reptiles

Finding and Photographing one of South Africa’s Rarest Snakes

As a child, the idea of finding a long-lost dinosaur was my greatest fantasy. As I grew older and learned more about our amazing biodiversity, the idea of rediscovering a more recently lost species took over. While stumbling across a ...

The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These ...

The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

Krystal Tolley is a National Geographic grantee discovering the diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the montane forests of Mozambique. —- The Afromontane archipelago of Mozambique is an unexplored, but potentially biologically important area which has rarely been surveyed. These ...

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

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 ...

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

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 ...

Geography in the News: Cobras

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM MISSING COBRA! EEEEK! The escape of a highly venomous Egyptian cobra in March 2011 forced part of the Bronx Zoo’s reptile unit to close for more than a week. ...

Caught Giant Alligators Break Records; How Big Do Gators Get?

By Ker Than Two record-setting heavyweight alligators were killed by hunters in Mississippi this weekend, just three days into the start of the official gator hunting season. One animal, a male, was 13-feet and 6.5-inches (4.13 meters) long and weighed 727 pounds (330 ...

Iguana Research on Gaulin Cay, Bahamas

The final installment in a series of posts by Chicago area college students enrolled in the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Marine and Island Ecology course offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). Our students work closely ...

Iguana Research on Gaulin Cay, Bahamas

The final installment in a series of posts by Chicago area college students enrolled in the John G. Shedd Aquarium’s Marine and Island Ecology course offered through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA). Our students work closely ...

Bumpy-Headed Reptile Fossils Discovered

New fossils of an ancient reptile called Bunostegos akokanensis indicate that it probably wasn’t winning any prehistoric beauty contests. “Imagine a cow-sized, plant-eating reptile with a knobby skull and bony armor down its back,” Linda Tsuji, leader of a ...

Ancient Embrace: Amphibian, Mammal Ancestor Buried Together

An injured amphibian and a sleeping cynodont, a mammal-like reptile, shared a home before being trapped by a flash flood 250 million years ago, a new study says. The unlikely cohabitants were found in a fossilized burrow in South Africa‘s ...

Ancient Embrace: Amphibian, Mammal Ancestor Buried Together

An injured amphibian and a sleeping cynodont, a mammal-like reptile, shared a home before being trapped by a flash flood 250 million years ago, a new study says. The unlikely cohabitants were found in a fossilized burrow in South Africa‘s ...