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Timber rattlers are deadly – but threatened

By Andrew Goldstein, Point Park News Service: The timber rattlesnake poses a danger to humans on the receiving end of its venomous bite. But humans pose a greater threat to the timber rattler. Its population is depleting because of the advancement of civilized society cutting away at the snake’s once widespread habitat. “Compared to what it used to be, it’s... Read More

Slimy amphibian is less protected than other animals

By Akasha Chamberlain, Point Park News Service: The eastern hellbender is far from cuddly. It’s big, slimy and a little bit ugly, with inspiring nicknames like “snot otter” and “mud devil.” It is the amphibians’ odd appearance, with its large flat head, tiny eyes and big grinning mouth, that makes it endearing to environmental lawyer Collette Adkins Giese. The eastern... Read More