• 5 remarkable reptile facts herpetologists want you to know

    Scientists share their wackiest, weirdest and most interesting reptile facts.

    Today is Reptile Awareness Day! We reached out to our lizard-loving scientist friends to learn their favourite reptil...

    News October 21, 2021
  • Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

    Researchers reveal the true identity of a bizarre, ancient lizard.

    A bizarre, extinct animal that puzzled researchers and was previously misidentified as bird has now been classified a...

    History June 15, 2021
  • Looking ‘weird’ protects robot lizards from predation

    Turns out predators don’t like odd-looking prey.

    It’s often thought that prey animals face a complicated biological paradox: how do they stand out to attract potentia...

    Animals June 9, 2021
  • Origin of the world’s largest lizard

    More evidence that Komodo dragons came from Australia.

    Unravelling the origins of the Earth’s largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, scientists have found that its ances...

    Animals March 3, 2021
  • To climb, maybe robots need toes

    Researchers watch a gecko in action.

    At right is a close-up of the toepads of a Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), and it has links to a few branches of science. ...

    Animals May 13, 2020
  • Hurricane coming? Get bigger toepads

    Study suggests lizards evolve to hang on.

    Lizard groups that frequently experience hurricanes evolve larger toepads than those that don’t, according to a new s...

    Evolution April 29, 2020
  • When lizards change cologne

    Chemical signals shift when they shift.

    Lizards develop new chemical signals for communicating when moved to a new environment, research suggests.  And th...

    Animals April 22, 2020
  • What makes this dragon fierce

    Komodo’s genome reveals the secrets of a renowned hunter.

    The world’s largest lizard – the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) – is no lazybones. Adults grow up to three metre...

    Animals July 29, 2019
  • Reptilian street smarts

    Baby blue-tongue lizards match their elders, because they need to.

    This is an eastern blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides) from Australia, and it is likely it was a very good studen...

    Animals July 15, 2019
  • Lizard produces eggs and live young

    Vertebrate observed spreading its reproductive options.

    Versatility, it is generally acknowledged, is a useful evolutionary trait, but an Australian lizard, the three-toed s...

    Evolution April 2, 2019
  • Watch: a gecko runs on water

    Reptile strategy could inspire swimming robot design.

    A gecko, running on water. Credit: Pauline Jennings This video illustrates a lovely example of making the best of ...

    Animals December 9, 2018
  • Wind farms are good for some animals

    Big turbines function as apex predators, researchers suggest.

    Wind farms appear to offer safe haven to lizards – at least in India. Researchers from the Indian Institute of Scien...

    Animals November 5, 2018
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