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Life is short, but snakes are long: Snake poop and the adaptive ballast hypothesis

Life is short, but snakes are long: Snake poop and the adaptive ballast hypothesis | Herpetology | Scoop.it
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Sick gopher tortoises are unusually mobile, could be leading to disease spread, study finds

Sick gopher tortoises are unusually mobile, could be leading to disease spread, study finds | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Assumptions about how much and how far chronically ill gopher tortoises move around could be wrong, a new University of Georgia study has found.
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Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos

Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos | Herpetology | Scoop.it
A frog that does not croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.
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Sequencing the genome of salamanders

Sequencing the genome of salamanders | Herpetology | Scoop.it
University of Kentucky biologist Randal Voss is sequencing the genome of salamanders. Though we share many of the same genes, the salamander genome is massive compared to our own, about 10 times as large.
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How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe'

How lizards regenerate their tails: Researchers discover genetic 'recipe' | Herpetology | Scoop.it
By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans.
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Four chameleon species discovered in Mozambique's 'sky islands'

Four chameleon species discovered in Mozambique's 'sky islands' | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Expeditions to northern Mozambique's remote mountains have uncovered a wealth of new species, including four pygmy chameleons.
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Phys.Org Mobile: A synopsis of the carabid beetle tribe Lachnophorini reveals remarkable 24 new species

Phys.Org Mobile: A synopsis of the carabid beetle tribe Lachnophorini reveals remarkable 24 new species | Herpetology | Scoop.it
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Reptile Database surpasses 10,000 reptile species

Reptile Database surpasses 10,000 reptile species | Herpetology | Scoop.it
More than 10,000 reptile species have been recorded into the Reptile Database, a web-based catalogue of all living reptile species and classification, making the reptile species among the most diverse vertebrate groups in the world, alongside bird...
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The David Beckhamosaurus: he’s closer than you think (and he has feathers)

The David Beckhamosaurus: he’s closer than you think (and he has feathers) | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Gary Nunn: The often peculiar names we give newly discovered species reveal as much about the egos, eccentricities and obsessions of humans as they do about the creatures themselves
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Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers.
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Welcome to Herpetological Conservation & Biology

Welcome to Herpetological Conservation & Biology | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Herpetological #Conservation & Biology latest issue is now out! Check it at http://t.co/A45Cl46Gzz @Herpconbio #herpetology
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Scientists prove ground and tree salamanders have same diets

Scientists prove ground and tree salamanders have same diets | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Salamanders spend the vast majority of their lives below ground and surface only for short periods of time and usually only on wet nights.
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Tree frogs speed up their life cycle when becoming lunch

Tree frogs speed up their life cycle when becoming lunch | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Think again if you've always believed that events in the life cycle of animals happen consistently, almost rigidly, as part of the natural rhythm of nature.
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In Search of Lost Frogs

In Search of Lost Frogs | Herpetology | Scoop.it
On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost Frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host
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Lizards help us find out which came first: the baby or the egg?

Lizards help us find out which came first: the baby or the egg? | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered why we give birth to live young rather than lay eggs? Scientists have pondered this for a long time and answers have come from an unlikely source: some of Australia's lizards and snakes!
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Evolutionary basis of mitonuclear discordance between sister species of mole salamanders (Ambystoma sp.) - Denton - 2014 - Molecular Ecology - Wiley Online Library

Evolutionary basis of mitonuclear discordance between sister species of mole salamanders (Ambystoma sp.) - Denton - 2014 - Molecular Ecology - Wiley Online Library | Herpetology | Scoop.it
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The race to stop a global killer

The race to stop a global killer | Herpetology | Scoop.it
A deadly fungus sweeping the world is wiping out hundreds of amphibian species. Researchers in Europe have teamed up to work out how to stop it.

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Underground amphibians evolved unique ear

Underground amphibians evolved unique ear | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Caecilians have developed an oversized organ in their ears to help them sense underground vibrations, say scientists.
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US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade | Herpetology | Scoop.it
(AP)—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species.
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Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins

Largest-ever study of spider genetics shows orb weaver spiders do not share common origins | Herpetology | Scoop.it

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The largest-ever phylogenetic study of spiders shows that, contrary to long-held popular opinion, the two groups of spiders that weave orb-shaped webs do not share a single origin.

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