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2009-09-09 09:20:00

Geckos and other lizards have long been known for their incredible ability to shed their tails as a decoy for predators, but little is known about the movements and what controls the tail once it separates from the lizard's body. Anthony Russell of the University of Calgary and Tim Higham of Clemson University in South Carolina are closer to solving this mystery as outlined in a paper they co-authored published in the journal Biology Letters. The scientists demonstrate that tails exhibit not...

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2009-05-25 06:10:00

The notorious Komodo dragon has sharp teeth and its venom kills within hours of a bite. However, Indonesian villagers living with the world's biggest lizard were not concerned, until the dragons started hurting people. Two people were killed in 2007, and others were terribly hurt after being bitten maliciously. Main, a 46-year-old park ranger, was in his hut at Komodo National Park when a komodo bit his ankles under his desk. After the ranger tried to pull his ankle from the dragon's jaws, it...

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2009-05-19 13:44:50

Australian researchers have discovered what makes the Komodo dragon's bite so deadly for its prey. Scientists previously considered that the world's largest lizard's mouth held deadly bacteria that stopped its victims' blood from clotting. Walter Auffenberg put that theory forward in 1981. But lead researcher Bryan Fry used magnetic resonance imagery to show that the deadly lizard packs a venomous bite, as seen through its venom gland with ducts that lead to their teeth. Fry used 3-D computer...

2009-03-30 10:17:43

U.S. ecologists say they've identified the main factor that determines a lizard's ability to shed its tail when predators attack: viper venom. University of Michigan scientists say tail-shedding is a common anti-predator defense among some lizards, with the ease with which they can shed their tails varying from species to species and place to place. But the only predators that truly matter are vipers, said U-M Assistant Professor Johannes Foufopoulos, co-author of the study. When non-venomous...

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2009-03-19 13:45:00

Conservationists said on Thursday that a rare "living fossil" tuatara reptile has been born in the wild in an area of New Zealand where it was believed to have been extinct for 200 years, the AFP reported. Scientists believed the tuatara had been extinct from New Zealand's three main islands for 200 years. Scientists say the lizard-like reptile, which shared the earth with dinosaurs, has survived for over 200 million years. However, conservationists reported more than 200 of the lizards have...

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2009-03-04 10:15:37

From geckos and iguanas to Gila monsters and Komodo dragons, lizards are among the most common reptiles on Earth. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. One even pitches car insurance in TV ads. They seemingly can adapt to a variety of conditions, but are most abundant in the tropics. However, new research that builds on data collected more than three decades ago demonstrates that lizards living in tropical forests in Central and South America and the Caribbean could be in...

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2009-01-27 14:26:34

A rare reptile in New Zealand known as Henry, has become a father for the first time at the age of 111. Henry is a tuatara, a lizard-like creature of prehistoric origin, that has become the father of 11 offspring over the past four years, staff at the Southland Museum in the southern city of Invercargill said Tuesday. Last March, he mated with Mildred, who later laid 12 eggs in June with 11 surviving. "It's the completion of a love story," museum tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley said. Henry is...

2009-01-20 15:06:22

A British family said a 4-inch lizard they discovered hiding among broccoli purchased at the grocery store has become a beloved member of the family. Paula Walsh said she and her partner, Jez Allen, decided to keep the gecko after Walsh's daughter discovered it among the broccoli after they returned to their Meole Brace, England, home from supermarket Tesco, the BBC reported My daughter had been cutting the broccoli for lunch when she screamed, 'Mum come quick, come quick -- there's...

2008-12-10 16:08:46

A North Carolina teenager with bone cancer received an unusual gift Wednesday from the Make A Wish Foundation -- new cages for her snakes. The foundation handed over the cages to Elizabeth Mize, 16, of Angier at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. The cages, 6 feet high, have lights and heat. The foundation also supplied rocks and plants the teen can use to make her pets feel at home. The foundation, which grants wishes for children with...

2008-10-01 15:00:27

IN SHORT What: Life In Cold Blood Where: Prime When: 8.35pm, Sunday -------------------- SIR David Attenborough presents the final chapter of his epic overview of life on Earth as he transforms perceptions of cold- blooded animals in Life in Cold Blood. "Reptiles and amphibians are sometimes thought of as slow, dim- witted and primitive," says Sir David. "In fact, they can be lethally fast, spectacularly beautiful, surprisingly affectionate and extremely sophisticated." Sir...


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Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
2013-09-16 09:53:35

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp is a cryptid, believed to inhabit the swamplands of Lee County, South Carolina, as well as the sewers and abandoned subways in the surrounding towns. It is described as a reptilian humanoid around seven feet tall. It is muscular, covered with dark hair and his feet, hands, and face has scaly lizard-like skin. It has three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand. It is considered to be extremely strong and may have a spiked tail. The first...

Reptilians
2013-09-05 08:02:45

Reptilians are depicted as reptile humanoid creatures that are used in science fiction, ufology, and in conspiracy theories. Sometimes reptilians are also called reptoids, reptiloids, or draconians. One of the first alleged contacts with a reptilian occurred in 1967 in Ashland, Nebraska. Police officer Herbert Schirmer claimed to have been abducted and taken aboard a UFO by reptile-like humanoids that had a winged serpent emblem on the left side of their chests. David Icke, a British...

Sinai Agama, Pseudotrapelus Sinaitus
2013-06-18 13:57:51

The Sinai Agama (Pseudotrapelus sinaitus) is an agamid lizard. It's found in arid areas in a variety of locations, including southeastern Libya, eastern Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, eastern Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Oman. This lizard has a tail length of up to 9.8 inches, the tail accounting for up to 2/3 of the total length of the lizard. The tail and limbs are long and thin and allow for satisfactory running and climbing...

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2007-04-18 14:48:07

The Desert Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos, is native to western North America. Two subspecies are recognized. The Northern Desert Horned Lizard is found in Idaho, Utah, Nevada and parts of Montana. The Southern Desert Horned Lizard is commonly found in southern Utah and Nevada to southeast California, western Arizona and northern Baja California. Desert Horned Lizards range in size from three to five inches long. They have a distinctive flat-body with one row of fringed scales down...

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2007-04-18 14:41:26

The Long-nosed Leopard Lizard, Gambelia wislizenii, is a large predatory member of the Collared lizard family. Their range extends over most of the western United States and into northern Mexico. The epithet wislizenii is in honor of the German-American surgeon and naturalist Frederick Adolph Wislizenius, who caught the first specimen near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Long-nosed Leopard Lizard is a large lizard with a large head, long snout, and long round tail. Females, measuring about 5.8...

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snash
  • To talk saucily.
  • Insolent, opprobrious language; impertinent abuse.
This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.