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|Triple water spouts||by dougkeeney on Flickr|
One day at the sea, a triple life comet crashed in the water and life was born.
|1025025||by El Bibliomata on Flickr|
- A species of Graptolite~Oldest known Fossil Fish.
- They swam at the surface of the water in the open sea and near coasts, feeding on smaller marine animals, and to have had the power of rolling themselves into a ball as a defense against injury.
|Being different is totally OK ;-)||by ^riza^ on Flickr|
- The guppy (Poecilia reticulata), also known as the millionfish, is one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species.
- However, guppies have been introduced to many different countries on all continents, except Antarctica.
- Sometimes this has occurred accidentally, but most often as a means of mosquito control, the hope being that the guppies would eat the mosquito larvae, slowing the spread of malaria world.
|Lifehackers||by zenera on Flickr|
- If you've ever checked a pond for tadpoles and saw huge six-inch beasties, they were likely young American bullfrogs.
- Like all tadpoles, bullfrog tadpoles live in the water.
- They face many predators, including fish, snakes, and birds.
- As they grow, the torpedo-shaped tadpoles sprout legs and lose their tails.
- In two to four years, the tadpoles emerge from the water as fully-formed bullfrogs.
|Blue Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates azureus)||by eviltomthai on Flickr|
- Tiny poison dart frogs may only be one inch (2.5 centimeters) long, but they pack a powerful punch—of poison.
- Weighing less than an ounce (28 grams), these frogs are considered one of Earth's most toxic, or poisonous, species.
- For example, the golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 20,000 mice.
|Trepas||by SergioTudela on Flickr|
are colorful lizards known for their ability to change color, their long sticky tongue
and for their eyes.
eyes of chameleons allow 360˚ vision - can move independently of each
other, giving the chameleon the ability to see all round itself when seeking
prey, and binocular vision in front when it is preparing to strike with its
long, sticky tongue
- Chameleons five toes are zygodactylous so they can grasp branches just like our thumbs and
fingers can grasp objects.
- The chameleon's tail can
wrap around tree branches while climbing. For this reason, the chameleon's tail
cannot be broken off and regrown like those of many other lizards
|Yellow-Blotched Palm-Pitviper||by Tad 20D on Flickr|
- Several types of Palm-Pitvipers, including this one, are in danger of becoming extinct, mostly because their habitat is being destroyed.
- In fact, habitat destruction and hunting threaten well over half of the 157 species of Pitvipers worldwide.
- Yet although scientists consider them endangered, only about 12 species carry this official label, allowing protection by law.
|Crossed Viper (Vipera berus)||by Billy Lindblom on Flickr|
- Crossed Viper is a venomous viper species that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of Western Europe and all the way to Far East Asia.
- They are not regarded as highly dangerous; the snake is not aggressive and usually only bites when alarmed or disturbed.
- Bites can be very painful, but are seldom fatal.
|“...I know it's hard when you're up to your armpits in alligators to remember you came here to drain the swamp” ~ EXPLORE||by turtlemom4bacon on Flickr|
- Although Nile crocodiles are imposing—they resemble armored tanks with huge, teeth-filled mouths—these reptiles are unusually attentive parents.
- The young crocs live under their mother's protection for up to two years, feeding on insects and small fish and growing about a foot (30.4 centimeters) each year.
- It all begins when a large male croc spots a female that catches his eye.
- He bellows and splashes, slapping his snout on the water to get her attention.
- He grunts and growls, and sometimes, inhales as hard as he can, submerging his snout and blowing water through his nostrils, producing a fountain like spray.
|Blue in the Face||by Furryscaly on Flickr|
- There are only a few poisonous lizards in the world and the Gila monster is one of them.
- The Gila is the largest lizard native to the United States and measures up to two feet (0.6 meters) long and weighs over five pounds (2.3 kilograms).
|Green Tree Python||by nasmac on Flickr|
- The green anaconda is a member of a family of snakes called constrictors.
- Constrictors are not venomous snakes. They don't kill prey by delivering venom through a bite.
- Instead, constrictors wrap their bodies around their prey and squeeze until it stops breathing.
|I wonder if they really do exist||by williamcho on Flickr|
- Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived.
- Everything about this ferocious predator, from its thick, heavy skull to its 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) jaw, was designed for maximum bone-crushing action.
|Primitive and slippery beast||by Thomas Guest on Flickr|
- Brachychampsa had short teeth and a large mouth that packed more power than those of living gators.
- These oral characteristics suggest that Brachychampsa may have preyed on turtles, which were very common in the Creek area.