A new study analyzed media reports of snakebites in the United States. Investigators found that media coverage detailed victim circumstances better than current quantitative data, and that the majority of snakebites may actually be ‘legitimate,’ meaning they occur by surprise, without intentional contact, in a natural setting.

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Female blue tits sing in the face of danger

by Herp News on June 24, 2016

Birdsong has long been associated with courtship or competitive behavior. And males were considered to be more active. Now a research team shows that female singing is much more common. They demonstrated for the first time a connection between the song of female blue tits and the presence of a predator. This singing appears to be about their own defense.

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Lizard tail adaptations may reflect predators’ color vision capabilities

June 22, 2016

Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard’s body. Now researchers have found that certain differences in blue and UV light reflectance in lizard tails are likely adaptations to predators with different color vision capabilities. Go to Source

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New lizard found in Dominican Republic

June 17, 2016

Biologists have reported the discovery of a new lizard in the Dominican Republic, strengthening a long-held theory that communities of lizards can evolve almost identically on separate islands. The chameleon-like lizard — a Greater Antillean anole dubbed Anolis landestoyi for the naturalist who first spotted and photographed it — is one of the first new [...]

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Tadpoles hatch in seconds to escape predator

June 16, 2016

Although red-eyed tree frog embryos appear helpless within their jelly-coated eggs, they can hatch up to two days ahead of schedule, reacting within seconds to attacks by egg thieves. Go to Source

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Pythons and boas shed new light on reptile evolution

June 14, 2016

A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits, shedding new light on how the reptiles evolved. Go to Source

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One snake’s prey is another’s poison: Scientists pinpoint genetics of extreme resistance

June 9, 2016

Scientists have found that the ancestors of garter snakes gained toxin-resistant nerves almost 40 million years ago. Go to Source

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Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

June 8, 2016

Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution, according to researchers. Go to Source

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Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation

June 8, 2016

New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition color change to specific body parts, depending on whether they are responding to temperature or communicating with other lizards. Go to Source

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Sea snakes have extra sense for water living

June 8, 2016

The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, an Australian study suggests. Go to Source

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