Month: July 2011

Tiptoeing Through the Trees: Antilles Pinktoe

image credit: Tunedbeat image credit: bsmith4815 image credit: zombiedev image credit: choobaine image credit: Zanthia image credit: arachnova78 image credit: C_C_R image credit: C_C_R Habitat: Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean Sea Status: No conservation concerns Up in the treetops of the Caribbean you’ll find the Antilles Pinktoe (Avicularia versicolor) also known as the Martinique Red Tree Spider. These colorful tarantulas spin elaborate funnel webs in which they spend most of their time. However, since they are commonly kept as pets, they’ve grown accustomed to a cage with high ceilings, tree branches, and pieces of cork that it can attach its spectacular web to.The spiderlings of the Antilles Pinktoe are bright blue and tiny which you can see pictured above. Once they begin to mature, their body loses the vibrant blue hue and begins to switch to the classic green head and red abdomen, and their legs green with purple hairs and pink tarsi (spider ankles, if you will). These spiders rarely bite, but if they do it feels much like a wasp...

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New Week Nudi: Fried Egg Sea Slug

image credit: image credit: image credit: It really is a BABY NUDI! That’s the diver’s palm!! Awww.. image credit: masadive-saipan.comHabitat: Tropical Indo-West PacificStatus: No conservation concerns This little guy is known as a Fried Egg Sea Slug (Colpodaspis thompsoni) and I bet you can guess why! Its bubble-shaped shell is completely hidden by its mantle (body) which features dozens of little “eggs” neatly laid out along its length. Although, its length isn’t much to speak of since these sluggies only reach between 3 and 5mm....

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Transformer Owl is Talented

image credit: Wild Images image credit: ankehuber image credit: Dan Harrod image credit: 10000 wishes image credit: copout2010 image credit: image credit: image credit: belgianchocolate Habitat: southern Africa Status: Least Concern The Southern White-faced Scops Owl (Ptilopsis granti) looks like your average owl. The eyes are extremely alarming, but not out of the ordinary for such a noctural bird of prey. However, the Scops Owl has a couple of tricks up its feathers that make it one of the most unique birds I’ve ever seen. When faced with a larger predator that threatens the owl, the bird will enlarge its body by fanning out its wings (first half of the video) in an attempt to exaggerate its appearance and frighten its foe. The best defense mechanism, though, is without a doubt the “tree branch technique” the owl uses when a super scary animal approaches it. The bird will tuck its feathers close and almost shrivel into a smaller, twig-like version of its former self. The result is a terrifyingly skinny evil owl disguised as a branch! Amazing! You must watch the video below, taken from a Japanese television show. The owl is named Papo-chan 🙂...

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What a Wedding Night For These Guys: Scarlet-Bodied Wasp Moth

image credit: c_youngstrom image credit: Vivid Visionary image credit:al-ien in mid-summer skin image credit: boondockphotographyHabitat: Florida, USAStatus: No conservation concerns So if you’re a Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth (Cosmosoma myrodora) and have just landed yourself a sweet little bride, you’re probably looking forward to the er, honeymoon if you will. But in order to consumate the marriage without the risk of a pesky predator interrupting the moment, the male moth employs an interesting strategy… He covers his love in a veil of poisonous toxins from the Dogfennel plant which he had eaten earlier that day especially for the occasion. The Scarlet-bodied Wasp Moth is the only known insect to transfer a chemical defense in this way. Oh, and on top of it all these moths look like really trippy wasps. Super bad-ass...

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New Week Nudi: Janolus cristatus

image credit:Rai Fernandez image credit:Rai Fernandez image credit: Jofre Rodeja image credit: Entoñete image credit: Autopsea image credit: Piñatel image credit: Habitat: Northeastern Atlantic from Norway to Morocco, and western MediterraneanStatus: No conservation concern What looks like a series of magical glowing lights is actually a nudibranch! God I love these guys. This one is called Janolus cristatus and it grows to around 75mm in length. What a tiny beauty! Since the body is transparent, you can clearly see its intestines running throughout; especially in the first picture (my favorite)! If you like this post.. which I hope you do!… please stumble it! 🙂 or tweet or facebook...

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A Pastel Ball Python…Pretty!

image credit:, NERD image credit:, NERD image credit:, NERD image credit:, NERD image credit:, NERDHabitat: AfricaStatus: No conservation concerns The Ball Python (Python regius) should be a familiar snake to everyone. You see them in movies/music videos/LIFE constantly because in addition to living in Africa, they’re found in many peoples’ homes as pets! Though, you might be surprised to discover that Ball Pythons don’t just come in your classic black and brown combination… they come in hundreds which you can count on me showcasing (ok, probably not all of them… just my favorites. So… like 99. *wink*) This one is called the Coral Glow Enchi morph. Fancy-shmancy, huh? image credit: pet-care-portal.comThe “classic” Ball...

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