Month: October 2011

“Jason’s Mask” Harvestman

 ©All Rights Reserved: Art  ©All Rights Reserved: Art Habitat: Ecuador  Status: Not listed If you’re ever snooping around the rainforests of Ecuador you better watch your back because a “Jason’s mask” Harvestman Spider might be lurking just around the corner.  Jason doesn’t usually take kindly to strangers after all……….. Just kidding! This spider isn’t poisonous. It’s just super scary and cool!...

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8 Animal Jaws From Your Nightmares

Here’s a post to get you all into the Halloween Spirit!!  Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) © Amos Nachoun, Barcroft USA Juvenile Bamboo Viper (Trimeresurus stejnegeri) © Dan Rosenberg this is only the juvenile!! Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)  © Matt Reinbold  Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) animals.desktopnexus.com Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)   © Carolyn Hilton Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria sp.) ©… let me know! Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath) animal.discovery.com Check out the post on the Goliath Tigerfish here!  Deep-sea Dragonfish (Grammatostomias flagellibarba)...

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Wish I May, Wish I Velvet Mite…

© Tarique Sani   © Shreya © Anthony  ©Pete Robo  © justme07 Habitat: northern parts of IndiaStatus: No conservation concerns Bir Bahuti, Birbaboti, Scarlet Fly, Lady Fly, Velvet Buchi, Rani Keeda (Hindi/Urdu: Queen Mite). Whatever name you want to use for the Velvet Mite (Trombidium grandissimum) works for me!  These fluffy arachnids are often mistaken for spiders, but make no mistake – they are much more than that. The mites come out in large numbers during Monsoon season in the Indian subcontinent (as if that time of year probably doesn’t suck enough, right?) and are used for a multitude of purposes in the area.  For example, Velvet Mites are used in traditional Indian medicine in two ways. The oil from the Bir Bahuti is useful in initializing paralysis in humans and, the mite has the alleged ability to increase sexual desire – that’s why Trombidium is named as ‘Indian Viagra.’ Interesting little creature… view more stunning photos after the jump!  ©Pete Robo   © Jerry E Shelton    © Lalie Sorbet   ©...

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Blind Great Dane and HER Guide Dog Looking For a New Home!

 This lovely white Great Dane is Lily and she was born with a terrible genetic condition that made her eyelashes grow into her eyes. Unfortunately, vets had no other option but to amputate her eyes in an attempt to give the dog a better chance at a normal life. Luckily for her, Lily has her own guide dog – her best friend Maddison. Now the two are looking for a new home as their owner has decided she just can’t cope with the two big dogs anymore…. which I think is pretty sad. Via DailyMail/Fox News: Louise Campbell, the manager of Dogs Trust Shrewsbury, said Monday evening that more than 200 people have responded to the call for help and possibly a new home since the shelter — near the Welsh town of Newport — went public about the dogs’ plight a few days ago. Miss Campbell said: ‘With her lack of sight, Lily’s other senses have heightened so although we don’t split them up often she can tell if Maddison is nearby. ‘They curl up together to go to sleep and they are very vocal with each other. ‘We haven’t analysed their different barks but if Lily wants to go forward and Maddison is in her way, the bark will have a different pitch. She added: ‘They are really happy with life, the glass is always half full...

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