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Jamaican Iguana Conservation Program Marks 20 Years of Success, Faces Worries about Next 20 Years

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More than a million tourists visited Jamaica last year. The vast majority of them traveled to the famous hotels and beaches of Kingston, the country’s capital city. Few, if any, ventured about 25 kilometers to the west to the rocky limestone shores of Hellshire Hills. If they had, they might have seen something not many [...]

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New Lizard Discovered in Australia and Threatened by Incoming Housing Development

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A tiny new lizard species has been discovered in Western Australia, and just in time: its only known habitat is already being destroyed. The six-centimeter-long coastal plains skink (Ctenotus ora) lives in the sand dunes of the Swan Coastal Plain, which starts about 70 kilometers south of Perth. According to the researchers from Australian National [...]

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Recently Discovered Lizard Species Down to 3 Remaining Females

What lizard species has been wiped out in its natural habitat and now depends on three breeding females breeding in captivity for its long-term survival? Oh wait, I can’t quite answer that, because the species has no official name. For now it’s being called the orange-tailed skink. It was only discovered in 1995 and to [...]

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Toxicomania: Poisonous Invasive Plant Protects Australian Lizards from Poisonous Invasive Cane Toads

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Australia has a long history of invasive species that have damaged the island nation’s ecology and driven several species into extinction. The most famous example, of course, is the cane toad (Rhinella marina), which was introduced by Australia in 1935 in an attempt to control sugar cane pests, but which instead proved devastating to many [...]

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Maltese mystery: Naturalist and government disagree on extinction of Malta lizard

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The Selmunett lizard (Podarcis filfolensis ssp. kieselbachi) of Malta has been extinct since 2005, contrary to a government report that claims it still exists, the Nature Trust (Malta) announced this week. The lizard existed only on Selmunett Island, part of the archipelago that makes up the nation of Malta. Despite research that says the species [...]

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Baby tuatara, a rare reptile, found on New Zealand mainland

Oh, baby. The discovery of a one-month-old tuatara, a rare reptile descended from lizard-like dinosaurs, has conservationists in New Zealand celebrating. The critter is the first baby tuatara to be spotted on the mainland there in two centuries, since zoologists released 200 adults inside the Kaori Wildlife Sanctuary beginning four years ago in the hope [...]

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Monitoring the Many Faces of Monitors

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Artist: Darren Naish Source: Monitor musings, varanid variables, goannasaurian goings-on… it’s about monitor lizards, by Darren Naish on Tetrapod Zoology If you’re not a herpetologist, you may be of the mindset that lizards all look the same, but that would only expose you for what you are: a human primate, finely attuned to the faces [...]

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Observations

Chameleons’ tongues still snappy in cool temperatures

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When the weather cools, ectothermic (cold-blooded) animals slow down, which should be good news for their potential prey. But the colorful chameleon has found a way to keep feeding at top speeds even in lower temps: an elastic-tissue tongue, which unlike regular muscles, can uncoil nearly as fast in lower temperatures as it can in [...]

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The Pitiful Human Lizard has Arrived

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Toronto’s newest superhero accidentally trashes the Royal Ontario Museum. And although the ROM is my favourite place in Toronto, I enjoyed every page turning moment. Here are some pages from the successfully-funded Kickstarter for Jason Loo’s The Pitiful Human Lizard: No!!! Not the Platycarpus coryphaeus! As a kid I spent hours one birthday hanging out [...]

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