One day while reading various science articles I happened to stumble upon an article that got my attention regarding reptile parthenogenesis. Owning parthenogenetic reptiles myself I was intrigued and read the article. I was floored to learn not only are there more parthenogenetic reptiles than I had thought but they were in captive environments and the implications of this are simply amazing. So I immediately spoke with Jo our Content Director and she set-up the interview with Dr. Warren Booth of University of Tulsa. Now you have the opportunity to not only learn about his incredible paper but you as a herpetoculturist can participate in his research! That’s right folks, he is calling on herpetoculturists to help in his research so what are you waiting for? Listen to the interview and get involved.
Dr. DeRisi Howard Hughes Medical Investigator & Post Doctoral Fellow Mark Stenglein who published Identification, Characterization, and In Vitro Culture of Highly Divergent Arenaviruses from Boa Constrictors and Annulated Tree Boas: Candidate Etiological Agents for Snake Inclusion Body Disease which was published in the American Society for Microbiology caused somewhat of a stir in the reptile community. However, this stir was unfounded and was actually a result of poor journalism. As is often the case many in the reptile community and public at large both didn’t read the actual paper but based their judgements on what was reported in the news agencies. That being said, we asked Dr. DeRisi and Mr. Stenglein to come on the show and clarify just what this paper meant to the reptile community.
In this episode of Interview with an Expert we talk with Dr. William K. Hayes about not only his career and how he got started in reptiles but we go in depth on the topic of rattlesnakes which as you all know is one of my favorite species snakes. We talk about envenoming and the mechanics behind it and much more.