Reptile

  • The first time ever: 6 captive-bred gharial released after satellite-tagging April 25, 2014

    Six captive-bred gharials have satellite-tagged for the first time and released in the river Gandak near Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar to protect the critically-endangered reptiles from extinction. "This is just the beginning; we look forward to expand this project if current restocking is successful. We will also research if we...
  • 800 snakes rescued in Hyderabad in 2012 July 11, 2012

    Hyderabad: R Sushma, a resident of Ayodhya Nagar in Balapur, had a panic attack on Monday evening, induced by the sight of a nine-foot long cobra slithering away in a corner of her compound. The petrified woman raised an alarm and alerted her neighbours who had the presence of mind...
  • Male pterodactyls tools to woo opposite sex January 21, 2011

    London: Male pterodactyls, a class of flying reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs between 220 and 65 million years ago, used their giant head crests to woo the opposite sex, a rare fossil find has revealed. Scientists who have unearthed a 160-million-year-old fossil, dubbed "Mrs T", believe that while female pterodactyls had...
  • Pterosaurs were soaring fliers and light landers November 24, 2010

    London: Pterosaurs, the largest known flying reptiles that roamed the earth some 65 million years ago, were light and fragile creatures best suited for catching rising air to soar, a new study has found. The ancient reptiles that existed at the time of dinosaurs were incredibly at their best in flying...
  • A fifth of world's life at extinction risk October 27, 2010

    Nagoya (Japan): A fifth of the world's mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fishes are in imminent danger of going extinct, says this year's edition of the benchmark IUCN Red List. The percentages of threatened invertebrates and plants are similar. Releasing the findings at the Oct 18-29 UN biodiversity summit, being attended...
  • Croc picks Aussie PM as federal poll winner August 20, 2010

    Melbourne: A saltwater crocodile, admired for his prowess at predicting the future, has reportedly tipped Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as winner of the federal election to be held on Saturday. Harry, a 4.9-metre-long crocodile, was given the choice of munching on one of two chicken carcasses - one tied to...
  • Norwegian man tapes 24 reptiles to body, held October 27, 2009

    Oslo: A man was caught by Norwegian customs carrying a tarantula in his bag, and a further 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos taped to his body, media reported on Monday. The 22-year-old Norwegian was stopped in a routine check by Kristiansand customs after arriving on a ferry from...
  • Mumbai's top snake-man falls to cobra attack October 25, 2009

    Mumbai: Mumbai's well-known snake-catcher and conservationist Sunil S Ranade, credited with rescuing over 15,000 snakes in the past 15 years, died after being bitten by a cobra on Sunday, an official said. Ranade, 37, is has reportedly rescued snakes, reptiles and other wild creatures since over two decades. He worked as...
  • Deputy marshal of Orissa assembly bitten by a snake July 26, 2009

    Bhubaneswar: A deputy marshal of the Orissa assembly was hospitalised after being bitten by a snake minutes after it was discovered in the house on Saturday night, officials said. Snake catchers later took away the reptile. Some assembly staff members found a snake on Saturday coiled under a chair minutes after the...
  • Snake halts Orissa Assembly proceedings July 23, 2009

    Bhubaneswar: The Orissa assembly was forced to delay its session on Thursday after a snake was spotted inside the house. The snake, believed to be poisonous, was spotted around 8 am near the reporters table by the staff during a routine check. It then slithered away, and could not be...
  • Belarus begins construction of tunnel for frogs April 30, 2009

    Moscow: Belarus has begun construction of an underground crossing in a national park to facilitate safe passage of frogs, media reports said on Thursday. The so-called "frog tunnel" in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is part of a reconstruction project of the road linking the park and Brest, a city bordering...
  • Watch: Meet the 111-year-old father January 27, 2009

    This oldest father of New Zealand is not a man but a reptile....
  • Aussie kid kills zoo animals, feeds them to a croc October 3, 2008

    Australia: A 7-year-old boy broke into a popular Outback zoo, fed a string of animals to the resident crocodile and bashed several lizards to death with a rock, the zoo's director said Friday. The 30-minute rampage, caught on the zoo's security camera, happened early Wednesday after the boy jumped a security...
  • HSBC Green Heros: Going green, beyond the call of duty September 29, 2008

    New Delhi: Indian Cobra- India's most revered reptile and also most misunderstood. At Pune's snake park, you find the Indian cobras, meet the HSBC Green hero Raja Banerjee, who not only welcomes snakes but leopards in his tea estate. and Neelam Khaire who runs the Pune snake park and...
  • For this man, reptiles are staple diet April 4, 2007

    New Delhi: For 28 year-old Uttam Das a resident of Jorhat in Upper Asom blades, arachnids, tubelights, bricks, snails, cobras, cockroach, lizards, compact discs and rats form an integral part of his daily diet. Das swallowed four live arachnids, some lizards and gobbled five blades, a part of a tubelight, a...