Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

Tags: science-and-technology africa climate-change conservation lizards

City lizards have evolved to beat the heat

City lizards can handle heat, research finds. "It's kind of like a hidden superpower that only presents itself in the right environment."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 12, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment cities evolution lizards temperature

Cats don’t roam far, but they do lots of killing

Is your outdoor cat a wildlife-killer? "We found that house cats have a two- to 10-time larger impact on wildlife than wild predators—a striking effect."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State
March 12, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds cats conservation lizards pets predators

Sniffing out lizard poop could offer a way to save them

When combined with DNA identification, dogs trained to sniff out the scat of endangered lizards could offer a new noninvasive way to protect them.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis
Nov. 5, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation dna dogs lizards reptiles

Boney armor protects Komodo dragons in battle

What on earth do the world's largest lizards, Komodo dragons, need protection from? New research on their hidden armor provides the answer.

Monica Kortsha-Texas
Sept. 13, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bones lizards predators skin

Stress doesn’t stop male lizards from showing off

Stress doesn't stop male fence lizards from trying to look sexy, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
April 18, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: science-and-technology lizards mating reproduction stress

Freaked out ancestors boost lizard response to stress

Lizards whose ancestors went through stressful times may better cope with stress. Could the same be true for humans?

Gail McCormick-Penn State
Jan. 22, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology immune-systems lizards stress

Geckos use slapping to ‘walk on water’

High-speed footage of a gecko darting between trees in a flooded area amazed scientists, who then investigated in the lab.

Katherine Fenz-Rockefeller
Dec. 28, 2018 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology lizards movement water

Lizards get twitchy to survive fire ant invasion

Lizards that hid from predators by blending in have quickly adapted new strategies to survive invasive fire ants.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
Dec. 2, 2018 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment featured science-and-technology ants invasive-species lizards

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