Reptiles & Amphibians

Save the frogs!

Frogs have colonised almost every corner of the planet, from the frozen Arctic tundra to the dry deserts of Namibia, but a third of all species are in danger of extinction

Reptiles & Amphibians

How do electric eels hunt?

Discover how the electric eel shocks its unsuspecting prey into submission

Reptiles & Amphibians

Life cycle of the Tree Frog

Discover how the elusive red-eyed tree frog begins its life in water before moving to land

Reptiles & Amphibians

Poison vs Venom

Beauty in the natural world often comes hand-in-hand with danger. Gorgeous colours and patterns displayed by sea creatures, amphibians and insects are very often a clear warning to stay away

Reptiles & Amphibians

How did snakes lose their legs?

Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged reptiles, and the oldest snake fossils are dated at 150 million years old

Reptiles & Amphibians

5 Facts about axolotls

Here are five reasons why the axolotl should be your new favourite animal

Reptiles & Amphibians

Why do crocodiles cry?

Believe it or not, crocodiles do actually shed tears from time to time

Reptiles & Amphibians

How do some earless frogs hear?

A Panamanian golden frog doesn’t actually have any ears, instead this creature uses its lungs to hear vibrations and movement

Reptiles & Amphibians

Slow worms: the legless lizard

This common legless lizard is no snake Many people who spot a slow worm will assume that it is a snake, and they could be forgiven for doing so. This is in fact a legless lizard, and can be found … Continued

Reptiles & Amphibians

Why the golden toad is lost forever

Twenty years ago, this eye-catching amphibian was breeding efficiently and lived in abundance throughout its range; its sudden disappearance baffled experts

Reptiles & Amphibians

Are Komodo dragons venomous?

Komodo dragons are some of the most fascinating reptiles on Earth, but are these large dragons capable of delivering a venomous bite?

Reptiles & Amphibians

Meet the lizard that squirts blood from its eyes

The blood-squirting ‘toad’ of the desert! With 14 species of the same genus found across the American western deserts, this Texas Horned Lizard is a common but nonetheless strange sight, with an even stranger defence mechanism… They can squirt blood … Continued

Reptiles & Amphibians

How to train your dragon

Iri Gill explains what it’s like to look after ZSL London Zoo’s latest addition: Ganas, a juvenile Komodo dragon.

Reptiles & Amphibians

All about the axolotl

Able to regrow limbs and regenerate organs, the axolotl is an amphibian with a difference. This odd-looking amphibian can only be found in Mexico, and the ancient Aztecs believed it was a manifestation of the god of the underworld, Xolotl, due to its amazing regeneration abilities.

Reptiles & Amphibians

How to survive a snake bite

Four simple steps should you ever find yourself in this tricky situation.

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