Category: Wild Lizards

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Listing Komodo Dragon As Endangered Based On Assumption, Should Be Reassessed

Listing Komodo Dragon As Endangered Based On Assumption, Should Be Reassessed

A komodo dragon takes down a deer. Photo by Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock The listing of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as endangered was [...]
Scientists Discover New Liolaemus Lizard Species In Peru

Scientists Discover New Liolaemus Lizard Species In Peru

A new species of Liolaemus lizard has been discovered in the Peruvian Andes. The lizard, named Liolaemus warjantay was found at a 4,500 meter (14,700 [...]
Komodo Dragon Reclassified As Endangered Species

Komodo Dragon Reclassified As Endangered Species

The iconic Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world and native only to Komodo National Park in Indonesia, has been reclass [...]
Rough-nosed Horned Lizards Separated Into Four Distinct Groups

Rough-nosed Horned Lizards Separated Into Four Distinct Groups

The rough-nosed horned lizard (Ceratophora aspera), a species that lives in the Southwestern rainforests of Sri Lanka, are, through genetic testing an [...]
Australia Face Challenges Due To Poaching Of Shingleback Skinks

Australia Face Challenges Due To Poaching Of Shingleback Skinks

A new report from the University of Adelaide and the Monitor Conservation Research Society has found that all four species of the shingleback skink (T [...]
Lizards From Different Parts Of World Evolved With Same Communication Skills

Lizards From Different Parts Of World Evolved With Same Communication Skills

Two different lizard species, the Anolis lizards of the Caribbean and the Draco lizards of Southeast Asia learned the same skills in spite of being to [...]
An Inside Look at the Program Protecting the Critically Endangered Anegada Iguanas

An Inside Look at the Program Protecting the Critically Endangered Anegada Iguanas

About 80 miles northeast of Puerto Rico lies a small island lined with white sandy beaches and surrounded by stunning coral reefs. The island, Anegada [...]
South Carolina Bans Keeping Of Tegu Lizards

South Carolina Bans Keeping Of Tegu Lizards

South Carolina has banned the importation of Argentine black and white tegus (Salvator meriane)and their hybrids into the state, and breeding of the s [...]
Bearded Dragon Embryos Can Switch Sex Two Different Ways, Study Says

Bearded Dragon Embryos Can Switch Sex Two Different Ways, Study Says

For many egg laying reptiles, temperature of the eggs during incubation determines the sex of the hatchling. For example, a 2017 study of green sea tu [...]
Asian Water Monitor Climbs Shelves At Thai 7-11

Asian Water Monitor Climbs Shelves At Thai 7-11

A video of an Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) climbing up a shelf in a 7-11 in Bangkok, Thailand has gone viral. The video opens with the giant [...]
Green Geckos Benefit From Soft Penned Release In New Zealand

Green Geckos Benefit From Soft Penned Release In New Zealand

Researchers in New Zealand studying the green barking gecko (Naultinus punctatus) have determined that releasing this species in a "soft pen" rather t [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Malaysian Man Removes Sardine Can Stuck On Monitor Lizard's Nose

Malaysian Man Removes Sardine Can Stuck On Monitor Lizard's Nose

After four attempts the man was successful in removing the can from the lizard's nose. [...]
Researchers Euthanize Northern Curly-Tailed Lizard With Massive Fecal Impaction

Researchers Euthanize Northern Curly-Tailed Lizard With Massive Fecal Impaction

The female lizard was found in Cocoa Beach, FL with a visibly distended abdomen. [...]
California’s Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Threatened By Warming Planet, Study Says

California’s Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Threatened By Warming Planet, Study Says

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard was listed on the federal endangered species list in 1967. [...]
USFWS Again To Consider Dunes Sagebrush Lizard As Endangered Species

USFWS Again To Consider Dunes Sagebrush Lizard As Endangered Species

The lizard was once considered a candidate for ESA protections but a failed scheme put forth by the state of Texas has the USFWS again considering it. [...]
Five-Lined Skink Discovered In Rhode Island

Five-Lined Skink Discovered In Rhode Island

Plestidon fasciatus is not native to the state, but could be the result of range extension. [...]
Researchers Discover And Describe New Gecko Species From Cambodia

Researchers Discover And Describe New Gecko Species From Cambodia

The bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis) was found in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. [...]
Texas Horned Lizard Subject Of Conservation Study By U. Of Texas Master’s Student

Texas Horned Lizard Subject Of Conservation Study By U. Of Texas Master’s Student

If you live in Texas and wish to get involved with Killian's study, visit the iNaturalist website and check the Texas horned lizard project of south T [...]
Aussie Researchers Receive $400,000 Grant To Help Save Pygmy Blue-Tongued lizard

Aussie Researchers Receive $400,000 Grant To Help Save Pygmy Blue-Tongued lizard

Pygmy blue-tongued lizards spend nearly all of their lives underground, in burrows constructed by trapdoor spiders. [...]
The State Of Texas Wants To Know When You See A Texas Horned Lizard

The State Of Texas Wants To Know When You See A Texas Horned Lizard

The Texas horned lizard is in decline in much of the state of Texas. It is illegal to possess this species. [...]
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