José Martín, Roberto García-Roa, Jesús Ortega, Pilar López, Ana Pérez-Cembranos, Alicia León, Luis V. García & Valentín Pérez-Mellado. African Journal of Herpetology. Volume 64, Issue 1, 2015. For the first time, we report the occurrence of an apparently large and well-preserved population of C. mauritanicus on the Chafarinas Islands (NW Africa). In addition, we study some aspects of the morphology and ecology (microhabitat, soil and diet selection) of this skink. Adult females were larger than males but had heads of similar size. Leer más.

Poisonous many may be, but scientists had yet to discover a species of frog that is venomous. That is, one that not only produces toxic substances, but also possesses a means to deliver them to another organism as a defense mechanism. Finally, a new discovery has put not just one venomous species on scientists’ radars, but two. Both residing in Brazil, these frogs are adorned with bony spines that pierce the skin where their venom concentrates, effectively turning their heads into dangerous weapons. Leer más.