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2014-07-16 23:02:32

There will be guaranteed snow in Northern Kentucky this summer as albino American alligators Snowball and Snowflake are set to return to Newport Aquarium on Thursday, July 17. Newport, KY (PRWEB) July 16, 2014 There will be guaranteed snow in Northern Kentucky this summer as albino American alligators Snowball and Snowflake are set to return to Newport Aquarium on Thursday, July 17. The white alligators will make their new permanent home at the Gator Alley exhibit, which features one of...

Alligator Sound Perception Comes From Air-Filled Canals Between Their Ears
2014-03-28 09:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For an animal without external ears, alligators have a strong sense of directional hearing and a new study published on Wednesday in the Journal of Experimental Biology has revealed that the reptiles’ refined hearing is a result of large, air-filled canals connecting two middle ears. "Mammals usually have large moveable ears, but alligators do not, so they have solved the problems of sound localization a little differently,” said...

2014-03-26 23:01:16

A University of Maryland-led team of biologists shows that alligators can keenly detect the direction of sounds because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears. Birds have a similar configuration and the mechanism probably originated with archosaurs, the shared ancestors of modern crocodilians and birds. College Park, Md (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 By reptile standards, alligators are positively chatty. They are the most vocal of the non-avian reptiles and are known to be...

Video Footage Reveals Novel Insights Into Crocodilian Foraging Behaviors
2014-01-16 07:46:56

Public Library of Science Animal-borne camera reveals that alligators may attempt to capture prey most often at night, even though the calculated probability of catching prey is highest in the morning, according to a study published in PLOS ONE on January 15, 2014 by James Nifong from the University of Florida and colleagues from other institutions. Observing the behaviors of dangerous and cryptic predators like alligators is no easy task, so scientists used animal-borne cameras to...

Lizard Breath Developed Earlier Than Previously Thought
2013-12-12 05:05:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The one-way airflow breathing technique used by monitor lizards may have originated about 20 million years earlier than previously believed, according to a new paper appearing in Wednesday’s edition of the journal Nature. According to researchers from the University of Utah and Harvard University, air flows primarily in a one-way loop through the monitor lizard’s lungs. This breathing technique is believed to have been used by...

Crocs Use Lures To Catch Birds
2013-12-05 13:03:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alternately lethargic and viciously violent, crocodilians are not often thought of as cunning, duplicitous predators. However, a new study in the journal Ethology, Ecology and Evolution has found that these massive reptiles sometimes use sticks and twigs to lure in unsuspecting birds, particularly during nest-building season. "Our research provides a surprising insight into previously unrecognized complexity of extinct reptile...

2013-11-26 23:00:50

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland, world-renowned Scuba Santa revealed Tuesday a pair of rare white American Alligators for Newport Aquarium. Newport, KY (PRWEB) November 26, 2013 In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Scuba Santa’s® Water Wonderland, world-renowned Scuba Santa revealed Tuesday a pair of rare white American Alligators for Newport Aquarium. The white alligators, Snowflake and Snowball, will call the Rainforest...

Rio Olympics Could Also Play Host To Caiman
2013-10-21 04:13:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Olympians are used to overcoming obstacles in their quest for the gold medal, but golfers hoping to take to the links at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games could have more than water hazards and sand traps to deal with. Recently-published media reports have suggested that caimans, alligator-like creatures that can grow to be 10-feet long, have taken up residence at a huge lagoon system west of the Brazilian city, near both the Olympic...

Chinese Alligator Genome Sequencing Complete
2013-08-10 05:29:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from Zhejiang University in China and  BGI Shenzhen have completed and analyzed the genomic sequence of the endangered Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) – the first published crocodilian genome. The findings, published in Cell Research, provide plausible explanations of how terrestrial reptiles adapt to aquatic environments and temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). The Chinese alligator is critically...

Nile Crocodiles May Look Tough, But They Can Be Sensitive Too
2013-07-02 14:51:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles may look tough, but they can also be very sensitive -- particularly when it comes to detecting touch, temperature, or chemicals in their watery environment. Previous research has shown that crocodilians, which includes alligators, gharials and caimans, detect a multitude of information through integumentary sensory organs (ISO) found in their skin and a new study recently published in the journal EvoDevo has revealed how...


Latest Alligator Reference Libraries

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2007-03-19 15:25:21

The Northern Alligator Lizard, Elgaria coerulea, is a medium-sized lizard that lives in the North American west cost. It occurs along the Pacific Coast and in the Rocky Mountains from southern British Columbia through Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana south through Oregon until the coastal range and the Sierra Nevada in central California. These lizards can attain a length of about 10 inches long with nearly 4 inches of it being the snout. They have a distinct skin fold on...

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2007-01-23 14:54:33

The American Alligator, Alligator Mississippians, is one of two species of living Alligator. It is native to the southeastern United States, where it inhabits wetlands that frequently overlap with human populated areas. It is larger than the other living species, the Chinese Alligator. The American Alligator has a large, slightly rounded body, with thick limbs, broad head, and a very powerful tail. The tail, which accounts for half of the alligator's total length, is primarily used for...

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2007-01-23 14:47:34

The Chinese Alligator, Alligator sinensis, is one of two living species of Alligator. The Chinese Alligator is native to only China. This species' wild habitat has been reduced to little more than a few ponds along the lower Yangtze River system. Its population reduction has been mostly due to conversion of its habitat to agricultural use. The Chinese Alligator rarely exceeds 7 feet long, with 5 feet being a more common size. It weighs approximately 80 pounds. Their heads are...

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