Posts tagged wildlife
Posts tagged wildlife
Many people enjoy feeding wildlife because it allows them to have close contact with the animals, or because they believe they are helping the animals survive. While seeing wild animals up close can be enjoyable, providing wild animals with a steady, human-supplied food source nearly always leads to problems for both the animals and humans.
There are many good reasons not to feed wildlife including…
And that would be what the second strongest bite in the world does to a watermelon you tap on it’s beak….
allaboutreptiles: The Asian grass lizard, six-striped long-tailed lizard, or long-tailed grass lizard (Takydromus sexlineatus)
This is the lizard with the super long tail!
The tail length is usually over three times the body (snout to vent) length in this species. And much like geckos they can drop their tail when they feel threatened.
They typically live in countries such as India, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysian Peninsula, and Indonesia.
The Long Tailed grass lizard is easily recognized by the long tail. It has a white to cream coloured underbelly with a brown or beige back, often adorned with brown stripes of different shades.
They typically eat small insects such as flies, in captivity they can be reared on crickets
These are entirely diurnal lizards that emerge in the early morning to bask in the sun. If a potential predator approaches they will first remain completely still, and then if the danger persists, they will flee to the safety of foliage.
They also have communicate with each other through various waves…how cute
If someone sat down to draw that thing so many people would yell at them for being a crappy artist holy shit
What eats termites, smears its butt-juice on things, and defends itself with the power of floof?
We’ve gotta talk about the aardwolf (Proteles cristata).
Birds-of-prey are a protected species in the USA. Even if you found it dead, you cannot keep parts from hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, or vultures, buzzards, kestrels, etc. for any reason.
The only exception to this rule is if you work for an education facility of some manner and have a government-issued permit, or if you are a registered member of a Native tribe and also have a government-issued permit. Some falconers are likewise allowed to keep feathers from the birds-of-prey in their charge. But taxidermists do NOT get a break from these regulations. There is no “special pardon” you can get from your dad’s buddy’s uncle who works as a janitor for the local Fish and Wildlife office.
Just because you are a taxidermist doesn’t mean you can pick up any dead animal you fancy. Please look into state and national laws if you are uncertain about a particular species.
It is a “strict-liability” law, meaning that there is no requirement for law enforcement agencies to prove “intent” to violate the law. That is, if you are found in possession of a protected species or its parts or products, you are automatically in violation of the law. (Migratory Bird Treaty Act, FAQ x)
Meet: The Australian Whales.
These orca belong to a pod estimated to contain approximately 20-30 animals that appear off the south west coast of Australia. Little is known about the pod, as their discovery is recent, and it is the first time any stable group of orca have been known to frequent the same area within Australian waters.
They have been seen feeding on fish and squid, and appear to return to the same area in the summer for breeding and rearing young. It seems researchers may have stumbled upon the closest thing to a resident pod Australia has ever seen.
They have been documented at times to have the yellowish tinge to their white patches, suggesting they also frequent the waters of Antarctica.
Now that we are aware of the pods existence, it is hoped that we may develop an ID catalogue and begin to properly understand these whales. Footage, including underwater shots and vocalizations can be seen and heard in the new ABC documentary, The Search For The Ocean’s Super Predator.
I love this! Look at that calf!
Awwww look at their little dorsal fins :)
IMG_2807 (by grdavey)
the result of Morgan’s teeth since she was imprisoned in captivity
This kind of deterioration of a healthy killer whale’s teeth is not normal in the wild (in fish-eating populations). The fact that, in just two short years, her teeth have been worn down to almost the gum is just horrible. Tooth grinding is normally a symptom of stress or anxiety.
Breaching gray whale near Edmonds.
Photo by Craig Smith, February 9, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited SeaWorld Orlando for violating the Animal Welfare Act, namely for keeping expired veterinary materials and for neglecting to repair dislodged and crumbling rubber flooring which animals walk on during performances at the park. The citations are the result…
You’d think that with how much they boast about putting all their money into the animals in their care, they’d have facilities that weren’t falling apart. So much for “world class animal care.”
Oh my goodness. That suture thing is especially worrying.
Not surprised at all.
Rare Ferret Needs More Land to Survive the Plague
The black-footed ferret is one of the most endangered mammals in North America, but new research suggests that these charismatic critters can persist if conservationists think big enough.
Decades of human persecution (e.g., poisoning) of the ferret’s favorite prey, prairie dogs, and severe outbreaks of plague and distemper led to its extinction in the wild in 1987.
Since then, thousands of captive-raised ferrets have been released across North America, and at least four wild populations have been successfully reestablished.
However, a new factor threatens to undermine these hard-fought conservation gains: the continued eastward spread of the exotic bacterial disease plague, which is a quick and efficient killer of prairie dogs, and is caused by the same microbe that is implicated in the Black Death pandemics of the Middle Ages…
(read more: Futurity)
photos: USFWS Mountain Prairie/Flickr
Have you ever seen such architecture in the shell of a snail?
This is a land snail species endemic to Cuba, Blaesospira echinus infernalis (Pomatiidae), photographed in Pinar del Rio, Viñales, Sierra de la Penitencia, Cuba.
OMG!! looks like Helioceras ammonite !!!!
I had no idea any land snail in the world was this elaborate, or that any snail at all still had this kind of loose corkscrew!
Felix - Bat/Flying Fox enjoying lunch (x)
Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD. INC. (bats.org.au)