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Dr. Sprackland earned his BA in zoology and MS in education at the University of Kansas; he took his MA in zoology at San Jose State University, and his Ph.D in zoology at University College London. He has been interested in reptiles since he was 4-years old, and published his first articles when he was 15, and his first book at 18. His most recent books are Giant Lizards, 2nd edition (2009), and the Pocket Professional Guide to Lizards (2010).

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  • CAREERS IN HERPETOLOGY AND HERPETOCULTURE
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    CAREERS IN HERPETOLOGY AND HERPETOCULTURE

    4 years ago

    You may become involved in designing or building museum exhibits. Herpetologists spend a lot of time researching museum specimens. Field work includes observation and collecting reptiles. Careers in Herpetology and...

  • The Dragons’ Christmas
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    The Dragons’ Christmas

    6 years ago

    ‘Twas the week after Christmas and all through the cavern Not a dragon was stirring, for they were all at the tavern. Their great cave was cluttered with all their new gifts Which the dragons tried...

  • HEALTH AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE: INSEPARABLE DESPITE THE POLITICS
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    HEALTH AND UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE: INSEPARABLE DESPITE THE POLITICS

    7 years ago

    America is wrestling with one of the most important issues that ever faced the nation, healthcare reform. Typical of the American system of government, the specifics of the issue have become largely divorced from facts...

  • Coffee Grounds and Super Plants: True or False?
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    Coffee Grounds and Super Plants: True or False?

    7 years ago

    Plants grown in a mixture of potting soil and used coffee grounds grow better than those raised in plain soil: true or false? Because my wife is a gardener, I had heard this story long ago and reconciled myself to...

  • Basic Care of Leopard Geckos
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    Basic Care of Leopard Geckos

    7 years ago

    Basic Care of Leopard Geckos (Eublepharus macularius) For nearly twenty years, leopard geckos have been among the most popular reptiles in private collections. Their endearing features include their interesting colour...

  • Notes on the Red Tegu
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    Notes on the Red Tegu

    7 years ago

    Notes on the Red Tegu, Tupinambis rufescens (Günther, 1871) By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Shakespeare famously penned the opinion that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Yet, being...

  • Mastering the Care of Chameleons
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    Mastering the Care of Chameleons

    7 years ago

    When is a lizard not a lizard? Believe it or not it wasn’t all that long ago that chameleons were classified as an infraorder of their own. Lizards were considered to be Rhipoglossa (chameleons) or Sauria (all the...

  • Fear of Reptiles -- Why?
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    Fear of Reptiles -- Why?

    7 years ago

    Having been a child of the fifties, I must confess to a weakness that my generation faces that predates interest in drugs, cigarettes, sex, or the other pastimes that a more senior generation considers vices. I watch...

  • Fiscal Failure and the New Recession
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    Fiscal Failure and the New Recession

    4 years ago

    By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Back in late 2008 the Government of the United States of America said it would take at least $700,000,000 dollars – all the zeroes make the number, seven hundred million, look...

  • The Long-tailed Grass Lizard
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    The Long-tailed Grass Lizard

    4 years ago

    Long-tailed Grass Lizard Takydromus sexlineatus Daudin, 1802 Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Family: Lacertidae, a family distributed throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. This species is found in Southeastern Asia,...

  • EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (PART I)
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    EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (PART I)

    7 years ago

    EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. © 2001, 2003, Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Preface There has been a considerable volume of literature generated on the subject of...

  • EVOLUTION PLAIN AND SIMPLE (Part III)
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    EVOLUTION PLAIN AND SIMPLE (Part III)

    7 years ago

    EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. © 2001, 2003, Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Defining Evolution Paradigms are points of view - What scientists mean by "theory" - ...

  • EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (Part II)
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    EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE (Part II)

    8 years ago

    EVOLUTION, PLAIN AND SIMPLE By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. The Background of Evolution Evolution is an ancient idea - Modern science tackles evolution- Lamarck and acquired characters - Darwin and Natural...

  • HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT Part II
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    HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT Part II

    8 years ago

    HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT Part II By Robert Sprackland, Ph.D. II [Note: links to special sites with detailed follow-up information about specific subjects is provided in the text. -Ed.] What...

  • HOW SAFE ARE YOU IN AN AMERICAN HOSPITAL?
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    HOW SAFE ARE YOU IN AN AMERICAN HOSPITAL?

    7 years ago

    HOW SAFE ARE YOU IN AN AMERICAN HOSPITAL? By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Are you afraid of flying? Do you know anyone who is afraid of flying? Fearful or not, you have probably heard that flying is the...

  • Ultraviolet Light, Vitamin D, and Reptile Health
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    Ultraviolet Light, Vitamin D, and Reptile Health

    7 years ago

    Ultraviolet Light, Vitamin D, and Reptile Health By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. If you keep reptiles you have probably learned that they require regular exposure to ultraviolet light (UV), and that UV is...

  • The Yellow Head Gecko
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    The Yellow Head Gecko

    7 years ago

    The Yellow Headed Gecko Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Yellow Headed Gecko Gonatodes albigularis fuscus (Hallowell, 1855) Family: Gekkonidae, the geckos, subfamily Sphaerodactylinae, the round-toed geckos....

  • TO THE PARENTS OF A  YOUNG HERPETOLOGIST
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    TO THE PARENTS OF A YOUNG HERPETOLOGIST

    7 years ago

    Steve Masterson Dr. Sprackland, I am a parent of such a child. Myles is 14 now and has been studying reptiles for about 4-5 years now. At first, it started off small, Anoles,small turtles and a tiny Green snake found in...

  • The Silvery Legless Lizard
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    The Silvery Legless Lizard

    7 years ago

    The Silvery Legless Lizard Anniella pulchra Gray, 1852 Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Family: Anniellidae, completely restricted to the California coast, from Monterey County south to central Baja California,...

  • HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT
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    HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT

    7 years ago

    HOW TO LIVE WITH PAIN AND THOSE WHO HAVE IT By Robert Sprackland, Ph.D. Dedicated to the biggest pains in my life, which reside in the greatest love of my life. I [Note: links to special sites with detailed...

  • When Klaatu Returns: The Day the Earth Stood Still Revisited
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    When Klaatu Returns: The Day the Earth Stood Still Revisited

    8 years ago

    When Klaatu Returns By Robert Sprackland, Ph.D. Excerpted from Klaatu's Judgment, a manuscript in progress. On a spring day in 1951 a spacecraft arrived on Earth carrying an envoy from "the other...

  • Ten Things Heard on The Island on LOST
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    Ten Things Heard on The Island on LOST

    4 years ago

    HEARD ON "LOST" "Hey, everyone! Meet Will Robinson." "Never mind The Others-wait till you see the giant gorilla!" "Hurley, DON'T follow that white rabbit!" "The last...

  • The Eastern Coral Snake
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    The Eastern Coral Snake

    7 years ago

    The Eastern Coral Snake Micrurus fulvius (Linnaeus, 1766) By Robert George Sprackland, Ph.D. Family: Elapidae, venomous snakes that include cobras, kraits, mambas, brown snakes, tiger snakes and coral snakes. ...

  • Why America's Schools Fail: Part VI-C: Teacher's Unions
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    Why America's Schools Fail: Part VI-C: Teacher's Unions

    7 years ago

    Why America's Schools Fail By Dr. Robert Sprackland Part VI. DEFINING THE PROBLEMS: Failures in GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY Politics and science (Note: these chapters and sections are being published as they are...

  • Why America's Schools Fail: Part II Introduction
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    Why America's Schools Fail: Part II Introduction

    8 years ago

    Part II: INTRODUCTION Who caused the problems, the nature of the problems, and why the system is not self-correcting. Parents elect the overseers, who know that parents only want change that won't cause them to take any...

  • Why America's Schools Fail: Part I
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    Why America's Schools Fail: Part I

    8 years ago

    Part I: PREFACE America is a funny country, a behemoth situation comedy where nobody knows that they are in a comedy. Through its written Constitution and governmental system of checks and balances, it...

  • Bite of the Bandy-Bandy: Chapter 1
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    Bite of the Bandy-Bandy: Chapter 1

    8 years ago

    There's been a lot of talk lately about unwanted visitors. I'm not talking about in-laws or college students on an extended return from school. The visitors to which I refer have gone under a suite of pejorative titles:...

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