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Reptiles and Amphibians: Komodo Dragons Hunt Buffalo

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Gail Weiswasser at the Discovery channel emailed a few days ago to tell me about the upcoming March 21 premiere on the Discovery Channel of BBC's LIFE, the 11-part follow up to PLANET EARTH (the most successful natural history documentary of all time). While PLANET EARTH told the story of the natural world through the framework of our planet's ecosystems and regions, LIFE takes us on a more intimate journey, introducing different animal and plant groups, using the latest in HD filming techniques to show jaw-dropping behaviors never witnessed before. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey and spanning all seven continents, LIFE took over four years to produce and every minute of footage in the series is new. Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, I am unable to watch the youtube "sneak peeks" in Germany, but at my request, Gail kindly emailed the youtube embed codes so my American readers can watch them:

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In Search of Madagascar's Chameleons

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With Madagascar containing nearly two-third's of the world's chameleon species, Christopher Raxworthy, Associate Curator of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History, recently embarked on an expedition to the island in search of these special lizards. His hope was to track down the lined-chameleon in order to further study speciation on Madagascar.

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TEDTalks: Romulus Whitaker Talks about The Real Danger Lurking in the Water

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The gharial, Gavialis gangeticus, and king cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, are two of India's most iconic reptiles, and they're endangered because of polluted waterways. Conservationist Romulus Whitaker shows rare footage of these magnificent animals and urges us to save the rivers that sustain their lives and our own.

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Painting the Brown Anole Portrait

Jan 11 2010 Published by under Art & Photography, Reptiles, Streaming videos

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This is a fascinating stop-motion video documenting the creation of artist Carel Brest van Kempen's painting, Brown Anole Portrait. Probably Florida's most common reptile, the Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, was introduced from Cuba.

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Woodpecker vs Snake

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Here is some remarkable footage from somewhere in the Amazon (Peru?) of a Crimson-crested Woodpecker, Campephilus melanoleucos, taking on a "Giant bird snake" or "puffing snake", Pseustes sulphureus, that has raided its nest and swallowed its eggs.

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TEDTalks: Robert Full Tells Us What He Learned from the Gecko's Tail

Jun 18 2009 Published by under Biology, Education, Reptiles, Streaming videos

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Biologist Robert Full studies the amazing gecko, with its supersticky feet and tenacious climbing skill. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko's tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all. [12:27]

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Never Say Goodbye: Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
90,000 remaining.
Image: Joel Sartore/National Geographic [larger view].

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Never Say Goodbye: Gopher Tortoise

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Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus).
Image: Joel Sartore/National Geographic [larger view].

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Pacific Green Sea Turtles

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Egg-laying Green Sea Turtles
Pacific green (black) sea turtle Chelonia mydas, Maui, Hawai'i.
Image: John del Rio [larger view].

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Tiny Gecko Species Discovered in Vanuatu Rainforest

Nov 08 2008 Published by under Reptiles, South Pacific Islands, Zoology

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French scientist, Ivan Ineich, displays a never-before-seen species of gecko at France's Natural History Museum in Paris. This gecko, formally described with the Latin name, Lepidodactylus buleli, was born in Paris from an egg that was removed from the rainforest canopy on the west coast of Espiritu Santo, one of the larger islands of the Vanuatu Archipelago, east of Australia in the South Pacific Ocean.
IMAGE: Francois Mori (AP Photo) [larger view].

According to scientists at France's National Museum of Natural History, a new species of gecko has been discovered -- after it hatched from an egg removed from a nest on a South Pacific island and carried 12,000 miles to Paris in a box lined with Kleenex. The island, Espiritu Santo, is one of the larger South Pacific islands of the Vanuatu Archipelago, east of Australia.

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