Month: June 2012

Some Softshell Turtles Have it Rough (get it)

© tlindenbaum © Finger Lakes Images– Bill Banaszewski  © Joel Sartore   © prince_sanji   © Mark Lethaby Habitat: wide range, extending throughout much of the United States, as well as north into the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and south into the Mexican states of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila and ChihuahuaStatus: Least Concern This species, the Spiny Softshell Turtle (Apalone spinifera) was first described by  Charles Alexandre Lesueur in 1827. I can only imagine what this guy was thinking when he found a turtle with this bizarre-o shell. I actually used to have one of these guys as a pet when I was younger and I remember its ‘soft shell’ wasn’t so soft. It actually felt more like sand paper. But I get the jist of where the name came from (obvs).  One curious aspect about this creature is that unlike with most other turtle species, the sex of hatchlings isn’t determined by changes in temperature, but rather by genetics. Females can lay around 9 – 38 round eggs at a time. Ugh. Sounds rough – not soft! HAhaaaa…lame. And here’s a baby Spiny Softshell taking its first look at the world (talk about...

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Who Knew Ghosts Could Be So Adorable?

 © SergeiKoultchitskii © SergeiKoultchitskii © SergeiKoultchitskii   © Brian Cutting Habitat: South America, Trinidad, and Central America Status: Least Concern Nestled under a South American palm leaf you might just be lucky enough to find this rare white bat, the Northern Ghost Bat (Diclidurus albus), or Jumby Bat as it is otherwise known. I get the whole ‘ghost’ name but for some reason Jumby Bat has a nicer ring to it. Little Jummmmbbbyyyybooooo.  I say you might find one alone under a palm leaf because although these bats would prefer to nest in large colonies, it’s very difficult to find the required cave space or rock crevices in their habitat to do so. Therefore, the jumbies (as I have since dubbed them) currently only roost in small groups at best. It’s very unusual to find a colony of more than 100 bats in one location. So as a I said before, keep an eye out for these cuties under palm leafs, as they’ve taken to roosting alone under its shade. JUMBIIIIESSS...

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Major Morphs: Paradox Hypo Super Mojave

via:  via: via: Habitat: Domesticated  Here’s another outstanding Ball Python morph. This one is dubbed a Paradox Hypo Super Mojave and even with the tongue-twisting name it’s simple to see how cool it is. It looks like someone tried to give it a bath, and in the process some of its patterns washed away! What’s left is just a naked-looking snake. Kinda weird but also kinda...

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Dachschund vs Ghost Crab: the Epic Battle Unfolds

© Rodrigo Valença © J-a-x ©  Splatterdash © Kip Taylor-Brown Habitat: found from Block Island, Rhode Island to Santa Catarina, Brazil, on Fernando de Noronha and Bermuda Status: No Conservation Concerns Quietly digging away on the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline are these “occult, secretive alien[s] from the ancient depths of the sea[1],” or Atlantic Ghost Crabs (Ocypode quadrata), as they are otherwise commonly referred to. They get their name from their ability to almost turn invisible, blending into their sandy backdrops with their excellent coloration.  Those eyes are pretty extraterrestrial-esque. They’re held up high on swiveling stalks which allow its compound eyes to see 360.˚ Nothing gets by these guys. Not even a rambunctious dachshund puppy looking for a...

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