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Lizard Names
What's Your Name? Photo by Jasminko Ibrakovic

Naming your Reptile pet and selecting that one unique name that you like, out of an endless array of Lizard Names, is not an easy task. However, it’s just one tiny part of having a per lizard. Petting a lizard can be quite captivating and also challenging. Petting a dog is easier than training a dog. Owning a cat is also relatively easier. When you deal with reptiles or exotic pets, then you have to be more dedicated. Not only is training a lizard more than hundred times as difficult as training a dog, petting a lizard is also exponentially more challenging.

When you decide to have a lizard for a pet, you should invest enough time and effort to learn how to choose a lizard, how to create its ideal habitat, what you should feed it, what kind of terrain and lights you would have in its home and you must also learn about the dangers or safety measures of having a lizard. Once you get accustomed with all the information and develop the best and safe practices, having a lizard around can be quite fun.

Another challenge you would face as you opt for a lizard as your pet is assessing various lizard names. There are dozens of popular names for lizards. The pet lizard names may be according to convention or you may take a completely unconventional approach. An easy way to pick lizard names is to go for any name that caters to your imagination or preference. Another easy way to pick names for lizards is to consider its species or scientific name and then altering it to suit your preference. The objective is to make a proper noun using the words or the entire scientific name as the origin. If you want uniqueness, then you should have your own way of choosing pet lizard names.

If you want random lizard names which are popular then you may consider Ajax, Amos, Arlian or Arnie, Arther, Astrid and Azul. You may go with Barnabas, Bender, Blubeard, Bubba, Burt or Carlos, Chewie, Cilla, Cleo or Cornolio, Darvarus or Delores, Demonicus or Demon, Dino, Draco, Drake or Durangeo. There are hundreds of such lizard names that you can choose from. Each alphabet has at least a dozen odd popular names for lizards.

Want to check a conservative Pet Names database? You can try PetNames.net.

You should consider the physical attributes and natural tendencies of the lizard you have bought before you start choosing pet lizard names. The best names are those that are specific to a particular lizard, based on the color of the body, texture of its skin, size and shape of its head, the kind of tail it has and what kind of activities it indulges in.

People using Lizard Names

There are those innocent pet owners who are just looking for cute names for their lizards, but there are thousands of people and groups exploiting the lizard name for their means. There are of course the positive ones, like various sports teams that call themselves Lizards (New York Lizards). However, there’s currently a vicious group of Hackers called LIZARD SQUAD, known for their cyber attacks on numerous websites, especially those relating to gaming. The LIZARD SQUAD got famous after hacking the social media accounts of Taylor Swift, obtaining nude photos of the pop star.

I just hope all this doesn’t hurt the good name of lizards…

Python snake
Indian Python. Photo by Berangere Duforets

When imaging the python snake, thoughts will come to mind of a massive creature that sneaks up on prey before striking. As a result, Python snakes are often seen as bullies. People think of them as stone cold killers (possibly because they are cold blooded) and imagine them as lords of their realm.

The question is, are Python snakes really bullies? Lets take a look at some Python facts to get a better understanding of how pythons operate. When you review these facts about python, you may be surprised by some of the things you learn.

1. If nothing else, know this of the Python Snake:

If you are going to know any facts about pythons, know this. Pythons are known as constrictors. This is because pythons will kill their prey by squeezing them. When squeezed, the prey eventually stops breathing and passes out, making an easy meal for the python. Once their pray is ready, a python will swallow their pray whole, digesting almost every part of the pray.

2. Time between meals

Python facts that people want to know often include questions about how long a python can go between meals. This depends on the size of the python, and the size of their meal. On average, a python will eat between 4 to 5 times every year. Every meals will last for weeks or months. Meals include antelopes, caimans, monkeys, and many other medium sized mammals.

3. What causes a python’s skin coloring?

Pythons are notoriously difficult to find because they are excellent at camouflage. This is because their skin blends in with the ground around them. What causes this? Well, the skin color will be based on the habitat the snake lives in, which is a result of natural selection. This camouflage helps snakes spring traps on their pray. In addition, the beautiful patterning has unfortunately made snake skin a popular commodity in the fashion industry.

4. Less a Bully, More a Nerd

The python snake can find prey primary through fluctuations in the surrounding heat. The python uses this to target its prey before attack. In addition, a female python can lay between 12-36 eggs. She will protect these eggs by coiling herself around them. This also keeps the eggs warm until they are ready to hatch. Though some people may consider python snakes a bully, it is important to note that pythons know a great deal about fluctuations in heat, making them excellent hunters.

Despite being sort of a Nerd, there’s currently a new front in the war on invasive snakes in Florida, and “Python Patrols” are a major part of it. According to the state’s officials, there are approximately 150,000 Burmese pythons occupying southern Florida. They’ve become top predators that devour native animals like alligators and other species.

Wildlife officials are now recruiting citizens and teaching them about the Python snake and other invasive species, training the people how to identify them and even how to capture these huge reptiles. Volunteers are spending hours in classrooms learning all the important facts about pythons and their relatives. These classes are planned to be held regularly on a monthly basis, with the goal of training hundreds of Python catchers. The volunteers then go outdoors into areas where python snakes have been released. They track them down and contain them.

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Crocodile Attack: Can we be warned? Photo by Shatalkin

How many crocodile attack stories have you heard this year? Well, if you are into reptiles as most our readers are, you surely read quite a few stories about crocodile attacks on humans. Unfortunately, as long as we mess with their ecosystem – we will always be legitimate targets. But what would you say if you could use a special warning system against crocodiles?

A recent study by a team of researchers from the University of New England, was able to predict, even down to the hour in some incidents, as to when a crocodile was likely to appear. The research uncovered useful crocodile facts, which if combined and put into a model – could someday be used to warn people from a possible crocodile attack. The study results could make swimming and fishing in the far north of Queensland and many other areas – much safer.

The team of scientists, led by Project leader Dr Hamish Campbelltried to find out when crocodiles are most likely to be lurking around. They monitored the crocodiles by using tracking devices over three years in two river systems in the far north of Queensland, Australia.

Among the facts found, the team revealed that crocodiles and large reptiles are more likely to visit areas that are frequented by humans between the months of September and January, and at high tide. The scientists recorded 270 incidents over the period of three years, in which reptiles passed through areas that were frequented by fishers, swimmers and other people.

During the mating time of September and January, the activity increased, due to the fact that males were searching for females, while females were searching for nesting sites. The observations also revealed that crocodiles were more likely to move during the night, and that some crocs even travelled up to 50 km. Another interesting crocodile fact that came up in the research, is that while crocodiles did frequent areas where people were hanging around, the crocodiles tended to move quickly through these areas and did not stick around.

Project leader, Dr Hamish claims there are locations where they can predict down to the exact hour – when crocodiles will turn up. Based on all the facts gathered in the research, the scientists claim that they can basically say “At this time of year, when the tide is like this or at this time of the day this is the sort of patters where crocodiles are going to be”. These results could be put together into some kind of model of Crocodile Attack Warning System. This could save dozens of lives every year. However, the scientists say that more research is required in other areas, before a Crocodile Attack Warning System is developed…

Let’s hope and see…

lizard species
Water Monitor Lizard. By Dibyendu Ash [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Have you ever visited wild animal markets in exotic countries like Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines? If you have, you’d surely know how these illegal traders boast and brag of having the rarest snakes and monitor lizard species in the world, with origins in the most remote parts of earth. Well, a recent study may have actually confirmed one of these stories.

A group of scientists from the Biodiversity Institute of the University of Kansas, claim to have identified two new monitor lizard species in the black market of the Philippines. It appears the scientists have spent the last five years trying to catalog all the wild animals that are sold on the Philippine black market. A lot of this black market has moved from the streets of Manila to the webpages of Facebook and other online markets.

The scientists analyzed and bought dozens of animals in hidden alleys and secret websites. They would then perform genetic analysis on the purchased animals, building a database that other researchers and authorities could later on use. However, during their year-long research, the scientists suddenly came upon two monitor lizard species which they couldn’t identify. There was no record of them anywhere in the books. They were two water monitor lizards: One black and white, and the other black and yellow. Their DNA was absolutely new to science.

The Water Monitor Lizard species, known as Varanus salvator, is a big lizard native to South and Southeast Asia. It can grow larger than 1.5-2 m (4.906.6 feet), while the largest Water Monitor Lizard was recorded in Sri Lanka, measuring 3.2 meters (10.5 feet). This unique carnivore lizard, which is an excellent swimmer, defends itself by using its tail, claws and jaws. It will usually eat fish, frogs, birds, crabs, rodents and snakes. Some water monitor lizard species have even been observed devouring on catfish, tearing off chunks of meat with their teeth.

The two new monitor lizard species discovered in the black market of the Philippines, have been named Varanus dalubhasa and Varanus bangonorum.

For more specific details you can read the study at Zootaxa.

On last Monday’s “Tonight Show”, host Jimmy Fallon got pranked pretty badly, with a great Cobra snake prank!

Fallon was hosting animal expert Jeff Musial (more about this amazing guy below), who first brought some terrifying Mexican tarantulas, which already scared Fallon immensely. The huge spiders crawled on his head until Fallon practically collapsed on the floor. After that, seconds before the Snake Prank, you could hear Fallon ask Musial not to scare him again.

However, Musial then brought a snake basket and put it on Fallon’s desk. Musial told him there was a venomous Cobra inside, and gave Fallon a tiny hook and a flute, so the host could charm the snake. When the “snake” (which was of course a rubber snake prank replica) wasn’t moving, Musial asked Fallon to tap on the side of the basket with the hook, encouraging the scared host to get closer and closer to the basket. Fallon was edging slowly closer and closer, until Musial brilliantly detonated the rubber snake prank!

Fallon jumped almost up to the ceiling, terrified by the fake snake encounter, he still smiled, like always…Don’t miss this great snake prank! Watch now!

About Jeff Musial

Jeff Musial has certainly made a name for himself in the world of wild animals. He started out working in a pet shop, and in the last few years he’s been showing on national television, and more. He’s definitely not only great at snake pranks, Jeff is an amazing educator about all sorts of wild animal species.

Jeff’s love for animals started when he was a kid, catching garter snakes and frogs in his backyard. He was always with animals, studied zoology in college, and then in 1999 he started his own business, Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics.

Since then, he’s been captivating people of all ages, using an amazing blend of education and entertainment. Check his official website here.

Want to subscribe to Jimmy Fallon’s awesome show? Here’s a link to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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