Spotting native alligators and crocodiles in Florida is common, but anyone who sees a large reptile may want to take a second look — human-eaters that can grow to 18 feet long and weigh as much as a small car have been found in the Sunshine State.

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If you’re a rattlesnake, you want to bring the right weapon to a squirrel fight. And that venomous weapon varies from place to place, evolutionarily calibrated to overpower the local squirrels’ defenses, according to new research.

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Scientists getting warmer on mimicking anti-freeze in nature

May 19, 2016

Researchers have taken an important step forward in mimicking nature’s prowess at protecting cells from deep-freeze conditions. Go to Source

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More sea turtles survive with less beach debris

May 18, 2016

Clearing the beach of flotsam and jetsam increased the number of nests by as much as 200 percent, while leaving the detritus decreased the number by nearly 50 percent, report scientists at the conclusion of their study. Go to Source

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Turtles immune to old age? Maybe not

May 13, 2016

Nearly 30 years of data collected on painted turtles in the Mississippi River near Clinton, Iowa, show that females suffer a steep dip in fertility before the end of their lives, a finding that flies in the face of what scientists have believed about turtles and aging. Go to Source

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Conservation laws need reshaping to protect sea turtles

May 13, 2016

An illegal trade in marine turtles is continuing despite legislation and conservation awareness campaigns, a pioneering study has shown. Go to Source

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Deadly fungus threatens African frogs

May 6, 2016

Misty mountains, glistening forests and blue-green lakes make Cameroon, the wettest part of Africa, a tropical wonderland for amphibians. Africa has been mostly spared from the deadly and rampant pathogen that wiped out entire species in Australia, Madagascar and Panama — until now. Go to Source

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First gene linked to temperature sex switch identified

May 5, 2016

The sex of many reptile species is set by temperature. New research identifies the first gene associated with temperature-dependent sex determination in any reptile. Variation at this gene in snapping turtles contributes to geographic differences in the way sex ratio is influenced by temperature. Understanding the genetics of sex determination could help predict how reptiles [...]

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Arizona Black Rattlesnake on ‘extinction trajectory,’ biologists find

May 4, 2016

A combination of drought and fire has put the Arizona black rattlesnake on an “extinction trajectory,” according to researchers. The Arizona black rattlesnake is found at higher elevations in Arizona and western New Mexico. The researchers collected DNA from 118 specimens of the rattlesnake and analyzed its genetic structure. They found both a shrinking population [...]

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Top 10 most popular reptiles (also the scariest…)

May 4, 2016

Scientists have ranked the world’s most ‘popular’ reptiles, revealing the species that capture the public’s imagination and providing valuable quantitative data towards the debate surrounding conservation priorities. Go to Source

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