Quantcast

Latest Herpetology Stories

First Meal Important To Young Viviparous Lizards
2013-07-04 04:49:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have all heard of 'formative years' that can influence a person's view of the world and, consequently, their behavior - but a new study published in the journal Cell Biology has found for certain lizards their very first meal can have lasting impacts on everything from their future range to agility. "A mere detail in life can make all the difference for the fate of individuals," said co-author Manuel Massot of Universite Pierre et...

Nile Crocodiles May Look Tough, But They Can Be Sensitive Too
2013-07-02 14:51:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Crocodiles may look tough, but they can also be very sensitive -- particularly when it comes to detecting touch, temperature, or chemicals in their watery environment. Previous research has shown that crocodilians, which includes alligators, gharials and caimans, detect a multitude of information through integumentary sensory organs (ISO) found in their skin and a new study recently published in the journal EvoDevo has revealed how...

Paleontologists Observe Psittacosaurus Growth Through Fossil Studies
2013-06-28 14:25:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Paleontologists from around the globe have shown how the "parrot dinosaur" switched from four feet to two as it grew. Scientists from several universities wrote in the journal Nature Communications about how a Psittacosaurus would grow. These dinosaurs are one of the best-known dinosaurs, with more than 1,000 specimens found from the Cretaceous period in China and other parts of East Asia. The team sectioned two arm and two leg...

2013-06-14 23:03:02

Turtles Flown to the Sunny South over the Winter Now Ready for Release Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 14, 2013 Surely a sight to see! Seven of the most endangered sea turtle species successfully rehabilitated at the South Carolina Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program are ready to hit the open ocean once again. The sea turtle release, which is open to the public, is taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18th at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island. The release is being held in...

Loggerhead Turtles Use Visual Cues To Spot Gelatinous Prey
2013-06-13 10:03:40

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American and Japanese researchers suggests that loggerhead turtles rely heavily on visual cues to spot gelatinous prey as they swim through the ocean. Using National Geographic Crittercams, which were mounted on the turtles, the researchers were able to watch video captured from just behind the turtle´s head that showed the animals heading for or turning toward potential prey before devouring it....

High Diversity Of Flying Reptiles 110 million Years Ago In England
2013-06-12 16:19:23

Pensoft Publishers Brazilian paleontologists Taissa Rodrigues, of the Federal University of Espirito Santo, and Alexander W. A. Kellner, of the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, have just presented the most extensive review yet available of toothed pterosaurs from the Cretaceous of England. The study features detailed taxonomic information, diagnoses and photographs of 30 species and was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. Pterosaurs from the...

Fossil X-Rays Determine Archaeopteryx Had Bright Plumage
2013-06-12 12:51:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The ℠dino-bird´ Archaeopteryx has long fascinated paleontologists and a new study in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry suggests that the animal had bright plumage and wasn´t all-black as previously thought. Using a series of cutting-edge X-ray experiments, a team led by researchers from the University of Manchester found chemical traces of pigments in a 150 million-year-old fossil of the early bird....

The Late Jim 'Lizard King' Morrison Gets Giant Extinct Reptile Named After Him
2013-06-05 14:16:05

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The late rocker Jim Morrison may have been known as “the Lizard King” during his heyday in the late-1960s, but another creature that lived 40 million years ago is being hailed as the “king of lizards.” The lizard, measuring some six feet long and weighing upwards of 60 pounds, was a giant plant-eating reptile that competed with mammals of the time in the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia. Perhaps it is...

2013-06-04 23:30:10

A study in the journal Herpetologica clarifies confusion about the role of the most abundant vertebrate predator in the forests of eastern North America. Eastern Red-backed Salamanders might prevent any particular prey type from becoming very abundant or very scarce by preying more heavily on some species in the spring, but other species in the fall, which would promote coexistence of decomposer organisms, maintain biodiversity, and stabilize rates of decomposition. (PRWEB) June 04, 2013...

Water Monitor Lizard Harvesting Unsustainable
2013-06-03 15:51:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some of the world´s biggest and most colorful lizards are under serious threat because of their prized skin and their value as pets, according to a new study in the online journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology. In the study, a team of German and Indonesian scientists found that Southeast Asian monitor lizards are being killed or removed from their habitat at an unsustainable rate. In Indonesia, the legal export of skins...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog, Litoria dahlii
2014-06-30 14:37:21

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog (Litoria dahlii) is a species of frog belonging to the family Hylidae. It is native to Australia. Its natural habitats include dry savanna, tropical or subtropical dry lowland grassland, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. Among the more distinct traits of Dahl’s Aquatic Frog is its ability to consume the eggs, tadpoles and young of the invasive and venomous Cane Toad with no apparent ill...

Hellbender Salamander, Cryptoranchus alleganiensis
2014-05-26 09:58:06

The hellbender salamander (Cryptoranchus alleganiensis), also known as the hellbender, is a species of giant salamander that can be found in eastern areas of North America. Its range includes the states of Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and some areas of Kansas and Oklahoma. This species is the sole member of its genus, Cryptobranchus, and is one of three living giant salamanders. The origin of the name hellbender is unknown and the species is locally known by many...

Jefferson Salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum
2014-05-26 08:49:45

The Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) is a species of mole salamander that can be found in northeastern areas of the United States, southwestern areas of Quebec, and central and southern areas of Ontario. This species prefers to reside in deciduous forests. It was named after Jefferson College, which is located in Pennsylvania. This species reaches an average body length between 4.3 inches and 7 inches and can be black, gray, or brown in color with lighter coloring on its front...

Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile
2014-05-26 07:53:38

The northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile) is a species of mole salamander that can be found along the Pacific Coast of North America. Its range extends from May Island in southeastern Alaska to the Gulala River in Sonoma County, California. It resides in a number of habitats from sea level to the timberline, including grasslands and woodlands, but cannot be found east of the Great Divide. It holds two subspecies known as A. g. decorticatum and A. g. gracile, which are separated by a...

2014-04-22 14:52:09

Edwin Harris Colbert (September 28, 1905 – November 15, 2001), known as “Ned” to his friends and colleagues, was a distinguished American Paleontologist. He helped popularize the study of dinosaurs through his prolific research, writings, and 40 years of work as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Colbert was born in Clarinda, Iowa, but moved to Maryville, Missouri during infancy. Like many young children, and most of his predecessors and contemporaries,...

More Articles (198 articles) »
Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.