During a recent night dive near the Solomon Islands, a team of scientists were stunned to discover a glowing hawksbill sea turtle. It’s the first documented case of biofluorescence in a reptile.
This baby panther chameleon was just born, and it’s already breaking us with its cuteness.
In the 1970s, cosmonaut Vladimir Shatalov was given a couple of crocodiles by Fidel Castro. The pair (named Castro and Hillary) spent time in Moscow before ending up at Stockholm’s Skansen Zoo. This week, ten young descendants of the original crocs returned to Cuba, where they’ll be released back into the wild.
We’ve found Kermit the Frog in real life and it’s a species of glassfrog just recently discovered called Hyalinobatrachium dianae in Costa Rica. It’s bright green just like Kermit, has big white adorable eyeballs just like Kermit and the males have a very unique mating call... just like Kermit, I guess? Anyway, the…
A new species of frog is the first known vertebrate able to change the texture of its own skin. The frogs, which live among mossy forests in Ecuador, sprout protrusions called tubercles to mimic their surroundings. When moved away from moss, the tubercles recede.
Invasive Burmese pythons, descended from former pets that were released into the wild, are doing an incredibly effective job of wiping out anything that's small, furry, and native to the Everglades. And a new study published this week shows that the local wildlife basically has no defense... except
Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added four constricting snakes to its trade and import ban list: the reticulated python and three kinds of anacondas (DeSchauensee's, Beni, and green). However, in a controversial decision, the boa constrictor was dropped from the list.
I’m super sorry, Dustin Welbourne writing for The Conversation, but yes. Reptiles are still a thing, and I gotta tell you why.
When a whale dies out in the open ocean, its body slowly drifts to the seafloor, where it breathes life into a temporary ecosystem. But whales weren't the first ones to live on after death; Jurassic giants did too.
The previous record for the largest alligator ever legally hunted in Alabama was, until this week, held by 14-foot, 2-inch, 838-pound specimen caught in 2011. But now that honor goes to an even larger critter.
Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes are a common sight in the forests and hiking trails in Southern California, so it was no surprise that a group of mountain bikers - who were also National Park Service volunteers - came across a pair of the rattlers last week. They were, however, treated to a unique bit of snake behavior.
We've previously brought you impressive images of crocodylians - that's the group of reptiles that includes alligators, crocodiles, and caimans - being eaten by river otters and by snakes. Now we bring you some intense croc-on-croc violence. We share because we love.
Sea otters, the adorable urchin-eating mustelids of the ocean, may be cute, but their relatives the river otters are another story. If this alligator's experience is anything to go by, I wouldn't want to be on the business end of their chompers.
Humans aren't the only creatures who share communal toilets — many mammals do this. In fact, new research shows this behavior was an ancient evolutionary development. Scientists have discovered a large, rhino-like reptile defecated in "communal latrines" some 240 million years ago.
While in their eggs, turtle embryos move around to find the perfect spot that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And because temperature determines what sex unborn turtles become, the embryos might be able to "choose" their own sex by staying in cooler or warmer areas of the egg, according to a new study.
Meet Brookesia micra, the newly discovered world's smallest chameleon. This wee creature was discovered on an island off of Northern Madagascar, where a biological expedition found these tiny beasts snoozing in vegetation a mere four inches off the ground. Juvenile specimens of Brookesia micra are the size of a match…
When many of us think of reptiles we immediately envision them as egg-laying creatures, but there are some reptiles that actually give birth to live young. All of the reptiles in this second category possess a rudimentary placenta (the vascular tissue which, in mammals, nourishes unborn offspring), but until recenty,…