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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Breeding Behavior

Interesting information on all-female species of whiptail lizard.

And, a certain Peruvian frog is the first known monogamous amphibian.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Love Songs of African Clawed Frogs (NPR)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Frog News

Some video and notes on how Tungara frogs whip up their frothy nests, here.

A PNG frog undergoes a significant ontogenetic color change. (News source.)

An endangered frog's eggs are being frozen for conservation purposes. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Rattlesnakes vs Denim

A new study shows that denim clothing often reduces the amount of venom released by a rattlesnake during a bite. (Abstract; via Zach Barton)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Frog Embryos and Snakes

Embryos of a red-eyed tree frog can detect the motion of snakes, and hatch early accordingly. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jumping Gators

Gatorland is bringing in new blood for their Gator Jumparoo show, as the older alligators have gotten a bit lazy. (News source.)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Croc News

A 12-year old girl in Zambia was killed by a crocodile, while swimming in the Chambeshi River. (News source.)

Pics were taken of a croc being killed by a herd of hippos, here.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sea Snake Behavior

Sea snakes use their tail to mimic their heads. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some Frog News

The first protein-based toxin in an amphibian has been discovered, in a treefrog. Most amphibian toxins are obtained from other sources like prey. (News source.)

An interesting photo gallery of treefrogs from Vietnam, here.

Mountain chicken frog tadpoles have some very strange cannibalistic behavior. (News source.)

A new Costa Rica treefrog shows distinctive coloration differences between adults and juveniles, and between genders. (News source.)

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India: Crocodile Attacks

A 9-year old Indian girl was killed by a crocodile at Traj Lake in Matar Taluka of Kheda District. (News source.)

A 50-year old Indian woman was killed and several others injured in a series of croc attacks " in and around the Bhitarkanika wildlife sanctuary." (News source.) Wildlife experts suggest that an error in choosing release sites under a crocodile conservation program makes human-croc encounters far too common. (News source.)

A 60-year old Indian man was killed by a crocodile while bathing in the Kharasrota river. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Disease Leads to Behavioral Changes

Ranavirus in UK frogs may be leading to mating choice changes in the amphibians there. (Eurekalert.)

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Lizard Locomotion

Researchers have now shown that neon blue tailed tree lizards (Holaspis guentheri) actually do glide when leaping from trees, because of their light weight, which makes their Mass to Surface Area ratio the same as that of the gliding gecko. (Eurekalert.)

Sandfish (a desert lizard) swim like snakes through the sand. (Eurekalert.)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Amphibian News

Frog deformations may be the result of dragonfly nymphs, according to some researchers. (News source.)

A pic here of a recently discovered transparent frog in Ecuador.

A fish-surfing frog photographed in the UK, here.

Axolotls are being studied for limb regeneration research. (News source.)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Gallery: Python vs Goanna

Interesting pics of a blackheaded python eating a goanna, here.

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Herp Researchers

Biologists are mounting cameras on Galapagos tortoises to view their behavior. (News source.)

Biologists are studying the "jumping frogs of Calaveras County" to see why the leap so far. (News source.)

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Friday, May 8, 2009

When Your Eyes are Too Big for Your Stomach

This is what happens... (otherwise titled, Python vs Ibis).

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hungry Snake

A python is photographed swallowing a lizard in Australia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Lizard Behavior

Female Lake Eyre dragon lizards have an interesting way of turning down amorous and persistent males. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ratsnake Likes Eggs

A mallard's nest is easy pickings for a ratsnake. Video here.

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Lizard News

A new chameleon has been described from Tanzania. (News source.)

Lizards sunbathe for both warmth and vitamin D regulation. (News source.)

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