Tag Archives: Dermochelidae

The family Dermochelyidae contains a single living species which is the world’s largest living turtle, Dermochelys coriacea. It exceeds 2 m in shell length and attains weights that exceed 900 kg. While they occur in tropical waters around the world, they will enter cold temperate waters. Leatherbacks get their name from the oil soaked connective…

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  • Phylogenetics of Kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula Complex, in Eastern North America February 21, 2017
    Distribution of kingsnakes in the Lampropeltis getula complex in North America: (A) Lampropeltis californiae (banded); (B) Lampropeltis holbrooki; (C) Lampropeltis nigra; (D) Lampropeltis getula getula; (E) Lampropeltis getula “sticticeps”; (F) Lampropeltis getula floridana; (G–I) Lampropeltis getula meansi (patternless, striped, and wide-banded, respectively); (J) Lampropeltis splendida; (K) Lampropeltis getula nigrita; (L) Lampropeltis californiae (striped). Distributions are modified after Conant and Collins (1998), Krysko […]
  • Climatic and geographic predictors of life history variation in Eastern Massasauga, Sistrurus catenatus February 18, 2017
    A juvenile Eastern Massasauga. Photo credit: Eric Hileman.A new study is bringing attention to a little known and imperiled rattlesnake that slithers among the wetlands in regions surrounding the Great Lakes.The Eastern Massasauga rattler was once common in such states as Indiana and Illinois. Until recent years, it could still be found in Chicago's Cook […]
  • Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display February 12, 2017
    Sulawesi Lined Gliding Lizard (Draco spilonotus) showing the sun on the dewlapPhoto A. S. Kono/WikamediaIn a recent paper, Klomp et al. describe how a gliding lizard in the genus Draco orient their body to the sun so that the light emphasizes their display. The following is the abstract from the paper.Effective communication requires animal signals to be […]