Ready For Some Croc-on-Croc Violence? Cretaceous Crocs Ate Each Other

We've previously brought you impressive images of crocodylians - that's the group of reptiles that includes alligators, crocodiles, and caimans - being eaten by river otters and by snakes. Now we bring you some intense croc-on-croc violence. We share because we love. » 5/09/14 4:58pm 5/09/14 4:58pm

How Unborn Turtles Choose To Become Male or Female

While in their eggs, turtle embryos move around to find the perfect spot that's not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And because temperature determines what sex unborn turtles become, the embryos might be able to "choose" their own sex by staying in cooler or warmer areas of the egg, according to a new study. » 6/12/13 3:20pm 6/12/13 3:20pm

World's tiniest chameleon is the size of match's head

Meet Brookesia micra, the newly discovered world's smallest chameleon. This wee creature was discovered on an island off of Northern Madagascar, where a biological expedition found these tiny beasts snoozing in vegetation a mere four inches off the ground. Juvenile specimens of Brookesia micra are the size of a match… » 2/14/12 5:40pm 2/14/12 5:40pm

Meet the only known reptile with a true placenta

When many of us think of reptiles we immediately envision them as egg-laying creatures, but there are some reptiles that actually give birth to live young. All of the reptiles in this second category possess a rudimentary placenta (the vascular tissue which, in mammals, nourishes unborn offspring), but until recenty,… » 10/07/11 1:47pm 10/07/11 1:47pm

Pregnant plesiosaur with giant foetus hints at caring parents

In 1987, Charles Bonner discovered the fossilised bones of a large sea reptile on his family ranch. It was a flipper-limbed plesiosaur, probably Polycotylus, and one of many such fossils recovered from Logan County in Kansas. But this specimen was special – there was a smaller one inside it. This plesiosaur was… » 8/13/11 11:00am 8/13/11 11:00am