lizards

Do you have a cuckoo question about cuckoos? Is a question about monkeys driving you ape? Want some crazy answers about crazy ants? Welcome to our inaugural column of Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, where we give you a chance to satiate your curiosity about the wild world. Don’t be shy—ask your questions below in the comments...

What does this face say to you? Quite a lot, if you’re a Cerataphora lizard. New research on this little-known and much endangered genus of agamid lizard, which is found only in the tropical lowland and mountain cloud forests of Sri Lanka, is poised to shed a great deal of light on these creatures’ unusual horns. Some...

When it comes to choosing a mate, even lizards have certain standards. Tracy Langkilde, an associate professor of biology at Penn State University, and Lindsey Swierk, a graduate student in Langkilde’s lab, recently looked at the relationship between body-color patterning and mating behavior in the fence lizard Sceloporus undulatus, and found that the sex lives...

It’s no lie—scientists have spotted a lizard with a nose like Pinocchio in an Ecuadorian cloud forest. What’s more, the long-nosed reptile was thought extinct, having been seen only a few times in the past 15 years. “It’s hard to describe the feelings of finding this lizard. Finding the Pinocchio anole was like discovering a secret, a...

It’s no lie—scientists have spotted a lizard with a nose like Pinocchio in an Ecuadorian cloud forest. What’s more, the long-nosed reptile was thought extinct, having been seen only a few times in the past 15 years. “It’s hard to describe the feelings of finding this lizard. Finding the Pinocchio anole was like discovering a secret, a...

Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says. Researchers don’t know much about the unusual reptiles—which can grow up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long—mostly because they live...

Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says. Researchers don’t know much about the unusual reptiles—which can grow up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) long—mostly because they live...

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Despite the rain we have been busy these first few weeks getting out to the site when...

Victoria Hillman is a National Geographic Explorer and Research Director for the Transylvanian Wildlife Project overseeing research on carnivores and biodiversity of Europe’s last great wilderness. Follow the expedition here on Explorers Journal through updates from the team. —–— Despite the rain we have been busy these first few weeks getting out to the site when...