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2014-09-12 08:21:50

COLDWATER, Mich., Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Six rare turtles returned home recently to wetlands in Branch County following the installation of a Consumers Energy natural gas pipeline. "The herpetologist we hired to help protect wildlife along our right of way cared for five globally rare Blanding's turtles and one musk turtle, a species in decline, while crews installed our natural gas pipeline," said Margaret O'Connor, an environmental planner for Consumers Energy. "I'm not...

lizard tail regeneration
2014-08-24 05:09:45

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at Arizona State University have taken a giant step towards uncovering the genetic secrets behind lizards’ ability to regrow their own tails, and believe the knowledge could be used to stimulate regrowth in humans. The process with which lizards regenerate their tails after losing them in attacks from predators is described by the researchers as a genetic “recipe,” until now a secret recipe, because like good cooking...

Reptile Database Has Exceeded 10,000 Reptile Species
2014-08-04 03:33:37

By Sathya Achia Abraham and Eric Peters, Virginia Commonwealth University More than 10,000 reptile species have been recorded into the Reptile Database, a web-based catalogue of all living reptile species and classification, making the reptile species among the most diverse vertebrate groups in the world, alongside bird and fish species. For some time, experts have projected that 2014 would mark the year that reptiles would become the most diverse vertebrate group in the world....

butt breathing turtles
2014-06-18 05:17:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online When it comes to most creatures, the hindquarters tend to be responsible for only one specific task. However, some types of turtles possess rear ends capable of multitasking – and now experts believe they know why. According to Esther Inglis-Arkell of io9.com, species such as the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle can breathe through their back ends, even though both creatures can...

Dinosaurs Took A Middle Road Between Warm- And Cold-Blooded
2014-06-13 09:10:26

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There has been a long-standing debate over dinosaurs: were they cold-blooded like modern day reptiles or warm-blooded like mammals? In the early days of science, and in Hollywood, these prehistoric beasts were depicted as slow, lumbering giants as they were believed to be cold-blooded. But over the past few decades, these animals have been portrayed as swift-moving lizards, more reminiscent of warm-blooded behaviors. New...

Two Venomous Snakes That Evolved Separately Are Strikingly Similar
2014-06-11 15:19:40

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online North American and Australian snakes evolved independently, but into similar body types over millions of years. These snakes are stout-bodied and highly camouflaged, which help them move and ambush prey more efficiently. As well, these rattlesnakes of North America and death adders of Australia are slender, fast-moving burrowers. A phenomenon called convergence is where two species evolve independently, but feature similar body...

Eocasea martini
2014-04-17 08:58:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The fossil of a newly-discovered species called Eocasea martini is being described as a sort of missing link in the transition from carnivorous to herbivorous behavior in land animals. According to a report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, the fossil could eventually serve as evidence that caseids, the largest land animals around 300 million years ago, slowly evolved from being carnivores to subsisting on a diet solely of plants....

Ichthyosaur Birth Preserved In Fossil
2014-02-13 11:23:09

PLOS Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile, according to a study published February 12, 2014 in PLOS ONE by Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues. Ichthyosaurs were giant marine reptiles that evolved from land reptiles and moved to the water. Scientists report a new fossil specimen that belongs to Chaohusaurus (Reptilia, Ichthyopterygia), the oldest of Mesozoic marine reptiles that lived...

Steak-Knife Teeth First Appeared In Land Animals 300M Years Ago
2014-02-07 12:27:27

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A carnivorous dinosaur that roamed the Earth nearly 300 million years ago was the first terrestrial vertebrate to develop “steak-knife” teeth. The Dimetrodon was a dinosaur that walked on land between 298 million and 272 million years ago, and the latest study, published in Nature Communications, shows the ancient reptile wasn’t afraid to bite off more than it could chew. Researchers found that Dimetrodon was the first...

Giants Of Earth's History Still Pose A Wealth Of Riddles
2014-01-14 10:32:20

Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz Sauropods, the largest land animals in Earth's history, are still mightily puzzling the scientists. These plant-eating dinosaurs with their long necks and small heads could reach a height of 10 meters or more and dominated all other land vertebrates in terms of size. They could weigh up to 80 tons, more than any other known land vertebrate. One question that has been intensely debated is how these giants of the animal kingdom regulated their own body...


Latest Reptile Reference Libraries

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2007-04-15 20:58:50

The Brown Basilisk or Striped Basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus, is a species of lizard native to Central America, but have been introduced into the wild in the U.S. state of Florida. They are also called the common basilisk and, the "Jesus Lizard" because when it flees from predators it runs very fast and can even run on top of water. Basilisks actually have large hind feet with flaps of skin between each toe. The fact that they move quickly across the water, aided by their web-like feet,...

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2007-02-12 21:53:31

The Diamondback Terrapin, Malaclemys terrapin, is a species of turtle native to the brackish coastal swamps of the eastern and southern United States. They are found from as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts to as far south as Corpus Christi, Texas. The species is named for the diamond pattern on top of its shell, but the pattern and coloration varies greatly by species. The coloring of the shell can vary from browns to grays, and their body color can be gray, brown, yellow, or white....

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2007-01-23 14:56:02

The Spectacled Caiman, Caiman crocodilus, is a crocodilian reptile found in much of Central and South America. It lives in a range of lowland wetland and river habitat and can tolerate salt water as well as fresh. Due to this adaptable behavior, it is the most common species of caiman. Males of this species are between 6 and 8.2 feet long, while females are smaller, usually around 4 and a half feet long. The species' common name comes from the bony ridge between the eyes, which give the...

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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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