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  • July 17, 2014
    This is a short video of a snake experiencing zero gravity. It was one of a series of experiments conducted to determine the behavioral responses of amphibians and reptiles to low gravity during parabolic flights. That poor bastard. I mean, MAYBE he's having a good time, but... / Continue →
  • July 8, 2014
    This is a shot of the Japanese Giant Salamander (Ōsanshōuo) that was spotted going for a stroll on the bank of the Kamogawa River in Kyoto. The Japanese Giant Salamander is believed to be the basis of the kappa, a mythical species that looks like a cross between a salamander a... / Continue →
  • September 24, 2013
    IMAGE REMOVED This is a picture of a cane toad in Peru that caught a bat in its mouth. Me? I caught a bat in a pillowcase once because it was trapped in my parents screened porch. Then I released him into the night. He promised he would come back to visit, but I never saw hi... / Continue →
  • March 18, 2013
    Gastric-brooding frogs went extinct in Australia in the mid 1980's, probably thanks to humanity (shocking, I know). They're called gastric-brooding frogs because the mothers would swallow their fertilized eggs, then incubate them in their stomachs through the hatching and tadp... / Continue →
  • October 18, 2012
    Seen here looking suspiciously like the girl I had a crush on in high school does now (burn Allison -- I'm glad you turned me down for Homecoming!), the Japanese Otton frog has a fifth "false" finger with a hidden bone blade inside for slashing male opponents and positioning fe... / Continue →
  • August 9, 2012
    This is a waaaaaay too realistic looking albino snake cake from North Star Cakes in England. I was pretty sure it was Photoshopped at first, but there's a bunch of closeups after the jump (including one of the thing actually cut up), and it's definitely real. Now call me old f... / Continue →
  • March 6, 2012
    Inb4 Donatangelo is that you?! Because people love a good freak show, a Central Asian Tortoise born with two heads, six legs, two hearts, and one intestine and butthole recently went on display at the National Museum of Natural History in Kiev, Ukraine. Now I know what you're... / Continue →
  • February 15, 2012
    A new species of wonk-eyed chameleon (Brookesia micra) has been discovered in Madagascar, and only reaches a scant 29mm when full grown. That...seems pretty small. The guy in the picture though? He looks kinda big. "You do realize that's just a match and not a tiki torch, r... / Continue →
  • December 22, 2011
    Remember the video of the bearded dragon playing Ant Crusher on a smartphone? How could you forget, that was just...last Thursday? No clue, I'm bad with dates (I once called a girl fat at dinner!) and have a serious alcohol problem. Well here to prove amphibians are every bi... / Continue →
  • December 14, 2011
    This is a video of a bearded dragon playing Ant Crusher on a smart phone with his tongue. He...is good. It's kind of sad though because he always licks his lips after eating an ant except it never tastes like ant, it tastes like his owner doesn't wash his hands after going to... / Continue →
  • December 13, 2011
    A group of scientists recently cataloged 208 previously unknown species in the Mekong River region of southeast Asia, and among them, this "psychedelic" gecko. Apparently it's only psychedelic looking though, but if you think for one second I'm not flying to Vietnam with the h... / Continue →
  • September 1, 2010
    Researchers working in Borneo recently discovered a new species of micro-frog that only grows to the size of a pea. Scientists previously thought they were a juvenile version of another species, but those scientists are dumb and ought be ashamed of themselves. Pfft, and you c... / Continue →
  • May 23, 2010
    If you're reading this on Sunday, it's World Turtle Day. But if you're reading this on Monday, it's the day after World Turtle Day. And if you aren't reading this till Tuesday or later I think it's pretty obvious you don't love me anymore and that makes me a very sad boy. An... / Continue →
  • February 16, 2010
    This is all over the news right now but I don't really understand why because I've known about gliding-lizards (not to mention Komodos) forever. Sure I was an amateur herpetologist growing up and have never had a girl in my bedroom, but one time two of my sister's friends stoo... / Continue →
  • April 21, 2009
    Geckology. Not exactly Geekologie, but hey, there's some side-boob action so I'll take it. And for those of you who care, this particular specimen happens to be a Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), the second largest of the gecko species. He is NOT to be confused with that little wa... / Continue →
  • February 7, 2009
    Typically, you don't want bags of crap hanging around for too long. But not Daniel Bennett -- he loves that shit! Now he's furious that Leeds University custodians threw away part of his doctoral work -- a 77lb bag of Butaan Lizard dung it took him 7 years to collect. "Wheth... / Continue →