Look Who’s Back Again

Image Credit: Flickr User Cristóbal Alvarado Minic, via CC

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Pinocchio
Pinocchio who?
Its Pinocchio the lizard, Boo!!

The joke must be getting really popular amongst the Pinocchio lizards these days. After disappearing for almost 50 years and  making scientists believe that may be the species is extinct, they have resurfaced again in the cloud forests of Ecuador!

Pinocchio anoles (anole is a name given to a particular lizard) have been named after the famous wooden puppet Pinocchio. Just like Pinocchio, they too have a very long nose.

How did these lizards resurface after all?

A group of Ecuadorian wildlife researchers, working on their book “The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo,” a rural region a two-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, were determined to solve the mystery behind missing Pinocchio lizards. It was the last lizard they needed to research to complete their book. Therefore, they had been on a look out for them since quite some time.

With so many animal species becoming extinct, isn’t it delightful that species considered extinct resurfaces again? How about if the same happens with dinosaurs? 😉

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