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Posted on July 28, 2010 - by admin
Red-bellied Turtle: The Red Profile
by John E. Marshall
Alabama is home to one of the richest and most diverse herpetofauna in the United States, especially in regards to turtle species. Not counting sea turtles, at least 22 species of chelonians reside in the Heart of Dixie.
Three species – the black-nobbed “sawback” or map turtle (Graptemys nigrinoda), the flattened musk turtle (Sternotherus depressus) and the Alabama red-bellied turtle (Pseudemys alabamensis) – are endemic to the state. (more…)
Posted on June 7, 2010 - by admin
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A lungless frog, a frog that flies, an orange snake, and a slug that shoots love darts are among 123 new species found in Borneo since 2007 in a project to conserve one of the oldest rain forests in the world.
A report by the global conservation group WWF on the discoveries also calls for protecting the threatened species (snakes among them) and equatorial rain forest on Borneo, the South China Sea island that is the world’s third-largest and is shared by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. (more…)
Posted on June 6, 2010 - by admin
PARIS: Biologists have reported the discovery of a spectacular species of giant lizard, as long as a full-grown man is tall, and endowed with a double penis.
The secretive but brightly coloured monitor lizard is a closecousin of the komodo dragon of Indonesia. Unlike its relative, however, it neither kills to eat nor feasts on carrion. It is entirely peaceable and fruit-eating. (more…)