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
Discover how the elusive red-eyed tree frog begins its life in water before moving to land
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
Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged reptiles, and the oldest snake fossils are dated at 150 million years old
There has been very little research done on snakes and sleep so the exact mechanisms are unknown but snakes do sleep despite not having any eyelids
There are few creatures quite as strange as the leaf-tailed gecko, but with clever camouflage and light reflecting modifications, it’s so well disguised, it may as well be wearing a cloak of invisibility
Chameleons are extraordinary reptiles, with some of the most colourful and dynamic features in the animal kingdom
A Panamanian golden frog doesn’t actually have any ears, instead this creature uses its lungs to hear vibrations and movement
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
Twenty years ago, this eye-catching amphibian was breeding efficiently and lived in abundance throughout its range; its sudden disappearance baffled experts
The cane toad is an infamous example of biological control gone wrong but what exactly is the problem and why can’t we fix it?
Komodo dragons are some of the most fascinating reptiles on Earth, but are these large dragons capable of delivering a venomous bite?
From the dwarf to the caiman, discover all 23 species of crocodilians, some ginormous, some ferocious and some downright bizarre
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
Iri Gill explains what it’s like to look after ZSL London Zoo’s latest addition: Ganas, a juvenile Komodo dragon.
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.
Venom toxicity is difficult to measure accurately. It’s obviously not ethical to inject humans on purpose, so laboratory studies use mice and then scale up the calculated dose to human body weight.
From the makers of World of Animals comes the new World of Animals Annual! We humans share our planet with the most amazing array of creatures and critters. Celebrating the weirdest and most wonderful residents of planet Earth, this book … Continued