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ORANGE BREASTED GREEN PIGEONTeron bicincta in Pondicherry Submitted and © Dr Murali Sivaramakrishna
The Orange-breasted Green Pigeon is a pigeon found across tropical Asia south of the Himalaya across the Indian Subcontinent and extending into parts of Southeast Asia. Like other green pigeons, it feeds mainly on small fruit. They may be found in pairs or in small flocks, foraging quietly and moving slowly on trees.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange-breasted_Green_Pigeon
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ORANGE BREASTED GREEN PIGEON
Teron bicincta in Pondicherry
Submitted and © Dr Murali Sivaramakrishna

The Orange-breasted Green Pigeon is a pigeon found across tropical Asia south of the Himalaya across the Indian Subcontinent and extending into parts of Southeast Asia. Like other green pigeons, it feeds mainly on small fruit. They may be found in pairs or in small flocks, foraging quietly and moving slowly on trees.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange-breasted_Green_Pigeon

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Reblogged from magicalnaturetour
OKAPIOkapia johnstoni©Steve J O’Brien
When I came across the Okapi in an animal book in 3rd grade, I remember being blown away. How could there be an animal this amazing that I’d never even heard of? Unthinkable!
The okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings similar to zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe.
The body shape is similar to that of the giraffe, except that okapis have  much shorter necks. Both species have very long (approximately  35 centimetres),  flexible, blue tongues that they use to strip leaves and buds from trees. Forget geckos - the okapi tongue is long enough to wash its eyelids and clean its ears (inside and out).
Okapis are herbivores, eating tree leaves and buds, grass, ferns, fruit, and fungi. Many of the plant species fed upon by the okapi are poisonous to humans.They also consume charcoal from trees burnt by lightning and fufill their salt requirement by consuming a reddish clay found near rivers and streams.
The name “okapi” is a combination of two Lese words, oka a verb meaning to cut and kpi which is a noun referring to the design made on Efé arrows — by wrapping the arrow with bark it leaves stripes when  scorched by fire. The stripes on the legs of the okapi resemble these  stripes on the arrow shafts.
Source
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Leopard - Okapi predator
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magicalnaturetour:

OKAPI by Steve J O’Brien on Flickr. :)

OKAPI
Okapia johnstoni
©
Steve J O’Brien

When I came across the Okapi in an animal book in 3rd grade, I remember being blown away. How could there be an animal this amazing that I’d never even heard of? Unthinkable!

The okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings similar to zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe.

The body shape is similar to that of the giraffe, except that okapis have much shorter necks. Both species have very long (approximately 35 centimetres),  flexible, blue tongues that they use to strip leaves and buds from trees. Forget geckos - the okapi tongue is long enough to wash its eyelids and clean its ears (inside and out).

Okapis are herbivores, eating tree leaves and buds, grass, ferns, fruit, and fungi. Many of the plant species fed upon by the okapi are poisonous to humans.They also consume charcoal from trees burnt by lightning and fufill their salt requirement by consuming a reddish clay found near rivers and streams.

The name “okapi” is a combination of two Lese words, oka a verb meaning to cut and kpi which is a noun referring to the design made on Efé arrows — by wrapping the arrow with bark it leaves stripes when scorched by fire. The stripes on the legs of the okapi resemble these stripes on the arrow shafts.

Source

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Albino Giraffe

Zebra Foal

Leopard - Okapi predator

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magicalnaturetour:

OKAPI by Steve J O’Brien on Flickr. :)

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KING RAGWORMAlitta virens©Alexander Semenov
Another great shot by Alexander Semenov! 
Alitta virens is an annelid worm that burrows in wet sand and mud. It is classified as a polychaete in the family Nereididae .
Sandworms make up a large part of the live sea-bait industry. “Sandworming”, or the harvesting of sandworms from mudflats, employs over 1,000 people in Maine. As of 2006, the population of sandworms had diminished greatly over the preceding years due in large part to overharvesting before the worms are mature and able to reproduce.
Sandworms eat seaweed and microorganisms. They have distinctive traits, including:
often reaching great length, sometimes exceeding four feet
numerous, highly vascularized parapodia* along both sides of their bodies
blue heads with two large pincer teeth
*The parapodia function both as external gills (the animal’s primary respiratory surfaces), and as means of locomotion (appearing much like short legs). Source
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rhamphotheca:

animalisticos: Alitta virens by Alexander Semenov on Flickr.

KING RAGWORM
Alitta virens
©
Alexander Semenov

Another great shot by Alexander Semenov!

Alitta virens is an annelid worm that burrows in wet sand and mud. It is classified as a polychaete in the family Nereididae .

Sandworms make up a large part of the live sea-bait industry. “Sandworming”, or the harvesting of sandworms from mudflats, employs over 1,000 people in Maine. As of 2006, the population of sandworms had diminished greatly over the preceding years due in large part to overharvesting before the worms are mature and able to reproduce.

Sandworms eat seaweed and microorganisms. They have distinctive traits, including:

  • often reaching great length, sometimes exceeding four feet
  • numerous, highly vascularized parapodia* along both sides of their bodies
  • blue heads with two large pincer teeth

*The parapodia function both as external gills (the animal’s primary respiratory surfaces), and as means of locomotion (appearing much like short legs). Source

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Solar-powered Sea Slug

Oceanic Carpet Worm

Pompeii Worm

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rhamphotheca:

animalisticosAlitta virens by Alexander Semenov on Flickr.

Reblogged from belas-fotos
SPANISH SHAWL NUDIBRANCHFlabellina iodinea©Steven TramoffThe Spanish shawl is a species of aeolid nudibranch, a very colorful sea slug. This is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Flabellinidae.
This species is native to the west coast of North America and further south.
This nudibranch displays a stunning set of colors: the body is purple, the cerata are orange and the rhinophores are scarlet. The neon orange appendages on the back of Flabellina iodinea are the cerata which extract oxygen from the sea water they live in.  The cerata are also extensions of the digestive system, and are used to  store the stinging cells of the anemones and fan-like hydroids they eat.  The red rhinophores are sensory structures used for detecting the  presence of possible mates and prey. The purple, red, and orange colors  are derived from a single carotenoid pigment, astaxanthin. The pigment  appears in three modified states, leading to the three distinct colors.[2]
Scientists guess the reason why the Spanish Shawl’s gills are orange  is so they can camouflage with their prey while they are eating. The  orange gills on their backs are also a warning to potential predators.  The color tells their predators that they are either poisonous or  distasteful.
Spanish shawls are hermaphrodites,  which means they have both male and female sex organs. However,  self-fertilisation very rarely occurs. When threatened by other  predators, they can gracefully move away by flexing their body strongly  and pushing off from the substrate and into midwater. Source
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Blus Dorid Nudibranch
Blue-tipped Nudibranch
Blue-Dorid Nudibranch
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belas-fotos2:

old man sea slug / lesma do mar velhote

SPANISH SHAWL NUDIBRANCH
Flabellina iodinea
©Steven Tramoff

The Spanish shawl is a species of aeolid nudibranch, a very colorful sea slug. This is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Flabellinidae.

This species is native to the west coast of North America and further south.

This nudibranch displays a stunning set of colors: the body is purple, the cerata are orange and the rhinophores are scarlet. The neon orange appendages on the back of Flabellina iodinea are the cerata which extract oxygen from the sea water they live in. The cerata are also extensions of the digestive system, and are used to store the stinging cells of the anemones and fan-like hydroids they eat. The red rhinophores are sensory structures used for detecting the presence of possible mates and prey. The purple, red, and orange colors are derived from a single carotenoid pigment, astaxanthin. The pigment appears in three modified states, leading to the three distinct colors.[2]

Scientists guess the reason why the Spanish Shawl’s gills are orange is so they can camouflage with their prey while they are eating. The orange gills on their backs are also a warning to potential predators. The color tells their predators that they are either poisonous or distasteful.

Spanish shawls are hermaphrodites, which means they have both male and female sex organs. However, self-fertilisation very rarely occurs. When threatened by other predators, they can gracefully move away by flexing their body strongly and pushing off from the substrate and into midwater. Source

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Blus Dorid Nudibranch

Blue-tipped Nudibranch

Blue-Dorid Nudibranch

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belas-fotos2:

old man sea slug / lesma do mar velhote

(Source: belas-fotos, via thewildlifekingdom)

TRIPLEWART SEADEVIL (newly hatched female in yolk sac)Cryptopsaras couesii©Norbert Wu Productions more pix here
The triplewart seadevil is a seadevil of the family Ceratiidae,  found in all oceans, from the surface to 2,000 m. Its length is  approximately 12”/30 cm for females and 2”/3 cm for males. They belong to the anglerfish family.
The species displays extreme sexual dimorphism.  Females are more typical in appearance to other anglerfish, whereas the  males are tiny rudimentary creatures with stunted digestive systems. A  male must find a female and attach to her near the vent; he then lives  on her parasitically, becoming little more than a sperm-producing appendage. Source 
Thanks to @heelshats-n-ties for the recommendation!
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Anglerfish with attached males
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Anglerfish photo

TRIPLEWART SEADEVIL (newly hatched female in yolk sac)
Cryptopsaras couesii
©Norbert Wu Productions more pix here

The triplewart seadevil is a seadevil of the family Ceratiidae, found in all oceans, from the surface to 2,000 m. Its length is approximately 12”/30 cm for females and 2”/3 cm for males. They belong to the anglerfish family.

The species displays extreme sexual dimorphism. Females are more typical in appearance to other anglerfish, whereas the males are tiny rudimentary creatures with stunted digestive systems. A male must find a female and attach to her near the vent; he then lives on her parasitically, becoming little more than a sperm-producing appendage. Source 

Thanks to @heelshats-n-ties for the recommendation!

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Anglerfish with attached males

Anglerfish Cartoon

Anglerfish photo

Don’t Mess with the AMERACAUNA / EASTER EGGER ChickenGallus gallus domesticus©Laura Quick
By request - What is an Easter Egger Chicken?
There is a lot of confusion in the poultry industry surrounding Ameracauna or “Easter Egger” chickens — commonly they have the Araucana* gene for blue/green eggs which makes them desirable.  However, they have been commonly cross bred with just about every other breed to make them better layers, bantams, more docile, or what have you.If the cross is with a white egg layer, the Easter Eggers eggs are blue, if the cross is with a brown egg species, the eggs will be green in color, or brown.
This chicken shows some but not all of the classic Aracauna features, and has likely been crossed with a partridge feathered breed.
*Araucana chickens were purportedly first bred by the Araucanian Indians of Chile — hence the name “Araucana.” The Araucana is a hybrid of two South American breeds: the Collonca (a naturally blue-egg laying, rumpless, clean-faced chicken) and the Quetro (a pinkish-brown egg layer that is tailed and has ear-tufts).  The Collonca male and female are very similar, with very few secondary  sexual characteristics like comb, wattles or tail coverts to distinguish  them. Source
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Blue Eared Pheasant

Don’t Mess with the AMERACAUNA / EASTER EGGER Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
©Laura Quick

By request - What is an Easter Egger Chicken?

There is a lot of confusion in the poultry industry surrounding Ameracauna or “Easter Egger” chickens — commonly they have the Araucana* gene for blue/green eggs which makes them desirable.  However, they have been commonly cross bred with just about every other breed to make them better layers, bantams, more docile, or what have you.If the cross is with a white egg layer, the Easter Eggers eggs are blue, if the cross is with a brown egg species, the eggs will be green in color, or brown.

This chicken shows some but not all of the classic Aracauna features, and has likely been crossed with a partridge feathered breed.

*Araucana chickens were purportedly first bred by the Araucanian Indians of Chile — hence the name “Araucana.” The Araucana is a hybrid of two South American breeds: the Collonca (a naturally blue-egg laying, rumpless, clean-faced chicken) and the Quetro (a pinkish-brown egg layer that is tailed and has ear-tufts). The Collonca male and female are very similar, with very few secondary sexual characteristics like comb, wattles or tail coverts to distinguish them. Source

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Buff Laced Polish Chicken

Irritated Ring Neck Pheasant

Blue Eared Pheasant

MALE SEAHORSE giving birth / see a short video here Hippocampus sp.©Lazaro Ruda
By Request - In sea horses, the male become pregnant.  Their mating involves the female inserting her oviduct into the male’s brooding pouch.  She does this several times for short intervals to avoid exhaustion.  In between the female rests while the male contorts himself to try to get the eggs in place in his brood pouch.  After completion the male moves away and attaches himself by his tail to a nearby plant.  The female moves away and waits for her oviduct to recede.  The oviduct usually recedes within a few hours.  The eggs are fertilized and hatch in the male’s pouch.  The size of the sea horse brood varies within sea horse species.  Some species’ broods are as large as 200 while others are as small as 8.
The males are pregnant for several weeks before giving birth to their brood .  When they prepare to give birth, the pouch extends to an almost spherical shape.  The male also undergoes muscular contortions - a forward and a backward bend - that last for about ten minutes.  then in an explosive action the brood leaves the pouch.  After the last young sea horse has left, the pouch returns to its normal position, which usually takes about an hour.  Males are ready to re-mate within a few hours of giving birth. Source
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MALE SEAHORSE giving birth / see a short video here
Hippocampus sp.
©Lazaro Ruda

By Request - In sea horses, the male become pregnant.  Their mating involves the female inserting her oviduct into the male’s brooding pouch.  She does this several times for short intervals to avoid exhaustion.  In between the female rests while the male contorts himself to try to get the eggs in place in his brood pouch.  After completion the male moves away and attaches himself by his tail to a nearby plant.  The female moves away and waits for her oviduct to recede.  The oviduct usually recedes within a few hours.  The eggs are fertilized and hatch in the male’s pouch.  The size of the sea horse brood varies within sea horse species.  Some species’ broods are as large as 200 while others are as small as 8.

The males are pregnant for several weeks before giving birth to their brood .  When they prepare to give birth, the pouch extends to an almost spherical shape.  The male also undergoes muscular contortions - a forward and a backward bend - that last for about ten minutes.  then in an explosive action the brood leaves the pouch.  After the last young sea horse has left, the pouch returns to its normal position, which usually takes about an hour.  Males are ready to re-mate within a few hours of giving birth. Source

Other posts:

Pygmy Seahorse

Denise’s Pygmy Seahorse

Leafy Sea Dragon


SPOTTED HYENA  Dispatch #2: Labor of LoveCrocuta crocuta©Joel Sartore
The spotted hyena, also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN on account of its widespread range and large numbers estimated at  10,000 individuals. The species is however experiencing declines outside  of protected areas due to habitat loss and poaching. The species may have originated in Asia, and once ranged throughout Europe for at least one million years until the end of the Late Pleistocene.
The spotted hyena is a highly successful animal, being the most common  large carnivore in Africa. Its success is due in part to its  adaptability and opportunism; it is both an efficient hunter and a  scavenger, with the capacity to eat and digest skin, bone and other  animal waste. In functional terms, the spotted hyena makes the most  efficient use of animal matter of all African carnivores. Source
Joel Sartore drives his mobile studio to U.S. zoos to photograph endangered species from around the world.
Other posts:
Spotted Hyena
Male Lion Portrait
Black or White Rhino - How to tell…

SPOTTED HYENA
Dispatch #2: Labor of Love
Crocuta crocuta
©Joel Sartore

The spotted hyena, also known as the laughing hyena or tiger wolf, is a species of hyena native to Sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN on account of its widespread range and large numbers estimated at 10,000 individuals. The species is however experiencing declines outside of protected areas due to habitat loss and poaching. The species may have originated in Asia, and once ranged throughout Europe for at least one million years until the end of the Late Pleistocene.

The spotted hyena is a highly successful animal, being the most common large carnivore in Africa. Its success is due in part to its adaptability and opportunism; it is both an efficient hunter and a scavenger, with the capacity to eat and digest skin, bone and other animal waste. In functional terms, the spotted hyena makes the most efficient use of animal matter of all African carnivores. Source

Joel Sartore drives his mobile studio to U.S. zoos to photograph endangered species from around the world.

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Spotted Hyena

Male Lion Portrait

Black or White Rhino - How to tell…

CLOUDED LEOPARDDispatch #8: Funding the Wild   Neofelis nebulosa at the Houston Zoo©Joel Sartore

The clouded leopard is a felid found from the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China, and has been classified as vulnerable in 2008 by IUCN.  Its total population size is suspected to be fewer than 10,000 mature  individuals, with a decreasing population trend and no single population  numbering more than 1,000 adults.
Females give birth to a litter of two to four cubs after a gestation period of about 85 to 93 days.  Initially, the young are blind and helpless, much like the young of  many other cats, and weigh from 140 to 280 grams (4.9 to 9.9 oz). Unlike  adults, the kittens’ spots are “solid”—completely dark rather than dark  rings. The young can see within about 10 days of birth, are active  within 5 weeks, and are fully weaned at around 3 month of age.
Clouded leopards attain the adult coat pattern at around six months,  and probably become independent after around ten months. They reach  sexual maturity at two years of age, and females are able to bear one  litter each year. Adults in captivity have lived as long as 17 years. In the wild, they have an average 11 year lifespan. Source
Joel Sartore drives his mobile studio to U.S. zoos to photograph endangered species from around the world.
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Cheetah
African Lion
Jaguar

CLOUDED LEOPARD
Dispatch #8: Funding the Wild   
Neofelis nebulosa at the Houston Zoo
©Joel Sartore

The clouded leopard is a felid found from the Himalayan foothills through mainland Southeast Asia into China, and has been classified as vulnerable in 2008 by IUCN. Its total population size is suspected to be fewer than 10,000 mature individuals, with a decreasing population trend and no single population numbering more than 1,000 adults.

Females give birth to a litter of two to four cubs after a gestation period of about 85 to 93 days. Initially, the young are blind and helpless, much like the young of many other cats, and weigh from 140 to 280 grams (4.9 to 9.9 oz). Unlike adults, the kittens’ spots are “solid”—completely dark rather than dark rings. The young can see within about 10 days of birth, are active within 5 weeks, and are fully weaned at around 3 month of age.

Clouded leopards attain the adult coat pattern at around six months, and probably become independent after around ten months. They reach sexual maturity at two years of age, and females are able to bear one litter each year. Adults in captivity have lived as long as 17 years. In the wild, they have an average 11 year lifespan. Source

Joel Sartore drives his mobile studio to U.S. zoos to photograph endangered species from around the world.

Other posts:

Cheetah

African Lion

Jaguar

MANED WOLFfrom Dispatch #2: Labor of Love  Chrysocyon brachyurus at the Sunset Zoo©Joel Sartore
From the Photographer:Experts say that half the world’s plant and animal species are now  threatened with extinction. My job is to get you to look at them in a  new way, to understand that all of this complexity and beauty has been  shaped by millions of years of evolution. It would be a crime to doom  even one of these species to extinction. It may also threaten our very  existence. It is folly to think that we can doom everything else to  extinction but that we’ll be just fine.
About the Maned WolfThe maned wolf has often been described as “a red fox on stilts” owing to its similar coloration and overall appearance, though it is much larger than a red fox (and belongs to a different genus).  The adult animal stands 67 to 107 cm (26 to 42 in) tall at the  shoulder, averages 149 cm (59 in) in total length and weighs 20 to 34.09  kg (44 to 75.2 lb). The maned wolf is the tallest of the wild canids. The long legs are  probably an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.
Fur of the maned wolf may be reddish brown to golden orange on the sides with long, black legs and a distinctive black mane.  The coat is further marked with a whitish tuft at the tip of the tail  and a white “bib” beneath the throat. The mane is erectile, and is  typically used to enlarge the wolf’s profile when threatened or when  displaying aggression.
The maned wolf is also known for its distinctive odor, which has earned it the nickname “skunk wolf.” Source
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Eurasian Wolf
Dhole
Black Backed Jackel

MANED WOLF
from Dispatch #2: Labor of Love  
Chrysocyon brachyurus
at the Sunset Zoo
©Joel Sartore

From the Photographer:
Experts say that half the world’s plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. My job is to get you to look at them in a new way, to understand that all of this complexity and beauty has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. It would be a crime to doom even one of these species to extinction. It may also threaten our very existence. It is folly to think that we can doom everything else to extinction but that we’ll be just fine.

About the Maned Wolf
The maned wolf has often been described as “a red fox on stilts” owing to its similar coloration and overall appearance, though it is much larger than a red fox (and belongs to a different genus). The adult animal stands 67 to 107 cm (26 to 42 in) tall at the shoulder, averages 149 cm (59 in) in total length and weighs 20 to 34.09 kg (44 to 75.2 lb). The maned wolf is the tallest of the wild canids. The long legs are probably an adaptation to the tall grasslands of its native habitat.

Fur of the maned wolf may be reddish brown to golden orange on the sides with long, black legs and a distinctive black mane. The coat is further marked with a whitish tuft at the tip of the tail and a white “bib” beneath the throat. The mane is erectile, and is typically used to enlarge the wolf’s profile when threatened or when displaying aggression.

The maned wolf is also known for its distinctive odor, which has earned it the nickname “skunk wolf.” Source

Other posts:

Eurasian Wolf

Dhole

Black Backed Jackel

EYELASH PALM PIT VIPERBothriechis schlegelii © Geoff Gallice
The Eyelash Viper is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America.  Small and arboreal, these snakes are characterized by their wide array  of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales over the eyes.  Often present in zoological exhibits. Named after the German  ornithologist, Hermann Schlegel.
Like other Bothriechis members, this species is arboreal, having a strongly prehensile tail. It is largely nocturnal, consuming small rodents, frogs, lizards, and small birds. They are not known to be an aggressive snake, but will not hesitate to strike if harassed.
A typical ambush predator, it waits patiently for unsuspecting prey  to wander by. Sometimes, it is known to select a specific ambush site  and return to it every year in time for the spring migration of birds.  Studies have indicated that these snakes learn to improve their strike  accuracy over time. Source
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Mozambique Spitting Cobra
Flying Snake or Golden Tree Snake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

EYELASH PALM PIT VIPER
Bothriechis schlegelii

© Geoff Gallice

The Eyelash Viper is a venomous pit viper species found in Central and South America. Small and arboreal, these snakes are characterized by their wide array of color variations, as well as the superciliary scales over the eyes. Often present in zoological exhibits. Named after the German ornithologist, Hermann Schlegel.

Like other Bothriechis members, this species is arboreal, having a strongly prehensile tail. It is largely nocturnal, consuming small rodents, frogs, lizards, and small birds. They are not known to be an aggressive snake, but will not hesitate to strike if harassed.

A typical ambush predator, it waits patiently for unsuspecting prey to wander by. Sometimes, it is known to select a specific ambush site and return to it every year in time for the spring migration of birds. Studies have indicated that these snakes learn to improve their strike accuracy over time. Source

Other posts:

Mozambique Spitting Cobra

Flying Snake or Golden Tree Snake

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

SPOTTED WOOD KINGFISHERActenoides lindsayi© Romy Ocon, Philippine Wild Birds
The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Source
Other posts:
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Blue-winged Kookaburra (a member of the kingfisher family)
Common Kingfisher

SPOTTED WOOD KINGFISHER
Actenoides lindsayi
©
Romy Ocon, Philippine Wild Birds

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Source

Other posts:

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Blue-winged Kookaburra (a member of the kingfisher family)

Common Kingfisher

INDIGO BANDED KINGFISHERAlcedo cyanopecta©Romy Ocon, Philippine Wild Birds
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines,  where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the  northern and central islands.
The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It  perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply  into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to  the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its  breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the  banks of streams and rivers.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. Source
Other posts:
Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
Indian Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher

INDIGO BANDED KINGFISHER
Alcedo cyanopecta
©
Romy Ocon, Philippine Wild Birds

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where it is a generally uncommon but locally common resident of the northern and central islands.

The Indigo-banded Kingfisher feeds on fish and aquatic insects. It perches on rocks and overhanging branches and foliage and dives steeply into the water to catch its prey. Once caught, it returns the prey to the perch where it is beaten and swallowed. Little is known about its breeding behaviour, although it is known to nest in tunnels dug into the banks of streams and rivers.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. Source

Other posts:

Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

Indian Kingfisher

Malachite Kingfisher

BLUE MALAYSIAN CORAL SNAKECalliophis bivirgatus©Manticor@
This is a portrait of a Blue Malayan Coral Snake. It’s one of the most spectacular snakes in Malaysia and not to mention one of of the deadliest as well. It is also found in It is found in western Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand.
Despite it’s highly toxic venom, there are few reported deaths from bites of this species due to its highly secretive nature. They are semi-nocturnal and live in the leaf litter o the jungle floor. They feed almost exclusively on other snakes, including their own species, but will also consume lizards, frogs and birds..
It is a medium-sized coral snake with a slender body. Adults are usually  140 centimetres (5 ft) in length, though larger specimens have been  captured. The color is indigo or deep blue with light blue or white  stripes along each side of the body. The head, venter, and tail are  usually bright red. It has a blunt snout with a pair of small eyes on  the sides of the head. Source
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BLUE MALAYSIAN CORAL SNAKE
Calliophis bivirgatus

©Manticor@

This is a portrait of a Blue Malayan Coral Snake. It’s one of the most spectacular snakes in Malaysia and not to mention one of of the deadliest as well. It is also found in It is found in western Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, and Thailand.

Despite it’s highly toxic venom, there are few reported deaths from bites of this species due to its highly secretive nature. They are semi-nocturnal and live in the leaf litter o the jungle floor. They feed almost exclusively on other snakes, including their own species, but will also consume lizards, frogs and birds..

It is a medium-sized coral snake with a slender body. Adults are usually 140 centimetres (5 ft) in length, though larger specimens have been captured. The color is indigo or deep blue with light blue or white stripes along each side of the body. The head, venter, and tail are usually bright red. It has a blunt snout with a pair of small eyes on the sides of the head. Source

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“Blue” morph of the Green Vine Snake

GAUDY COMMODORE (Southern subspecies, winter form)Precis octavia sesamus inland of Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal © Purves, M./Michaelwild
The southern subspecies has a summer form (natalensis) which is red with black markings, and a winter form [shown above] (sesamus) which is blue with a line of red markings on the wings. The winter form is slightly larger than the summer form. In both forms the males and females are alike, however the females are slightly larger.
Intermediate forms of the gaudy commodore are rare, but display a wide range of mixtures of the wing patterns of both forms.
Found from the border region of the Eastern and Western Cape in South Africa and along the eastern side of South Africa, to Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.
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GAUDY COMMODORE (Southern subspecies, winter form)
Precis octavia sesamus
inland of Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal
©
Purves, M./Michaelwild

The southern subspecies has a summer form (natalensis) which is red with black markings, and a winter form [shown above] (sesamus) which is blue with a line of red markings on the wings. The winter form is slightly larger than the summer form. In both forms the males and females are alike, however the females are slightly larger.

Intermediate forms of the gaudy commodore are rare, but display a wide range of mixtures of the wing patterns of both forms.

Found from the border region of the Eastern and Western Cape in South Africa and along the eastern side of South Africa, to Swaziland, Mozambique, Tanzania and Kenya.

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Sylphina Angel

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Luna Moth