The Laotian Wolf Snake (Lycodon laoensis) is a colubrid snake and reptile. It is generally non-aggressive and non-venomous.
The Laotian Wolf Snake is dark-brown to black with yellow and greyish-white bands. Its belly is whitish.
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What is the difference between the Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) and the Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)?
The Emerald Tree Boa and the Green Tree Python are both non-venomous arboreal (tree) reptiles and snakes.
The Emerald Tree Boa and the Green Tree Python are bright green with yellowish underbellies.
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The Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis) is a non-venomous reptile and snake.
The Green Tree Python is bright green with a slim body and a large head. Its snout (nose) is large and angular. It has large eyes with vertical pupils. It has a long tail. There are small white or yellowish scales dotted over its ridged spine. Its underbelly is yellowish.
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The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) is a large reptile in the Varanidae family of monitor lizards. It is an ectotherm varanid.
The Komodo Dragon has a thick dark grey-brown body with armoured scales. It has short, stumpy legs. It has sharp teeth and a long, yellow, deeply-forked tongue.
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The Knight Anole Lizard (Anolis equestris) is a reptile in the Dactyloidae family of lizards. It is also known as the Cuban Giant Anole.
The Knight Anole Lizard is bright green with a yellow stripe on the side of its head and shoulder. It can change colour according to its environment. It has a pinkish-white dewlap (loose skin under its chin). It has a very long tail. It has many sharp teeth. Its feet have five toes with long, sharp claws.
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The Tree Skink (Egernia striolata) is a reptile in the Scincidae family of skink lizards. It is also known as the Tree-Crevice Skink.
The Tree Skink has a bulky, flattened, elongated body with a small head and small eyes. It has smooth scales on its brownish-grey body. It has a creamy-white underbelly. Its eyes are the same colour as its scales. Its tongue is dark-coloured. It very short legs have five toes on each foot.
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The Electric Blue Gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi) is a lizard and a reptile. It is also known as the Turquoise Dwarf Gecko, or the William’s Dwarf Gecko.
The male Electric Blue Gecko is bright blue with heavy black throat stripes. The female is bright green, brown, or bronze coloured, with little or no black on its throat. The underbelly of the male and female is orange.
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The Matamata Turtle (Chelus fimbriata) is a large, freshwater reptile.
The Matamata Turtle has a brown or black upper shell, called a carapace, that looks like the bark of a tree. Its lower shell, called the plastron, is creamy-yellow or brown, narrow, and without a hinge.
It has a large, triangular-shaped, flattened grey-brown head, with spiky, ridged scales called tubercles. It has flaps of loose skin. It has a horn-like structure on its head and a long, tubular snout (nose). There are three barbels (similar to thick whiskers) on its chin and another four barbels at its upper jaw. Its neck, tail, and legs are grey-brown. Its feet have five webbed claws to enable it to walk on land, dig and swim.
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The New Caledonian Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus) is a reptile in the Diplodactylidae family of gecko lizards. It is also known as Leach’s Giant Gecko.
The New Caledonian Giant Gecko has a thick body with loose skin and a small, stumpy tail. It can vary in colour, from green or grey to light or tan brown. It has bulging eyes. Its feet have pads which enable it to climb.
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The Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentine) is a freshwater, aquatic reptile. It is also known as the Snapper or the Common Snapping Turtle.
The Snapping Turtle has powerful beak-like jaws. It has a slightly domed, serrated-edged (saw-toothed) upper shell, called a carapace. The lower shell, called the plastron, is narrower than the upper shell. It has a long tail – as long as the upper shell – and a long, snake-like neck. It is mostly greyish-brown. It has stumpy legs with claws, and webbing between the claws, which enable it to walk on land and swim in water. It does not have flippers like the sea turtle.
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The Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca graeca) is a small chelonian reptile. It is also known as the Spur-Thighed Tortoise.
The Greek Tortoise varies in colour and shell pattern, from dark-brown to bright yellow. The shell, called the carapace, is domed, and in some sub-species it bends upwards at the edges.
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The Frilled-Necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) is a medium-sized reptile. It is also known as the Frilled Agama or the Frilled Dragon. It is an agamid (a dragon lizard).
The Frilled-Necked Lizard has a large frilled collar around its neck. The frill stays mostly closed, but will open up when the lizard is startled, and also for courtship. It is mainly grey or brown with dark spots and blotches that are often red or orange. The colour depends on the lizard’s environment as a form of camouflage.
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The European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) is a medium-sized freshwater wetland chelonian, and a reptile. It is also known as the European Pond Terrapin because it lives some of the time on land and some of the time in water. It has webbed toes to enable it to swim and walk on land.
The European Pond Turtle has a brown flattish shell, called a carapace, with a green tinge and radiating black lines. It has large brown eyes.
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The Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard (Varanus acanthurus) is a medium-sized reptile. It is also known as the Ridge-Tailed Monitor or the Ackies Dwarf Monitor.
The Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard is grey with light markings. Its scales are six-sided hexagons. It has a large mouth, large nostrils, and large brown eyes. Its feet have five toes with long, sharp claws.
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The Columbian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates maurus) is a non-venomous colubrid snake, a reptile in the Boinae family of boa constrictors. It is a boid, pronounced bo-id.
The Columbian Rainbow Boa is usually brown with dark-brown rings and S-shaped patterns. It changes its colour from day-time to night-time – from lighter to darker. It has a thick, heavy body.
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Why does the Giant Tortoise have a long life span?
Why does the Giant Tortoise, particularly the Galapagos Island Giant Tortoise, a land tortoise, live for a century – a 100 years – or more?
An individual Pinta Island Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdonii), called Lonesome George, died in 2012, at the age of 100 or more. Scientists used his body for research to determine why he lived so long.
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The Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) is a non-venomous lizard. It is a reptile. It is also known as Pacific House Gecko, Asian House Gecko, House Lizard, and Moon Lizard.
The Common House Gecko is light to medium brown with a pinkish tinge. Its skin is covered with small nodules. Its feet have five toes with toe pads to help them stick to surfaces, even upside down. It has large orange-brown eyes.
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The Oscillated Skink (Chalcides ocellatus) is a lizard – and a reptile. It is also known as the Eyed Skink or the Gongilo.
The Oscillated Skink is elongated with a small head. Each foot has five toes. It is varied in colour, but it is usually light brown with dark-brown and white markings. It has a creamy-white underbelly. It has dark eyes and a dark-coloured tongue. It has very short legs, with five toes on each foot.
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The Chameleon has very distinctive eyes.
The upper and lower eyelids are joined, with only a pinhole large enough for the pupil to see through.
Each eye can pivot and focus independently, allowing the chameleon to observe two different objects simultaneously.
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