Reptiles

New Species of Gecko can Squirm Right Out of its Skin

New Species of Gecko can Squirm Right Out of its Skin

New Species, Reptiles February 7, 2017 at 9:42 am

Fish-scale geckos have large scales that tear away with ease, leaving them free to escape whilst the predator is left with a mouth full of scales. A newly discovered species in Madagascar is the master of this art, possessing the largest scales of any gecko.  Geckolepis megalepis is the first Geckolepis species to be described in 75 years.

Three new species of rock geckos from the Thai-Malay Peninsula

Three new species of rock geckos from the Thai-Malay Peninsula

New Species, Reptiles January 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Three new species of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis lineogularis sp. nov., C. phangngaensis sp. nov., and C. thachanaensis sp. nov. of the chanthaburiensis and siamensis groups are described from the Thai portion of the Thai-Malay Peninsula. These new species are distinguished from all other species in their two respective groups based on a unique combination of morphological characteristics, which is further supported by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 gene (ND2).

Description of two new Atractus from the Brazilian Amazon

Description of two new Atractus from the Brazilian Amazon

New Species, Reptiles January 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm

The authors describe two new species of Atractus with 15 dorsal scale rows, previously confused with Atractus insipidus, from the eastern and western portions of Brazilian Amazonia, respectively.  

A new day gecko from India

A new day gecko from India

New Species, Reptiles December 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Cnemaspis flaviventralis, a new species of day gecko, is described from the forests of Amboli, Sindhudurg District, Maharashtra State, northern Western Ghats, India.

A new species of colubrid snake recognized from a population in Israel

A new species of colubrid snake recognized from a population in Israel

New Species, Reptiles December 25, 2016 at 2:43 pm

A population from the Negev Mountain area in southern Israel is described as a new species. Rhynchocalamus dayanae.

A giant gecko from the East Melanesian Islands

A giant gecko from the East Melanesian Islands

New Species, Reptiles December 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

This new gecko species is exceptionally large, reaching 130-150 mm in length, and brown in colour and mottled with patches of lighter brown, white, black and orange.

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

Two New Species of Ground Dwelling Geckos from Southern India

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Two new species of nocturnal ground dwelling geckos have been discovered in the Mysore Plateau of Southern India.

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

New Species, Reptiles November 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Two new species of lizards have been discovered in the Andean highlands of Southern Chile. Collected from areas of heroic past, both small reptiles were named after courageous tribal chiefs who have once fought against colonial Spaniards in the Arauco war.

A semi-aquatic  anole from Mexico

A semi-aquatic anole from Mexico

New Species, Reptiles October 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

A new semi-aquatic anole from the Chimalapas region of eastern Oaxaca and adjacent southeastern Veracruz, Mexico.  The lizard was found sleeping on low vegetation within one metre of a stream, on boulders or logs in or along streams; on boulders, logs, or wet leaf litter; or within boulder crevices near small waterfalls. The type locality is a corridor of closed-canopy forest surrounded by highly disturbed areas.

A new species of Geckoella from India

A new species of Geckoella from India

New Species, Reptiles September 24, 2016 at 8:33 am

A distinctive new species of ground dwelling lizard of the genus Cyrtodactylus is described from India. The new species is a member of the subgenus Geckoella, which are small ground-dwelling geckos that are largely found in leaf litter in forests.

A new lizard from northeastern Brazil

A new lizard from northeastern Brazil

New Species, Reptiles September 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

A new species of Placosoma Tschudi, 1847, until now restricted to the Atlantic Forest areas of southeastern Brazil is described based on specimens obtained about 1700 km north to the current distribution of the genus.

Two new species of skink from north Queensland Australia.

Two new species of skink from north Queensland Australia.

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 10:47 am

A number of these species have strong associations with semi-evergreen vine thickets, listed as an endangered habitat under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

A new gecko from Vietnam

A new gecko from Vietnam

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

Specimens of the new species were found in the evening on limestone cliffs and in rock crevices, within the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam..  

A new day gecko found hiding in Sri Lanka

A new day gecko found hiding in Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

The new species is recorded from Salgala Forest, Sri Lanka in an unprotected lowland rain forest.

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

A canopy-dwelling snake discovered in the Sinharaja World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka

New Species, Reptiles September 15, 2016 at 7:54 am

The Sinharaja Tree Snake is a canopy-dweller known only from the Sinharaja World Heritage Site and its vicinity, in the lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka.  The species is rarely sighted, and may be rare. The first specimen collected was a road kill. The photographed individual was found in the canopy at around 15 m above ground level. The rarity of sightings may be due to a highly arboreal nature in the higher canopy of the lowland wet zone. Probable threats to this species are habitat loss and forest fragmentation through deforestation.

‘Ghost snake’ discovered in Madagascar

‘Ghost snake’ discovered in Madagascar

New Species, Reptiles September 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

Researchers found the ghost snake on a recently opened path within the well-traveled Ankarana National Park in northern Madagascar in February 2014. They studied the snake’s physical characteristics and genetics, which verified that it is a new species.

New geckos identified from Oman, UAE

New geckos identified from Oman, UAE

New Species, Reptiles September 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm

With the help of moecular data, Spanish scientists researching on Oman’s reptiles have discovered two new species of geckos in the Al Hajar mountain range. Gardner’s Leaf-toed Gecko (Asaccus gardneri)

New species of burrowing snake found in India

New species of burrowing snake found in India

New Species, Reptiles August 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Researchers have discovered a new snake species in the Western Ghats in Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts.It is a burrowing snake of the Melanophidium genus and belongs to the Uropeltidae family of snakes.  

Striking new species of earth snake discovered in Mexico

Striking new species of earth snake discovered in Mexico

New Species, Reptiles August 18, 2016 at 11:27 am

Scientists have described a strikingly colored new species of snake from the mountains of east-central Mexico.  This snake, with a vivid orange and black banding pattern on its body, belongs to the genus Geophis, a group that is commonly referred to as earth snake.

New anole found in the Dominican Republic

New anole found in the Dominican Republic

New Species, Reptiles June 22, 2016 at 6:59 pm

University of Toronto researchers 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.