Wild Lizards

Komodo Dragon Reclassified As Endangered Species

The iconic Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world and native only to Komodo National Park in Indonesia, has been reclassified as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species,…

Rough-nosed Horned Lizards Separated Into Four Distinct Groups

The rough-nosed horned lizard (Ceratophora aspera), a species that lives in the Southwestern rainforests of Sri Lanka, are, through genetic testing and separated by distance, comprised of four forest groups: Southern Lowlands, Sabaragamuwa Hills, Central Highlands and Kithulgala. The researchers…

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…

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…

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…

Green Iguanas Found In The Wild In Singapore And Thailand

The common green iguana (Iguana iguana), once the most popular lizard with reptile keepers and native to Mexico, southern Brazil and Paraguay, has been found in the wild in Singapore and Thailand, most likely as a result of the international…