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Alligator Snapping Turtles At Risk
2014-04-14 10:52:18

A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought.

2014-04-02 23:00:49

Loggerheads Miss Royal and Nud Fully Recover at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital Charleston, SC (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 After almost 10

2014-03-26 23:01:16

A University of Maryland-led team of biologists shows that alligators can keenly detect the direction of sounds because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears.

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

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.

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

Against insurmountable odds and after more than 160 years, an ancient sea turtle has finally been reunited – with itself.

2014-03-22 23:01:23

Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m.

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

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.

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

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...

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

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.

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

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.


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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