Pets give us a lot of joy ... and sometimes a few diseases.
Sea snakes spend their lives in the water, giving birth to live young at sea, so why are they only found in some of the world's oceans? The answer lies in a combination of climate and geography.
Bipedal movement has existed in modern reptiles for much longer than we previously knew.
Snakes have survived millions of years by using their bodies in increasingly creative ways.
A drying climate caused a mass extinction among plants, but paved the way for the ancestors of modern reptiles, mammals, and birds.
Crisp temperatures, ice-capped ponds and frozen landscapes send animals scurrying for cover. But just what do turtles do when winter takes hold?
Reptiles add socioeconomic value but when it comes to accessing detailed reference information about them, students and naturalists can face serious challenges.
Have you ever heard chicks peeping in the egg? Have you ever wondered how they manage to take their first breath in the shell?
Biologists have a centuries-old tradition of publishing on rare and endangered species. But poachers are using open-access information to target valuable and fragile new species.
We are only just starting to appreciate the full sexual diversity of animals.
A set of fossils that lay forgotten in a museum are revealing new secrets about Britain's prehistoric wildlife.
Keeping non-native reptiles as pets is against the law – with good reason. Alien species traded on the black market can potentially establish themselves in the wild if they are released or escape.
Mammals' ancestors had a third eye and the fossil record of its disappearance tells us the story of the evolution of one of our most important features: warm blood.
TV audiences cheered on the iguanas' escape, but won't somebody think of the poor snakes?
It sounds weird, but releasing small cane toads ahead of the main invasion front can help predators learn to avoid the biggest, most toxic ones. Here's exactly how it works.
Tiny animals along for the ride, called epibionts, could be used as living data-loggers. Researchers can glean info from them that could help inform turtle-friendly fisheries management decisions.
One of the enduring controversies in evolution is why snakes evolved their long, limbless bodies. A new study suggests snakes may have lost their legs at sea, before crawling ashore.
Embryos greedily want more resources than their fair share. New research investigates how early in evolution their hormonal tactics arose.
If you're hearing a strange chatter in your home, you may have gecko housemates.
Have a look in your garden - you might be surprised at some of the native animals that thrive there when the weather's hot.