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10 Evolutionarily Interesting Reptiles

Here we showcase 10 of the strangest, coolest, and most bizzare creatures falling into the Reptilia nomenclature.

U.S. Forest Service And Turtles For Tomorrow Help Make Gravel Pits Wood Turtle Safe

Wood turtles are listed as endangered by the IUCN.

Woman Doesn't Give Up Found Bearded Dragon Despite Pleas From Owner

A woman says another woman won't return her lost bearded dragon.

Poaching of Hong Kong's Endangered Golden Coin Turtles Spur Calls For Protections

The golden coin turtle often end up as ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.

Florida Police Seek Driver Who Ran Over Gopher Tortoise

Gopher tortoises and their burrows are protected by Florida state law.

Snake Fungal Disease Changes Skin Microbiome of Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes

Healthy skin of infected eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes test positive for Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola.

Animal Planet's Reptile Show, Scaled To Premiere August 24

Exclusive Belleair Shore Community In Florida Wants Sea Turtle Nests Off Their Beach

Some in the affluent town of Pinellas want sea turtle nests gone.

Texas Seeks Approval For Rewritten Plan To Protect Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

The dunes sagebrush lizard is found in southeastern New Mexico and west Texas.

Hatchling Gila Monsters Don’t Leave Their Nest For Up To 10 Months, Study Says

Hatchling Gila monsters leave their nest when food sources are more abundant.

King Cobras, Gila Monsters Seized From New York Home

It is illegal to possess the king cobra in the state of New York.

Researchers Discover New Earless Toad Species In Angola

Poyntonophrynus pachnodes is small, at just 31 mm in length and is a brownish copper in coloration.

Alex, The Aldabra Tortoise At The National Zoo, Dies At 100

The Aldabra tortoise can weigh up to 500 pounds, making them one of the biggest tortoises in the world.

Endangered Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Found Dead, Stuck In Barstool

Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the rarest sea turtles and are critically endangered.

Whale Watchers Spot Hognose Snake Swimming More Than 1 Mile off Cape Cod

it is speculated that the snake may tried to cool down and was pulled out to sea by currents or got disoriented and swam out.

Massachusetts Woman Continues Search For Her Lost Tegu Lizard

Tiggs the tegu went missing July 31.

After 30 Years, The Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande Closes Its Doors

The Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande rehomed hundreds of tortoises each year.

Detroit Zoo Builds New Japanese Giant Salamander Exhibit

The Japanese giant salamander is listed as near-threatened by the IUCN due to pollution and habitat loss.

Texas A&M University Graduate Takes Grad Photo With Her Alligator Friend

Makenzie Noland earned a degree in wildlife ecology and hopes to work at a zoo.

Redding Reptiles Survives Devastating Carr Fire In Northern California

Redding Reptiles had to move its 210 reptiles six times during the Carr Fire.

DNA Analysis Determines Forest Cobra To Be Five Different Species

Researchers in England have determined that the forest cobra is actually five different species.

Carr Fire In California Displaces 20 Tortoises

Rescue volunteers will visit the Shasta Fairgrounds staging area to thank firefighters and hand out "Thank You" buttons for their service.

Police In Maine Seek Owner Of Found Monitor Lizard

Hopefully this monitor lizard finds its way home soon.

First Of Its Kind Welfare Facility For Reptiles Opens In England

The National Centre for Reptile Welfare in Kent, England, can house up to 600 reptiles and amphibians at a time and rehome 1,000 animals each year.

Yellow-Bellied Puffing Snake Venom Adapts To Prey

Two Fan-Throated Lizard Species Discovered In India

The two new species, Sitana gokakensis and Sitana thondalu hail from the Deccan Plateau.

22 Smooth Green Snakes Released On Barrington Prairie In Illinois

The smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis) is non-venomous and bright green in coloration with a white belly.

Michigan Man Bitten By Monocled Cobra Saved By Antivenin Flown In From Florida

Monocled cobra venom is fast acting and the man is fortunate to be alive.

Frog Resembling Splendid Treefrog Identified As New Species

Sylvia's treefrog is unique from the splendid treefrog, once thought to be a single species.

Pet Turtle Survives Devastating Apartment Fire In Texas

The turtle was found in his tank, alive and well.

USFWS Sued For Failing To Protect Shasta Salamander

The Shasta salamander needs federal protections, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Researchers Describe First Recorded Predation Of Ireland’s Only Lizard Species By Invasive Spider

The Noble false widow spider has spread throughout much of Europe.

Arizona Authorities Looking For Sonoran Desert Toad Thieves

The toads were taken from a conservation area. The thieves, if captured will be charged with violating Park Rule R-109, vandalism.

Hundreds Of Sea Turtles Die In Southwest Florida

Most of the dead sea turtles washing up on southwest Florida beaches are mature adults.

Anole Lizards Evolve To Better Survive Hurricane Winds

Anole lizards evolve rapidly, often within a single generation.

20 Eastern Indigo Snakes Reintroduced In Habitat That Hasn’t Seen Them In 35 Years

The eastern indigo snake has not been seen in the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve for more than 35 years.

USFWS Releases Recovery Plan For Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog

One estimate put the number of mountain yellow-legged frogs in the wild at less than 100.

Nevada Releases Desert Tortoise License Plates To Benefit Tortoise Conservation

Proceeds from the sale of the special Nevada desert tortoise license plate will benefit conservation efforts of the species.

Scientists Discover Tiny Snake Fossil Encased In Amber

The snake lived 100 million years ago.

Veterinarian Reunites With Turtle She Rehabbed And Released

The vet repaired the turtle's shell with fiberglass and expected the fiberglass to eventually fall off.

2015 Video Of Sea Turtle With Straw Stuck Up Its Nose Causes Some To Rethink Single-Use Plastic

A biologist's video showing the removal of a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose has helped to spur change.

Salamanders Resisting Global Warming Better Than Previously Thought

Salamanders from the southern Appalachian Mountains are adapting to climate change.

Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Found Dead Entangled In Alabama Football Beach Chair

Plastic and other debris that ends up in the ocean is killing animals.

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered In Australia

The Bandy bandy snake, Vermicella parscauda may already face extinction due to mining.

Vet In Australia Removes Stuffed Toy From Scrub Python

The scrub python ate a stuffed cow, a toy stuffed cow.

Sea Turtle Rescued From Fishing Line Poops Out Plastic Balloon During Treatment

Kemp's ridley sea turtles are one of the rarest sea turtle species.

Arkansas Suspends Issuance Of Venomous Wildlife Importation And Breeder/Dealer Permits

The state of Arkansas allows for the collection up to six venomous species.

Regurgitated Frog In Australia Released Back Into The Wild

After five weeks of rehab, Lucky was released back into the wild in good health.

Someone Tried (And Failed) To Smuggle A Ball Python At Miami International Airport

The snake was destined for Barbados when it was seized by the TSA.

Woman At Kruger National Park Happens Upon Cobra Trying To Eat Monitor Lizard

The snake was persistent, but could it have really eaten such a large lizard?

Florida’s Gulf World Says Goodbye To Liberty The Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The approximate lifespan of a loggerhead sea turtle is close to 70 years, though some have been known to live longer.

Charles Darwin University’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility Reopens

Injured sea turtles need to time before they are released back into the ocean and sea turtle rehabilitation center at Australia's Charles Darwin University provides that time.

9 Black Mambas Hatched At Reptile Gardens In South Dakota

The black mamba is one of the fastest snakes in the world and one of the deadliest. It is called the black mamba because the black color of its mouth, and not its outside coloration.

Woman Asks For Help On Facebook To Find Her Rainbow Boa

Prometheus the rainbow boa has been missing since July 7.

REPTILES Magazine Contributor Takes In Elderly Woman’s Desert Tortoise

Judith Patience has kept Tommy for 35 years and was worried about his welfare when she passes.

Invasive Species And Climate Change Threaten Australia’s Reptiles

One lizard species, the earless dragon, is being consumed by feral cats in very large numbers.

University of Otago Frog Expert Prof. Phil Bishop Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Bishop has dedicated 30 years of his professional career advocating for frogs and other amphibians around the world.

Sea Turtle With 3 Flippers Rehabbed At Texas State Aquarium Doing Much Better

Champ survived an attack when it was just an inch square.

Canadian Charged With Animal Cruelty For Allegedly Operating On Snake Without Vet License

Man's facility was also raided by the SPCA back in 2015.

Wisconsin Boy Wants His Stolen Tortoise Back

Hopefully Buddy will be returned home real soon.

Invasive Coqui Frog Found On Molokai Island, Hawaii

The coqui frog, invasive and reviled in Hawaii, is loved in its native Puerto Rico.

Agassiz Desert Tortoise Head Start Program Launches

It is speculated that more desert tortoises can be found in captivity than in the wild.

Arkansas Considers Ban On Commercial Harvesting Of Wild Turtles

The majority of turtles harvested in Arkansas from 2014 to 2016 were of breeding age.

Loggerhead Turtle Treated For Red Tide Poisoning Released

Karenia brevis, also known as the Florida red tide organism can kill sea turtles.

Millions Of Australian Reptiles Killed By Feral Cats Each Year, Study Says

Feral cats kill about 466 million reptiles each year in Australia.

Florida Authorities Seek Person(s) Who Ran Over 8 Sea Turtle Nests

Sea turtle nests are protected by Florida state and federal law.

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Detected In Amboli Toad Of India’s Western Ghats

Researchers have thankfully not found any evidence of the chytrid fungus that kills amphibians.

Seychelles President Gifts Pair Of Aldabra Giant Tortoises To India

The Seychelles often gifts Aldabra giant tortoises to friendly countries as part of the country's diplomatic efforts.

Endangered Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog Tadpoles Released In California Creek

Wild populations of the southern mountain yellow-legged frogs have been bolstered with the release of 500 captive-bred tadpoles.

Genetics Of Chytrid Fungus Evolves, Posing New Risks To World’s Amphibians

Hybrid version of fungus is even more deadly.

Firefighters Rescue Escaped Iguana From Rooftop In England

Firefighters used a 9 meter ladder to rescue to the wayward reptile.

Snake Catcher In Australia Saves Regurgitated Frog

White's treefrogs are native to Australia, and oftentimes eat snakes, but the tables were turned in this incident.

Bearded Dragon Found In Walmart Delivery Order Gets Adopted

Bearded dragons are native to Australia and are widely captive-bred in the United States

Why (And How) A Reticulated Python Managed To Consume An Indonesian Woman

The reticulated python is considered the longest snake species in the world. It is also one of the heaviest.

West Virginia Police Stop Traffic To Let Snake Cross Busy Road

With a little help from police, the timber rattlesnake made it safely to the other side.

Louisiana Man Charged With Illegally Trading Box Turtles

Terrapene carolina is a protected species in Louisiana.

Endangered Mexican Salamander Being Captive Bred By Nuns

It is estimated that there are only 100 Lake Pátzcuaro salamanders left in the wild.

Desert Tortoise Will Be Harmed If Nevada Public Lands Bill Becomes Law, Conservation Groups Say

Desert tortoises range from the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in California and can also be found in Arizona, Nevada, and areas in Mexico.

Video: Florida Python Hunters Save Alligator From Coils of Burmese Python

The alligator was saved from the coils of the snake just in time.

Bog Turtle Is Official State Reptile Of New Jersey!

The bog turtle is one of the smallest turtle species in North America.

Aussie Authorities Expand Cane Toad Sausage Trials

Scientists in Australia hope that sausages made of cane toad meat and laced with a noxious chemical will help save northern Quoll populations.

5 Facts About The Reticulated Python

The reticulated python is the longest snake species in the world.

Huge Alligator Snapping Turtle Caught And Released In Oklahoma

Alligator snapping turtles in the state of Oklahoma are a species of special concern.

5 New Snail Eating Snake Species Discovered In South America

The five snakes are all snail eaters and hail from South America.

More Than 11,000 Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad Toadlets Released

The Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center has kept 15 of the tadpoles for future breeding efforts.

Frogs Discovered In Amber Are Oldest Evidence They Occupied Wet Tropical Forests

Electrorana limoae is one of four known fossils to exist that scientists say is direct evidence that the amphibians lived in wet tropical forests.

New Mud Turtle Species Discovered In Western Mexico

Kinosternon vogti sp. nov shares the genus with 12 other turtle species.

Endangered Gopher Tortoise Lays Eggs In Florida Woman’s Front Yard

If all goes well, gopher tortoise hatchlings will emerge from the nest in late summer.

Bearded Dragon Stowaway Arrives In California Couple’s Bicycle Order

Hopefully the bearded dragon's owner will be found.

State Of Nebraska Looking For Volunteers To Help Shore Up Turtle Fencing

There have been fewer Blanding's turtle deaths after the fencing was installed in 2001.

Texas Deputy Safely Removes Threatened Indigo Snake From Bathroom

Texas indigo snakes are a protected species in the state.

Sea Turtle Found In Thailand With Stomach Full Of Plastic Dies

Plastic bags are often mistaken for jellies by sea turtles.

Texas Man Recovering From Severed Rattlesnake Head Bite

The man had just decapitated the snake in his yard when he was bitten.

The Blue-Tongue Skink’s Tongue Is Blue To Ward Off Predators, Study Says

The blue-tongue skink's blue tongue is its last line of defense when trying to ward off predators.

Sacramento Police Seek Man Who Stole Rare Albino Tegu Lizard

The owner offered a $1,000 no questions asked reward for his pet reptile.

Human Cancer Treatments Successfully Treat Fibropapillomatosis In Sea Turtles

Fibropapillomatosis is wreaking havoc in sea turtles around the world.

5-Foot Ball Python Found Near Hawaii Landfill

The pet snake was transported to the Honolulu Department of Agriculture’s Quarantine Branch.

Wanted Man Faces 20 Years In Prison If Guilty For Killing Ex-Girlfriend’s Bearded Dragon

Girlfriend told authorities Dennis killed Nola in a jealous rage.

Poison Dart Frog Coloration Conceals As Well As Warns

The bright coloration of the dyeing dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) also acts as camouflage.
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