I assume he’s in more of a defensive stance, but I do like this gif.
(via 500px / “Black and White Tegu” by Chuck Kirman)
Scrub Python siblings, two years apart in age - Brie Earnst
tumblr needs more fancy reptiles
there we go
(Source: ponticat, via superpredatorsexoticreptiles)
The smallest intact ceratopsid skeleton was recently unearthed in Alberta
Credit: Philip J. Currie, Robert Holmes, Michael Ryan Clive Coy, Eva B. Koppelhus
The toddler was just 3 years old and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long when it wandered into a river near Alberta, Canada, and drowned about 70 million years ago. The beast was so well-preserved that some of its skin left impressions in the nearby rock.
my journey to the stars | via Tumblr auf We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/84752103
A baby crocodile’s gender is determined by the temperature of its egg and the depth at which they are buried.
The December 2013 issue of Herpetological Review, now at the printer, features a cover shot of Lanthanotus borneensis (Bornean Earless Monitor), one of herpetology’s “holy grails.”
photo courtesy of Indraneil Das
(via: Herp Review)
Hibernating Turtles Aren’t Dead to the World
by Helen Fields
Like many freshwater turtles, the slider Trachemys scripta can spend the whole winter resting at the bottom of a cold lake with no oxygen. Are they totally comatose, or do they keep a bit of a light on in their brains? To find out, researchers inserted electrodes into anesthetized turtles’ heads. The reptiles’ neurons responded to light and vibration—even when the turtles were deprived of oxygen, the group reports online today in Biology Letters.
The team also placed nonanesthetized turtles in cold, oxygen-free water in a dark lab for 2 weeks, to make them think it was winter. When the researchers turned on the lights, the turtles started moving around in their tanks. Warming the water had the same effect. (Oxygen and vibration didn’t.) The team concludes that the turtles aren’t actually comatose in winter; they’re waiting for signs of spring in a state of “slow vigilance.”
(via: Science News/AAAS)
photo: Jesper Rais
Leopard tortoise portrait by Tambako the Jaguar on Flickr.
(Source: sssnakesss, via reptiglo)
Turtle upside down by Andres Cadena Mireles on Flickr.