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Lizard Penises Evolve at Super-Speed

A lizard’s penis evolves six times faster than any of its other parts, a new study finds. The study is the first to directly measure the evolution rate of the penis of any species, though researchers have long suspected that the male genitalia evolve faster than other body parts, said study researcher Julia Klaczko, a biologist at the University of ... Read More »

Host of Animal Planet’s “Wild Recon” pleaded guilty of to trying to sell endangered “Iranian desert monitor” lizards online

Donald Schultz, the former host of a popular Animal Planet TV show featuring some of the world’s most deadly creatures, was sentenced in a California federal court on Tuesday to community service and $9,000 in fines for selling two endangered lizards online. Schultz had pleaded guilty last year to trying to sell the desert monitor lizards to an undercover federal ... Read More »

Monitor Lizards Can Breathe Unidirectionally Just Like Birds

Monitor lizards capture oxygen from air both when inhaling and exhaling, a feat normally associated with birds. Many scientists believe birds developed the adaptation to cope with the enormous requirements of energy needed to take flight, and the discovery of “unidirectional breathing” in the savannah monitor lizard raises questions about when and why the trait first evolved. “To go and ... Read More »

3 New Species Discovered in Australia

Researchers from James Cook University and National Geographic discovered three new animal species,  a cryptic leaf-tail gecko, a colorful skink, and a frog during an expedition to northeastern Australia. The species are described in three papers published in October in the journal Zootaxa. In March, a team led by Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and photographer Tim Laman of ... Read More »

Scientists discover new species of legless lizards at Los Angeles Airport

Four previously unknown species of legless lizard were described in California by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and Cal State-Fullerton. The species, all members of the Anniella genus, were hiding in plain site, living in marginal habitats that included “a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley, on the margins ... Read More »

Neon blue dragon Found In Vietnam

A German and Russian biologists have discovered a stunning new species of lizard in Vietnam. The species, dubbed Calotes bachae, has been described in Zootaxa. Calotes bachae is a type of agama, a group of lizards commonly known as “forest dragons.” It was described after DNA research led by Timo Hartmann revealed it was genetically distinct from another blue lizard ... Read More »

Two New Lizards Found In Peruvian Amazon Jungle

Scientists discovered 2 lizards species from the Peruvian Amazon. Wood lizards, of the genus Enyalioides, are little-known reptiles with only 10 described species found in South and Central America. Described in ZooKeys, both new wood lizards were found in Cordillera Azul National Park, the nation’s third-largest reserve. The Scientists named 1 of the new species Enyalioides azulae, or the blue ... Read More »