Tag Archives: reptiles

Chameleon crisis: extinction threatens 36% of world’s chameleons

Chameleons are an unmistakable family of wonderfully bizarre reptiles. They sport long, shooting tongues; oddly-shaped horns or crests; and a prehensile tail like a monkey's. But, chameleons are most known for their astonishing ability to change the co...

New gecko described in Madagascar

Researchers have described a previously undocumented species of gecko in Madagascar.

Madagascar’s rate of speciation slowing down

While Madagascar is famous for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, a new study suggests that the island's rate of speciation has slowed to a crawl.

Five percent of ploughshare tortoise population perishes after botched smuggling attempt

In March, two people were caught attempting to smuggle 54 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) into Thailand. Listed as Critically Endangered, the tortoises' wild population is down to approximately 400-500 animals in its native Madagascar, mea...

Madagascar’s chameleons came from African mainland

Madagascar's color-changing chameleons originated in Africa and crossed over to the island some 65 million years ago, concludes a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Over ten percent of a species’ total population found in smuggler’s bag

On Friday, March 15th Thai authorities arrested a 38-year-old man attempting to collect a bag containing 54 ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) and 21 radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) in Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Found only i...

Photo: Subterranean ‘Moby Dick’ mermaid lizard discovered in Madagascar

An international team of scientists have described a bizarre new species of worm-like lizard that lives underground. Strangely, they named it the 'Moby Dick' mermaid skink.

Picture gallery of the day: Day geckos

Day geckos are the jewels of the gecko family.

Photo: World’s smallest chameleon discovered in Madagascar

Scientists have discovered four new species of super-tiny chameleons in Madagascar, according to a new paper in PLoS ONE. The smallest of the new species, Brookesia micra, is found only on the small island of Nosy Hara and has been

Photos: 40% of Madagascar’s reptiles at risk of extinction

40 percent of Madagascar's terrestrial reptiles are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and over-collection for the pet trade, reports the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in its latest update of the Red List of Threaten...