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Island night lizard: Another protected species back from the brink - Christian Science Monitor

Island night lizard: Another protected species back from the brink - Christian Science Monitor | Reptile world | Scoop.it
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Island night lizard: Another protected species back from the brink
Christian Science Monitor
The mottled lizard is a small, omnivorous reptile found only on three of California's Channel Islands.
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How the International Trade in Geckos Is a Scam

How the International Trade in Geckos Is a Scam | Reptile world | Scoop.it
The coauthor of a new report says low-profile species are often hit hardest by illegal and unsustainable trade.
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"While it’s often argued that captive breeding relieves pressure on endangered species by providing an alternative source for trade, the report,Adding Up the Numbers: An Investigation into Commercial Breeding of Tokay Geckos in Indonesia, demonstrates that the opposite is true. Rather, it finds that wild-caught Tokay geckos are regularly laundered through Indonesia’s captive-breeding facilities on a massive scale."

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76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle unearthed in Utah

76-million-year-old extinct species of pig-snouted turtle unearthed in Utah | Reptile world | Scoop.it
In the 250-million-year evolutionary history of turtles, scientists have seen nothing like the pig nose of a new species of extinct turtle discovered in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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Up to 11 stunningly colorful chameleon species discovered in Madagascar

Up to 11 stunningly colorful chameleon species discovered in Madagascar | Reptile world | Scoop.it
The panther chameleon, a lizard prized in the pet trade for its remarkable color changing abilities, may actually represent 11 different species, report researchers writing in the journal Molecular Ecology. Analyzing the genetics of more than 300 individual panther chameleons, Swiss and Malagasy researchers make a case that different color morphs of Furcifer pardalis may be distinct species.
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Surprise: Snakes don’t kill by suffocation

Surprise: Snakes don’t kill by suffocation | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Study finds that slithery predators cause heart attacks instead
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Brainy lizards rival birds in intelligence

Brainy lizards rival birds in intelligence | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Reptiles have long been thought to be dim-witted, but a new study in Biology Letters finds that the Puerto Rican anole, a type of lizard, can match birds in smarts. Using cognitive tests that have been previously used on birds, researchers with Duke University found that the lizards were capable of solving a problem they've never encountered before, remembering the solution in future trials, and even changing techniques when presented with new challenges. In fact, the tiny anoles solved the test
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'World's Most Endangered' Turtle, Over 100 Years Old, Could Be Mom Soon - ABC News

'World's Most Endangered' Turtle, Over 100 Years Old, Could Be Mom Soon - ABC News | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Scientists in China are anxiously waiting for a female Yangtze giant softshell turtle, the "world's most endangered turtle," to lay her eggs.
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Florida's Going After a New Invasive Nemesis: Cat-Eating Monitor Lizards - TakePart

Wildlife officials hope to get rid of the pests before they gain a foothold in Palm Beach County.
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Three New Species Of "Dwarf Dragons" Discovered In South America

Three New Species Of "Dwarf Dragons" Discovered In South America | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Three new species of dragons have been discovered in the tropical Andes. The zoologists who found them call them woodlizards, but seriously, look at them, they're dragons. Sadly, the discoverers didn't choose to name any of the species Daenerys, or even Toothless. Instead, the names were inspired by the location of discovery, a description of one species' scales and a financial sponsor—but we still know they're dragons.
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When the rats are away, Galapagos tortoises can play | Henry Nicholls

When the rats are away, Galapagos tortoises can play | Henry Nicholls | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Henry Nicholls: Conservationists report the exciting recovery of the Pinzón tortoise in the Galapagos
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In 2012, a helicopter could be seen zipping back and forth over Pinzón, one of the world famous Galapagos islands. Its mission: to cover the 18-km2 volcano with poisoned rat bait, thereby eradicating its population of invasive rodents for good.

Now, just two years later, the benefits of this initiative are starting to be seen. “We found 10 tiny, newly hatched saddleback tortoises on the island early last month,” report conservationists in correspondence to Nature this week.

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Photos: Weird aquatic lizard discovered in mountain streams of Peru

Photos: Weird aquatic lizard discovered in mountain streams of Peru | Reptile world | Scoop.it
A 'new' species of lizard has been described from the cloud forests of Peru's Manu National Park, reports SERNANP, the Peruvian National Park Service.
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Rare footage captured of tuatara hatching

Rare footage captured of tuatara hatching | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Extremely rare footage of a tuatara hatching has been filmed at Victoria University of Wellington.
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Tuataras are special amazing reptiles, not in the same order as lizards and snakes. They live in New Zealand and have thought to be extinct, but were rediscovered.

Now there have been a lot of effort to rescue the last 2 species of this special order.This includes hatching the eggs in captivity to decrease the mortality of these slow growing animals.

 

First time caught on film- the hatching of a tuatara!

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Invasion of albino snakes threatens Gran Canaria wildlife

Invasion of albino snakes threatens Gran Canaria wildlife | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Soaring numbers of albino California king snakes prompts warning that they could take over 70% of Spanish island
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Sometimes All You Need to Protect Turtles Are Some Duck Eggs –...

Sometimes All You Need to Protect Turtles Are Some Duck Eggs –... | Reptile world | Scoop.it
In Cambodia, CI has resorted to creative methods of encouraging local people to save this rare species.
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Scientists in Italy rediscover snake that was used by ancient Greeks as a weapon of war

Scientists in Italy rediscover snake that was used by ancient Greeks as a weapon of war | Reptile world | Scoop.it

Scientists believe the snake has lived in Sicily for centuries but simply went unnoticed

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Ancient alien species introduction still alive in Sicily

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Two-Headed Cobra Found In China

Two-Headed Cobra Found In China | Reptile world | Scoop.it
A Chinese snake breeder recently made a rather unexpected discovery: a two-headed baby Chinese cobra, both with individual, fully-functioning brains. So far the unique animal is yet to eat or drink water on its own and is currently being cared for at Nanning Zoo. An official from the Zoo told Discovery that the snake is pencil thin with a brown backside, and is currently 20 centimeters long.
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New colourful lizard named after Sir David Attenborough

New colourful lizard named after Sir David Attenborough | Reptile world | Scoop.it
A new species of colourful African flat lizard, Platysaurus attenboroughi, has been named after the world renowned naturalist and broadcaster
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Four-Legged Snake Burrowed Around in Cretaceous Brazil

Four-Legged Snake Burrowed Around in Cretaceous Brazil | Reptile world | Scoop.it
The entire skeleton of an exceptional four-legged snake was discovered in Early Cretaceous sediments in Brazil when it was still a part of Gondwana. The findings, published in Science this week, suggest that today’s sleek slithery serpents evolved from a burrowing ancestor and not a swimming one.
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Why This Invasive Lizard Is Bad for Puerto Rico

Why This Invasive Lizard Is Bad for Puerto Rico | Reptile world | Scoop.it
July 10, 2015 - Over the past few years, Puerto Rico has been dealing with an exploding iguana population. Originally brought to the island as pets, the lizards now outnumber people and are wreaking havoc on agriculture, infrastructure, and even air traffic, causing millions of dollars in damages. Since the reptiles have no natural predators in Puerto Rico to control the population, conservationists are seeking alternative ways of combating the p
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Cultural Differences between Herpers and Birders | The Wandering Herpetologist

Cultural Differences between Herpers and Birders | The Wandering Herpetologist | Reptile world | Scoop.it

144 herpers filled out the poll. Out of 144, 0 never handle herps. 65% of the surveyed population handles herps on a regular basis, while only 35% occasionally handle.

 

82 birders filled out their poll. 18% handle on a regular basis; 61% handle occasionally; and a whopping 21% NEVER handle. This is drastically different from the herpers’ poll. Herping and birding cultures are evidently very different. Why?

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World's second most endangered turtle on road to recovery - Phys.Org

World's second most endangered turtle on road to recovery - Phys.Org | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) announced today that 60 captive-raised Myanmar roofed turtles—a species once thought extinct—have been released into their native habitat in Myanmar.
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Galapagos Island Hosts First Surviving Wild Born Baby Tortoises In A Century

Galapagos Island Hosts First Surviving Wild Born Baby Tortoises In A Century | Reptile world | Scoop.it
For the first time in more than a century, giant tortoises have bred successfully on the Galapagos island of Pinzón. The announcement raises hope for preserving some of the diversity that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution.
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New large horned viper discovered, but biologists keep location quiet

New large horned viper discovered, but biologists keep location quiet | Reptile world | Scoop.it
In a remote forest fragment in Tanzania, scientists have made a remarkable discovery: a uniquely-colored horned viper extending over two feet long (643 millimeters) that evolved from its closest relative over two million years ago. Unfortunately, however, the new species—named Matilda's horned viper (Atheris matildae)—survives in a small degraded habitat and is believed to be Critically Endangered. Given its scarcity, its discoverers are working to pre-empt an insidious threat to new species.
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Archaeology Meets Herpetology: Are Arizona Painted Turtles Native? | The Wandering Herpetologist

Archaeology Meets Herpetology: Are Arizona Painted Turtles Native? | The Wandering Herpetologist | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Using archaeology to determine the native status of a turtle in Arizona
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Top Ten Newly-Discovered Species | I Fucking Love Science

Top Ten Newly-Discovered Species | I Fucking Love Science | Reptile world | Scoop.it
Last year, an astonishing 18,000 species were newly described in scientific literature. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's (ESF) International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) has scoured through all of them, choosing the top 10 most exciting additions to the 8.7 million known species of life on Earth. Olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina)
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Not so Lonesome George: Researchers find 17 other tortoises in the Galapagos Islands similar to famous centenarian reptile

Not so Lonesome George: Researchers find 17 other tortoises in the Galapagos Islands similar to famous centenarian reptile | Reptile world | Scoop.it
The death of Lonesome George in June this year was mourned by environmentalists worldwide.
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