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Komodo dragon blood produces new antibiotic compound

Researchers used a molecule with antimicrobial properties detected in the blood of Komodo dragons to create a synthetic compound that expedites the healing process of infected wounds in mice, according to a study published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes.
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Fingerprint' technique spots frog populations at risk from pollution

Fingerprint' technique spots frog populations at risk from pollution | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Researchers at Lancaster University have found a way to detect subtle early warning signs that reveal a frog population is at risk from pollution.
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Croc horror: Love lost after Aussie teen reptile stunt

Croc horror: Love lost after Aussie teen reptile stunt | Herpetology | Scoop.it
A British backpacker who inspired a drunk Australian teenager to swim in crocodile-infested waters, narrowly avoiding death, said Tuesday she was not impressed by the fraught romantic gesture.
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New boa constrictor species discovered on remote Caribbean island

New boa constrictor species discovered on remote Caribbean island | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Silver snake, with distinctive metallic appearance, discovered in Bahamas and confirmed as previously unknown species
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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
Snake poop and the adaptive ballast hypothesis
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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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The development of amphibians and reptiles through twelve million years of geological history

The development of amphibians and reptiles through twelve million years of geological history | Herpetology | Scoop.it
Together with an international team, Senckenberg scientist Professor Dr. Madelaine Böhme studied the development of the amphibian and reptile fauna in Western Siberia during the past twelve million years. In their study
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3 New Snakes Found, One Named for Underworld Monster

3 New Snakes Found, One Named for Underworld Monster | Herpetology | Scoop.it
The newfound species add to Earth's most diverse snake genus—and one of them is already critically endangered.
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Sea snakes can sense objects at a distance by feeling movements in the water

Sea snakes can sense objects at a distance by feeling movements in the water | Herpetology | Scoop.it
The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, a University of Adelaide-led study suggests.
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Coral snake venom reveals a unique route to lethality

Coral snake venom reveals a unique route to lethality | Herpetology | Scoop.it
For more than a decade, a vial of rare snake venom refused to give up its secret formula for lethality; its toxins had no effect on the proteins that most venoms target.
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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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