Name: Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) Range: Northern rainforests of South America. Diet: Primarily mammals, but also birds. Juveniles are known to feed on small herpetiles. Conservation Status: Not Evaluated This arboreal beauty received is perhaps one of the most iconic of all snakes and the image of its emerald-green coils draped across a branch … More Species Profile: Emerald Tree Boa
Since it’s formation in 2009, the Herpetological Society of Ireland has worked non-stop to fulfill it’s mission statement; working to “… advance, and promote, awareness and understanding of herpetofauna …, the conservation of native & exotic herpetofauna, and Herpetoculture through education, learning, and research….HSI Chairperson 2010). With each passing year, The Society has grown; undertaking new … More 2014: A Busy Year For The Herpetological Society of Ireland
The H.S.I feature in the latest (June 2014) issue of FrogLog, the newsletter of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. The article details our work on North Bull Island, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in collaboration with Dublin City Council. The article is open access and can be downloaded here http://www.amphibians.org/froglog/fl111
If you’re a fan of reptiles and amphibians, you can’t be blamed for begrudging Ireland’s sorry lack of cold-blooded fauna. You’re very much in the wrong country if you’re a fan of snakes. As a nation, we have a world renowned reputation for getting “legless” but when it comes to the legless reptiles: ice-ages, climate … More Tetrapod Trackway: The Path Of Our Ancestors.
You could be forgiven for thinking that crocodiles aren’t sensitive. With that thick keratinous skin it’s difficult to imagine they could feel much, but as it turns out, they can feel a great deal more than we realised. Research published today in EvoDevoreveals that crocodilians have sense organs in their skin that are sensitive to … More Crocodile Scales Contain Sensory Micro-Organs.
If you handle the egg of a delicate skink, you’ll quickly end up with a sticky mess on your hands (That’s the last double entendre I’m using today I swear). You see, delicate skinks (Lampropholis delicata) have a really cool adaptation: If they are disturbed in-ovum by a would-be predator, they hatch early and make a bolt for … More Premature Evacuation: Skinks Hatch Early to Escape Predators
Scientific name: Tupinambis meriane Sexing and characteristics: The Argentinian black and white tegu is a large and robust terrestrial lizard. The body is muscular, offset by powerful long nailed limbs designed for digging. The neck is quite short, and the tail accounts for more than 65% of the total body length. These tegus have a forked tongue … More Tegu Care
Scientifc Name: Pogona vitticep (Ahl, 1926) Characteristics: Often recommend as a starter-species. The Bearded Dragon is a relatively peaceful species. Most specimens in captivity do not object to handling. If the minimum requirements are offered, this species presents few problems in captivity. The basic colouration is brown and grey with some subtle reds or light colouration … More Bearded Dragon Care
Scientific Name: Gekko gecko Sexing and Characteristics: Tokay Geckos can be accurately sexed by looking for the pre-anal pores just above their cloaca. Males should have a prominent V-Shape of pre-anal pores, this will be accompanied by a hemipenal bulge as well. Please note that females can also show the V-shape of pre-anal pores but … More Tokay Gecko Care
Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus auriculatus Sexing and Characteristics: Sexing Gargoyle Geckos can be quite tricky in juvenile animals. Most are sexed from macro shots when sold as juveniles. It can be done by visual differences found between the two different sexes prevalent only in mature adults. Males have femoral pores on the underside of their thighs in … More Gargoyle Gecko Care