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Nearly Mythical 3-Foot-Long Swamp Salamander Is Officially a Real Species

What has two short, chunky arms, a mane of feathery gills, and a sleek, green-marbled, eel-like body as long as your leg? No guesses? Meet the reticulated siren, a massive, two and a half foot-long salamander, described for the first time in a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, hailing from the remote, secluded wilds of *checks notes* southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Read More >>

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Escaped Boa Constrictor Slithers Its Way Into Charity Shop Donations

Workers at a sorting facility for Goodwill, a chain of American charity shops, in the US city of Fort Worth, Texas were stunned to discover a live, albino red-tailed boa constrictor mixed in with donations on Thursday, NBC New York reported this week. Read More >>

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Bored Humans Dumped 104 Quirky Pet Boa Constrictors Last Year

Snake-tipping is emerging as a new menace in the UK's parks and countryside, as people – once they've got some social media content from their quirky reptilian pet choice – are dumping unwanted odd pets like boa constrictors in parks. Read More >>

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What Scientists Saw When They Put a Crocodile in an MRI Scanner and Played Classical Music

Sounds weird—and even a bit dangerous—but the experiment is revealing new insights into the evolution of brains and how mammals and birds acquired the capacity to comprehend complex sounds. Read More >>

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Male Tortoises Mysteriously Stop Boning

There are only a few things in this life animals really have to do. They have to eat, they have to shit, and they have to bang. So when conservation biologists transplant a bunch of wild animals in order to save them, but half of them stop getting laid as a result, it’s cause for concern. Read More >>

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Fine Dining May Solve Puerto Rico’s Invasive Iguana Problem

Puerto Rico is overrun with green iguanas, and they’re wreaking havoc on the island’s ecosystem and its economy. Read More >>

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A Nine-Year-Old Girl Got a New Ancient Flying Reptile Species Named After Her Because She Discovered It

When Daisy Morris was four years old, she found fossilised bones of a previously undiscovered species of the flying reptile beast pterosaur. Now, at nine years young, scientists have decided to name the reptile, which lived during the same time period as dinosaurs, after Daisy. It's called Vectidraco daisymorrisae. How cute. Read More >>

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The Most Dangerous Meme: Making Your Pet Play with Your Phone

Screw ghost riding the whip, forget flash mobs. There's a new internet craze threatening our children: taunting lizards and amphibians with fake food on your smartphone. Sure it's cute when they're crushing virtual insects but it's not so cute when they attack your finger. Read More >>