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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...

2008-09-05 00:00:12

By Kathy Marks THE KOMODO dragon, a giant carnivorous lizard that feasts on water buffalo and occasionally even attacks humans, is disappearing from its limited habitat, zoologists have warned. The dragons, which grow to 10ft long and weigh as much as 26st, are found only on Komodo and a handful of neighbouring islands in central Indonesia. Already endangered, their numbers are dwindling as a result of habitat destruction and hunting of their prey. An expedition by Indonesian and...

2008-08-07 00:00:04

World News IN BRIEF *WELLINGTON An indigenous New Zealand reptile regarded as one of the last living descendants of the dinosaurs will become a father at the age of 111. Henry the tuatara and his mate Mildred, aged between 70 and 80, produced 12 eggs after mating this year at the Southland Museum in Invercargill. Tuatara are the lizard-like last descendants of a species of reptile that walked the earth 225 million years ago. (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest...

2008-06-17 06:00:24

Flashman Studios, a leading business management firm in the interactive entertainment industry, announced today their new partnership with Blazing Lizard, a hot new development studio working on titles for both the digital download arena and consoles. Flashman will now handle business management responsibilities for Blazing Lizard, which is set to launch the highly anticipated Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball on the Xbox LIVE(R) Arcade for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from...

2008-06-15 21:00:08

SEGAMAT: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has raided what is perhaps the largest makeshift facility to process, preserve and store exotic meat in Malaysia. In the 9am raid, Wildlife Crime Prevention Unit deputy director Celescoriano Razond headed an eight-man team from Kuala Lumpur to seize more than RM100,000 of exotic meat after receiving a tip-off 48 hours earlier. Celescoriano said they found about 20 foreign workers skinning protected animals, including snakes and monitor...

2008-04-30 16:39:41

A legless lizard, knobby horned toad and mini-woodpecker have come out of hiding in Brazil, where scientists recently spotted the basket of probable new species. With a pointed snout and missing legs, the new Bachia lizard species looks like a slithering snake. The new horned toad belongs to the genus Proceratophrys. The clutch of suspected new species includes 12 others, including eight fish, three reptiles, an amphibian, a mammal and a bird. The animals were discovered in...

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2008-04-14 10:15:00

The fearsome Komodo dragon is the world's largest living lizard and can take very large animal prey: now a new international study has revealed how it can be such an efficient killing machine despite having a wimpy bite and a featherweight skull.A member of the goanna family with ancestors dating back more than 100 million years, the dragon (Varanus komodoensis) uses a combination of 60 razor-sharp serrated teeth, powerful neck muscles and what researchers are calling a "space-frame" skull to...

2008-03-26 23:34:47

Scientists have pinned down the fastest-known evolving animal - a "living dinosaur" called a tuatara. The tuatara, Sphendon punctatus, resembles a lizard and is found only in New Zealand. It is the only surviving member of a reptilian order Sphehodontia that lived alongside early dinosaurs and separated from other reptiles 200 million years ago in the Upper Triassic period. To make the estimate of evolutionary speed, researchers recovered DNA sequences from the bones of ancient...

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2008-03-18 00:00:00

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- After the next big earthquake hits the Bay Area, emergency responders may have the superhero-like skills of the gecko to thank for keeping them safe from collapsing buildings as they try to find survivors. Robots inspired by the gecko's multi-purpose tail and incredible sticky feet could be the first ones to explore the unstable, potentially dangerous rubble in search of life, saving time and the lives of rescuers. "They could at least tell them where there are...

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2006-04-07 06:10:00

CHICAGO -- He's huge, he can be vicious and sometimes he stinks. His oral hygiene is so poor that if he bites you, you're pretty much guaranteed a life-threatening infection. He's going to be very popular. He's Faust, the 8-foot, 130-pound Komodo dragon who's the centerpiece of "Lizards and the Komodo King," a new special show that opens Saturday and runs through next February at the Shedd Aquarium. The show includes about 60 lizards from 30 different species - some of them quite...


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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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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'