Month: February 2011

Tokay Geckos Are Biters

image credit: Pontlevoy image credit: image credit: Thor Hakonsen image credit: image credit: Andrew Zuckerman, wired.comHabitat: Northeast India & Bangladesh throughout Southern AsiaStatus: No conservation concerns The Tokay Gecko is a pretty little thang that actually isn’t so little – it’s the second largest gecko species with males reaching lengths of up to 15 inches and weighing up to 10 oz. They may appear friendly with their large, inviting smiles but Tokay Geckos are actually known as the “pitbulls” of the gecko world. When they bite, they are rather unwilling to let go and will usually stay latched on for more than an hour! It’s incredibly hard to get them to let go but there are a couple of tricks that won’t harm the creature: One way is to briefly submerge the gecko in water to settle it down. Another more interesting method is to place a drop of vinegar on the animal’s nose. That should usually get the job done! Tokay Geckos are solitary and only encounter each other during mating season. Males are extremely territorial and will viciously attack other Tokays as well as any other creature that strays into its domain. Make sure that if you ever plan on keeping a Tokay Gecko as a pet that you are extremely experienced in reptile care & that you are COMMITTED to owning one – these...

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A Naked, Green Ringtail Possum

image credit: image credit: image credit: image credit: wildphotos4u image credit: Habtat: northern Australia Status: Least concerned This arboreal cutie is the Green Ringtail Possum (Pseudochirops archeri) and it’s the only member of its genus that is found in Australia. Not even in all of Australia – only a tiny area of northeastern Queensland, between Paluma and Mount Windsor Tableland.This creature gets its name from its signature “green” fur which actually just appears green. It’s really more of an olive grey, sprinkled throughout with strands of silver, yellow, and black hairs which when combined look...

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New Week Nudibranch: Cuthona caerulea

image credit: Autopsea image credit: Autopsea image credit: Autopsea image credit: Autopsea image credit: Autopsea image credit: isladetarifa Habitat: Typically found along western Europe from the western Mediterranean and along the Atlantic coast to sweden and southern NorwayStatus: No conservation concerns This very pretty nudibranch is Cuthona caerulea and it only grows to around 25 mm. I love these pictures which accentuate the flecks of gold in the nudibranch’s ceratal (elements of its gill arch). Oddly enough, this species is inconspicuous from a distance, but definitely brightly-colored on close...

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Bleeding Love: The Bleeding-heart Dove

image credit: vzonabaxter image credit: image credit: ysaleth image credit: radio4 image credit: CharlesSF image credit: arlenebHabitat: island of Luzon in the PhillipinesStatus: Near Threatened First off, I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! For those of you who did not, you probably have something in common with this Bleeding-heart Dove (Gallicolumba luzonica). No, this bird is not wounded. It’s name comes from the splash of bright red color in the middle of its white chest that makes it appear like it’s hurt. The redness extends down its belly, making it seem as if blood is running down from the wound. The Bleeding-heart, though not formally listed as endangered, is seriously threatened because local people trap them for meat. The pet trade has also taken an interest in them for their distinctive markings. Really spectacular bird, don’t you think? Though I hope it’s name doesn’t account for it having a poor Valentine’s Day! Everytime I see this creature a snippet from the Leona Lewis song “Bleeding Love” plays in my...

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