Lizard Information & News

Lemon Frost Leopard Gecko Morph Spurs Cancer Clues

While unique leopard gecko morphs are always sought after amongst reptile keepers, some combinations create genetics that are detrimental to the lizards. A case in point is that of the “lemon frost” leopard gecko morph. This morph has been show…

Reward For Nile Monitor Missing From Canada Reptile Zoo

A 3 1/2 foot, 3 lb nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) has gone missing from Little Rays Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The reptile may have escaped through the back door of the zoo, which was left…

Reptile Described As Dinosaur Confirmed A Lizard

Researchers with Barcelona's Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont have confirmed a new species of lizard of the family Oculudentavis, Oculudentavis naga. A similar reptile, Oculudentavis khaungraae, was mistakenly identified in 2020 as the smallest known bird and was later…

South Carolina Bans Keeping Of Tegu Lizards

South Carolina has banned the importation of Argentine black and white tegus (Salvator meriane)and their hybrids into the state, and breeding of the species has also been banned. Current owners of the lizard must register and microchip their pets by…

Deadline To Tag Your Non-Native Reptile In Florida Is July 28

The University of Florida, in conjunction with the  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold free Passive Integrated Transponder tagging days for your green iguana or tegu (and other non-native reptiles) to help owners to comply with the July…

Ibiza Island Wall Lizard Devastated By Invasive Snake

The population of the Ibiza wall lizard (Podarcis pityusensis) the last remaining endemic vertebrate on the island of Ibiza in the western Mediterranean Sea, has become prey over the last 18 years by an invasive snake that was brought to…

Zoo Knoxville's Amphibian and Reptile Campus Now Open

Zoo Knoxville's Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus (ARC) opened early this month after an extensive $18 million, 2.5-acre expansion dedicated specifically to reptiles and amphibians. The ARC now features 85 species of reptiles and amphibians, including 38 endangered reptile and…

Florida Offers Free Microchipping for Banned Reptile Pets

Florida's non-native reptile pet rules go into effect April 29, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a series of Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag (also known as a microchip) days to help reptile keepers who…

Yellow-Spotted Night Lizard Information and Care

The yellow-spotted night lizard (Lepidophyma flavimaculatum) is generally the only species in the family Xantusiidae that is occasionally available in the United States reptile hobby. Native to parts of Mexico and Central America, with proper care, yellow-spotted night lizards make…

Beardie In Canada Needs Surgery, Owner Launches GoFundme

Guinevere,  a bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)  in British Columbia, Canada is in need of some funds to help pay for her ovariectomy, which is the surgical removal of her ovaries, and her keepers are seeking a bit of love from…

Asian Water Monitor Climbs Shelves At Thai 7-11

A video of an Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator) climbing up a shelf in a 7-11 in Bangkok, Thailand has gone viral. The video opens with the giant lizard seemingly trying to open the cold case with his nose, (perhaps…

Project Varanus salvatorii

When it comes to reptiles, it seems as though there is always another stone to turn over as we are always learning new significant information about them, such as the animals’ habitat preferences, diet or physiology. For years, rumors of…

Bearded Dragon Rescued By Hikers In Sonoma County, CA

Someone apparently abandoned or lost a bearded dragon  (Pogona vitticeps) on a hiking trail on Taylor Mountain in Sonoma County, CA and if it weren’t for two hikers on the trail who spotted it March 21, the pet lizard may…

Six Legless Lizards

What is the difference between a legless lizard and a snake? Although at first glance they may look like a snake, legless lizards have anatomically distinct features that set them apart. The most common, and probably most notable, of these…