Reptiles

Hard to make Heads or Tails of this New Gecko

Hard to make Heads or Tails of this New Gecko

New Species, Reptiles April 6, 2016 at 9:54 am

The species, Diplodactylus ameyi, is about 85 milimetres long and has a round snout that matches its tail.  The Diplodactylus ameyi makes its home during the day in disused spider burrows.  This new gecko was found in Queensland Australia.

Students Discover New Species of Snake, in Ethiopia

Students Discover New Species of Snake, in Ethiopia

New Species, Reptiles April 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

While driving on the streets of Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains National Park in 2013, a group of U researchers saw a snake. Curious, they pulled over to further investigate and tried to classify the snake. They couldn’t match it with anything in a book they had on hand, however. Not thinking anything of it, PhD students Evan Buechley and Mark Chynoweth snapped a few photos and sent them to the author of the book. The author, too, was puzzled. As it turns out, no one had identified this reptile before.

Biologists identify six new unique species of the western rattlesnake

Biologists identify six new unique species of the western rattlesnake

New Species, Reptiles March 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

The research team, using head shapes and genetic analyses, recommend that six groups of subspecies of the western rattlesnake be elevated to full species status, with the following names: Crotalus viridis, prairie rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus, northern Pacific rattlesnake Crotalus cerberus, Arizona black rattlesnake Crotalus helleri, southern Pacific rattlesnake Crotalus concolor, midget faded rattlesnake Crotalus lutosus, great basin rattlesnake The great basin rattlesnake (Crotalus lutosus), one of six new unique species identified by University of Arkansas biologists and their colleagues  

A new species of arboreal alligator lizard from Mexico

A new species of arboreal alligator lizard from Mexico

New Species, Reptiles March 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm

The new species, Abronia cuetzpali, is very secretive and is only known from three specimens.

Tiny Lizard Species Found in the Andes

Tiny Lizard Species Found in the Andes

New Species, Reptiles March 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Colorful, spiky and only a few inches long, three new lizard species discovered in the Andes may be the cutest dragon stand-ins on Earth.  

Five new species of fan-throated lizards discovered in India

Five new species of fan-throated lizards discovered in India

New Species, Reptiles March 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

One of the major finding of this study was a description of a new genus Sarada, a distinct sister group to Sitana. One of the known species Sitana deccanensis belongs to this new genus. Along with this two new species Sarada superba and S. darwini are newly described. The lizards of this genus are only known from some parts of Maharashtra and north Karnataka. Sitana darwini sp. nov  

New snake species discovered in Gujarat, India

New snake species discovered in Gujarat, India

New Species, Reptiles March 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

Nine years after they first saw it in a photograph, two researchers from Mumbai and three others from Gujarat have confirmed the discovery of a new snake species.

New Monitor Lizard Found on Remote Pacific Island

New Monitor Lizard Found on Remote Pacific Island

New Species, Reptiles February 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

Researchers from the University of Turku have identified a new species of blue-tailed monitor lizard. Separated from its closest relatives by several hundred kilometers like Tom Hanks in “Cast Away,” this lizard is isolated on the remote island of Mussau. Photo by Valter Weijol.  

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New turtle described; naming rights auctioned and trust fund set up.

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery February 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers crunching data, led by Dr. Taylor Edwards, The University of Arizona, who teamed up to find a previously unknown third sister species.  Naming the turtle and helping protect its habitat involved just as creative an approach.

A new gecko from Malaysia

A new gecko from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles February 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Cyrtodactylus and the sixteenth endemic species of karst ecosystem reptile discovered in Peninsular Malaysia in the last seven years.  This is a clear indication that many species remain to be discovered in the approximately 558 isolated karst ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia not yet surveyed. These data continue to underscore the importance of karst ecosystems as reservoirs of biodiversity and microendemism and that they constitute an important component of Peninsular Malaysia’s natural heritage and should be protected from the quarrying interests of foreign industrial companies.

A New Cave-dwelling Bent-toed Gecko from Laos

A New Cave-dwelling Bent-toed Gecko from Laos

New Species, Reptiles February 4, 2016 at 12:17 pm
New Chameleon Species Found in Tanzania

New Chameleon Species Found in Tanzania

New Species, Reptiles January 27, 2016 at 12:00 am

A new species of chameleon has been found in the Udzungwa Mountains and Southern Highlands areas of Tanzania. The brown and green specimen is scattered with blue spots. Researchers say the discovery provides more information on the Makambako Gap, what some think is a ”zoological barrier” between the Southern Highlands and Eastern Arc Mountains.

New, drab coloured Iguana discovered in the mountains of central Chile.

New, drab coloured Iguana discovered in the mountains of central Chile.

New Species, Reptiles January 20, 2016 at 12:00 am

A group of scientists led by Jaime Troncoso-Palacios from the Universidad de Chile have discovered a new iguana species in the mountains of central Chile.  The colouration of the reptile is noticeably consistent among individuals and between sexes.  It was this peculiar uniformity that determined the lizard’s name L. uniformis.

Snake Roadkill Is New Species of High-Altitude Viper

Snake Roadkill Is New Species of High-Altitude Viper

New Species, Reptiles January 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

A squashed snake on a road in Kyrgyzstan is a venomous pit viper unknown to science—and there are likely more to be found, experts say.   The expedition team collected mostly roadkill specimens because the newfound pit viper is nocturnal, as are other pit vipers.  

Portuguese scientist discovered a new lizard species

Portuguese scientist discovered a new lizard species

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

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A new freshwater turtle: Elseya flaviventralis

A new freshwater turtle: Elseya flaviventralis

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

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New species of pitviper discovered in Mexico cloud forest.

New species of pitviper discovered in Mexico cloud forest.

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

Scientists have  discovered a new species of horned pitviper in the cloud forests of the Sierra Madre Oriental in Veracruz, Mexico, and determined that another pitviper is  a unique species.  The snake was named the emerald horned pitviper (Ophryacus smaragdinus) for its bright green color and the two horn-shaped scales above its eyes, which the researchers say they do not yet know the purpose of. The pitviper is referred to as a torito by locals, Spanish for little bull.  The pitviper is referred to as a torito by locals, Spanish for little bull. Biodiversa president and lead researcher Christoph Grünwald called tehRead More

3 New Species of Fishing Snakes Discovered in South Ame…

3 New Species of Fishing Snakes Discovered in South Ame…

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2016 at 12:00 am

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New Species of Lizard Found in Angola

New Species of Lizard Found in Angola

New Species, Reptiles January 9, 2016 at 12:00 am

Suggested name Kaokoveld Girdled Lizard.  

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Asian Serpentes | #Snake #novataxa – Novataxa | Species…

New Species, Reptiles January 7, 2016 at 12:00 am

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