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2014-05-23 23:00:44

In honor of the 14th annual World Turtle Day, Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, provides useful information on the best times and locations to see nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 23, 2014 Costa Rica is considered to contain the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide. While encompassing less than one percent of Earth’s landmass, this tiny country is home to an estimated four percent of the planet’s species. Five of...

2014-05-14 23:05:51

The researchers of a study featured in Herpetologica present a new species of horned lizard discovered in southern Mexico. The authors found that, unlike most horned lizards, the newly discovered species have rough scales. Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) May 14, 2014 Herpetologica – An article published in the current issue of the journal Herpetologica describes a new horned lizard species that lives in Mexico. Body size, tail length, and scale texture and layout distinguish this new species,...

2014-05-12 23:00:46

Green sea turtle Eddie finds new home at Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, Texas. Charleston, SC (PRWEB) May 12, 2014 A threatened sea turtle found floating off the coast of South Carolina more than a year ago is getting a second chance at life. Eddie, a juvenile green sea turtle treated at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program, can never be released back into the wild due to a buoyancy problem. Eddie is taking to the friendly skies and flying to a new home at the Sea Life...

Dinosaur Claws Were Used For More Than Just Ripping Flesh: Study
2014-05-07 12:08:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The claws of Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor are probably best known for ripping through the flesh of hapless prey, but a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B has found that this family of dinosaurs, known as theropods, probably used its claws for a variety of purposes. In the study, Stephan Lautenschlager, from Bristol University, examined the differences in claw shape among theropods and analyzed them based...

Evolution Of Smaller Dinosaurs Helped Their Lineage Survive As Birds
2014-05-07 09:53:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the face of the Earth, their lineage has survived in the form of birds and new research published in the journal PLOS Biology has found that both dinosaurs and birds evolved into smaller and smaller sizes – potentially contributing to their success. “Dinosaurs aren't extinct; there are about 10,000 species alive today in the form of birds,” said study author Roger Benson, a paleobiologist...

Dartmouth-led Study May Resolve Evolutionary Debate Of Turtles
2014-05-06 03:59:54

Dartmouth College Turtles are more closely related to birds and crocodilians than to lizards and snakes, according to a study from Dartmouth, Yale and other institutions that examines one of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology. The findings appear in the journal Evolution & Development. The research team looked at how the major groups of living reptiles, which number more than 20,000 species, are interrelated. The relationships of some reptile groups are well...

2014-05-05 23:02:10

Large Loggerhead Huntington Ready to Return to the Deep Blue Sea CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) May 05, 2014 Grab a friend and head out to see the first public sea turtle release of the year. Huntington, a 177-pound loggerhead sea turtle, will be returned to the ocean at 4:30 p.m. today, May 7, 2014 at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission...

Important Migratory Corridor For Endangered Flatback Sea Turtle Off North-west Australia
2014-04-28 03:23:03

[ Watch The Video: Animation Of Flatback Turtle Tracking Data Off NW Western Australia ] Deakin University The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle. Researchers from Deakin University, Swansea University (United Kingdom) and Pendoley Environmental consultancy used advanced satellite tracking systems to record the passage of more than 70...

Int'l Research Team Names Most Primitive Species Of Flying Reptile
2014-04-24 14:57:10

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Pterosaurs, an order of winged reptiles that were the earliest reptiles to evolve powered flight and had gone on to become the largest known flying creatures to have ever existed, are at the center of a new fossil study from a team of international researchers. Researchers from the University of South Florida, George Washington University and Chinese Academy of Sciences say they have found the most primitive pterodactyloid known,...

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Archey’s Frog, Leiopelma archeyi
2014-08-27 09:54:56

Archey’s frog (Leiopelma archeyi) is one of three or four living species within the Leiopelma genus, which holds frogs that are native to New Zealand. This species can only be found along the Coromandel Peninsula and because it has not changed much throughout the past two hundred million years, it is considered to be a living fossil. Little is known about the habits of Archey’s frog, but it is known to be terrestrial, inhabiting damp areas at high elevations. It is thought that males...

Maud Island Frog, Leiopelma pakeka
2014-08-22 10:38:14

The Maud Island frog is native to New Zealand, first discovered in the 1940’s. Originally classified as the same species as the Hamilton’s frog, it was reclassified in 1998 as its own species. The Maud Island frog is one of the oldest species known. It has been in existence for roughly 200 million years. In 2006, 60 Maud Island frogs were introduced to a predator free sanctuary. Thirty others were also released outside the sanctuary for comparison. In February 2008, 13 juvenile frogs...

Long-Nosed Horned Frog, Megophrys nasuta
2014-08-21 11:45:09

The long-nosed horned frog is also known as the Malayan horned frog or the Malayan leaf frog. The habitat of this species is in rain forest areas, where it is cool and damp, ranging from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo. The body length of the long-nosed horned frog is around four inches. It is light to dark brown in color with camouflaged markings to blend in with the forest floor. The throat is dark in color spreading to a cream color halfway on the...

Mindanao Horned Frog, Megophrys stejnegeri
2014-08-21 10:47:27

The Mindanao horned frog, also known as the Southeast Asian horned toad, is native to the Philippines and found only on the island of Mindanao. The habitat of this frog is tropical and subtropical moist forests, near ponds and rivers. The Mindanao horned frog can be found in elevations up to 1.5 miles as long as it has an ample water supply for breeding. The Mindanao horned frog has a large head and mouth in comparison to the body. It also has pointed horn-like humps sticking out above the...

Western Clawed Frog, Xenopus, tropicalis
2014-08-21 10:26:56

The western clawed frog is also known as the tropical clawed frog and is found widespread in the regions of Nigeria, Liberia, Gambia, Guinea, Cameroon, the Ivory coast, and surrounding areas. The habitat for the western clawed frog is moist areas in tropical and subtropical rivers, lakes, marshes, swamps, agricultural ponds, and canals. The body color of the western clawed frog is light to dark brown and covered with grey and black spots. The eyes protrude up from the head. Tubercles...

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