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Rapid Reptile Evolution

Scientists release seemingly harmless Italian Wall Lizards on a deserted South Adriatic island in 1971… and return to find walking, talking, boccie playing super-lizards! That is the headline that would have been written if researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst had waited only a few more years. In truth however, the scientists discovered that…

Gecko Begs Insect to Feed It Honeydew

Fascinating BBC footage of geckos coaxing leafhoppers to feed them honeydew. The lizards tap their feet or bob their heads, and the insect dutifully tosses them a bead of delicious tree sap. This definitely qualifies as bizarre zoology.

Have you ever noticed that your friends who make out with giant poisonous lizards never have diabetes? Now we know why! As it turns out, gila monsters, a type of large, carnivorous, poisonous lizard native to the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico have a kind of hormone in their salivary glands called Exendin-4, which causes…

This month marks Carl Linnaeus’ 300th birthday and biology textbooks still look much the way he imagined they should. Linnaeus is the father of the ranking system of classifying the living world. You might remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, genus, species from the back of your hand in 9th grade biology class. Indeed, this system…

A Chinese born, Paris-based artist hailed for his groundbreaking work that helped pave the way for a new generation of young artists in China is on the defensive after his most recent installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. His work “Theatre of the World” features snakes, lizards, scorpions and a variety of dangerous insects trapped…

Kiss Me I?m Irish?

In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, a tribute to being green. Northland Green Gecko, naultinus grayii Green Lynx Spider, peucetia viridansGreen Hermit Hummingbird, phaethornis guy (we think) Green Grasshopper, campylacantha olivacea

Borneo Bonanza

A new species of clouded leopard was identified today in the jungles of Borneo. In fact, over 400 new species of animals have been discovered in the rain forests of Borneo since 1994. Most of the species shown below were found through the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) spectacular Heart of Borneo Initiative. Bornean Clouded Leopard,…