Category: Lizard Information & News

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Higher Body Temps In Island Lizards Help Them Escape Snake Predation

Higher Body Temps In Island Lizards Help Them Escape Snake Predation

A four decade study of Japan’s Okada's five-lined skink (Plestiodon latiscutatus) and its main predator, the Japanese four-lined rat snake (Elaphe qua [...]
Australian Monitor Lizards Are Ecosystem Engineers, Researchers Say

Australian Monitor Lizards Are Ecosystem Engineers, Researchers Say

A 10 year University of Florida study on Australia’s yellow-spotted monitor lizard (Varanus panoptes horni) have concluded that these reptiles should [...]
Introduced Peter’s Rock Agama Most Well Established Agamid Species In Florida

Introduced Peter’s Rock Agama Most Well Established Agamid Species In Florida

The Peter’s rock agama (Agama picticauda), which was first introduced to the state of Florida in 1976 is the latest introduced species that the Sunshi [...]
Public Comment Period Scheduled On Reintroduction Of Saint Croix Ground Lizard

Public Comment Period Scheduled On Reintroduction Of Saint Croix Ground Lizard

The Saint Croix ground lizard (Pholidoscelis polops) was listed as endangered by the IUCN, and the government of St. Croix has been working on a reint [...]
Baby Alligators Can Regrow Severed Tails, Study Says

Baby Alligators Can Regrow Severed Tails, Study Says

A study published in Scientific Reports says that baby American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) can regenerate up to 18 inches of their tails [...]
New Philippine False Gecko Species Discovered In Bicol Region On Luzon Island

New Philippine False Gecko Species Discovered In Bicol Region On Luzon Island

Researchers in the Philippines have discovered and described a new species of Philippine false gecko whose genus cannot be found anywhere else in the [...]
Panther Chameleon Lost In Daly City, CA Since June Found Alive On Powerline

Panther Chameleon Lost In Daly City, CA Since June Found Alive On Powerline

A panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis) that was found stuck on a powerline in Daly City, CA was rescued after three days perched on the line. The [...]
Researchers Rediscover Malagasy Chameleon After 100 Years

Researchers Rediscover Malagasy Chameleon After 100 Years

Researchers from Madagascar and Germany announced that they rediscovered the Malagasy chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi) after the species virtually disa [...]
Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

  When extreme cold snaps hit south Florida in the winter, the sight of cold-stunned lizards is a common occurrence. Every year the temperatur [...]
Temblor Legless Lizard Should Be Protected, Conservation Group Says

Temblor Legless Lizard Should Be Protected, Conservation Group Says

The Temblor legless lizard  (Anniella alexanderae) can only be found near the Temblor range in Kern County, CA, and should be protected under the Enda [...]
Monitor Lizards Stolen in 2019 Recovered By California Police Department

Monitor Lizards Stolen in 2019 Recovered By California Police Department

A pair of monitor lizards that were stolen in a 2019 robbery in the city of Long Beach, CA, have been recovered by detectives with the Long Beach Poli [...]
Asian Water Monitor That Spent All Summer At Kansas Lake Finally Captured

Asian Water Monitor That Spent All Summer At Kansas Lake Finally Captured

An Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) that residents of Lake of the Forest, KS said had spent most of the summer at the lake, has been captured an [...]
Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida law signed June 29 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that placed restrictions on the possession, breeding and sale of non-native tegu lizards (Sa [...]
Male Southern Alligator Lizards Clamp The Heads Of Their Mates For Hours During Courtship

Male Southern Alligator Lizards Clamp The Heads Of Their Mates For Hours During Courtship

Southern alligator lizards (Elgaria multicarinata) have an interesting courtship whereby the male clamps its jaw onto the head of the female and does [...]
Illegal Wildlife Trafficker In Florida Sentenced To 90 Days Home Detention

Illegal Wildlife Trafficker In Florida Sentenced To 90 Days Home Detention

A man who in January 2020 pleaded guilty to smuggling CITES-protected water monitors from the Philippines, has been sentenced to 90 days of home deten [...]
USFWS Must Reconsider Endangered Species Act Protections For The Florida Keys Mole Skink

USFWS Must Reconsider Endangered Species Act Protections For The Florida Keys Mole Skink

In 2017, the Trump Administration denied Endangered Species Act protections for the Florida Keys mole skink, (Plestiodon e. gregius), a coastal subspe [...]
Komodo Dragons Threatened By Rising Sea Levels And A Warming Planet, Scientists Say

Komodo Dragons Threatened By Rising Sea Levels And A Warming Planet, Scientists Say

Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis), the largest lizards on the planet live on just a few islands in the Indonesian archipelago. There are only an es [...]
The 20 Most Imperiled Australian Reptiles Predicted to Disappear By 2040

The 20 Most Imperiled Australian Reptiles Predicted to Disappear By 2040

Researchers in Australia have released a list of reptiles that they say will disappear in just 20 years if no action is taken to protect them. The rep [...]
Cunningham’s Skinks Protect Their Offspring Against Predators, Study Says

Cunningham’s Skinks Protect Their Offspring Against Predators, Study Says

The Cunningham’s skink (Egernia cunninghami), a large skink native to southeastern Australia, protect their young from predators, according to a new s [...]
Blue Iguana Conservation Produces 60 Hatchlings In 2020

Blue Iguana Conservation Produces 60 Hatchlings In 2020

Blue Iguana Conservation on the Grand Cayman Islands announced that its breeding facility has so far produced 60 hatchling blue iguanas (Cyclura lewis [...]
South Carolina Documents First Argentine Black And White Tegu In The Wild

South Carolina Documents First Argentine Black And White Tegu In The Wild

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources announced today that it has captured an adult female black and white tegu  (Salvator merianae) in L [...]
Researchers Find 4m Thalattosaur In Belly Of 5m Ichthyosaur

Researchers Find 4m Thalattosaur In Belly Of 5m Ichthyosaur

An international group of researchers in China have discovered a five meter Ichthyosaur fossil with a 4m Thalattosaur in its belly, marking what the r [...]
Green Iguanas Found In The Wild In Singapore And Thailand

Green Iguanas Found In The Wild In Singapore And Thailand

The common green iguana (Iguana iguana), once the most popular lizard with reptile keepers and native to Mexico, southern Brazil and Paraguay, has bee [...]
Illinois State Rep. Brad Stephens To Host Virtual Reptile Show

Illinois State Rep. Brad Stephens To Host Virtual Reptile Show

Illinois state Rep. Brad Stephens, who is also the mayor of Rosemont, IL will participate in a virtual reptile show that will be posted to YouTube and [...]
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