Month: August 2008

The Painted Turtle

The Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) is a true turtle, common in Canada, the US and the northern parts of Mexico. It lives in ponds, lakes, marshes and is common to see along the roadside sunning itself in the summer months in the United States. The shell length for adult turtles is about 10 inches long,

Arabian (Dromedary) Camel

The Dromedary camel is a large camel, or ungulate as they are also called, and is often called just the Arabian camel. It is sometimes simply called the “one hump” for the fact that it has just one hump, as opposed to the two humps of the Bactrian camel. The Dromedary camel has a range

Opilio Crab

Chionoecetes, the proper name of the Opilio Crab is a genus of crab that lives in the colder waters of the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans . The Opilio Crab is very spider like in appearance and has four pairs of legs that are quite spindly looking. The Opilio is one of the four species

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox (Vulpes zerda) The Fennec Fox is one of the most beautiful of all desert animals. They are small canine animals, with tiny bodies that are only about a foot to a foot and a half long. Their most amazing feature is the ears. The Fennec Fox has ears that are about six inches

Eurasian Black Vulture

The Eurasian Black vulture looks a great deal like the normal featherless headed vulture that you might envision. The adult birds have dark brown or blackish brown feathres and a sort of blue gray colored head, neck and legs. The Eurasian Black Vulture has a very broad wingspan, about 8 to 10 feet in total.

Green Anaconda

Part of the Boa family of snakes, the Green Anaconda, which is native to South American is one of the largest snakes in the world. Although the Reticulated Python does get longer, the Anaconda is more than twice as heavy and a great deal larger around than its better known cousin. The Green Anaconda can

Black Oak Tree

The black oak is a medium to large sized tree that branches out widely and has a very open spreading top to it. It can range in height from fifty to over eighty feet tall and have a trunk that has a circumference of as much as three feet around. The oak leaves are very

Cypress Tree

The cypress is an ever green tree with a very aromatic wood as well as the greenery. It has an angled, what is known as a buttressed trunk that has many branches and a very Cypress trees can grow from between forty to seventy feet tall, and will sometimes be as much as three feet

Mugger Crocodile

The Mugger is a true crocodile but is one of the most like an alligator of all crocodiles, both in what it looks like as well as how it lives and behaves. They is a fairly large sized crocodile, and can reach about 15-16 feet in length. Generally the male mugger crocodile will weigh more

American Badger

Badger is a common name that belongs to many animals. The badger family includes other animals.. cousins such as weasels, ferrets, otters and several others but the true American Badger is a short squat, powerful animal with short legs, a long snout (nose) and a powerful body that is very well muscled.. They have a

Mexican Milk Snake

Lampropeltis triangulum is the more technical name of this snake. The Mexican milk snake is atype of snake known as a King Snake.There are about 25 different kinds of milk snakes, including one very common one called the scarlet kingsnake, which is frequently seen sunning itself on rocks. Milksnakes can have a variety of very

Squirt! The Friendly Porpoise

A Harbour Porpoise dubbed ‘Squirt’ has been frequenting the River Bann in Northern Ireland recently. Local kids have named the Porpoise¬†‘Squirt’ in relation to squirting water through its blowhole. People have been crowding around to see Squirt feeding and going about its life, experts have been reported to say that Squirt seems happy, however they

The Himalayan Yak

The Yak, also known as Bos grunniens or now a days as the Poephagus grunniens, is a long haired bovine, or cow like animals that is distributed through South Central Asia’s Himalayan areas. It can also be found near the Qinghai and Tibetan Plateau, and may exist as far north as Mongolia. Domestic populations of

Dumbo Octopus

The Dumbo Octopus can be found in any ocean and is known to have been found any where upto approximately 7,000 meters below sea level. We believe there to be around 37 different species of Dumbo Octopus, they can usually be found close to the sea bed and can grow up-to 20cm in length. The Dumbo

Irukandji

In the waters of northern Australia lurks the Irukandji. This small jellyfish approximately 2.5cm in diameter has a string that can kill a human in a matter of days! Irukandji Not much is known about the Irukandji as it is very fragile and cannot live easily in captivity as even bumping into a aquarium wall