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Snakes. Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko. Cerulean Iguana. © Shannon Plummer Habitat: Grand Cayman Island Status: Critically Endangered Located on the tiny island of Grand Cayman off the coast of Cuba are the last remaining Blue Iguanas ( Cyclura lewisi ). They’re one of the longest living species of lizard with the record being set at 67 years. Unfortunately, there might not be many years left for this breathtakingly blue species unless conservation efforts are put to the forefront.

The fossil record indicates that the Blue Iguana was abundant before European colonization; but fewer than 15 animals remained in the wild by 2003 , and this wild population was predicted to become extinct within the first decade of the 21st century. Miniature Chameleons Discovered. Photograph courtesy Frank Glaw Match-tip tiny, Brookesia micra (juvenile pictured) is the smallest of four new chameleon species found on the African island country of Madagascar. With an average adult length of just over an inch (2.9 centimeters) from snout to tail, B. micra is among the tiniest reptiles in the world. (Related: "Record-Breaking Chameleons Live Only a Few Months. ") Scientists think the diminutive new chameleon species might represent extreme cases of island dwarfism, whereby organisms shrink in size due to limited resources on islands.

"The extreme miniaturization of these dwarf reptiles might be accompanied by numerous specializations of the body plan, and this constitutes a promising field for future research," study leader Frank Glaw of Germany's Zoological State Collection said in a statement. World's Tiniest Chameleons Found in Madagascar. Herpetology. Herpetology is the branch of zoology concerned with the study of amphibians (including frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and gymnophiona) and reptiles (including snakes, lizards, amphisbaenids, turtles, terrapins, tortoises, crocodilians, and the tuataras).

Herpetology

Batrachology is a further subdiscipline of herpetology concerned with the study of amphibians alone. Herpetology is concerned with poikilothermic, ectothermic tetrapods. Under this definition "herps" (or sometimes "herptiles" or "herpetofauna") exclude fish, but it is not uncommon for herpetological and ichthyological scientific societies to "team up", publishing joint journals and holding conferences in order to foster the exchange of ideas between the fields. One of the most prestigious organizations, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, is an example of this.

Many herpetological societies exist today, having been formed to promote interest in reptiles and amphibians both captive and wild. Etymology[edit] Two-Headed Bearded Dragon Celebrates Second Birthday In Style (PHOTOS) Two years ago, when Todd Ray first got Pancho and Lefty -- his two-headed, six-legged bearded dragon -- the pet wasn't expected to survive long.

Two-Headed Bearded Dragon Celebrates Second Birthday In Style (PHOTOS)

"People told me they wouldn't last two weeks," said Ray, who, according to Guinness World Records, owns the world's largest collection of two-headed animals. "But I believe only one other pair has lived longer. " That's cause for celebration for Ray, who is throwing a birthday party for his double-headed reptiles on July 7 at the Venice Beach Freakshow, where he displays much of his collection.

Holding a birthday party for reptiles might seem strange, but this is actually the second year in a row that Ray has celebrated Pancho and Lefty's birthday. GALLERY: PANCHO AND LEFTY AND OTHER TWO-HEADED ANIMALS (story continues below) Loading Slideshow Last year, for their birthday, he had a gala event that included a mariachi band performing “Happy Birthday,” and a sword swallowing performance. The mariachi band will be back as well as the pinata. Differences between Crocs and Alligators. Alligators and crocodiles are some of the oldest creatures on the plant.

Differences between Crocs and Alligators

In fact their ancestors were around during the during of the dinosaurs. They live in similar environments, eat similar-ish prey, ans lets face it, crocodiles, alligators - they both look the same. Beady eyes, scary teeth and loads of warty skin - what else do you need to know? Well, they must be different otherwise they wouldn't have different names, and with just a closer look - and a little help from a suitable expert - you can see for yourself just how different they truly are. So, what is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? 1. 2. 3. An alligator, on the other hand, has a wider upper jaw, so when its mouth is closed the teeth in the lower jaw fit into sockets of the upper jaw, hidden from view. Some simple facts 1. 2. 3.