Ó lá go lá, mo thuras,
An bealach fada romham.
Ó oíche go hoíche, mo thuras,
Na scéalta nach mbeidh a choích.
It looks like those scales evolved to provide an easy grip for handlers, but let me tell you, looks can deceive.
I … I am no longer certain how pupils work.
If you’re not careful and drop one, it can form a little snakepile.
The literature informs me that this species lives in “swamps, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes”.
I am now envisioning frog-filled marshes appearing and disappearing Brigadoon-style.
Symptoms from a green mamba bite include local pain and swelling, local necrosis, ataxia, headache, drowsiness, difficulty breathing, vertigo, hypotension, diarrhea, dizziness, and paralysis and death.
Symptoms from influenza include fever and chills, cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, hoarseness, ear pressure, earache, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, irritated eyes, flushed skin, petechial rash, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and death.
You can get a shot to reduce the impact of one of these and, as a bonus, it also protects those around you.
This newt doesn’t understand how humans can jump to conclusions on extremely limited data.
But, as a newt, it doesn’t understand jumping very well either.
Gonna bet that, until today, you hardly spent any time thinking about snake lips
Nike and Adidas are having difficulty breaking into the banded iguana market.
Another fun use of the wide angle macro lens.
According to Reptiles Magazine: “Breeding is not as violent as with many chelonian species, but it is as ardent as with any turtle.”
Going to have replace “____ like bunnies” with “turtles” from now on.
Emerald monitor checking out the wide angle macro lens that lets me pretend to be in a BBC documentary.
This turtle observes that yesterday, the socialfeeds were all about a bombing in Hawaii and now everyone is talking about vikings.
This turtle is afraid she is traveling backward in time.
Bird realizing that Bob is not, in fact, his uncle, and now he has to reconsider everything of which he was previously sure.
Crane sadly realizing that his entire species chose to evolve impractical ornamentation for mate selection instead of intelligence.
Crane really wanted to be an actuarial model researcher.
Water take-offs are more of a challenge than water landings.
African bullfrog contemplating the the similarities between lipid structures and rabies.
Answer: they’re both hydrophobic
((And if you were expecting a different sort of fat joke here, I don’t tell those.))
They call them spoonbills, but they look more like spatulas to me.
This salamander is considered critically endangered because it lives in only four streams in the southern Zagros Mountains of Iran.
An interesting thing about this listing is that, like some critically endangered species, it thrives in captivity and there are a number of these guys in private hands. Even though they breed well in captivity, they should still be considered critically endangered because the genetic distribution of the captive population may not be as robust as that in the wild, and counting species health based solely on numbers can not be considered indicative of viability.
TFW you get a phone call in the middle of lunch.