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green turtle
2014-07-31 04:00:00

University of Exeter Sea turtles are not a species one would normally associate with the United Kingdom. But on the remote UK overseas territory of Ascension Island, one of the world’s largest green turtle populations is undergoing something of a renaissance. Writing in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, scientists from the University of Exeter and Ascension Island Government Conservation Department report that the number of green turtles nesting at the remote South Atlantic...

Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus
2014-07-25 04:34:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An international team of researchers has discovered the first-ever fossils belonging to a plant-eating dinosaur that contained both scales and featherlike structures, suggesting that plumage might have been present in a far greater number of species than previously believed. The fossils were discovered in Siberia and belong to a species identified as Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, according to Dan Vergano of National Geographic. The...

2014-07-17 23:12:26

As a species, turtles have been considered to be both silent and deaf, only making simple noises during nesting. However, recent evidence has shown that 47 different turtle species are using sounds to communicate for both reproductive benefits and social interactions Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Chelonian Conservation and Biology – As a species, turtles have been considered to be both silent and deaf, only making simple noises during nesting. However, recent evidence has shown...

Changyuraptor yangi
2014-07-16 05:02:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly-discovered fossils belonging to the largest four-winged dinosaur ever found could help shed new light on how the creatures were able to fly, according to research published online Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. The creature, which has been named Changyuraptor yangi, was discovered in 125-million-year-old sediments in the Liaoning Province of northeastern China, according to Michael Balter of Science. It was...

New Evidence Refutes The 'Birds Evolving From Dinosaurs' Theory
2014-07-11 06:58:58

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has long been perceived that the modern-day bird evolved from the dinosaur millions of years ago. However, evidence from a new study published in the Journal of Ornithology has challenged this common belief. After re-examining a bird-like fossil from China, it was discovered that it was not a dinosaur as first thought. Instead, it was a tree-climbing animal that could glide, according to researchers Stephen Czerkas from The...

loggerhead sea turtle
2014-07-11 05:07:46

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), in conjunction with the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), has designated two final rules for the critical habitat of the loggerhead sea turtle. The turtle is a threatened species, and their habitat includes the Atlantic Ocean and coastal beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. NOAA has...

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue
2014-07-10 23:01:58

Large Loggerhead Successfully Treated at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Charleston, SC (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 A 182-pound loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for more than thirteen months has fully recovered and is ready to return to the deep blue sea. The public is invited to say goodbye to Briar on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the...

Evolving Triceratops Evidence Found In Montana's Hell Creek Formation
2014-07-02 06:42:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the last 15 summers, research teams from the Museum of the Rockies have been exploring the badlands of Eastern Montana to excavate dinosaur bones from the Hell Creek Formation. Those teams have made many exciting and important discoveries regarding some of the last dinosaurs to walk our planet. Their latest study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involves the evolution of perhaps one of the most...

butt breathing turtles
2014-06-18 05:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When it comes to most creatures, the hindquarters tend to be responsible for only one specific task. However, some types of turtles possess rear ends capable of multitasking – and now experts believe they know why. According to Esther Inglis-Arkell of io9.com, species such as the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle can breathe through their back ends, even though both creatures can...

2014-06-09 23:01:29

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Releases 135th Rescued Sea Turtle Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 09, 2014 It is a happy ending for a small sea turtle found lifeless in a Lowcountry saltmarsh. This past January a family found Amelia, a 10-pound juvenile green sea turtle, cold and lethargic in a marsh on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The family jumped into action and called the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources who brought the turtle to the South Carolina...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus melanostictus
2014-09-16 16:12:49

The Asian Common Toad, Duttaphrynus Melanostictus, is most likely a compound of more than one toad species that’s widely distributed in South Asia. This toad is commonly called the Asian Common Toad, Asian Toad, Black-spectacled Toad, Common Sunda Toad and the Japanese Toad. This species has the potential to grow to about 8 inches long. The species breeds during the monsoons and the tadpoles are a black color. The young toads may be seen in large numbers after the monsoons. The top of...

Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
2014-09-16 08:43:34

The Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog (Rana boylii) is a small frog measuring about 1.46 to 3.2 inches. It belongs to the genus Rana within the Ranidae family. This species can be found from northern Oregon, down California’s west coast, and into Baja California, Mexico. Both the Columbia Spotted Frog and the Cascades Frog, also part of the Rana genus, reside in the northern regions of this frog’s territory. They show a preference for living in streams and rivers, and lay their eggs in masses...

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Rana berlandieri
2014-09-16 08:16:44

The Rio Grande Leopard Frog (Rana berlandieri) is a species of aquatic frog that is native to the southern United States in Texas and New Mexico, and south through Mexico and Central America. It is also occasionally referred to as the Mexican Leopard Frog. The handle berlandieri honors the Belgian naturalist Jean Louis Berlandier, who worked for the Mexican government on one of the first biological surveys of Texas. These frogs grow up to 2.2 to 4.5 inches long. They are normally tan,...

Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus
2014-09-15 16:22:26

The Malabar Tree Toad, Pedostibes Tuberculosus, is a species of toad located in forests along the Western Ghats of India south of Goa. It is small and it can be found in wet tree hollows or leaf bases that contain water. This slender frog features a moderately sized head with a pointed snout and vertical lores. The distance between the eyes is as wide as the width of the upper eyelid. The opening of the ear is well marked and is about a third of the diameter of the eye. The fingers are...

Golfodulcean Poison Frog, Phyllobates Vittatus
2014-09-12 08:59:50

The Golfodulcean Poison Frog, Phyllobates Vittatus, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family that is native to Costa Rica. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical, moist, lowland forests and rivers. It’s threatened by habitat loss. Like all members of the genus Phyllobates, Golfodulcean Poison Frogs have highly potent neurotoxin alkaloid poisons in their skin. While it’s only the fourth most toxic of the genus, the Golfodulcean Poison Frog is still a highly...

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