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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...

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...

Female Komodo Dragons Life Span Is Shorter Than Males Due To Extreme 'Housework'
2012-10-18 10:58:01

An international team of researchers has found that female Komodo Dragons live half as long as males on average, seemingly due to their physically demanding 'housework' such as building huge nests and guarding eggs for up to six months. The results provide important information on the endangered lizards' growth rate, lifestyle and population differences, which may help plan conservation efforts. The Komodo dragon is the world's largest lizard. Their formidable body size enables them to...

Female Pit Vipers Give Birth Without Mating
2012-09-12 12:04:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what could be the ultimate act of feminism, wild female North American pit vipers have been shown to give birth without mating, according to a new report published in the Royal Society's Biology Letters. A phenomenon, known as facultative parthenogenesis (FP), has been observed in captivity before and the report asserts that it can occur regardless of the presence of male individuals. “In these populations, males are...

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2011-03-22 10:15:00

Surabaya zoo keepers became aware of three missing baby Komodo dragons on February 28, however, they did not report this to zoo management until March 5. Komodos are unique to a small group of eastern Indonesian islands and are the world's largest monitor lizard. They are known to be dangerous and can grow up to three meters (10 feet) long and weigh up to 140 kilograms (310 pounds). The missing Komodos measure 50 centimeters (20 inches) to a meter long, reported AFP. "We're worried if the...

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2010-11-18 11:38:35

University of Alberta researchers have unearthed a mysterious link between bones of an ancient lizard found in Africa and the biggest, baddest modern-day lizard of them all, the Komodo dragon, half a world away in Indonesia. Biologists Alison Murray and Rob Holmes say the unique shape of the vertebrae links the 33-million-year-old African lizard fossil with its cousin the Komodo, which has only been around for some 700,000 years. "The African fossil was found on the surface of a windswept...

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2010-04-27 09:25:00

A newly discovered species of monitor lizard, a close relative of the Komodo dragon, was reported in the journal Zootaxa this week by a professor at UC Santa Barbara and a researcher from Finland. Sam Sweet, a professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, and Valter Weijola, a graduate student at Abo Akademi University in Turku, Finland, are the first to describe the distinctive lizard, which lives in the Moluccan islands of east Indonesia. Sweet is an...

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2010-04-07 05:35:00

Biologists have discovered a previously unknown monitor lizard in the Philippines--a cousin to the Komodo Dragon that is more than six feet long and has a double penis, according to reports. Dubbed the Varanus bitatawa or the Northern Sierra Madre Forest Monitor Lizard, the 22-pound lizards is an herbivore that prefers eating fruit, according to a report published in the British Royal Society Biology Letters journal. It was discovered on the island's northern Luzon Island river valley. The...

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2009-12-07 10:01:22

Singapore Zoo has productively bred the extremely-scarce Komodo dragon, officials announced Monday, adding that the rare baby was healthy and happy. The 16-inch infant is the first Komodo born anywhere that is not Indonesia, the native land of the lizard, a spokeswoman for the zoo said to the AFP. The assistant director of zoology, Biswajit Guha, said the breeding of a Komodo dragon "is one of the most significant moments" for the Asian zoo, a highly popular spot in Singapore. Successful...

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2009-09-30 11:10:13

The world's largest living lizard species, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), is vulnerable to extinction and yet little is known about its natural history. New research by a team of palaeontologists and archaeologists from Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia, who studied fossil evidence from Australia, Timor, Flores, Java and India, shows that Komodo Dragons most likely evolved in Australia and dispersed westward to Indonesia. The research, which also details new fossil specimens...


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2007-01-02 11:35:55

The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard native to Australia. They are found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid regions of Australia. They are not a common sight and can usually escape detection before it has a chance to be seen. An adult Perentie can grow up to 8 feet long although its average size is 5.5 to 6.5 feet long. It is likely the third largest lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, and the Water Monitor. Crocodile Monitors rival the Perentie in being the third...

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2005-06-15 17:26:29

The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is the largest lizard in the world, growing to a length of about 10 feet (3 meters) and weighing between 175 to 310 lb (80 and 140 kg). It is a member of the monitor lizard family, Varanidae. Dragons have keen senses and are considered among the most intelligent living reptiles. They are carnivorous, hunting live prey with a stealthy approach followed by a sudden short charge (they can run briefly at speeds up to 20 km/h). They have a strong bite...

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2005-06-15 17:22:40

Australian lizards belonging to the Varanus genus (monitor lizards) are called Goannas. This name is thought to be derived from the word iguana, as early European settlers likened them to the South American lizards. There are around 20 species of goanna, 15 of which that are unique to Australia. They are a varied group of carnivorous reptiles that range greatly in size and fill several ecological niches. The Goanna features prominently in Aboriginal Mythology and Australian folklore....

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