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Deciphering the past to ensure viper’s future on the Cyclades

Over the last five years, an international collaboration of scientists has investigated the evolutionary history of insularly isolated populations of long-nosed vipers in the Cycladic archipelago

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Investigating dry forest reptiles using unconventional methods

Unusual methods of tracking and identifying reptiles are being used in North West Madagascar. ‘Invisible’ UV nail polish and fluorescent powder are making it possible to study chameleons and snakes without making them more conspicuous to predators.

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Effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on Eastern Arc Mountain forest chameleons

Research into chameleons’ sensitivity to landscape alteration in East Africa shows that species vary in their response. Some species increase in population density as a result of habitat fragmentation, partially counteracting the population decline from habitat loss.

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New threat to endangered sea turtles

Rising beach temperatures are posing a new threat to endangered sea turtles. A successful conservation project in Mexico is now looking to widen its scope to monitor ambient temperatures in turtle nests.

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Establishing the Honduran Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center

One of the first programmes to protect amphibian populations from extinction in the wild caused by disease is being set up in Honduras. The new rescue facility will treat infected tadpoles and froglets, raise them to adulthood, and then reintroduce the healthy adults back into their environment.

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The role of skin colour in Madagascan herpetofauna

A study into the ecological significance of skin colour among groups of lizards in northwestern Madagascar has focused on the roles of matching backgrounds (camouflage) and communication within populations

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Monitoring endangered iguanas on protected island habitats

Research into endangered iguana species is underway on islands off the north coast of Honduras. Whilst island populations are better protected than their mainland counterparts, these populations may be threatened by the presence of other iguana species on the islands.

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