Month: May 2011

Short-Eared Elephant Shrews Deserve a Shnuggle!

image credit: Michael Molthagen image credit: StefanKoeder image credit: knips2oo7 image credit: Lars K Photography image credit: StefanKoeder image credit: Habitat: It is found in Botswana, Namibia, and South AfricaStatus: Least Concern Here’s a snout you’re not going to be able to get enough of! This is the Short-eared Elephant Shrew (Macroscelides proboscideus) and it’s just too damn cute. Apparently its mate seems to think the same thing, since these are only one of a few mammalian species that are monogamous. That fur does look pretty snuggle-able! The product of two Short-eared Elephant Shrews in love will come pretty fast though, as the gestation period is only 56 days! Bet that honey moon ends...

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Leaf the Leaf-nosed Lizard Alone!

image credit: image credit: image credit: cheranga.d image credit: kanishkauku Habitat: Sri Lanka Status: Endangered The Leaf nosed Lizard (Ceratophora tennentii) also known as the “horn-nosed lizard” or “Horned lizard”, has a leaf-like appendage on the end of its nose that gives it a comical appearance. The Latin word “Ceratophora” actually means horn bearer, though females usually have much shorter appendages than the males. This creature can reach over 8 inches in length including the tail, though it isn’t especially agile and relies on its brown and green coloration for camouflage to escape predators. Sadly, this species was placed on the IUCN endangered list in 2006 because its habitat had been severely destroyed by deforestation and the harvesting of goods such as coffee and...

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New Week Nudibranch: Doto sp.

image credit: Hung & Pan image credit: Hung & Pan  image credit: Andy Albatross image credit: friscodive ©All Rights Reserved: Francesco De Marchi image credit: connie8d Habitat: IndonesiaStatus: no conservation concerns Not much to say on this guy known by its scientific name Doto sp., just thought it was an exceptionally beautiful nudibranch! It’s sometimes referred to as a doughnut nudibranch though because of its circular cerata that appear to be stacked in groups of 3 or 4 discs....

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Meet the Crocodile Shark

image credit: image credit: Crocodile Shark Embryo image credit: Habitat: worldwide in tropical waters from the surface to a depth of 1,940 ftStatus: Near Threatened This odd looking creature is the Crocodile Shark (Pseudocarcharias kamoharai) and no, it is not the love child of a crocodile and shark. *badoom-chhhh*… Ya, I’m not funny. These guys are a species of mackerel shark and the only member of the family Pseudocarchariidae. Typically only growing to around 3.3ft in length, the Crocodile Shark gets its common name from its Japanese name mizuwani (水鰐, literally “water crocodile”) which it got from its sharp teeth and preference for vigorously snapping its jaws even once taken out of the water. The Crocodile Shark is aplacental viviparous, which means that the young develop inside eggs within the mother until they’re ready to be born. The young feed on extra eggs that the mother produces for this very purpose. image credit:...

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Holy Fast Food, Bat Hawk!

image credit: junis_sp  image credit: BORNEO NATURE PIX image credit:  image credit:  image credit: Habitat: sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia to New Guinea Status: Least Concern So in honor of Warner Brothers releasing the new Batman movie (The Dark Knight Rises) teaser photos, I’ve decided today would be a good day to post on the Bat Hawk (Machaerhamphus alcinus). Though it does resemble a large bat (at least to me) the creature actually gets its name from its main diet staple: bats! When out on the hunt, the Bat Hawk will circle over its chosen area, usually at great speed, looking above, below, and on both sides of it (unlike most birds of prey, which only look downwards). It catches mostly bats, with some swallows and swiftlets flown in for good measure. Prey is caught in flight with the feet and then the bird swallows them whole in the air!! That piercing yellow eye is really starting to creep me out...

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