Source: Lizard tail adaptations may reflect predators’ color vision capabilities Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard’s body. Now researchers have found that certain differences in blue and UV light reflectance in lizard tails are likely adaptations…

Source: Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers demonstrate that all these skin appendages are homologous. On the basis of analyses of embryonic development, the biologists evidenced molecular and micro-anatomical signatures…

Source: New lizard found in Dominican Republic A University of Toronto-led team has reported the discovery of a new lizard in the middle of the most- visited island in the Caribbean, strengthening a long-held theory that communities of lizards can evolve almost identically on separate islands. The chameleon-like lizard — a Greater Antillean anole dubbed…

In 2014, Canadian border guards arrested Kai Xu, a Canadian man, for attempting to smuggle 51 live turtles in his trousers. The border guards found “41 turtles taped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs”, according to prosecutors. Xu had also reportedly packed more than 1,000 turtles in suitcases that he had sent…

Thousands are bitten by rattlers and other venomous snakes each year, and a new treatment may serve as a “bridge” to buy time until medical care is available. Time is of the essence for treating venomous snakebites, and a product being developed by researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson may…

This hapless crocodile was forced to share his meal with his friends after struggling to rip apart his prey by himself. The gruesome series of pictures shows the crocodile struggling to eat the impala he has just killed after trying to tear it apart by waving it in the air. After getting into difficulties in the…