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June 8, 2015 — A researcher who generates three-dimensional computer models of animals using a micro-CT scanner found that in analyzing a frog specimen, another animal was present inside the frog -- another ... read more

May 21, 2015 — The eastern diamondback rattlesnake has lost 97 percent of its habitat since Europeans first arrived in America. New research demonstrates the critical nature of one element of the diamondback's ... read more

For the First Time, Scientists Tag a Loggerhead Sea Turtle Off US West Coast

May 11, 2015 — Fifty miles out to sea from San Diego, in the middle of April, under a perfectly clear blue sky, fisheries scientists leaned over the side of a rubber inflatable boat and lowered a juvenile ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Diets of snakes from a temperate region in South America may depend more on phylogeny (ancestry) than ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A team of Chilean scientists discover two new species of iguanid lizards from the Laja Lagoon, Chile. The two new species are believed to have been long confused with other representatives of the ... read more

Ways to Avoid Catching Diseases from Pets

Apr. 20, 2015 — Pets can pass diseases to humans, especially when a pet owner's immune system is compromised. Here, veterinarians outline ways for families to avoid disease transmission by choosing the right ... read more

Apr. 17, 2015 — It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone ... read more

Frog Uses Different Strategies to Escape Ground, Air Predators

Apr. 15, 2015 — Frogs may flee from a ground predator and move towards an aerial predator, undercutting the flight ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles—a species once thought extinct—have been released into their native habitat in Myanmar, conservationists report. The Myanmar roofed turtle (Batagur ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Scientists confirm that ectotherms -- like reptiles and amphibians -- do follow "Bergmann's rule". The 19th-century naturalist posited that animals inhabiting colder climates have a ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — New research has shed light on the complex challenge facing scientists battling one of the world's most devastating animal diseases. Chytrid fungus is thought to be behind the decline or ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — A long lizard nose is an important part of their social interactions and a unique aspect of the natural history of this remarkable lizard. Scientists say the more they know about its behavior, the ... read more

Survey of Salmonella Species in Staten Island Zoo's Snakes

Mar. 29, 2015 — To better understand the variety of salmonella species harbored by captive reptiles, Staten Island Zoo has teamed up with ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — Ecopassages may be less effective reptile road mortality mitigation tools when fences fail to keep reptiles from accessing the ... read more

Mar. 24, 2015 — A previously undiscovered species of crocodile-like amphibian that lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth's top predators more than 200 million years ago, a study shows. ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — Researchers who develop snake-like robots have picked up a few tricks from real sidewinder rattlesnakes on how to make rapid and even sharp turns with their undulating, modular device. Working with ... read more

Mar. 23, 2015 — A frog in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest changes skin texture in minutes, appearing to mimic the texture it sits on. And, the new species, called Pristimantis mutabilis, or mutable ... read more

Skin Microbiome May Hold Clues to Protect Threatened Gold Frogs from Lethal Fungus

Mar. 23, 2015 — New information about the relationship between symbiotic microbial communities and amphibian disease resistance has been gained through a new study. A frog-killing fungus known as Batrachochytrium ... read more

Opossum-Based Antidote to Venom from Snake Bites Could Save Thousands of Lives

Mar. 22, 2015 — Scientists have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for venomous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — A new study has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the color of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected ... read more

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