Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Category archives for Reptiles

tags: Life, Discovery Channel, Reptiles and Amphibians, Komodo Dragons Hunt Buffalo, animals, mammals, birds, BBC, television, streaming video Gail Weiswasser at the Discovery channel emailed a few days ago to tell me about the upcoming March 21 premiere on the Discovery Channel of BBC’s LIFE, the 11-part follow up to PLANET EARTH (the most successful…

tags: reptiles, chameleon species, herpetology, Chris Raxworthy, research, American Museum of Natural History, AMNH, New York City, field research, nature, travel, Madagascar, speciation, streaming video With Madagascar containing nearly two-third’s of the world’s chameleon species, Christopher Raxworthy, Associate Curator of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History, recently embarked on an expedition to the…

tags: conservation, reptiles, King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, Gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, water pollution, Romulus+Whitaker, TEDTalks, streaming video The gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, and king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, are two of India’s most iconic reptiles, and they’re endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the…

Painting the Brown Anole Portrait

tags: art, wildlife art, stop-motion painting, Brown Anole Portrait, Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, entertainment, Carel Brest van Kempen, streaming video This is a fascinating stop-motion video documenting the creation of artist Carel Brest van Kempen’s painting, Brown Anole Portrait. Probably Florida’s most common reptile, the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, was introduced from Cuba.

Woodpecker vs Snake

tags: Woodpecker vs Snake, behavior, birds, Giant Bird Snake, Pseustes sulphureus, Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Campephilus melanoleucos, streaming video Here is some remarkable footage from somewhere in the Amazon (Peru?) of a Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Campephilus melanoleucos, taking on a “Giant bird snake” or “puffing snake”, Pseustes sulphureus, that has raided its nest and swallowed its eggs.

tags: TEDTalks, biomimetics, biomutualism, biology, engineering, origin of flight, Robert Full, streaming video Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko’s tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all. [12:27]

tags: Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta, Joel Sartore, National Geographic, image of the day Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) 90,000 remaining. Image: Joel Sartore/National Geographic [larger view].

Never Say Goodbye: Gopher Tortoise

tags: Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, Joel Sartore, National Geographic, image of the day Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). Image: Joel Sartore/National Geographic [larger view].

Pacific Green Sea Turtles

tags: green sea turtles, Hawaii, landscape, nature, image of the day Egg-laying Green Sea Turtles Pacific green (black) sea turtle Chelonia mydas, Maui, Hawai’i. Image: John del Rio [larger view].

tags: Lepidodactylus buleli, new species discovered, Vanuatu gecko, reptiles, Ivan Ineich, Natural History Museum Paris France French scientist, Ivan Ineich, displays a never-before-seen species of gecko at France’s Natural History Museum in Paris. This gecko, formally described with the Latin name, Lepidodactylus buleli, was born in Paris from an egg that was removed from the…