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Climate Change May Be Shrinking Salamanders
2014-03-26 10:53:08

[ Watch the Video: Salamanders Shrinking Due to Climate Change ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American scientists has found that salamanders living in the Appalachian Mountains have been getting smaller and smaller over the last 55 years as climate change gradually makes their habitat warmer and drier. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the new study was based on the examination of museum specimen salamanders collected...

Atlantochelys mortoni bones
2014-03-25 09:14:59

[ Watch the Video: Two Turtle Bones Reunited After 160 Years ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Against insurmountable odds and after more than 160 years, an ancient sea turtle has finally been reunited – with itself. Fossil evidence of the massive turtle Atlantochelys mortoni was first discovered in 1849 in the form of one-half of an upper arm bone – called the humerus. The other half of that bone would lie in a New Jersey streambed until it was stumbled upon...

2014-03-22 23:01:23

Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, following an Annual Passholder preview event. Newport, Ky. (PRWEB) March 22, 2014 Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, following an Annual Passholder preview event. Turtle Canyon features a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents, as well as a turtle corral that offers guests the unique...

Understanding Leatherback Sea Turtle Habits For Conservation Efforts
2014-03-20 10:57:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the threat of climate change looming over marine conservation efforts, leatherback sea turtles have been of particular concern because they are considered an endangered species in all the world's oceans. A new study from a team of New England-based researchers, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has added a wealth of knowledge to the understanding of leatherback sea turtle behavior – informing conservation strategies in the...

New Species Of Torvosaurus Was Largest European Land Predator
2014-03-06 08:08:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fossils of Torvosaurus, a large Jurassic-era theropod predator, were first unearthed in North America in 1971, later being named Torvosaurus tanneri. Examples of this dinosaur had not existed elsewhere until 2000, when paleontologists discovered another Torvosaurus fossil in Europe. The discovery, which came from a site just north of Lisbon, Portugal, led scientists to initially assume the remains were that of T. tanneri. However,...

Sea Turtle Study Reveals The Mystery Behind Lost Juvenile Years
2014-03-05 10:47:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After sea turtles hatch, they enter the sea and stay there for many years – returning later to coastal waters as large juveniles. This time period has been referred to as the "lost years" because not much has been known about what the relatively young turtles do and where they go. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team of American research has used satellite tracking technology to...

flying Paradise tree snake
2014-03-05 04:36:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flying Paradise tree snakes of lowland Asia are renowned for their ability to glide from tree to tree and a new study in the journal Physics of Fluids has shown that these reptiles ride tiny vortices of air that give them a little extra boost. The study expanded on previous research that showed the snakes get an extra boost of lift when facing the air flow at a certain angle. “After experiments uncovered this, we decided to...

2014-03-03 23:03:17

Caretta brings a rare combination of function and beauty to home and corporate office furniture. Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) March 03, 2014 Caretta Workspace (http://www.carettaworkspace.com) is a home office furniture and corporate office furniture manufacturer that specializes in creating configurable workspaces that integrate technology, conservation and beauty. They are using traditional materials in a new way to create a desk that is made for today’s technology. The company has expanded...

python in the everglades
2014-03-02 06:22:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While there are now over 10,000 Burmese pythons inhabiting the Florida Everglades, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service assure that the snakes do not pose a significant threat to visitors. The two federal agencies conducted an assessment, which appears in the latest edition of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, looking at five incidents that took place between 2006 and 2012 that involved Burmese...

2014-02-21 23:25:09

As Austin Aquarium continues to add species to its collection, the rare Sailfin has been acquired. The herpetology staff at the aquarium has special talents in working with animals such as this one, and the animals appreciate it. Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 21, 2014 Austin Aquarium is not all fishy these days. As part of a comprehensive representation of the planet’s animals, Austin Aquarium has hundreds of species of non marine animals – from Lorikeets, Aricaris and Macaws to...


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African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis
2014-08-18 16:16:15

The African clawed frog is found in its natural habitat throughout Africa. However, it has been introduced in North America, South America and Europe. This species is fully aquatic and is found abundantly in ponds, lakes, and rivers. The body color of the African clawed frog is a greenish grey and the skin is smooth and slippery with blotches of grey or brown on the back. The belly is a cream colored with a yellow tint. The average length of this species is five inches. The body and head...

Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog, Hymenochirus boettgeri
2014-08-18 16:11:58

The Congo dwarf clawed frog is one of four species belonging to the African dwarf frog genus. It is native to central Africa and lives primarily in shallow freshwater creeks, flooded areas during the rainy season, and ponds. The Congo dwarf clawed frog can only live out of water for a short period of time, or it will dry up and die. It lives underwater and will only surface to take in oxygen. This species is often used as pets. This species is very small, growing to an average of 2.5...

Iberian Parsley Frog, Pelodytes ibericus
2014-08-18 16:03:48

The Iberian parsley frog is native to Spain and Portugal. The natural habitat for this species is temperate forests, shrubby vegetation, rivers, lakes, marshes, pastures, ponds, ditches and canals. The Iberian parsley frog grows to about 1.5 to two inches long. The body color ranges from olive to grey with bright green spots and covered with numerous warts. The name of this species derives from the spots on its body that look similar to parsley flakes. It has a white belly and some are...

European Fire-bellied Toad, Bombina bombina
2014-08-15 11:36:05

The European fire-bellied toad is distributed from the Central Balkans to a wide range of central and eastern Asia amidst cooler and shaded areas. This species will hibernate in dens, under stones or dead wood during the winter months. If threatened, the toad will roll on its back to display the coloration of the belly as a warning that it is poisonous. This poison also protects the toad from bacteria and fungi. The body of this species is brown, grey, or green with dark spots and a bright...

Apennine Yellow-bellied Toad, Bombina pachypus
2014-08-15 11:30:01

The Apennine yellow-bellied toad is found from the southern Italian peninsula to the Apennine region. The natural habitat of this toad includes temperate forests, grassland, swamps, marshes, ponds, pastures, and seasonally flooded land. The Apennine yellow-bellied toad comes out of hibernation in the spring and mates multiple times from May to September. The coloring of this species of toad has brown spots on the top side of its body and the belly is black and white with large yellow...

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Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.