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Lizards and Friends

A website about lizards, scientists who study lizards, and kids who think lizards are cool!

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2016
13 Jun

Have you ever wondered how scientists are able to look at cells under a microscope? One way is to use a special machine called a cryostat, which cuts pieces of brain or muscle into super-thin slices. (Jake recently wrote a post[…]

8 Jun

Hi!  My name is Amy, and I’m the new member of the Lizard Lab. Right now, I spend most of my time helping out on little projects, and learning as much as I can about the way things work here in[…]

1 Jun

Hey everybody! We are excited to introduce a new series on our blog: A summer of science: real stories from a lizard lab. The goal of this series is to give you a peek into what it’s really like to[…]

29 May

Have you ever wondered how scientists study the complex, microscopic world inside animal brains? I’m interested in how lizards’ brain cells work, and I’m studying how molecules called lipids help the cells function in hot and cold temperatures.  (You may[…]

25 May

Green anoles have an amazing ability that humans don’t. Can you guess what it is? They can change the color of their body! And they can do this in a quickly as three seconds! The usual color of a green[…]

18 Apr

Hi everyone! Those of us in the Lizard Lab have been so busy studying lizards that we haven’t posted on our blog in a long time. What have we been doing? We’ve been catching lizards, measuring lizard muscles and brains,[…]

2015
9 Jun

The ultimate goal when playing many games is to WIN! I’m a big competitor, so winning is important to me. My love of competition is the reason I love lizards so much, because lizards have competitions too. One of the[…]

19 May

Hello, my name is Leah! I am a student in the Lizard Lab at Trinity University, and I’m studying lizard jaws. I just began this project, and I am trying to learn if the way lizards use their mouths in[…]

29 Apr

When we think of a scientists, we often times imagine someone who works in a lab, and wears a long, white lab coat. We might imagine them mixing chemicals and looking through a microscope. Scientists do all of these things;[…]

22 Apr

Spring is finally here (at least in Texas) and that means only a few more weeks of school until sweet summertime! Our little lizard friends are just as happy as we are to bask in the sun and warm up.[…]

Club LizKids

Are you a kid (or an adult) excited about lizards? Then Club LizKids is for you!  (if you are under 13 years old, you need to ask for permission from your parent or guardian to sign up for the club)
Members of Club LizKids will receive monthly emails with cool pictures and interesting facts about lizards. We will not share your email address with anyone else, and we will only use your email address to send you Club LizKids updates.

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We’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a question about lizards for a member of the Lizard Lab?  Have you seen lizards do something funny, or cool, or confusing?  Or do you have another question about science? Send us a note, and we’ll email you in response.

 

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For Teachers

Lizards can be excellent classroom pets, and there are many classroom activities in which you can use lizards to teach science, math, reading, writing, and more! The following activities were developed for use in fifth grade classes in Texas, as part of Trinity University’s Science Teaching Institute, to address Texas science teaching standards. We encourage you to adapt these materials in any way you find to be useful in your own classroom.
If you are a teacher near San Antonio, Texas, and would like to invite members of Dr. Michele Johnson’s laboratory to visit your classroom, please contact us at michele.johnson@trinity.edu.

 

 


 
 
 

How to keep green anole lizards as classroom pets
(DOC // PDF)

How do lizards get energy from their food? An experimental study in three parts.*
(DOC // PDF)

Oh what a tangled web…An activity exploring food webs, using a simple math model
(DOC // PDF)

Connecting lizard and mealworm biology
(DOC // PDF)

How do animals communicate when they can’t talk? by Dr. Thom Sanger of Loyola University
(PDF)

 
 

*if you use this activity in your class, and would like to contribute to a database compiling classroom results, or to compare your results to those from other classrooms, please email Michele Johnson at michele.johnson@trinity.edu.

 

About

This website is maintained by Dr. Michele Johnson, a lizard biologist at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the members of the Johnson Laboratory. We are scientists who study how and why lizards behave the way they do. You can learn more about the Johnson Lab at www.trinity.edu/mjohnso9.
Michele Johnson has a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution, and the members of the Johnson Lab (called the Lizard Lab on this website) are college students. We hope this website will show how exciting it is to learn new things about lizards, and how anyone can be a scientist by looking carefully at the world around you.


–Johnson Lab, 2015–

 

Support for this website comes from the National Science Foundation (IOS-1257021) and from Trinity University’s Department of Biology

This website is maintained by Dr. Michele Johnson.  Customized design and graphics by Tara Whittle.