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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Since I'm really busy, identify these squamates.

A few weeks back, I did a teaser post on my trip to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and promised some meatier posts and pictures. I should apologize. My life has gotten really busy with work, school, and personal matters to attend to. But I also can't stand to let Superoceras sit for over a week with no activity. So here is another quick post, featuring some of my photos from the "Lizards & Snakes: ALIVE!" exhibition.

Squamata is a monophyletic group of "scaled" lepidosaurs that includes the paraphyletic "Lacertilia" (the lizards), Serpentes (the snakes) and Amphisbaenia (the limbless "worm lizards") and is a sister group to Sphenodontia (the tuatara and its extinct kin). While there were no amphisbaenians at the exhibit, there were plenty of lizards and snakes. Can you name any of the squamates in these photos? If I can think of one, perhaps there will be a prize for the reader who can identify the most.

(Click the images to enlarge.)

If nothing else, I'll reveal the identities of these animals at weeks end, and try to give a little information about each of them. Don't worry guys, there will be more to come soon. You have my word.


  1. Alright, here we go:

    1.) An Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus)
    2.) A Frill-necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)
    3.) A Horned Ground Iguana (Cyclure cornuta)
    4.) An Australian Water Dragon (Physignathus leseurii)
    5.) An Emerald Tree Monitor (Varanus prasinus)

    : )

  2. Thanks for giving it away, Susan! >:-| Hehe j/k

  3. Actually, I wasn't sure if I gave it away.
    When you click the images, the scientific name is in the URL. D'oh!