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John Murphy
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Tiny frogs from the Western Ghats
Seven new species discovered from the Western Ghats. A. Radcliffe's Night Frog ( Nyctibatrachus radcliffei ), B. Athirappilly Night Frog  ( Nyctibatrachus athirappillyensis ), C. Kadalar Night Frog ( Nyctibatrachus webilla ), D. Sabarimala Night Frog ( Nyct...

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Phylogenetics of Kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula Complex, in Eastern North America
Distribution of kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula complex in North America:  (A) Lampropeltis californiae (banded); (B) Lampropeltis holbrooki;  (C) Lampropeltis nigra ; (D) Lampropeltis getula getula ; (E) Lampropeltis getula  “sticticeps” ; (F) Lampro...

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Climatic and geographic predictors of life history variation in Eastern Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus
A juvenile Eastern Massasauga. Photo credit: Eric Hileman. A new study is bringing attention to a little known and imperiled rattlesnake that slithers among the wetlands in regions surrounding the Great Lakes. The Eastern Massasauga rattler was once common ...

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Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display
Sulawesi Lined Gliding Lizard ( Draco spilonotus )  showing the sun on the dewlap Photo A. S. Kono/Wikamedia In a recent paper, Klomp et al. describe how a gliding lizard in the genus Draco orient their body to the sun so that the light emphasizes their dis...

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Successful reintroduction of the critically endangered Antiguan racer Alsophis antiguae to offshore islands in Antigua, West Indies.
The following is an abstract recently published in the International Zoo Yearbook. The Critically Endangered Antiguan racer Alsophis antiguae is endemic to Antigua and Barbuda (441 km2 area) but declined following the arrival of invasive mammals. By 1995, o...

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A new Fish-scale gecko in the genus Geckolepis
The new fish-scale gecko, Geckolepis megalepis , has the largest body scales of  all geckos. This nocturnal lizard was discovered in the 'tsingy' karst formations  in northern Madagascar. Photo Credit: F. Glaw Many lizards can drop their tails when grabbed,...

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Arthroleptis troglodytes rediscovered in Zimbabwe
In this Dec. 3, 2016 photo, a man holds a rare frog that  hasn't  been seen in decades, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.    Arthroleptis troglodytes , also known as the “cave  squeaker” because of its preferred habitat, was  discovered in 1962 but there were no repor...

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Oldest, most complete iguanian in the Americas
The lizard Magnuviator ovimonsensis is a newly discovered species at Egg  Mountain in Montana,   US, at a site rich in fossils from the Cretaceous Period.  The lizard is thought to have lived 75 million years ago. Artist credit:  Misaki Ouchida Paleontologi...

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Cuiver’s Dwarf Caiman Paleosuchus palpebrosus
The Dwarf Caiman has males that are slightly larger than females (1.3-1.5 m); females reach about 1.2 m. They are distributed in northern and central South America from Trinidad southward to Paraguay. The Dwarf Caiman tends to use fast-moving streams in for...

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Johnstone's Rain Frog, Eleutherodactylus johnstonei
Johnstone's Rain Frog, Eleutherodactylus johnstonei (Family Craugastoridae) Males 17-25 mm, females, 17-35 mm. Dorsum brown or gray brown with one or two darker chevrons; a narrow middorsal stripe or a pair of broad dorsal stripes may be present;skin smooth...
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