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By the Horns of Trioceros, the Casque of Calumma, the Brood of Bradypodion--Chameleons, Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the ‘What’s with all these new chameleon names?’ series. In the previous article, we looked at the fact that the ‘two genera system’ widely in use prior to the 1990s started to fall apart during the 1980s; we also looked specifically at the chameleon genera Rhampholeon and Rieppeleon. This time round—surprise surprise—we look at... more chameleons

February 25, 2016 — Darren Naish
Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Australia, land of dragons (part II)

Time for more Australian agamids, or amphibolurines, or dragons, whichever you prefer. Last time round, we looked at the water dragons, Moloch and a few other taxa, meaning that all thats left to get through is the remainder.

February 7, 2014 — Darren Naish

Hell yes: Komodo dragons!!! (again)

What with all the monitor-themed goodness around these parts lately (see links below), it seems only fitting that I provide a re-vamped, substantially updated version of this Tet Zoo ver 2 classic (originally published in September 2007).

March 5, 2014 — Darren Naish

The Atomic Worm-Lizard and Other Aprasia Flapfoots

I'm feeling the urge to blog about lizards. So, today I'd like to talk about the Aprasia species, a group of short-tailed, near-limbless gekkotans that belong to the Australian Pygopodidae family, the so-called flapfoots, flap-footed lizards or pygopods.

March 11, 2015 — Darren Naish
A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

A Squamotastic Christmas at Tet Zoo

My plan was to get something else finished for Tet Zoo before Christmas but, alas, that just wasn’t possible. So here’s this… And for those of you who want to see more detail, here are enlarged versions… And for all of you Squamozoic fans who need a labelled version… For more on the Squamozoic go [...]

December 21, 2013 — Darren Naish

Skinks skinks skinks (part I)

Skinks (properly Scincidae… though read on) are one of the most successful of squamate groups, accounting for approximately 1500 species - in other words, for about 25% of all lizards.

October 10, 2014 — Darren Naish
Obscure and attractive monitor lizards to know and love

Obscure and attractive monitor lizards to know and love

Everybody loves monitor lizards, or varanids. And there is so much to learn about, and to appreciate, in these remarkable, charismatic, complex, sophisticated lizards that scientists across many disciplines are being encouraged to study them and lo to make remarkable discoveries.

February 12, 2014 — Darren Naish

People Are Modifying Monitors to Make Gargantuan Geckos

Over the last several days a consortium of people interested in herpetology, weird animals, animal lore, and special effects have worked together to help resolve an incredible and bizarre `mystery'*.

April 16, 2015 — Darren Naish

Palleon, Archaius, Kinyongia, Nadzikambia--The Last Chameleons, Part 3

In the two previous articles in this series–devoted to the living chameleons of the world–we’ve looked at the full spread of chameleon diversity (Part 1, Part 2). There are the small, short-tailed leaf chameleons and pygmy chameleons, the little heartland-dwelling African dwarf chameleons, the sometimes giant Calumma chameleons, the ornate, sometimes horned Trioceros chameleons, and so on.

March 5, 2016 — Darren Naish

Racerunner Lizards of the World Unite

Today we're here because of the lacertid lizards, the Old World clade that includes Eurasian wall lizards, green lizards, fringe-toed lizards and a great number of less familiar species groups that rarely get much attention outside of the specialist literature.

October 4, 2014 — Darren Naish

A Fine First Finding of Darevskia

While in Romania back in 2011, I photographed the lizard you see here. It's clearly a lacertid: a member of the Eurasian-African group that contains the familiar Lacerta sand lizards and green lizards as well as many other groups.

March 25, 2015 — Darren Naish

Goannas Dig the Deepest, Twistiest Burrows of All

A female Yellow-spotted monitor  Varanus panoptes  excavates what appears to be a shallow, decoy nest burrow after completing work at the spiralling burrow near her tail. Image courtesy of Colin McHenry, used with permission.

July 6, 2015 — Darren Naish
Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

Leiosaurus: big heads, bold patterns

I like iguanian lizards – who doesn’t? Among the enormous number of taxa that you hardly ever hear anything about is the endemic Argentinean taxon Leiosaurus, type species of Leiosauridae.

October 7, 2013 — Darren Naish
Tale of the Takydromus

Tale of the Takydromus

I said a while back that I intended to make some overdue headway into the diversity of lacertid lizards: Lacertidae being the clade that includes many of the more familiar, conventionally ‘lizard-shaped’ lizards of Europe, Asia and Africa.

September 14, 2013 — Darren Naish

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