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panther chameleon
2015-05-26 08:47:28

The panther chameleon, a reptile unique to Madagascar that exhibits spectacular intra-specific color variation, is actually a group of 11 different lizards and not a lone species as has long been believed, an international team of researchers reports in a new study.

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2015-04-08 13:16:02

Cue the Game of Thrones theme song! A trio of new wood lizards, creatures also known as “dwarf dragons” due to their resemblance to the mythical beasts, have been found and identified by scientists in Peru and Ecuador.

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2015-03-22 17:11:40

Scientists will report in a presentation today that they have turned to the opossum to develop a promising new and inexpensive antidote for poisonous snake bites. They predict it could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects of current treatments.

panther chameleons
2015-03-11 16:04:34

Male panther chameleons (Furcifer pardalis) are a wonder of the natural world and during social interactions. They can be seen changing the color of their skin from a pastel pink to neon orange. Now, a new study published in the journal Nature Communications has revealed these lizards utilize a lattice of nanocrystals contained in a superficial level of dermal cells, called iridophores. The study also found the presence of a deeper group of iridophores with bigger and less organized crystals...

gray ratsnake
2015-01-22 10:06:57

Over the weekend, a Lowe's customer in Mississippi was bitten by a snake on a store rack. Resident snake expert breaks down what breed of snake this probably was, and if people should actually be afraid. (Hint: They shouldn't.)

rattlesnake
2015-01-16 16:28:13

It turns out that rattlesnakes are not only dangerous, but sneaky too, as the nature of their venom varies depending on geographical location and greatly affects the treatment for bites.

Green anaconda
2014-11-10 07:20:33

Biologist and herpetologist Lisa Powers weighs in on Discovery Channel's upcoming special "Eaten Alive."

Invasive Water Snakes Could Pose Risk To Native Species In California
2014-06-26 03:53:17

Water snakes, commonly seen in the lakes, rivers and streams of the eastern United States, are invading California waterways and may pose a threat to native and endangered species in the state

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

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.

Skull Of New Species Sheds Light On Mediterranean Worm Lizard Evolution
2014-06-06 15:24:58

The first intact skull of a Mediterranean worm lizard has been found in Spain


Latest Squamata Reference Libraries

Naga Stone worship
2014-01-19 13:29:46

The naga (male) and nagini (female) are entities primarily in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, that takes the form of a snake (king cobra). But, naga in other types, are also found in other cultures from  Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Mekong, Java, and the Philippines. In Hinduism, the naga is still part of the modern culture. In India, they are nature spirits that protect the water of springs, wells, and rivers. They bring the rain, but also are believed to cause floods and droughts....

Rosy Boa, Lichanura trivirgata
2014-01-17 09:41:32

The Rosy boa (Lichanura trivirgata) is commonly found throughout the southwestern areas of The United States, but may be found in parts of northwestern Mexico as well. A member of the Boidae family, the Rosy boa inhabits coastal desert canyons, rocky, desert slopes, creek-beds, and hillsides with large boulders. The Rosy boa is commonly fully grown measuring just over 3 feet. The species ranges in color from a yellowish, to tan or slate grey and 3 varying types of stripes run the length of...

Yellow Anaconda, Eunectes notaeus
2014-01-10 21:40:31

The Eunectes notaeus is a nonvenomous anaconda commonly known as the yellow anaconda. It is exclusively found in South America. The yellow anaconda is named for its ability to swim and their dorsal scales are larger and in fewer rows. Its habitat is made up of swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams and rivers. The species is also beginning to invade the Florida Everglades. Prey usually includes birds, fish, turtles, lizards, bird’s eggs, small mammals and the decaying fish flesh. The...

Green anaconda, Eunectes murinus
2014-01-10 16:04:40

The Eunectes murinus commonly known as the green anaconda is known for its great swimming and mice hunting. This non-venomous boa is found primarily in South America. Other locations include Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay. These locations are abundant in swamps, marshes, and slow-moving streams with tropical rainforests. The green anaconda is much more stealthy and sleek in the water which allows them to hunt much more efficiently there, rather than on land....

Indian sand boa, Eryx johnii
2013-10-15 10:30:46

The Indian sand boa (Eryx johnii) may also be referred to as the Red or Brown sand boa. A member of the Boidae family, this species can be found in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The Indian sand boa inhabits semi-desert plains and rocky foothill areas. The species prefers a dry climate. Generally, the Indian sand boa grows to a length of 30 inches, but it can grow up to 4 feet. The snake is commonly uniform in color, which may vary from pale yellow to tan or brown. The species is...

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chomage
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]
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