Author: Rebekah Pettit

Meet "Razana," The Impressive Prehistoric Crocodilian That Ate Dinosaurs

Today's Crocodilians are within the "Archosaur" clade, which is closely related to birds and extinct dinosaurs. Throughout their nearly 200 million year existence, there is a "ghost lineage" that continues to baffle scientists when it comes to understanding their evolution.  This means…

New Pit Viper Species Discovered in India

The Venomous Vipers Vipers are some of the most specialized Reptiles on the planet with their foldable fangs and potent venom. Because of their deadly saliva mix, Vipers are considered to be highly advanced compared to all ancestral snakes. This means…

Butterflies Drink the Tears of Turtles in Stunning Video

When you think of butterflies, there may not be an immediate correlation to Reptiles, but they may have a more common relationship than previously thought. The Lepidoptera group, which includes moths and butterflies, have adapted to exploit obscure sources of nutrition, like tears. Butterflies and other…

Crocodilian Blood Successful for HIV Treatments and Antibiotics

The Crocodilians Crocodilia are found all across the Old and New World, and they share some basic features since they belong to the same phylum. All Crocodilians have hard scaled osteoderms (or scales) that are made of bone down their streamlined bodies.…

New Book Showcases Rare and Incredible Herp Photography

All over the world there are extraordinary Reptiles and Amphibians hiding among the unique habitats they exist in, but many of us will never see them. While herping is a naturalist favorite for everyone, very few people get up close and…

Giant Venomous Snakes: The Mangshan Pit Viper

Vipers are some of the world's most beautiful predators, patterned with vibrant warning coloration and markings. The Viperidae group is broken into two subfamilies including the True Vipers and the Pit Vipers. Unfortunately, their beautiful patterns and elusive lifestyle make them difficult to study and…

Amphibians And The Fishless Ponds Of Florida

The habitats that reptiles and amphibians depend on are species specific and reliant on the adaptive ways of the animals. “Niches” are specialized habitats made only for these specifically adapted creatures. In Florida, it is seemingly flat with little-to-no evidence…

Archosaurs: Crocodilians, Birds, Extinct Dinosaurs

shutterstock/Peter_Hermes_Furian Phylogenetic Trees show the connection between species and groups. Emerging evidence from paleontologists (scientists who study fossils) and fossil collection shows that many dinosaurs had feathers...just like birds do today! It has become a popular saying that modern day…

Trademark Exotics and Piebald Ball Pythons

Ball Pythons Once imported by the thousands from Africa, Ball Pythons (Python Regius) are now widely available in captivity from breeders. While some people have a typical 9 to 5, others breed reptiles for a living! This has taken the pressures…

Extinct Reptiles and Amphibians

Extinction means an animal is gone forever, so they will never be back! Reptiles and amphibians are currently facing this risk, where 20% of the described reptiles are threatened or endangered, and 31% of the amphibians (over 2000 species) are…

Marine Reptiles Of The World

Even today, the ocean is still one of the most unexplored parts of our planet. Many mysteries surround this vast place, yet it undeniably supports a massive diversity of life. Marine reptiles were common in the past eras during the…

History of the Galapagos Tortoise

When I sit with a Galapagos tortoise, I can feel a charm I haven’t felt with another reptile. Although tortoises are sometimes considered primitive and regal, their individuality gives the Galapagos tortoises that “gentle giant” type of aura. While the threatened Galapagos…