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February 22, 2019

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Feb. 21, 2019 — Researchers swabbed more than 2300 animals representing 205 amphibian species to better understand the ecology of their skin bacteria. They asked which environmental factors influence the makeup of ... read more

Jan. 24, 2019 — Baby birds and eggs are on the menu for at least 94 species of animals in Australia's forests and woodlands, according to new research. Scientists reviewed 177 existing bird studies across the ... read more

Jan. 22, 2019 — Having ancestors who were frequently exposed to stressors can improve one's own immune response to stressors, according to researchers. The results suggest that family history should be ... read more

Jan. 22, 2019 — Researchers looked to nature for inspiration in designing more effective wireless sensor networks. First, they recorded the vocal interplay of neighboring tree frog calls, which they found allowed ... read more

New Species of Snake Found in Stomach of Predator Snake

Jan. 19, 2019 — Herpetologists have described a previously unknown species of snake that was discovered inside the stomach of another snake more than four decades ... read more

Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles Recovering After Endangered Species Act Protection

Jan. 16, 2019 — More than three-quarters of marine mammal and sea turtle populations have significantly increased after listing of the US Endangered Species Act (ESA), according to a new ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A ... read more

Jan. 15, 2019 — It was thought that Mojave rattlesnakes with hemorrhagic venom only lived in Arizona, but new research documents hemorrhagic and neurotoxic venom types throughout the US and Mexico, and even hybrid ... read more

Variable Venom: Why Are Some Snakes Deadlier Than Others?

Jan. 8, 2019 — By comparing records of venom potency and quantity for over 100 venomous snake species, researchers have discovered that the potency of a snake's venom depends on what it ... read more

Jan. 3, 2019 — A dazzling new species of treefrog was discovered at a remote tabletop mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. The new species has an extraordinary characteristic, the presence of claw-like appendages at ... read more

Wildlife Struggle to Cope With Extreme Weather

Dec. 21, 2018 — The mass death of flying foxes in extreme heat in North Queensland last month underscores the importance of wildlife research released today. The new research sheds light on how various species have ... read more

Dec. 18, 2018 — New research shows the male smooth guardian frog is a kind of amphibian 'Mr. ... read more

Dec. 17, 2018 — Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis ... read more

For These Critically Endangered Marine Turtles, Climate Change Could Be a Knockout Blow

Dec. 14, 2018 — Researchers suggest that projected increases in air temperatures, rainfall inundation and blistering solar radiation could significantly reduce hawksbill hatching success at a selection of major ... read more

US Healthcare Costs for Animal-Related Injuries Exceed $1 Billion Every Year

Dec. 11, 2018 — The healthcare costs of injuries caused by encounters with animals in the USA exceed US $1 billion every year, finds new ... read more

Females Prefer City Frogs' Tunes

Dec. 10, 2018 — Urban sophistication has real sex appeal -- at least if you're a Central American amphibian. Male frogs in cities are more attractive to females than their forest-frog counterparts, according to ... read more

Invasive Species and Habitat Loss Our Biggest Biodiversity Threats

Dec. 10, 2018 — Invasive species and habitat loss are the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity, according to new research. Australia was rich in unique biodiversity, but has had a poor track record since ... read more

Dec. 6, 2018 — New research has reported effective conservation strategies that can mitigate the impacts of climate warming on sea turtle nesting ... read more

Not Too Big, Not Too Small: Tree Frogs Choose Pools That Are Just Right

Dec. 5, 2018 — Frogs that raise their young in tiny pools of water that collect on plant leaves must make a delicate trade-off between the risk of drying out and the risk of being eaten, according to a new ... read more

The Warm and Loving Tegu Lizard Becomes a Genetic Resource

Nov. 27, 2018 — Researchers have sequenced the genome of the tegu, Salvator merianae: a lizard that has taken an evolutionary step toward warm-bloodedness. It is also a highly desired pet, that can often be ... read more

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