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July 27, 2016

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July 27, 2016

June 22, 2016 — Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard's body. Now researchers ... read more

June 16, 2016 — Although red-eyed tree frog embryos appear helpless within their jelly-coated eggs, they can hatch up to two days ahead of schedule, reacting within seconds to attacks by egg ... read more

Discovery of a New Mating Position in Frogs

June 14, 2016 — Six mating positions (amplexus modes) are known among the almost 7,000 species of frogs and toads found worldwide. However, the Bombay night frog (Nyctibatrachus humayuni), which is endemic to the ... read more

June 14, 2016 — A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits, shedding new light on how the reptiles ... read more

June 9, 2016 — Scientists have found that the ancestors of garter snakes gained toxin-resistant nerves almost 40 million years ... read more

June 8, 2016 — New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition color change to specific body parts, depending on whether they are responding to temperature or communicating with other ... read more

June 8, 2016 — The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, an Australian study ... read more

Using Lake Michigan Turtles to Measure Wetland Pollution

June 7, 2016 — Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles ... read more

June 2, 2016 — Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. Among other surprises, fieldwork resulted in the discovery of ... read more

June 2, 2016 — A new rain frog species from southern Peru is reported by a team of herpetologists. Although the amphibian may look similar to other species at first sight, it is distinguished by its morphology, ... read more

May 30, 2016 — The fate of the world’s richest biodiversity of salamanders and newts is in the hands of pet owners across North America, warns a researcher, due to the threat of salamander chytrid disease that ... read more

Slithery New Species: Silver Boa Discovered in the Bahamas Islands

May 27, 2016 — In July of 2015 a team of scientists discovered a new species of boa during an expedition to a remote corner of the Bahamian Archipelago. They have named the new species the Silver Boa, Chilabothrus ... read more

May 25, 2016 — A female Blanding's turtle believed to be at least 83 years old was captured at a forest reserve this week. Researchers say it is the oldest well-documented Blanding's turtle and one of the ... read more

May 20, 2016 — Spotting native alligators and crocodiles in Florida is common, but anyone who sees a large reptile may want to take a second look -- human-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a ... read more

May 19, 2016 — If you're a rattlesnake, you want to bring the right weapon to a squirrel fight. And that venomous weapon varies from place to place, evolutionarily calibrated to overpower the local ... read more

Scientists Getting Warmer on Mimicking Anti-Freeze in Nature

May 19, 2016 — Researchers have taken an important step forward in mimicking nature's prowess at protecting cells from deep-freeze ... read more

More Sea Turtles Survive With Less Beach Debris

May 16, 2016 — Clearing the beach of flotsam and jetsam increased the number of nests by as much as 200 percent, while leaving the detritus decreased the number by nearly 50 percent, report scientists at the ... read more

Turtles Immune to Old Age? Maybe Not

May 13, 2016 — Nearly 30 years of data collected on painted turtles in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa, show that females suffer a steep dip in fertility before the end of their lives, a finding that flies ... read more

May 13, 2016 — An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has ... read more

Deadly Fungus Threatens African Frogs

May 6, 2016 — Misty mountains, glistening forests and blue-green lakes make Cameroon, the wettest part of Africa, a tropical wonderland for amphibians. Africa has been mostly spared from the deadly and rampant ... read more

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