Lizard Information & News

Skink That Lived 25 Million Years Ago Discovered In Australia

An extinct skink species that lived in what is now South Australia more than 25 million years ago has been discovered and described by researchers with the University of West Australia. The skink, Proegernia mikebulli, belongs to the family Scincidae…

World's Smallest Chameleon Discovered In Madagascar

Researchers in Madagascar have discovered and described a new species of Brookesia chameleon that is smaller than the previous known smallest species, Brookesia micra. The tiny chameleon, Brookesia nana was found near a campsite in the Sorata massif forest area…

New Indian Bent-Toed Gecko Species Discovered And Described

Researchers in India have discovered a new species of bent-toed gecko from the Indian province of Arunachal Pradesh. Cyrtodactylus arunachalensis is brown in coloration with a blotched pattern from the base of its tail up to its nape. Males have…

Green Geckos Benefit From Soft Penned Release In New Zealand

Researchers in New Zealand studying the green barking gecko (Naultinus punctatus) have determined that releasing this species in a "soft pen" rather than a straight release into the wild, enhances their chances of survival in the wild. The researchers translocated…

Australian Monitor Lizards Are Ecosystem Engineers, Researchers Say

A 10 year University of Florida study on Australia’s yellow-spotted monitor lizard (Varanus panoptes horni) have concluded that these reptiles should be regarded as ecosystems engineers based on their capability create, modify, maintain and destroy a habitat. The research, led…

Baby Alligators Can Regrow Severed Tails, Study Says

A study published in Scientific Reports says that baby American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) can regenerate up to 18 inches of their tails when they are lost due to predation, accidents or another means. The researchers, with the Louisiana Department of…

Researchers Rediscover Malagasy Chameleon After 100 Years

Researchers from Madagascar and Germany announced that they rediscovered the Malagasy chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi) after the species virtually disappeared more than 100 years ago. According to the researchers, the original description of the reptile was from a single male in…

Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

  When extreme cold snaps hit south Florida in the winter, the sight of cold-stunned lizards is a common occurrence. Every year the temperatures drop, so do the invasive reptiles. Right off their perches. Researchers have now concluded that six…

Temblor Legless Lizard Should Be Protected, Conservation Group Says

The Temblor legless lizard  (Anniella alexanderae) can only be found near the Temblor range in Kern County, CA, and should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, according to a petition filed October 20 by the Center for Biological Diversity. The sand-swimming…

Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida law signed June 29 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that placed restrictions on the possession, breeding and sale of non-native tegu lizards (Salvator sp), reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana), has been ruled unconstitutional by Leon County Circuit Judge…