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.

Reptiles & Amphibians

Which is the most venomous snake?

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.

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