Galápagos Tortoise Geochelone elephantophus

October 16, 2014
It is possible, though perhaps unlikely, that among the remaining giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands, there exists an old-timer that was a hatchling...

Meller’s Chameleon Chamaeleo melleri

October 16, 2014
The Meller’s chameleon is the largest of the chameleons not native to Madagascar. Their stout bodies can grow to be up to two feet...

Draco Lizard Draco volans

October 16, 2014
For the tiny Draco lizard, moving among the trees in the jungles of Southeast Asia is an essential task—for escaping danger, attracting mates, and...

Green Anaconda Eunectes murinus

October 16, 2014
A member of the boa family, South America’s green anaconda is, pound for pound, the largest snake in the world. Its cousin, the reticulated...

Gila Monster Heloderma suspectum

October 16, 2014
At a length of up to two feet (0.6 meters) and a maximum weight exceeding five pounds (2.3 kilograms), the venomous Gila monster (pronounced...

Green Iguana Iguana iguana

October 16, 2014
Green, or common, iguanas are among the largest lizards in the Americas, averaging around 6.5 feet (2 meters) long and weighing about 11 pounds...

Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis

October 16, 2014
Komodo dragons have thrived in the harsh climate of Indonesia’s Lesser Sunda Islands for millions of years, although amazingly, their existence was unknown to...

Black Mamba Dendroaspis polylepis

October 16, 2014
Black mambas are actually brown in color. They get their name from the blue-black of the inside of their mouths, which they display when...

American Crocodile Crocodylus acutus

October 16, 2014
The American crocodile is considered an endangered species in nearly all parts of its North, Central, and South American range. Survey data, except in...

Green Basilisk Lizard Basiliscus plumifrons

October 16, 2014
Green basilisk lizards can avoid danger by darting across water. They have specially designed feet and a unique running style that keeps them from...