Once Thought Extinct, The Pinocchio Lizard Sticks His Nose Out

by Douglas Main

Pinocchio anoles (Anolis proboscis) were thought to be extinct for 50 years, but have been rediscovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador.

After searching for the long-nosed animal for three years, a team of photographers and researchers found the lizard recently in a stretch of pristine cloud forest in the northwest part of the country, said Alejandro Arteaga, a co-founder of the educational and ecotourism company Tropical Herping, which conducted the search for the lizard.

The animal was first discovered in 1953, Arteaga said. But wasn’t seen between the 1960s and 2005, when an ornithologist saw one crossing a road in the same remote area in northwest Ecuador. This is only the third time scientists have spotted it since 2005, Arteaga added…

(read more: Live Science)

photos by Lucas Bustamante and Alejandro Arteaga

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