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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Contribution to Herpetology

A nice article here on the development of a reference guide to the 22-volume Biology of the Reptilia series, by 85-year-old Ernest Liner.

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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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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Axolotl Research

Scientists are looking to the Mexican axolotl as a model for spinal cord regeneration. (News source.)

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Catlina Island Rattlers

Researchers are investigating whether the rattlesnakes on Santa Catalina Island may be a different subspecies from their California mainland kin. (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

Lesser-Known Venomous Snakes

A grant has been won by two researchers (one being Dr. Bryan Fry, University of Melbourne) to investigate the venom of Australia's lesser-known venomous snakes. (News source.)

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Turtle Bridges

Kim Komando's video of the day on a wood turtle researcher, here.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Everglades Python Hunt

The technology is expanding in the Everglades python hunt: thermal imaging equipment is being tested. (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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Overblown Python Numbers

This really shouldn't come as any surprise, but wildlife experts are starting to question the high numbers of estimated pythons in the Everglades. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sherando Salamander Research

A Washington and Lee University professor and his students are trying to determine if the Sherando salamander in the George Washington National Forest is actually a distinct species. (News source.)

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More on the New Georgia Salamander

The recently described "patch-nosed salamander" is pictured here, and one of the researchers who described it is profiled here.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Turtle Tech

Researchers are using GPS-devices to track diamondback terrapins. (News source.)

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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, July 3, 2009

Rip Van Frog

Researchers are investigating how some burrowing frogs can sleep in mud for months or years. (News source.)

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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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Friday, June 12, 2009

Python News

A Uganda man got into an argument with wildlife officials when he demanded compensation for damage to a goat from a python. (News source.)

Researchers are investigating whether Burmese pythons could survive in South Carolina. (News source.)

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Gator Survey

There are over a million alligators in Florida, and biologists continue to monitor the population. (News source.)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

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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