The legend of St. Patrick banishing snakes from the emerald isle some 1,500 years ago is indelibly etched in folklore — even if science suggests snakes were unlikely to have colonized the country following the last ice age. But what would happen if St. Patrick’s scaly foes were introduced now? Experts believe snakes could certainly slither into Ireland’s ecosystems if introduced but would likely cause trouble for native ecosystems. Leer más.

When lizards prove too fast, slippery or downright squirrely to catch using other methods, herpetologists will sometimes turn to glue traps to snare their quarry. This technique is particularly useful when trapping elusive scansorial species (e.g. Bauer & Sadlier 1992, Ribeiro-Júnio et al. 2006), but is also proving useful for those of us who study fossil species. Leer más.