Characteristics of geckos (family Gekkonidae)
By: M E Skeel
Geckos are lizards so they are cold-blooded, scaley and have five fingered limbs. Geckos have big heads and large, snake-like eyes, without moveable eyelids. Instead, in most species, the eye is protected by a transparent covering that is shed with the skin. Geckos have a...
An overview of the world's lizards
By: M E Skeel
Lizards are reptiles so they share many common reptile traits.They are cold-blooded (poikilothermic). They have scaly skin. Most have four pentadactyl limbs. Most lay hard shelled eggs. There are exceptions to every rule of course and there are both legless lizards and lizards that...
Characteristics of blind snakes (family Typhlopidae)
By: M E Skeel
Blind snakes are small snakes with vestigial eyes that consist only of black spots beneath the scales on the head. They have fewer than 40 mid-body scale rows and the scales are smooth and shiny, so they look like worms. They are burrowers so they...
An overview of the world's snakes
By: M E Skeel
Snakes are a successful group of reptiles with over 3000 species found world-wide and on every continent but Antarctica. Only about 300 of these snakes are poisonous to humans. Even in Australia, one is much more likely to die in a road accident than from...
Characteristics and habits of tree frogs (family Hylidae)
By: M E Skeel
Tree frogs have large finger and toe pads which enable them to climb vertical surfaces like tree trunks, so many of them have taken to an arboreal life, as their common name suggests. Tree frogs are mostly found throughout the Americas and in Australia. There...
Characteristics and habits of true toads (family Bufonidae)
By: M E Skeel
Warts and toads. They go together like witches and Halloween. The warts are actually glands that can produce secretions which are often poisonous or at least bad tasting to potential toad predators. There are other frogs that are called toads because of their warty appearance...
How insects use pheromones
By: Jackie Carroll
Put simply, pheromones are chemical messages between individuals of a species. They developed early in the history of life and are used by all sorts of animals, but they are particularly important to insects. With a few exceptions, pheromones are all made from the same...
Tuatara: Living dinosaurs in New Zealand
By: Terrence Aym
Most people grew up being taught that the mighty race of dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago. But it's not true; dinosaurs still walk the Earth.No, it isn't a T-Rex or a living relative of the Loch Ness Monster…but it is...
Mayflies: A day in the life
By: Jackie Carroll
I’ve always been a naturalist at heart, and my Amazon orders are full of books about bugs, birds and other creatures. My most recent order contained a book called “How Long Things Live & How They Live as Long as They Do” by...
Why you can't get warts from handling a toad
By: Amelia Emery
There are many things that give people the shivers at the mere thought of having to make contact through touch. Toads, unfortunately, have this reputation. These amphibians are by no means beauty pageant winners with their rough, wart-covered skin. A toad’s untouchable reputation has...

 

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