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2015-02-09 23:00:45

Six Sea Turtles Set to Return to the Atlantic Ocean February 10 Charleston, S.C.

gray ratsnake
2015-01-22 10:06:57

Over the weekend, a Lowe's customer in Mississippi was bitten by a snake on a store rack. Resident snake expert breaks down what breed of snake this probably was, and if people should actually be afraid. (Hint: They shouldn't.)

Philydrosauras
2015-01-19 14:34:24

We typically don’t think of cold-blooded dinosaurs as caring parents, but a new report shows one species that tended to its young after birth.

lizards black market
2015-01-16 09:24:20

Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge of the herpetology division at the University of Kansas (KU) Biodiversity Institute, loves the ecological paradise that is the Philippines, but spends too little of his time in the tropical forests and too much of it in the backstreets of Manila, seeking out people who are severely mistreating animals for profit. During one search, he and his colleagues found two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard.

anole lizard
2015-01-11 15:44:41

A lizard's penis evolves six times faster than any of its other parts, according to a new study.

saltwater crocodile
2015-01-05 13:09:48

An Australian zoo co-owner, 58-year-old Ian Jenkins, lost his thumb Sunday when he was feeding chicken to Macca, a hungry, 13-foot crocodile.

L. larvaepartus
2015-01-01 16:55:24

A new species of fanged frog found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi gave birth to live tadpoles--something extremely rare in frog species.

artist reconstruction of Aquilops
2014-12-11 06:51:36

Seventeen years ago, a group of scientists on a National Geographic Society-funded expedition discovered a tiny, horned skull of a dinosaur from the Ceratopsian family, the same group of dinosaurs that includes Triceratops.

2014-12-08 23:09:51

Over the period of 31 years, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Florida has had an estimated 358,243 turtle nests laid on its beach.

2014-12-03 23:03:59

Since the 1950s, Chinese Giant Salamanders have experienced an 80% decline in their population sizes.


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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Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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