Mexican Mole Lizards Revisited
Once again UTA herpetologist
Carl J. Franklin was asked to assist in the making of a documentary regarding
Nick Baker is the host of Nick Baker's Weird Creatures which airs on Animal Planet. This episode will likely become one of the most talked about reptile features presented on Animal Planet. Be certain to check back for episode updates.
Worm Lizard Documentary
Worm lizards are one of the least known of groups of reptiles and quite possibly the most bizarre vertebrates inhabiting the earth. Given such it is of little surprise that UT Arlington herpetologist were motivated to document them on video.
Click here to view the first ever documentary regarding these weird and fascinating creatures.
Viral video featuring a UTA herpetologist!
In 2002 Carl Franklin visited the NBC channel 5 studios to promote an educational event featuring reptiles at the Dallas Museum of Natural History. Due to the nature of the event he brought a few reptiles for the camera. What happened on that fateful live broadcast turned out to be a comedic moment that has since been downloaded more than 5 million times and featured on several television blooper programs. Click here to view clip featured on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. ENJOY!
Saving the last of the Guatemalan Beaded Lizards
early 1980s Dr. Jonathan A. Campbell discovered a new subspecies and
population of beaded lizard in the Motagua river valley of southern
Be sure to visit Project Heloderma to learn more about this exciting project. Click Here
Frogs: The Original Evening Concert
every species of frog and toad can produce sound which can be used to
indicate distress, territory and the availability and fitness for interested
females. Our researchers commonly visit areas where these night time singers
provide free performances. This sample was recorded late one night from
a pond in the lowlands of eastern
The Mysterious Mexican Mole Lizard
It comes as
little surprise that while in
The producers of Dream Vision
sent a director to shoot the first ever footage of the Mexican mole lizard (Bipes
Biporus) for broadcast this fall on Nippon Television. To secure the
necessary expert assistance for finding these weird and secretive reptiles,
representatives from the network tracked down our very own Carl J. Franklin
from the Amphibian and
Fortunately, you don’t even need to leave your chair to catch a glimpse of this animal! Click here to see first time ever video footage of the legendary Ajolote or Mexican worm lizard.
Click here to learn more about this strange and fascinating reptile.
Discovering New Species of Reptiles from the Sierra de Botaderos of eastern Honduras
The Amphibian and
Given such, it came as little surprise
that post doctoral researcher Dr. Eric N. Smith and doctoral student John H.
Malone were invited to assist in an expedition to a remote area in
One member of the expedition had already made a previous visit to the location and was certain that a new species of pit viper occurred there. However, as luck would have it two new species of pit vipers instead of one were discovered and preparations are currently underway to describe these new species.
While it did not capture the headlines here in the United States, newspapers from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Germany published articles pertaining to the account of the discovery.
For more information regarding the expedition into the Sierra de Botaderos click here.