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28 Mar 14 at 2 pm

banvaenn:

punkbruh:

0ver-doze:

danq kush nugzz

that’s a baby bearded dragon

nah dats some bb kush

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tags: cute  lizzards  reptiles  tiny  small 
banvaenn:

punkbruh:

0ver-doze:

danq kush nugzz

that’s a baby bearded dragon

nah dats some bb kush
 1026
19 Nov 13 at 4 pm

earth-song:

Thorny devils, the weird-looking lizards with spines, are much gentler than their scary looks portray. This Buzzle article brings to you some interesting facts about these curious creatures.

The thorny devil, a.k.a. thorny dragon, mountain devil, thorny lizard, or moloch, as the name suggests, is a lizard that has thorny spikes all over its body. Scientifically named as Moloch horridus, it belongs to the family Agamidae, and is the sole species of the genus Moloch in the world. This creature is found primarily in large parts of Central Australia, and in some parts of Western Australia.

In 1841, a British zoologist named John Edward Gray presented a first ever description of the creature. Owing to the fact that the thorny devil is the sole species in its genus, some biologists have suggested that its closest relative on the planet may be the ‘North American horned lizard’, which belongs to the genus Phrynosoma. Both species have certain similar features like the horns, which may be due to convergent evolution phenomenon.One of the strangest lizards in the world, the thorny devil’s body is covered entirely with uncalcified conical spines. These spines give the creature a thorny appearance, hence the name.


➦ An interesting feature of the horny dragon is the fact that it bears a false head, just on top of its real head. This is used to deceive predators.

➦ As scary and dreadful as they may look, these lizards are actually not very big in size. They can grow up to 20 cm long.

➦ Their average lifespan, in the wild, is around 20 years.

➦ The most astonishing thing about these creatures is their ability to change colors, a camouflaging mechanism. Depending on various factors, such as weather, time of the day, and the place where they are, they can take on various shades of desert browns and tans.

➦ It has ridges along its entire length. These ridges act as tiny channels that can collect morning dew and water from the desert sand. The ridges also enable water to reach the reptile’s mouth by means of capillary action, thus enabling it to consume the stored water.

➦ The thorny devil has a very unusual gait, and strolls very slowly through the desert sand.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/facts-about-the-thorny-devil.html

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 648
13 Dec 12 at 7 pm

sciencecenter:

Two baby Fisher’s chameleons

Don’t judge me. It’s science, okay!?

tags: animals  reptiles 
sciencecenter:

Two baby Fisher’s chameleons
Don’t judge me. It’s science, okay!?
 266
17 Sep 12 at 12 pm

earth-song:

Photograph by Paul Coleman, My Shot

earth-song:


Crocodile, Serengeti


Photograph by Paul Coleman, My Shot
 3842
16 Jul 12 at 3 pm

feeols:

Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ringneck snake or ring-necked snake, is a species of colubrid snake. It is found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and south eastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes that are rarely seen during the day time. They are slightly venomous but their non-aggressive nature and small rear-facing fangs pose little threat to humans who wish to handle them. They are best known for their unique defense posture of curling up their tails exposing their bright red-orange posterior, ventral surface when threatened.

Dorsal coloration is solid olive, brown, bluish gray to black, broken only by a distinct yellow, red, or yellow-orange neck band. Head coloration tends to be slightly darker than the rest of the body with tendencies to be blacker than grey or olive. Ventrally the snakes exhibit a yellow-orange to red coloration broken by crescent shaped black spots along the margins

Ring-necked snakes use a combination of constriction and envenomation to secure their prey. The snakes do not have a true venom gland, but they do have an analogous structure called the Duvernoy’s gland derived from the same tissue.

Ring-necked snakes first strike and then secure the prey using constriction. Next they maneuver their mouths forward ensuring that the last maxillary tooth punctures the skin allowing the venom to enter the prey’s tissue. Ring-necked snakes are rarely aggressive to larger predators suggesting that their venom evolved as a feeding strategy rather than a defense strategy. Rather than trying to bite a predator, the snake winds up its tail into a corkscrew, exposing the brightly colored belly.

Image sources: [1], [2], [3]

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tags: snakes  animals  reptiles 
 706
30 Apr 12 at 5 pm

earth-song:

Albino Gator Eye 

earth-song:

Albino Gator Eye