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Reptile Database surpasses 10,000 reptile species// The 10,000th species recorded into the database is Cyrtodactylus vilaphongi, a tiny gecko found in the jungle of Laos in Southeast Asia, which was discovered by a team of German, Vietnamese and Lao scientists. More than 10,000 reptile species have been recorded into the Reptile Database, a web-based catalogue of all living reptile species and classification, making the reptile species among the most diverse vertebrate groups in the world

Who have you hugged today? Was it a Hollywood hug or a serious bear hug? There's more to those embraces than just affection! We send our least touchy-feely reporter to meet a woman who has been deemed the supreme hugger. Then we meet a scientist who studied tiny gecko feet to figure out what makes these critters stick, and a physician who didn't know of a life he had touched until 50 long years later.

Gecko - June 25, 2013: This incredible creature, believed to be a typical house gecko common in the Philippines, is one of the world's smallest reptiles. No bigger than a child's thumbnail, the lizard was captured by teen photographer Corin Lenisco, who decided to keep it as a pet.

The tiny gecko no bigger than a child's thumbnail that's become a house pet. When first caught the size lizard was half the size of Corin's thumbnail - and after a year it has only grown to the size of his palm :)

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