Posts tagged "animal"

Pudu Is The World's Smallest And Most Adorable Species Of Deer

Pudu Is The World's Smallest And Most Adorable Species Of Deer
Pictured above is the most adorable little thing ever!  This is a baby Pudu, a member of the smallest species of deer in the world!  Granted, they look a little odd, but who wouldn’t hug that adorable little guy? Below is a little Pudu and a bigger Pudu giving each other a nose kiss.  ... Read more »

Gigantic Pink Slugs Grow Up To Eight Inches Long In Australia

Gigantic Pink Slugs Grow Up To Eight Inches Long In Australia
Slugs are, in general, boring animals.  Unless, that is, you are talking about this photosynthesizing sea slug, this majestic ball of slime, or the giant pink slugs that live in Australia. As it turns out, these pink slugs live in one location and one location only: one Mount Kaputar, which reaches 5,000 feet into the... Read more »

Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week

Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week
This week’s animal is a stunning butterfly that lives a world away from Chicago.  The Polyeuctes Swallowtail flits around in the forests of Nepal, Laos, and Vietnam and is not an extremely uncommon sight to see when strolling among the trees.  Equipped with a beautifully shaped and colored tail, this critter is one of the... Read more »
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The Peacock Mantis Shrimp Punches Hard Enough To Break Aquarium Glass

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp Punches Hard Enough To Break Aquarium Glass
Shrimp have never been known as powerful creatures, but the Peacock Mantis Shrimp is not an animal that you want to mess with.  (And, for the record, the Peacock Mantis Shrimp is technically a crustacean.) This colorful little guy has two fist-like limbs called “dactyl clubs,” and he can punch aquarium glass hard enough to... Read more »

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous
The African Bee-Eater bird is not actually one specific bird, but a collection of around 20 species.  They populate the entire continent, from southern tip to northern tip, and often fly in large groups.  Plus, as the name indicates, they actually do feed on bees!     In addition to looking marvelous, Bee-Eaters employ a... Read more »

Animal of The Week: Black and Red Broadbill

Animal of The Week: Black and Red Broadbill
A bird is a sharp turn from our usual lineup of weird animals that you would only see in science fiction, but the Black and Red Broadbill is extraordinary despite being a member of the bird family. Its bill is exceptionally large for its size and is a characteristic turquoise on top and pale yellow... Read more »
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Animal of The Week: Insulamon Palawanense Purple Crab

Animal of The Week: Insulamon Palawanense Purple Crab
We have another animal of the week for you folks, and this one’s a killer.  No, it’s not dangerous, but it is a purple crab that looks like it smeared lipstick on its claws and wants to give you big kisses rip off your nose and run away like your mom used to do.  That... Read more »

Animal of The Week: Elysia Chlorotica Sea Slug

Animal of The Week: Elysia Chlorotica Sea Slug
The Elysia Chlorotica sea slug is not like most sea slugs.  Scientists refer to this animal as being “solar-powered,” since it undergoes many plant-like processes and resembles a leaf!  This creature has chloroplasts that allow it to convert sunlight into energy, so yes, it undergoes photosynthesis. The Elysia Chlorotica sea slug, unlike some of the... Read more »

Plant of The Week: Monkey Orchid

Plant of The Week: Monkey Orchid
Generally, I find plants to be rather dull.  Sure, I grow venus fly traps in my kitchen (true story), but animals are always so much more exciting to watch! This week I decided to switch things up with the Monkey Orchid.  This flower is extremely rare, and only a few lucky collectors have been able... Read more »
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Animal of The Week: Painted Frogfish

Animal of The Week: Painted Frogfish
The Painted Frogfish is a very unique type of fish indeed.  A subspecies of the Frogfish, it is classified as a specific type of anglerfish and can be found in most tropical oceans.  (Although it does not reside in the Mediterranean Sea, it can be found off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and... Read more »