Reptiles

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.

A new gecko from northern Australia.

A new gecko from northern Australia.

New Species, Reptiles June 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

Strophurus congoo is a small, pale grey to tan, unpatterned or faintly striped gecko, resembling the phasmid geckos in appearance, habitat and behaviour.

New Species of Boa Discovered on Uninhabited Bahamian Island

New Species of Boa Discovered on Uninhabited Bahamian Island

New Species, Reptiles May 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

The silver boa is extremely endangered, but easily found the attention of researchers on Conception Island.  One had even come down from the forest and crawled right over one of the researchers as he slept.  Graham Reynolds, who  led a team from Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology to discover the snake, said “We found this species on its way to extinction, and now we have the opportunity to intervene on their behalf so that doesn’t happen.”

A New Species of Gecko from Malaysia

A New Species of Gecko from Malaysia

New Species, Reptiles May 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm

A New Species from Penang Island, Peninsular Malaysia revealed by Phylogenetic relationships.    

New Turtle Species, Found Sold as Food in Thailand Markets

New Turtle Species, Found Sold as Food in Thailand Markets

New Species, Reptiles May 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

Newly described is a snail-eating turtle, Malayemys isan sp. nov. (Geoemydidae), from the Mekong River Basin in northeastern Thailand (Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai and Udon Thani provinces) and the adjacent Vientiane area in Laos.  The new species is readily distinguishable from others by its stripes.

New Snake Genus Discovered, After Years of Searching for a Live Specimen

New Snake Genus Discovered, After Years of Searching for a Live Specimen

New Species, Reptiles April 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Researchers had been on the lookput for a specimen since recognizing a photograph in a journal as a possible uncharacterized new species.  The snake belongs to the Colubridae family and represents not just a new species but also a new genus.

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.