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  • Nov. 16, 2015

    What living creature comes in an assortment of brilliant colors, has feet that can stick to most surfaces, and is being studied by one of the largest car manufacturers in the world?

  • Snake Medicine
    Dec. 13, 2013

    Besides being the fastest land snake, the black mamba also has one of the fastest-acting snake vemons of any land snake.

  • Black Mamba Venom—Medicine of the Future?
    Oct. 17, 2012

    Scientists are trying to develop new pain-relieving medicines using the venom from the black mamba.

  • Marine Iguana
    Oct. 5, 2012 from Aquarium Guide

    Being a cold-blooded creature, the marine iguana can spend only a limited time in the cold water surrounding the Galapagos Islands to find its food.

  • Sea Snake
    Sept. 7, 2012 from Aquarium Guide

    The sea snake is an air-breathing reptile and must come to the surface to breathe.

  • Alligator Snapping Turtle
    Aug. 31, 2012 from Aquarium Guide

    The alligator snapping turtle has a fascinating hunting technique.

  • Kids Feedback: Crocodile Questions
    Jan. 20, 2012

    How did crocodiles get so big? How old can they get?

  • Cottonmouth
    Dec. 28, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    Since the cottonmouth spends much of its time in the water, it needs to bask in the sun throughout the day to maintain a constant body temperature.

  • Diamondback Terrapin
    Dec. 23, 2011 from Aquarium Guide

    The adult diamondback terrapin nests on sandy borders of coastal salt marshes or in dunes from June to July.

  • King Cobra
    Dec. 16, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    When the king cobra is scared or excited, it spreads the loose skin on its neck into the shape of a “hood.”

  • Northern Coral Snake
    Dec. 8, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    From the tip of its snout to just behind the eye, the head of the Northern coral snake is black.

  • Alligator
    Dec. 2, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    The American alligator has vertical pupils in its eyes.

  • Galápagos Tortoise
    Nov. 23, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    The shell of the tortoise is not solid; it is made of hollow structures that are like air chambers.

  • Ball Python
    Oct. 7, 2011 from Zoo Guide

    The ball python hunts and captures its prey by following it into its burrow.

  • Common Snapping Turtle
    May 26, 2010 from Zoo Guide

    The snapping turtle is known as a scavenger.

  • Gila Monster
    May 20, 2010 from Zoo Guide

    The Gila monster has the ability to consume large amounts of food at one time.

  • Boa Constrictor
    Jan. 15, 2010 from Zoo Guide

    The boa constrictor has a strong tail that can cling to tree branches, enabling it to swing by its tail from a tree and swat a bird from the air.

  • Tokay Gecko
    Jan. 14, 2010 from Zoo Guide

    The Tokay Gecko is a fascinating creature made by God.

  • Johnny, Will You Please Feed the Crocodile?
    Dec. 10, 2008

    In a special village in Africa the people have an unusual relationship with crocodiles.

  • Komodo Dragon
    Nov. 24, 2008 from Zoo Guide

    It is the world’s largest lizard, out of over 3,000 lizard species. The adult Komodo dragon is mostly green, gray, or black with white or yellow patches.

  • Self-Cleaning Sticky Tape!
    Oct. 22, 2008

    One of God’s most amazing creatures is the little gecko, a lizard that is widely seen in insurance commercials.

  • Crocodile
    Oct. 13, 2008 from Zoo Guide

    The crocodile is larger than the alligator and has a longer, more narrow snout. It has a streamlined body and webbed feet, which make it an efficient swimmer.

  • Chameleon
    Aug. 25, 2008 from Zoo Guide

    The chameleon is distinctly different from other lizards.

  • Inland Bearded Dragon
    July 28, 2008 from Zoo Guide

    This species is called “bearded” because the throat has a region that is flared when it is angry or excited, giving it a beard-like appearance.

  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    July 31, 2007 from Aquarium Guide

    Sea turtles can rest or sleep underwater for several hours at a time.

  • The Loggerhead Sea Turtle ...
    June 10, 2007

    The Loggerhead Sea Turtle was created by God.

  • Rattlesnake
    Feb. 25, 2007 from Zoo Guide

    The most prominent feature of the rattlesnake is the rattle at the end of the tail. This rattle is made of a hard substance called keratin.

  • Snakes Alive!
    Sept. 1, 1998, pp. 40–42