Lyme Disease is far less prevalent in the west coast of the US thanks, in part, to the Western Fence Lizard which carries a protein that cures the disease in the ticks that bite them, thereby reducing the probability of infection to humans and other tick hosts. bioone.org/journals/journ…
A hobbit-like human ancestor was found in Asia. Scientists have found skeletons of a human species that grew no larger than a three-year-old modern child. The species lived with pygmy elephants and giant lizards on a remote island in Indonesia. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
To call someone a monitor lizard in thailand is one of the worst insults or curses in the thai language. so much that people have been killed over it and a politician who called protesters this made front page news. it's so offensive its basically banned in broadcast media. bangkokpost.com/life/soci…
New Mexico whiptail lizard is an all female species. Their eggs develop without being fertilized and all of their offspring are female. By nature, they only have same-sex relationship. researchfrontiers.uark.ed…
Crocodiles and alligators are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards or snakes. science.sciencemag.org/co…
Western Fence Lizard's blood kills Lyme Disease in the gut of ticks, making the ticks unable to contaminate humans. Eastern Fence Lizard's blood doesn't do this, which is why the East Coast has more cases of Lyme Disease. goldcountrymedia.com/news…
Today I learned about the unofficial saint of handguns, St Gabriel Possenti who save a town from RedShirts by shooting a lizard on the road en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gab…
Common kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula) are notorious ophiophages, and will consume rattlesnakes as readily as they will garter snakes. Immune to the venom of native pit vipers and capable of consuming a snake nearly as long as they are, kingsnakes also consume frogs, lizards, turtles & rodents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In the 1987 film Predator, the monster was originally designed to look like a giant bug-eyed lizard thing and was actually played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. The monster scenes were later reshot with the new predator designed by Stan Winston. movieweb.com/predator-mov…
There is an all-female species of lizard, called the desert grassland whiptail lizard, which reproduces asexually. inaturalist.org/guide_tax…
In June 2013, a fossil analysis discovered a large lizard in Myanmar. The extinct reptile was given the moniker Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Morrison. "This is a king lizard, and he was the lizard king, so it just fit," said Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Turtles and lizards are more closely related to birds than they are to each other. news.yale.edu/2014/05/05/…
The African Spiny Mouse can release it's skin (like a lizard releases it's tail) on attack and completely regrow it. This feature, which is called autotomy, has given hope for replicating regeneration capabilities in humans. The African Spiny Mouse is the only known mammal, to do this. npr.org/2012/09/26/161817…
When threatened horned lizards squirt blood from their eye sockets at their enemies, scaring any predator enough for the lizard to escape. earthtouchnews.com/wtf/wt…
There are legless lizards. They look and move like snakes, but have distinct features that make it a lizard. youtu.be/TjDpvC9Xh0Y
The Horny Toad of the American Southwest is not a toad at all. It is not related to toads or frogs. In fact, it isn't even an amphibian. It is a lizard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Today I learned of Slowworms and legless lizards. A category if reptiles which are not related to snakes and independently lost their limbs. They have a number of different features from snakes, such as more developed ears and eyes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Teddy Roosevelt had a menagerie of pets while serving as president, including, but not limited to; Baron Spreckle (a hen), Jonathan Edwards (a small black bear), Josh (a badger), Tom Quartz and Slippers (cats), Bill (a laughing hyena a gift from Emperor Menelik ), and Bill the Lizard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned of the class of lizards classified as "legless." As in, they're literally legless. They differ from snakes as the arose from a completely different evolutionary pathway. californiaherps.com/lizar…
Legless Lizards are a thing that are possessing eyelids, possessing external ear openings, lack of broad belly scales, notched rather than forked tongue, having two, more-or-less equal, lungs and/or having a very long tail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
When confronted, short-horned lizards shoot streams of blood from the corner of their eyes as a defense mechanism. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The rainbow grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor) is native to the United States, Canada and northern Mexico. When threatened, it exhibits aposematism or warning coloration to mimic brightly colored stinkbugs which lizards avoid. Studies show that birds find rainbow grasshoppers to be distasteful. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dac…
The "Spider-Man Lizard" or the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama is found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Only the male is so brightly colored: head, neck, and shoulders are bright red, while the body is dark shiny blue. Males preferably have around five breeding partners and are highly territorial. amusingplanet.com/2012/04…
The New Mexico whiptail lizard is an all-female species. Their eggs grow without fertilization and all the offspring are female. They also have female-female courtships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There's an extinct lizard named after The Doors' singer Jim Morrison bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Crocodiles are more closely related to pigeons than to lizards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
When threatened, Horned Lizards shoot blood out of their eyes. asknature.org/strategy/ey…
The rhinoceros iguana (Cyclura cornuta) is a threatened species of lizard primarily found on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola shared by the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Its name derives from the bony plated pseudo-horn on its head which resembles the horn of a rhinoceros. animals.fandom.com/wiki/R…
Some lizards can discard their tail in self-defence. Some will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies. Some species have been observed to attack rivals and grab their tails, which they eat after their opponents flee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
The "flying lizards" of the genus Draco can glide using membranes stretched between their elongated ribs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
Some lizards do push-ups as a mating ritual. youtube.com/watch?v=3JfU1…
The Asian Tokay gekko was nicknamed the "f you lizard" by American GIs during the Vietnam War due to its distinct mating call en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tok…
Ninety-nine per cent of crocodile offspring are eaten in the first year after birth, by large fish, herons, monitor lizards and adult crocodiles. telegraph.co.uk/news/eart…
... that you can see through a lizards head through their ears! (Timestamp 7:49) youtu.be/Isu8cs8LZ6w
/ the actress who played Annie in the 1982 movie of the same name now fronts a band called Leapin’ Lizards. biography.com/news/annie-…
A majority of the "snakes" from the snake pit scene in Indiana Jones aren't actually snakes. The film used a species of legless lizards known as the sheltopusik. mcwetboy.net/snakesonfilm…
There is a species of lizards in Mexico and the Southwest United States that can produce offspring without male fertilization scientificamerican.com/ar…
If a tail shed by a lizard as a decoy was not eaten by the chasing predator (and the lizard gets away too) the lizard would return to eat its own tail. Turns out the shed tail is a great source of fat to regain the energy lost in its getaway. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned about the common side-blotched lizard which has three different male forms that use different strategies to attract mates. The three morphs compete against each other following a pattern of rock, paper, scissors, where one morph has advantages over another but is outcompeted by the third. nature.com/articles/38024…
There actually are people with GREEN BLOOD... and they are not aliens or lizards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sul…
Tarrare (c. 1772 – 1798) was a French showman and soldier, noted for his unusual eating habits. He once ate a meal intended for 15 people in a single sitting, ate live cats, snakes, lizards and puppies, and swallowed eels whole without chewing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
Marathon runner drank urine and ate bats, snakes and lizards to survive in the desert after he got lost for 10 days. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
During the 'Well of Souls' scene in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark most of the Cobras were Legless Lizards. archaeology.wiki/blog/blo…
Males of the Texas spiny lizard species will do push up competitions with other males to protect its territory. First one to give up loses and runs away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
Speakers of Mexican Spanish call push-ups "lizards" ("lagartijas") due to the fact that male western fence lizards prominent in region engage in a push-up motion frequently to attract females. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
Wisconsin has an area with very sandy soil which is able to support a desert like environment including prickly pear cactus and a few species of lizard. wpr.org/believe-it-or-not…
Rob Zombie (House of a 1000 Corpses, Devil's Reject, Dragula, etc) voiced Curt Conners/The Lizard in Spiderman: The New Animated Series (2003) marvelanimated.fandom.com…
The Western Fence Lizard's blood kills Lyme disease in Ticks that feed on them. The lizard is credited for the relatively low incidents of Lyme disease in the Western United States. news.berkeley.edu/2011/02…
The "Skull Crawler" from KONG: Skull Island Isn't new, it's actually a re-imagining of the "two-legged lizard" from the original 1933 King Kong film. Viewers can get a closer look at the creature in Peter Jackson's recreation of the lost "spider pit scene" made using the abandoned storyboard. youtube.com/watch?v=0bjDN…
Unlike humans and other animal whose sex is mainly by sex chromosomes, some lizards' sex is mainly decided by temperature and other physical conditions.Low temperature can lead to female development in egg and high temperature can lead to male development in egg. businessinsider.in/These-…
The actress who starred as the orphan in the 1982 film 'Annie' now heads a swing band called Aileen Quinn and the Leapin' Lizards aileenquinnandtheleapinli…
Horned lizards can shoot streams of blood from their eyes as a defense mechanism. youtu.be/xodVcgJ8bc0
A species of Australian lizard is abandoning egg laying in favour of live birth news.nationalgeographic.c…
Scientists discovered an unknown species of lizard in a Vietnamese lunch buffet cnn.com/2010/LIVING/11/10…
The legless lizard looks like a snake but is distinguishable from snakes from the following characteristics: possessing eyelids, possessing external ear openings, lack of broad belly scales, notched rather than forked tongue, having two, more-or-less equal, lungs and/or having a very long tail youtube.com/watch?v=paCNM…
The whiptail lizard is an all female species, the males have gone completely extinct. They're not hermaphroditic, the females actually lay, and hatch from unfertilized eggs scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of Tarrare, a man note for his weird eating habits allowing him to eat a meal for 15 people, live cats, snakes, lizards, puppies, swallowed eels whole without chewing, was found attempting to eat a corpse and was suspected of eating a live baby. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
The term "gerrymandering" is a portmanteau of Elbridge Gerry, who as governor of Massachusetts in 1812 signed a bill to create a partisan district in the Boston area, and a salamander, whose lizard-like shape the new district resembled. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, believes the earth is secretly controlled by giant inter-dimensional lizards who came to earth to harvest gold that strengthens their lizard nervous systems. news.nationalpost.com/ful…
Today I learned about the Tasier, an endangered nocturnal primate you could hold in your palm, with eyes so large that they can't be moved so instead move their heads like an owl, and feast on insects, reptiles like lizards and snakes, frogs, birds and even bats. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Most lizards, frogs, salamanders and sharks have a third eye used to regulate their circadian cycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned about the DMRT1 gene, which is one of the sex determining genes used by many birds and lizards. Humans also contain the DMRT1 gene on the 9th chromosome. If this gene is mutated in a human embryo, it may develop to a female, regardless of the sex chromosomes the individual possesses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMR…
The Therizinosaurus (meaning "Scythe Lizard") was a dinosaur that lived roughly 70 million years ago, and possessed the largest claws of any known animal which reached lengths of up to 1 meter (over 3 ft) long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Lace monitors dig into a termite mound to lay their eggs, the termites then reseal the mound keeping the eggs at a constant temperature. The lizard returns 9 months later to dig the eggs out so they can hatch. cincinnatizoo.org/blog/an…
There are legless lizards that resemble snakes. youtube.com/watch?v=TjDpv…
Male snakes and lizards have not one but two penises, called hemipenes. news.nationalgeographic.c…
When short-horned lizards are confronted by predators, as a defense mexhanism they shoot blood from their eyes that can travel a distance of up to 3 feet. asknature.org/strategy/ey…
Australian sleepy lizards are monogamous for life and grieve if they lose their partner. abc.net.au/news/2017-04-1…
The whiptail lizard is an all female species, the males have gone completely extinct. They're not hermaphroditic, the females actually lay, and hatch from unfertilized eggs scientificamerican.com/ar…
Snakes have tails which are shorter than lizards tails wikipedia.org/wiki/Legles…
The state reptile of New Mexico is an all-female species of lizard. Individuals are either the result of two other species interbreeding, or through parthenogenesis (embryos developing from unfertilized eggs). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Whiptail Lizards are a species without any males, only females. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Some lizards, in which the tail is a major storage organ for accumulating reserves, will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
It only took 70 years for the lizards in parts of the USA to adapt to fire ants – they now have longer legs and new behaviors that aid them in escaping from the danger en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
In the 1991 elections for the governor of Louisiana, voters had to decide between a corrupt politician, Edwin Edwards, and the grand wizard of the KKK, David Duke, with slogans like Vote for the lizard, not the wizard" and "Vote for the crook. It's important." articles.baltimoresun.com…
A Complete Fossil of 23 Million-Year-Old Lizard in Amber Resin was Found by Mexican Researchers universityherald.com/arti…
Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There are two main branches of dinosaur: "bird-hipped" and "lizard-hipped". Birds belong to the lizard-hipped branch, not the bird-hipped one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
A species of lizard in Australia is currently evolving from laying eggs to live birth. news.nationalgeographic.c…
Legless lizards have a short body and long tail while snakes have a long body and short tail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
There is a type of lizard with the genus *Smaug* en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gia…
Whiptail lizards are a Parthenogenesis species, which means Females can produce full clones of themselves through a modification of meiosis, allowing only more female offspring to appear. thehigherlearning.com/201…
Today I learned about the Shingleback Shink. A monogamous lizard that stays with it's partner 20 years and gives birth to live young. Also, its main defense is having a tail that looks like its head and a blue tongue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Til…
Female snakes and lizards can store multiple sources of sperm, choosing which one fertilizes their eggs. They can even take genetic traits from multiple sources, affecting a single clutch of eggs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hem…
The horned lizard has the ability to squirt blood out of its eyes if it feels threatened by other animals. They do this by restricting blood flow from the head, which cause blood cells to rupture in their eyes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
Some animals like frogs and lizards have a third eye, a very small grey oval between their two regular eyes, which functions as a photoreceptor connected directly to the pineal gland to tell their brain when it is day or night while the regular eyes are closed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Eight new islands have formed across our planet since 2010 due to underwater volcanoes eruptions and glacial retreats. Populations of many wild animals, including insects, birds, rats, and even monitor lizards have now settled on them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned of an evolutionary rock-paper-scissors mechanism. Three variants of the Common Side-Blotched Lizard compete for mates; Orange males are adapted to steal mates from Blue males, who are adapted to steal mates from Yellow males, who in turn are adapted to steal mates from Orange males. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The existence of the texas horned lizard, a lizard that throws blood stream from its eyes to defend itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tex…
The word "dinosaur" comes from Ancient Greek meaning "terrible lizard" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
The Thorny Lizard has evolved a scaly skin of fractal-like thorns upon thorns with tiny capillaries etched into them for harvesting, channeling and absorbing water. 3 lizard species on 3 different continents have evolved similar networks of "drinking straws" between their scales. More in comment bbc.com/earth/story/20151…
There is a single hacker who has taken down over 170 Jihadi websites as well as Wikileaks, Lizard Squad, and Westboro Baptist Church. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
There is such a thing as legless lizards and no, they are not snakes. animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of a Florida man who regularly injected himself with venoms from 32 lizards and snakes. He lived to be 100. nytimes.com/2011/06/18/us…
Crocodiles Are More Closely Related To Birds Than They Are To Lizards en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There are such things as legless lizards. And no, they're not snakes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
There is a species of lizard that is 100% female. Nicknamed the "Lesbian Lizards", they still participate in mating rituals in which they mount each other. This stimulates egg production without any gene transfer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Poachers in India have been selling counterfeit versions of a rare root called Hatha Jodi, which is thought to bring the bearer good luck. The counterfeit versions are made of dried monitor lizard penises and go for around $250. atlasobscura.com/articles…

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