Thoughts on recent animal introductions to Abaco

A recent issue of the journal, International Reptile Conservation Federation (IRCF), contains two short articles featuring recent observations of two new species introductions to Abaco. Below, I relay these findings and offer a few thoughts on what these recent observations suggest for the future of Abaco’s fauna. […]

By | 2017-12-21T18:42:50+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Categories: Featured, herpetology, Invasive Species, Lizards, Turtles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Racer eats Curly

Ali Ball sent me this cool photo of a Bahamian racer (Cubophis vudii) in the later stages of ingesting a Curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus cairinatus) in Little Harbour. She noted that it took so long for the snake to finish it’s meal that her husband had enough time to run up to the house and retrieve a camera in order to […]

By | 2015-06-30T11:03:22+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Lizards|2 Comments

Lizards have it tough!

Last week Craig sent me a few photos of a Curly-tailed lizard in the jaws of a Bahamian racer (Cubophis vudii).  While we often imagine Curly-tails as predators, they are certainly not at the top of the food chain here. Bahamian racers, boas, and red-tailed hawks (see previous post) undoubtedly consume many Curly-tailed lizards.

I don’t really know too much […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:13+00:00 June 12th, 2015|Categories: herpetology, Lizards|0 Comments

Ever-adaptable anoles might cope with a hotter world

The Washington Post covers a recent article on how Anolis lizards may be able to adapt to climate change (LINK).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-tiny-lizard-adapts-to-become-faster-stronger-to-survive-in-a-warmer-climate/2014/09/16/28cb396e-3d19-11e4-b03f-de718edeb92f_story.html

Citation:

Logan, ML, RM Cox, and R. Calsbeek. 2014. Natural selection on thermal performance in a novel thermal environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 111: 14165-14169.

By | 2015-01-09T13:57:04+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Categories: Global change, herpetology, Lizards|0 Comments

Male brown anoles move further from their place of birth

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Jonathan Losos over at Anole Annals breaks down a new paper by the Calsbeek lab at Dartmouth. The topic of the paper is the dispersal of young away from their place of birth and the fitness consequence of that movement in brown anoles (LINK to pdf).

Check it out: http://www.anoleannals.org/2014/09/26/male-brown-anoles-disperse-farther-than-females/

Calsbeek, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:30+00:00 September 26th, 2014|Categories: herpetology, Lizards|0 Comments