle is real.

Comic by @pet_foolery on IG

Go check out the page and all the goodies you can bid on!

The Gala is tomorrow, but you can bid on your favorite items today! Check out the George Springer Shadow Box, and all the cool art piece donated form our amazingly talented volunteers and supporters!
https://qtego.net/qlink/bayouland

Cameron Park Zoo

Are snakes with triangular heads always venomous? Many people think so. However, many non-venomous snakes will flatten out their heads as a defense to appear larger to potential predators. The snake in the left photo is a venomous copperhead. The snake in the right photo is a harmless water snake in a defensive position. A triangular head does not necessarily mean the snake is venomous! #scalesandtails

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Snake Fungal Disease Detected in California

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Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC)

“Good evening, Clarice…”

Did you know that cannibalism is relatively common in eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum)? In fact, distinct “cannibal” morphs can appear four weeks after hatching in the larval stage, with these individuals displaying larger, sharper teeth, wider heads, and an aggressive demeanor.

While us humans may find this behavior terrifyingly taboo, there is strong evolutionary logic behind this phenomenon. Crowded ponds will produce more cannibal morphs, which feed almost exclusively on non-relative salamanders. Thus, the competitive edge given by the practice of cannibalism means that these individuals and their relatives are more likely to survive to reproductive age.

Photo Credit: Peter Paplanus
Figure Credit: Francis Rose and D. Armentrout

***EDIT: The figure used is from a 1976 paper. The salamander depicted has since been reclassified as Ambystoma mavortium, the western tiger salamander. Cannibalism is more common in this species than in Ambystoma tigrinum.

Bears Etc

Genius!

Rocky's Wildlife Rescue

We've posted this before but it's worth repeating!

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition (TWRC)

It is with true sorrow that we say goodbye to Beatrix Potter, our Ambassador Opossum. Beatrix came to us in March of 2016 with some neurological issues which caused her to “bunny hop” rather than walk. It was decided that she would make a perfect Animal Ambassador once her rehabilitators, Matt and Terrell, realized that she was unreleasable and that she had the sweet, friendly personality needed to be an Ambassador.

During her three and a half years as an Ambassador, she changed the minds of thousands of people about opossums. She had been petted by multiple thousands and she garnered a sense of stewardship for the highly misunderstood species, especially among children. She helped prove that opossums are smarter than people think they are by following commands and she was a perfect advocate for her species.

Beatrix was diagnosed with Lymphoma earlier in the week and her breathing became labored suddenly yesterday.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew her and she will remain in our hearts forever.

learnaboutcritters.org

Donate to L.E.A.R.N.

learnaboutcritters.org Thank you for considering donating to help animals in need and forward Conservation Through Education! Besides the options below, there are many things you can do to help our efforts that don't cos…

Spokane Master Gardener Foundation

LEAVE THE LEAVES!

"Butterflies and songbirds depend on leaf litter. Over winter months, butterflies and moths as pupa or caterpillar are in the leaf litter. When you rake it up, you are removing the whole population of butterflies. Without insects in the leaf litter, you also drive away birds looking for food to feed their offspring."

https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/3853468002…

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Can snakes really save more lives than they take?

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ted.com Kristen Wiley takes us on a winding journey into the world of Eastern Kentucky’s reptiles and snakes. While we might see snakes as a nuisance or threat, they are a valuable resource to researchers, who use the venom to create treatments for cancer and other diseases. This talk culminates with Jame...

This is disgusting...

UPDATE 10/20/19:
Due to a high volume of engagement including non-factual information and recommendations, the National EMG page team is posting the following statement:

The National EMG page team appreciates a variety of views on all topics. We ask that before responding to a post or asking questions that you read the original post as your comment/question may have already been addressed. We strive to provide research-based information. All viewers may not agree with the conclusions, but the intent of this page is to educate. We expect courteous comments. Comments that involve name-calling, insults or that recommend illegal or dangerous practices will be removed.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

DO NOT USE MOTHBALLS OUTSIDE!
DO NOT USE PESTICIDE IN STATE PARKS OR NATIONAL FORESTS!

Sharing from a post from Tucson Reptile Museum

I can’t believe we’re having to make this post today.
The TRM Board was enjoying a nice day at Peppersauce when we stumbled across something horrific- one of the picnic sites and the trail leading to the bathroom nearby were COVERED in mothballs. Not one or two, not a couple in the bathroom. The entire site and the trail to the bathroom were covered in a massive amount of mothballs.
There are a LOT of issues to unpack here. PLEASE read and share!

First- mothballs are NOT effective repellent outdoors. They do not repel snakes, they won’t keep flies away, and they’re nearly useless on mosquitos. They are meant to be used in small, enclosed spaces for moths, such as winter clothing boxes.

Second- mothballs are ILLEGAL to use outdoors. This is for a huge range of reasons. They are poisonous to humans (especially children), dogs, cats, and wildlife. They are an environmental hazard. They are highly toxic to all forms of wildlife, from beneficial insects like bees and butterflies to squirrels, deer, and birds. They are not to be used outside at all.

Third- This is a National Forest. That means there are a LOT of laws in place to protect the wildlife. Those picnic areas aren’t just for YOU. They are for EVERYONE. These parks are for campers, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, school trips, hunters, bird watchers, hikers, and so much more. When someone destroys them with trash, poison, or just disrespectful actions, they destroy them for EVERYONE. Your desire to not be bothered by flies or to have fewer ants does NOT trump everyone else’s right to enjoy the site without those chemicals. If you can’t stand the bugs that come with being outside at these amazing parks, do everyone a favor and stay home. That’s not being harsh, that’s being brutally honest.

Finally, the Board spent about an hour trying to clean up everything we could. If a child or dog had found those (since both are frequently at the site), that could have been a death sentence. Death. These mothballs were put out because someone didn’t like the flies or didn’t want to use bug spray to keep off mosquitos. They decided that their comfort was more important than other people’s and animals’ lives. This time of year, a LOT of our wildlife, from bees and beetles to lizards and mice, are burrowing under the leaf litter to prepare for winter. That area? Devoid of life. No birds. No lizards. No bugs other than the flies and mosquitos. The first rain would have washed those chemicals even further, spreading the dead area to more and more of the park. There are animals found in that area that aren’t found outside of our sky islands. There are spiders out right now that you will ONLY find in the fall, in that area. There are migrating birds that rely on the massive grasshopper bloom to give them enough food to last through winter. This one, mindless act, endangered the entire ecosystem of the area.

Now, we’re all home trying to recover from that exposure. Our lungs hurt, we’re coughing, dizzy, and most of all, incredibly upset and hurt that people are this selfish and thoughtless. We are contacting the appropriate authorities, but it is going to take more than that. This is going to take a massive education movement. You need to share this with your friends and family, your coworkers, your neighbors. Mothballs do NOT belong outside, and they definitely don’t belong in our State Parks and National Forests.
If you can’t respect the wildlife and beauty of nature around you, stay home.

Sincerely,
The Tucson Reptile Museum Board of Directors

Information on mothball usage and legality:
http://npic.orst.edu/ingred/ptype/mothball/regulation.html

MSDS and important medical information for exposure to mothballs:
https://fscimage.fishersci.com/msds/16120.htm…

EPA site for reporting illegal use or answering questions on use (by region):
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-contacts/pesticide-contacts-our-regional-offices

In the images:
Not only did we find many harmless and beneficial insects dead around these mothballs, but we also found evidence of a squirrel having eaten one and recent deer feces that means the grazing deer were exposed. This horrific act of selfishness will impact local wildlife, even though we did our best to clean the site.

Photo credit: Tucson Reptile Museum

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