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Oldest Lizard Fossil Found
2013-09-25 12:21:00

An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest known lizard-like fossil near Vellberg, Germany.

2013-09-24 23:02:39

Donated Flight Lands Loggerhead in the Care of the Sea Turtle Rescue Program Charleston, S.C.

Three New Species Of Tiny Frogs Discovered In Papua New Guinea
2013-09-20 14:09:42

Three new species of tiny frogs from Papua New Guinea are described in the latest issue of Zookeys.

Banana Farms Contaminating Costa Rica's Crocs
2013-09-19 12:18:12

New research, published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, analyses blood samples from spectacled caiman in Costa Rica and finds that intensive pesticide use in plantations leads to contaminated species in protected conservation areas.

Understanding Origins Of Flight With Wind Tunnel
2013-09-18 10:40:09

Scientists at the University of Southampton have used a wind tunnel to help understand how early feathered dinosaurs were able to fly.

Avian Evolution: How Raptor Limbs Became Bird Wings
2013-09-18 06:09:13

Scientists are certain that sometime around 150 million years ago birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans. According to recent studies conducted around the world, the maniraptorans were very bird-like, with feathers, hollow bones, small body sizes and high metabolic rates.

Ancient Crocodile Diversity
2013-09-11 12:31:02

Ancient relatives of crocodiles had a wide range of habitats and ecosystems, with some species built like domestic dogs and others built for swimming through the open seas.

2013-09-10 23:01:29

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Sea Turtle Release Planned for this Saturday Charleston, S.C.

Polluted Habitats Force Snapping Turtles To Move Into Urban Settings
2013-08-28 11:09:27

People swimming in the Midwest’s lakes and ponds are often on the lookout for snapping turtles, which are said to be capable of taking off fingers or toes with their powerful jaws and sharp beak.

2013-08-16 23:04:14

Join the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue Program for a One-of-a-kind Golf Tournament. Charleston, S.C.


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:51:52

The Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family. It’s located in Colombia and Ecuador. The natural habitat is tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests. It’s threatened by habitat loss. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List although this species is still relatively widely distributed. It has declined seriously within Ecuador and its overall status is of concern. It is about 0.5 to 0. Inches long and weighs about 1 to...

Wood Frog, Rana sylvatica
2014-11-18 13:48:48

The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations, and relatively long-range movements. The wood frog is the state amphibian of New York. Similar to...

Common Frog, Rana temporaria
2014-11-18 12:09:00

The Common Frog (Rana temporaria), known also as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog, is located throughout much of Europe as far north as well north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals, except for the majority of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The farthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it has long been considered erroneously to be an entirely introduced species. These frogs measure about 2.4 to 3.5 inches and...

Pickerel Frog, Rana palustris
2014-11-18 11:25:03

The Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) is a North American frog of small size, characterized by the appearance of seemingly “hand-drawn” squares on its dorsal surface. These rectangular spots of the pickerel frog may blend together to create a long rectangle along the back. All Leopard Frogs have circular shaped spots. Additionally, pickerel frogs have prominent dorsolateral ridges that are unbroken. Another significant distinguishing mark is the orange or yellow flash pattern found on the...

Columbia Spotted Frog, Rana luteiventris
2014-11-05 12:27:54

The Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) is a North American species of frog. It’s green to brown in coloration with spots on the dorsal surface. The belly and the upper lip are white. Individuals can be distinguished from other Rana species by their shorter back legs, upturned eyes, and narrow snout. Since they spend the majority of their time within the water, they also have more webbing in their hind feet than similar species. Although they are not threatened, the animal has been...

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