The Burmese star tortoise is critically endangered because the natives of Myanmar can feed their family for a year by capturing and selling one on the black market. Being caught risks seven years of jail … but it’s hard to get caught.
When I talk of economic inequality as a threat, this is the sort of thing I mean.
* formerly Burma**
** formerly Toungoo***
*** formerly Ava****, Hanthawaddy****,† and Shan****
**** formerly Pagan*****
***** formerly Pyu and Mon city-states******
****** formerly unnamed iron, bronze, and stone age societies*******
******* formerly******** molten rock incapable of supporting human life
******** extremely formerly
† Where do commas†† go in relation to superscript footnote indications?†††
†† Does it matter if they are Oxford†††† commas?
††† The online guides do not agree‡, suggesting conflicts between US and UK English as well as differences between style guides
†††† Do other schools have their own commas?
‡ Well, they do all agree that footnotes should be used sparingly and only when needed‡‡
‡‡ They are, of course, wrong about that
This water monitor is upset that the only summer job he could get was a lifeguard at the local pool. Stereotyping, that’s what this is.
This chameleon has realized that the systems protecting his country’s institutions are a lot weaker and vulnerable to both external interference and internal corruption than he had previously thought and has no idea what to do about it.
This tortoise has observed that gravity is particularly strong today.
Never understood why guard dogs were do popular when there are more effective methods available.
They say that animals are more afraid of you than you are of them. This is not always true.
This snake is only afraid of a life poorly lived – having made no contribution to future generations, left no legacy, and been meaningless to everyone.
It’s risky to get a good photograph of a komodo dragon’s eye, because they are both venomous and have a bacterial culture in their mouth that can kill by infection.
They is why the zoo puts a pane of glass between me and the subject.
This rattlesnake has no explanation for why you are suddenly out of blackberry jam.
It is a complete mystery to everyone.
This snake has been reading all of your posts and fundamentally has a problem with more than one person being the best mother in the world.
This snake is pondering the style of contest needed to determine the truth.
Rattlesnake wondering how, if music died on February 3, 1959, a song could be written about it and recorded on May 26, 1971.
Can music be resurrected, or is the current art form something we call music but that only has passing resemblance to what we called music in 1959 … like cold medicine.
TFW you want to revisit the places that once gave you comfort only to find that you’ve grown and changed and don’t fit in anymore.
Kingsnake realizing that the woman in the song tells Captain Wedderburn he must answer six questions and then proceeds to ask seven.
Kingsnake wonders if 86% is the accepted passing grade for a trysting.
The narrow headed gartersnake hunts, and hides, in the water. This can make photography difficult as, the moment you’re set up, off into the water he goes.
I was lucky to be where the zoo took off the aquarium top and let me light and photograph more directly than is usually possible.
Rattlesnake realizing that he has no idea whatever happened to Tommy and Gina, if they managed to hold on to what they got and wonders whether they made it or not.
They say that crocodilians have survived unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. This isn’t true for two reasons.
There are no living crocodilians that are millions of years old, and death is a pretty significant change.
Happy hump day.
(’cause tortoise shells look like humps. What did you think I meant?)
Iguana contemplating the phrase “life is hard”, thinking that really, life is extremely easy.
It’s living within a society with intentionally-designed capitalist and sociological barriers to your success that’s hard.
Ó lá go lá, mo thuras,
An bealach fada romham.
Ó oíche go hoíche, mo thuras,
Na scéalta nach mbeidh a choích.
This tortoise just reminded me that I should probably have dinner sometime today.
Posting it here in case you forgot to eat as well.
It looks like those scales evolved to provide an easy grip for handlers, but let me tell you, looks can deceive.