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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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Komodo Attack

A Komodo dragon bit a Komodo Island park ranger on the foot; it had apparently been chasing a monkey. This report doesn't say why or how it turned on the ranger.

[Update: a little more information on the attack here, but several details still missing.]

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Florida Python Ban

Florida is trying to ban "reptiles of concern." (News source.)

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Smugglers & Poachers

Three people were arrested for trying to smuggle geckos out of New Zealand. (News source.)

Six people were arrested in South Africa for trading in leopard tortoises. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fiji Green Iguanas

Apparently, there are introduced green iguanas in Fiji, and plans are underway to eradicate them. Hopefully it isn't a misidentification of the endangered Fiji iguanas... (News source.)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Pacific Iguanas

There's a new study from BYU regarding the biogeography of iguanas, specifically how they reached the isolated islands of Fiji and Tonga.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Florida Lizard News

A profile on the introduced ameiva, here.

Dogs that eat the frozen iguanas in Florida may end up with botulism. (News source.)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Smuggler Jailed

A German man who smuggled lizards out of New Zealand has been jailed for 14 weeks. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Cold Snap

Over 1000 sea turtles were stunned in recent cold snaps. (News source.)

Rehabbers have been
busy. It has also taken out iguanas and other lizards in southern Florida. One girl has been defrosting some of the lizards.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Smuggled Lizards in His Underwear

Enough said. (News source.)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Snake Found New Chameleon Species

A new chameleon, Kinyongia magomberae, was discovered after a researcher ran across a twig snake that regurgitated the lizard. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Smuggler Caught

A California man was busted for smuggling "two geckos, 11 skinks and two monitor lizards" from Australia, apparently having them strapped to his chest. (News source.)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Canadian Horned Lizard Research

Information on Canadian research into the greater short-horned lizard here.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


A man tried to smuggle ball pythons and leopard geckos (and a tarantula) into Norway, but got caught when they searched him. (News source.)

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Ohio Town Ruled by Fear

Wilmington, Ohio, is taking a turn towards fear-based legislation, to restrict such "dangerous" exotics as boids over 3 feet in length, monitors, and tegus. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Shed Tail Movements

Lizard tails that are shed in response to possible predation have a bit of the spinal cord in them, which appears to coordinate movement in response to stimuli. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gecko Talent Studied

Researcher have discovered that in order to induce their amazing grip, "geckos must be on an incline in order to trigger the deployment of their adhesive system." (Eurekalert.)

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shingleback Smuggler

A Japanese man was arrested for trying to smuggle shingleback skinks out of Australia. (News source.)

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Iguana Cookbook

A Florida author is promoting his new book, Save Florida, Eat an Iguana - An Iguana Cookbook. (News source.)

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An Ohio man was bit by his pet Gila monster. (News source.)

A UK man was bitten by an adder. (News source.)

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