Category Archives: Colubridae

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  • The last European varanid May 22, 2017
    The Desert Monitor, Varanus griseus is the extant species with the closest distribution to Europe todayIn a recent paper, Georgalis et al. (2017) report the remains of a varanid lizard from the middle Pleistocene of the Tourkobounia 5 locality near Athens, Greece. The new fossil material comprises cranial elements only (one maxilla, one dentary, and one […]
  • Some monitor lizards have not recovered from the introduction of the cane toad May 21, 2017
    Varanus panoptes Image credit: Greg HumeThe impact of invasive species is often underestimated by many. However, invasives can trigger trophic cascades in animal communities but published cases documenting the results of removing top predators are extremely rare. An exception is the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) in Australia, which has caused severe population declines in monitor […]
  • Norisophis begaa, a new basal snake from the early Cretaceous May 21, 2017
    Image credits: Tyler Keillor (sculpture) and Ximena Erickson (original photography); modified by Bonnie Miljour. Klein et al. (2017) note that fossil snakes are well represented in the Upper Cretaceous of northern Africa (99.7 to 94.3 MYA), with material known from Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, and Niger. The Moroccan Kem Kem beds have yielded a particularly […]