Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic

Lizards found to send secret signals – Australian Geographic.

Flat lizards are UV lizards

Augrabies Flat lizards, made famous in David Attenborough’s Life in Cold Blood (Dragons of the Dry) and also in Planet Earth (Deserts) have made the news again. Our study of their visual system reveals remarkably high sensitivity to UV. In fact, they are approximately three times more sensitive to UV than other lizards. You . . . → Read More: Flat lizards are UV lizards

New babies!!

New arrivals! The long awaited Cunningham’s skink babies have started to drop alive and well. Proud mothers started giving birth last week, and there are 10 babies so far with many more to come. They all weigh between 7g and 9g and are very lively. Their arrival has sparked debate into what is the . . . → Read More: New babies!!

Hot communication!

The news arrived. ‘Animals in translation: why there is meaning (but probably no message) in animal communication‘, one of Pau Carazo’s latest papers along with Enrique Font, hit the headlines! The paper was published last August in Animal Behaviour, and was the third most downloaded article of the journal from September to August. In . . . → Read More: Hot communication!

Lizard tail waving

This yellow-striped tree skink (Lipinia vittigera) was filmed by Marc and Danielle Nardini at Angkor Wat ruins in Cambodia. While many lizards have conspicuous tails to draw predators to an ‘expendable’ body part, tail waving above the body is extremely rare.

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Lizard social behaviour and the weird book room

My friend Hamlet Giragossian recently showed me this very interesting web site called the Weird Book Room. Here is an explanation from their web site “Welcome to AbeBooks’ Weird Book Room – heralded by the New York Times, Canada’s Globe and Mail, The Times of London, and The Guardian (UK) as the finest source . . . → Read More: Lizard social behaviour and the weird book room

Baby boom in the Lizard Lab!

Yes, that’s right, the first of our Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) babies have made their way into the world. Although it is earlier then expected, these little cuties are doing all the cool stuff their parents do. Little head bobs, chowing down on crickets and even biting their captors!

The brothers and sisters!

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Jonathan Losos catches a water dragon, just.

Recently, the Lizard Lab had the pleasure of a visit from Jonathan Losos (Harvard University). Ofcourse, this meant a trip to the water dragon site for some dragon wrangling. Here are a few photos of the action.

Jonathan doesn't normally noose Anoles with a 5 m pole..

The dragon lady takes control..

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The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!

Prior to the ISBE conference in Perth, the Lizard Lab was visited by Mike Cant (University of Exeter), Marlene Zuk (UC Riverside) and John Alcock (Arizona State University). All visited the water dragon site (at different times) and tried their hands at catching water dragons. Here are some photos (some of the poorer ones . . . → Read More: The water dragon project gets a series of high profile visitors!