New species discovered on Cape York Peninsula in Australia

Hello science fans, today we’re talking about new animal species.

The rocky terrain of Cape Melville, located on the Cape York Peninsula in northeast Australia had been pretty much unexplored until recently. Now it’s considered a real-life Lost World.

Dr. Conrad Hoskin from Australia’s James Cook University discovered 3 new species that have been completely isolated for millions of years. The coolest looking is probably the leaf-tail gecko. It’s about 8 inches long and highly camoed; which is good for hiding in rocks during the day. Its giant eyes enable it to hunt at night.

Discovered with the gecko, was a Golden-Colored Skink which researchers say is unlike any other skink. This skink is active during the day and runs and jumps while hunting.

The third find was the Blotched Boulder-Frog. Researchers believe this frog hides in the rocks during the dry season and breeds on the rocks in the wet season.

But Australia isn’t the only place to find new species. Two new species of clams, a marine worm and a large sea snail were discovered off the coast of Scotland.

There’s also a new species of crayfish- found here in the good ol’ USA. Dr. Zachary Loughman of West Liberty University in West Virginia discovered this in a river in the Appalachian Mountains. He’s named it Cambarus Hatfieldi; as in Hatfields and McCoys. The crayfish is from the same region as the famous feuding families.

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