One day while reading various science articles I happened to stumble upon an article that got my attention regarding reptile parthenogenesis. Owning parthenogenetic reptiles myself I was intrigued and read the article. I was floored to learn not only are there more parthenogenetic reptiles than I had thought but they were in captive environments and the implications of this are simply amazing. So I immediately spoke with Jo our Content Director and she set-up the interview with Dr. Warren Booth of University of Tulsa. Now you have the opportunity to not only learn about his incredible paper but you as a herpetoculturist can participate in his research! That’s right folks, he is calling on herpetoculturists to help in his research so what are you waiting for? Listen to the interview and get involved.
I think most of us are familiar with the term “The Lizard Brain” or “The Reptile Brain” tossed about in marketing circles and some psychology circles as well. This is from the triune brain theory proposed by physician and neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean in the 1960’s. MacLean claimed the Reptilian Complex was responsible for instinctual behaviors. This theory was later found to be a wanting. Reptile cognition is somewhat a new page in the science books for many people. As reptiles have long been believed to be just an instinctual creature with no other thoughts beyond food, sex, and avoid danger. Today we are speaking with Daniel Noble who tells us that this is not actually the case and that at least one specific species of Skink has the ability to learn! That’s right, learning lizards!
This week is very late and for that I apologize as it was completely my fault and nothing to do with Jason. However, we are here and this week we talk about flying turtles, lizard toast, and more! Get your subscription to Herpetoculture House here!