Wildlife

Habitat destruction and poaching is threatening the Sungazer
August 16, 2017 01:05 PM - University of the Witwatersrand

The Sungazer (Smaug giganteus), a dragon-like lizard species endemic to the Highveld regions of South Africa, is facing an assault on two fronts as farming and industrialisation encroaches on its natural habitat – which already consist of only a several hundred square kilometres globally – while the illegal global pet trade is adding pressure on pushing the species into extinction.

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Tropical lowland frogs at greater risk from climate warming than high-elevation species, study shows
April 7, 2017 09:55 AM - University of Michigan

A new study of Peruvian frogs living at a wide variety of elevations—from the Amazon floodplain to high Andes peaks—lends support to the idea that lowland amphibians are at higher risk from future climate warming.

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Lizard blizzard survivors tell story of natural selection

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

An unusually cold winter in the U.S. in 2014 took a toll on the green anole lizard, a tree-dwelling creature common to the southeastern United States. A new study offers a rare view of natural selection in this species, showing how the lizard survivors at the southernmost part of their range in Texas came to be more like their cold-adapted counterparts further north.

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