Reptiles

New Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

New Gecko Species Discovered in Madagascar

New Species, Reptiles November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Science, Space & Robots | Journal: Zoosystematics and Evolution Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Paroedura hordiesi | Named for: Other reports:

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Lost and Found, the Clarion Island Nightsnake

New Species, Reptiles, Species Discovery November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

In 1936 naturalist William Beebe visited the island and wrote in his field journal about a vertebrate that no one else has seen since. He called it the Clarion Island Nightsnake.  While other naturalists have sought the Clarion Island nightsnake over the years, the mystery of the nightsnake has now been solved.  Scouting over field notes and old books and diligantly encouraging colleagues to help explore further, Daniel Mulcahy, a researcher with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, ultimately was able to find the snake not seen eight years. This 18-inch Clarion Nightsnake (Hypsiglena unaocularus), found on black lava rock habitat onRead More

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terr…

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terr…

New Species, Reptiles November 10, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Extinction Countdown | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Reptiles | Taxa: Pelomedusa, Pelomedusa subrufa | Named for: Other reports: According to genetic research published May 15 in Zootaxa (pdf), African helmeted terrapins are not one wide-ranging, common species (what’s currently known as Pelomedusa subrufa) but at least 10 separate species, maybe even more. Many of these ?new? species, according to lead author Uwe Fritz of the Senckenberg Research Institute in Germany, have extremely limited distributions and are probably endangered. In particular, the terrapins on the Arabian Peninsula suffer from a severe shortage of available water and may be threatened withRead More

A New Phasmid Gecko from the Arnhem Plateau: more new Diversity in Rare Vertebrates from northern Australia

New Species, Reptiles October 29, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Novataxa | Journal: Zootaxa Category: Amphibians | Taxa: Strophurus horneri

New Species of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species, Reptiles August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Scientists from four Brazilian institutions announced the discovery of a new species of non-venomous snake that inhabits the savannas in the central part of the country.  The new species of snake is a foot long, non-venomous, and a very colorful reddish-burnt orange with a yellowish belly.  

New Foot-Long Species Of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Foot-Long Species Of Snake Discovered In Brazil

New Species, Reptiles August 20, 2014 at 12:00 am

Main Report: Fox News Latino | Journal: PLOS ONE Category: Reptiles | Taxa: Atractus spinalis | Named for: Other reports: http://www.latintimes.com/new-snake-species-discovered-brazil-4-fast-facts-about-atractus-spinalis-202283 The specimen found is a foot long, its skin is reddish with light brown markings and is of a yellowish hue underneath, the Boticario foundation said in a statement. The snakewas found under some rocks in the Serra do Espinhaco, a mountain range that extends between the savannas in the states of Minas Gerais and Bahia. Atractus spinalis joins the 1,815 species of reptiles and amphibians already identified in Brazil, although scientists believe there are many more that haveRead More

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terrapin Species

Genetic Tests Reveal 10 Previously Unknown African Terrapin Species

New Species, Reptiles May 24, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Biologists have named and renamed and reclassified the 20- to 30-centimeter turtles more than a dozen times since 1778, the year they were first scientifically described. Some researchers declared the terrapins as multiple species or various subspecies. Most recently biologists have declared the terrapins to be just a single species, making it the widest ranging reptile in all of Africa.   Now it’s time to do it all over again.  According to genetic research published May 15 in Zootaxa, African helmeted terrapins are not one wide-ranging, common species (what’s currently known as Pelomedusa subrufa) but at least 10 separate species, maybeRead More

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Tanzania

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Tanzania

New Species, Reptiles January 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

This newly discovered snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it’s named after a 7-year-old girl. Matilda’s Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania in 2009. This striking black-and-yellow snake is called Matilda’s horned viper, can grow to 65cm and has horn-like scales above its eyes. Photograph: Tim Davenport/AFP/Getty Image

New Snake-Species Discovered in Remote Tanzania Forest

New Snake-Species Discovered in Remote Tanzania Forest

New Species, Reptiles January 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

A new type of snake, a species of bush viper, was discovered in southern Tanzania during a recent biological survey. The snake’s exact location is being kept secret to protect the visually striking black-and-yellow snake from illegal pet collectors.