Six new species of western U.S. rattlesnakes have just been identified, according to a paper released this week. Animal experts previously puzzled over the newly named rattlers, but did not then realize that the snakes represented unique species. First Snake Crawled on Four Feet: Photos “These snakes have been long been recognized by herpetologists as…

Source: New Monitor Lizard the Top Predator on Remote Island Mussau Island, a small, partly volcanic stretch in Papua New Guinea’s St. Matthias chain, has been harboring for up to 2 million years a previously unknown species of blue-tailed monitor lizard. The new species (Varanus semotus) can grow to well over 3 feet long and has…

Conservationists in Massachusetts plan to establish a population of native venomous timber rattlesnakes on an uninhabited island, according to the state’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife). Locals are so alarmed by the idea that officials are holding a public meeting on Tuesday to present their case and address concerns. First Snake Crawled on Four…