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In Herpetological Highlights we will explore the recent scientific discoveries in the field of Herpetology. We'll cover everything from lizards to frogs, snakes, and toads. Every episode we'll be digging into the biology and ecology of these reptiles and amphibians in an attempt to disentangle the science. Hosted by Tom Major and Ben Marshall. Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/herphighlights

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In Herpetological Highlights we will explore the recent scientific discoveries in the field of Herpetology. We'll cover everything from lizards to frogs, snakes, and toads. Every episode we'll be digging into the biology and ecology of these reptiles and amphibians in an attempt to disentangle the science. Hosted by Tom Major and Ben Marshall. Like us on facebook: www.facebook.com/herphighlights

    146 Iguanas with a Sweet Tooth

    146 Iguanas with a Sweet Tooth

    What are the impacts of tourists feeding iguanas grapes? We look at a paper detailing how well iguanas can handle so many sweet treats. Species of the Bi-week is a wonderful boa that isn’t a boa.
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    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    French SS, Hudson SB, Webb AC, Knapp CR, Virgin EE, Smith GD, Lewis EL, Iverson JB, DeNardo DF. 2022. Glucose tolerance of iguanas is affected by high-sugar diets in the lab and supplemental feeding by ecotourists in the wild. Journal of Experimental Biology 225:jeb243932. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.243932.
    Species of the Bi-Week:
    Ortega-Andrade HM, Bentley A, Koch C, Yánez-Muñoz MH, Entiauspe-Neto OM. 2022. A time relic: a new species of dwarf boa, Tropidophis Bibron, 1840 (Serpentes: Amerophidia), from the Upper Amazon Basin. European Journal of Taxonomy 854:1–107. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2022.854.2021.
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com

    • 25 min
    145 Vipers On Ice

    145 Vipers On Ice

    Despite a warming planet, new research suggests that snakes in the UK may have more frosty mornings ahead. Then Sourish Kuttalam from Bangor University joins us to talk about a newly described viper from India.
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    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    Turner RK, Maclean IMD. 2022. Microclimate‐driven trends in spring‐emergence phenology in a temperate reptile (Vipera berus): Evidence for a potential “climate trap”? Ecology and Evolution 12. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.8623.
    Species of the Bi-Week:
    Kuttalam S, Santra V, Owens JB, Selvan M, Mukherjee N, Graham S, Togridou A, Bharti OK, Shi J, Shanker K, Malhotra A. 2022. Phylogenetic and morphological analysis of Gloydius himalayanus (Serpentes, Viperidae, Crotalinae), with the description of a new species. European Journal of Taxonomy 852. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2022.852.2003.
    Other Links/Mentions:
    https://www.captiveandfieldherpetology.com/expeditions 
    Crinia georgiana, Quacking Frog call from frogid, By: Dale Roberts - https://www.frogid.net.au/frogs/crinia-georgiana 
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com
     

    • 34 min
    144 New Zealand’s Native Frogs

    144 New Zealand’s Native Frogs

    We uncover some small and unusual frogs native to the islands of New Zealand.
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    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    Altobelli J, Lamar S, Bishop P. 2021. Archaic, terrestrial Hamilton’s frogs (Leiopelma hamiltoni) display arboreal behaviours. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.20417/nzjecol.45.24.
    Lamb SD, Altobelli JT, Easton LJ, Godfrey SS, Bishop PJ. 2022. Captive Hamilton’s frog (Leiopelma hamiltoni) associates non-randomly under retreat sites: preliminary insights into their social networks. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 49:236–251. DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2021.1994426.
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com

    • 32 min
    143 Can frogs stand the heat?

    143 Can frogs stand the heat?

    The climate crisis presents numerous questions about how animals will cope. We look at one frog-focused example where the researchers actually heated up a forest.
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    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    Hawley Matlaga TJ, Burrowes PA, Hernández-Pacheco R, Pena J, Sutherland C, Wood TE. 2021. Warming increases activity in the common tropical frog Eleutherodactylus coqui. Climate Change Ecology 2:100041. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecochg.2021.100041.
    Other Mentioned Papers/Studies:
    Folwell, M. J., Sanders, K. L., Brennan, P. L., & Crowe-Riddell, J. M. (2022). First evidence of hemiclitores in snakes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 289(1989), 20221702.
     
    Other Links/Mentions:
    Coqui frog call: https://amphibiaweb.org/species/2858# 
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com

    • 28 min
    142 Alligators can regrow their tails

    142 Alligators can regrow their tails

    Tail regrowth is a weird and wonderful trait some herpetofauna possess. But there’s a new paper about the regrowing tails of alligators. Species of the Bi-week is more like Genus of the Bi-week.
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    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    Xu C, Palade J, Fisher RE, Smith CI, Clark AR, Sampson S, Bourgeois R, Rawls A, Elsey RM, Wilson-Rawls J, Kusumi K. 2020. Anatomical and histological analyses reveal that tail repair is coupled with regrowth in wild-caught, juvenile American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). Scientific Reports 10:20122. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-77052-8.
    Species of the Bi-Week:
    Blair C, Bryson RW, García-Vázquez UO, Nieto-Montes De Oca A, Lazcano D, Mccormack JE, Klicka J. 2022. Phylogenomics of alligator lizards elucidate diversification patterns across the Mexican Transition Zone and support the recognition of a new genus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 135:25–39. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blab139.
    Other Mentioned Papers/Studies:
    Seifert, A.W., Kiama, S.G., Seifert, M.G., Goheen, J.R., Palmer, T.M. and Maden, M., 2012. Skin shedding and tissue regeneration in African spiny mice (Acomys). Nature, 489(7417), pp.561-565.
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com

    • 29 min
    141 Mountain Dragons

    141 Mountain Dragons

    Mountain dragons are found in Australia and Tasmania. We get stuck in to the ecology of these busy little lizards.
    Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/herphighlights
    Full reference list available here: http://www.herphighlights.podbean.com

    Main Paper References:
    Stuart-Smith JF, Stuart-Smith RD, Swain R, Wapstra E. 2008. Size dimorphism in Rankinia [Tympanocryptis] diemensis (Family Agamidae): sex-specific patterns and geographic variation: size dimorphism in R. diemensis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 94:699–709. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2008.01026.x.
    Stuart-Smith J, Swain R, Welling A. 2005. Reproductive ecology of the Mountain Dragon, Rankinia (Tympanocryptis) diemensis (Reptilia: Squamata: Agamidae) in Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania:23–28. DOI: 10.26749/rstpp.139.23.
    Other Mentioned Papers/Studies:
    Stuart‐Smith, J., Swain, R., Stuart‐Smith, R. D., & Wapstra, E. (2007). Is fecundity the ultimate cause of female‐biased size dimorphism in a dragon lizard?. Journal of Zoology, 273(3), 266-272.
    Tombak, K. J., Gersick, A. S., Reisinger, L. V., Larison, B., & Rubenstein, D. I. (2022). Zebras of all stripes repel biting flies at close range. Scientific reports, 12(1), 1-8.
    Other Links/Mentions:
    Leptopelis viridis call from https://amphibiaweb.org/cgi/amphib_query?special=call&genus=Leptopelis&species=viridis  
    https://www.nhbs.com/mountain-dragons-book 
    Rödel, M. O. (2000). Herpetofauna of West Africa, Vol. I. Amphibians of the West African Savanna. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, Germany.
    Radwin M. 2022.Rare, critically endangered gecko making dramatic recovery in Caribbean. Available at https://news.mongabay.com/2022/12/rare-critically-endangered-gecko-making-dramatic-recovery-in-caribbean/ (accessed December 8, 2022).
    Editing and Music:
    Podcast edited by Emmy – https://www.fiverr.com/emmyk10 
    Intro/outro – Treehouse by Ed Nelson
    Species Bi-week theme – Michael Timothy
    Other Music – The Passion HiFi, https://www.thepassionhifi.com

    • 25 min

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Excellent and very interesting conversation from obviously informed presenters. Learn about recent research, all extensively referenced, about a variety of reptiles... lizards and snakes.

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