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Help identifying leaf-like bone

Those are isolated turtle bones: Specifically, they are part of the carapace, or upper shell. The projections would articulate with the backbone. The "toothlike" structure at the other end projects ...
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What is this animal looking like an Axolotl?

Based on the size and location that appears to be a Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus). (Photo © Brian Gratwicke — CC BY) The four toes visible on the front foot are also consistent with this ...
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What is this animal looking like an Axolotl?

Judging from the small limbs and overall size, it appears to be a large aquatic salamander, similar to Necturus maculosus, the mudpuppy. These have a pretty cosmopolitan distribution in North America, ...
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Indian Snake Species Identification

Ashok's Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis ashoki). This is a relatively small snake (typically 70 cm in length) that feeds on lizards, frogs and small rodents. More information can be found here or here. ...
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What kind of snake is this

It looks like an Eastern Hognose Snake, which is characterized by an upturned nose and high likelihood of playing dead. These are described as variable in coloration: "Two color phases are common ...
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Is the swimming pool water harmful to frogs who jump in? If so, how?

The chlorine concentration in pools is +- 0,5 mg/L. + 0.002 mg/L will fatally damage the sensitive skin on tadpoles, frogs, salamanders and other amphibians. another source: Free chlorine (Cl2)...
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How do snakes determine the direction of prey from their thermal infrared sensing pit organs?

From Wikipedia: The facial pit actually visualizes thermal radiation using the same optical principles as a pinhole camera, wherein the location of a source of thermal radiation is determined by the ...
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Lizard species identification

This lizard is likely a Roughtail Rock Agama (Stellagama stellio or Laudakia stellio). They are colloquially referred to as hardon (or hardun) lizards. According to Wikipedia: Like many agamids, ...
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Why are Oxyuranus snake species named Taipan?

An answer is found at the Wikipedia page for Taipan: The common name, taipan, was coined by anthropologist Donald Thomson after the word used by the Wik-Mungkan Aboriginal people of central Cape ...
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What species of snake found in central Alabama, US?

Definitely looks like some species of rat snake (genus Pantherophis). Based on the size, location and coloration, I'd say it's a dark variant of a Gray rat snake (Pantherophis spiloides). It might ...
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Were there any flying dinosaurs?

Asides from flight-capable modern birds and their early ancestors1, there are several other therapod dinosaurs which palaeontologists suspect were capable of flight, "but in a manner ...
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Evolution of dinosaurs

Source of information See the post The best free and most up to date phylogenetic tree on the internet? for info about how to find such information. Generally speaking, you might be interested in an ...
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What's the most recent common ancestor of reptiles and humans?

I think that you are looking for the amniote common ancestor. Amniotes are the group of organisms that have an amnion, a specific membrane around the egg, among other features. This includes reptiles, ...
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Are snake capable of love? (social bond in a male/female couple)

Not as far as I can tell. The closest example I can find is within-season pair bonding in copperhead snakes (defined as a male-female pair remaining together for some time, in this case defined as ...
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Help identifying leaf-like bone

These are, as stated in @kmm's well-received answer from 2 years ago, osseous components of a turtle's carapace, or upper shell. More specifically, these bones are called pleurals and consist of the ...
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What kind of snake is this?

Great find! I'm pretty certain that is actually a Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster - likely the subspecies L. c. calligaster). The biggest indicator to me are the two alternating rows of ...
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Can you identify this snake?

Hard to tell without a clearer picture, but the size and color pattern seem to match the description for the Plain-bellied Watersnake. See for example the following picture from the Virginia ...
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Resilience to the neurotoxins of Indian King Cobra

Well, turmerin, the compound in turmeric has been medically proven to help neutralize venom from King Cobras in snakes (reference1, reference2). It has also been used in ayurveda for snake bite ...
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Minor differences in morphology of a snake: Why designate it a different species?

Short explanation According to the papers I could find, Dendrelaphis ashoki and D. girii aren't as closely related as you suggest: D. ashoki appears to be closely related to D. pictus, a Southeast ...
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Can reptiles digest grains?

This is not a yes / no question. Many tortoise eat plants (veggies and fruits) while some turtles eat fish too. Snakes are basically predators and do not dwell on plants neither do most of the lizards....
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Why do reptiles still move even after death?

In warm-blooded animals, our high metabolisms are a significant disadvantage when being decapitated. Just a few minutes without oxygen and a mammal's brain is caput—the result of a massive cascading ...
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The 4-chambered heart

The short answer is crocodiles may be secondarily cold blooded, but the long answer is warm blooded and cold blooded is not a binary condition but a spectrum. It has to do with how much heat you ...
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What is this tiny lizard?

This looks like a Common Garden Skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) Further information can be found here and here The description is a quote from the first source: The colour of the skin of a common ...
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What is this species of green frog found in store-bought flowers in France?

This looks very much like a tree frog of which there are many similar looking species. Without knowing where your flowers came from or more characteristics about the specimen, it'll be difficult to ...
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What species is this lizard?

By the picture and the official distribution it looks to be as you said a Lacerta viridis. Some references and distribution here: https://www.iucnredlist.org/...
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Did any warm blooded animals evolve back into cold blooded?

Secondary ectothermy has been suggested in living crocodylians by Seymour et al. (2004). Their rationale is based on: Presence of a 4 chambered heart (otherwise only found in endotherms) Post-cardiac ...
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How old is the Pogona genus?

Another way to ask this question: How old is the most recent common ancestor of Pogona lizards and their closest relatives? Diporiphora is a sister clade of Pogona, as stated in Hugall et al. 2008.1 ...
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Identification of snake

Check out the Desert Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula splendida). It is native to New Mexico. Source: Desert Kingsnake (wikipedia)
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Can someone tell me what kind of reptile is this?

My guess is that you have in your a hand a lizard of the Genus Sceloporus , and perhaps Sceloporus occidentalis longipes. Commonly called the Great Basin fence lizard is a subspecies of the western ...

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