Common Raccoons are often spotted scavenging for food in urban areas. Sometimes they can be seen “washing” their food in water, but really they just prefer to eat wet food. In the wild, they’ll also eat most things, but are especially fond of small underwater creatures.
Tadpoles have really tiny teeth. When they undergo metamorphosis they absorb their tale and grow limbs via a biochemical process called apoptosis. Around the time they get their legs, they also lose their gills and acquire lungs.
A Cockroach can live for up to a week without it’s head because it breathes via tiny holes in it’s body. It can hold it’s breath for 40 minutes and can survive underwater for 30 minutes. There are over 4000 species of roach in the world with the largest species measuring up to 6 inches long!
The Sri Lankan Frogmouth is a small nocturnal bird with a head just as wide as it’s body. It’s large intense eyes help it see at night, and it’s stray facial feathers help it to detect when insects are close to their face. Their shy nature and camo-plumage makes them a difficult bird to spot, so there is still much that is unknown about them.
Jellyfish have been around for over 650 million years and there are thousands of different species with new species being discovered all the time. Jellyfish larvae hatch from eggs and are called polyps when they find and attach themselves to a solid surface. There they go through metamorphosis, and almost like a plant, they bud into what we recognize as jellyfish.
The Green Basilisk Lizard aka the Jesus Christ Lizard can run along the surface of the water for up to 15ft (given it can keep it’s momentum). These lizards are great swimmers as well, which comes in handy when/if they fall below the surface.
Mice are like little ninjas; they have amazing balance, agility and strength with a demonstrated aptitude for exploration and problem solving. They can walk across thin rope/wire, climb rough vertical surfaces, and jump up to 12 inches into the air. They also communicate using top-secret high-frequency mouse talk that our ears cannot detect!
The Japanese Giant Hornet is the most lethal animal in Japan; killing up to 40 people a year. A group of 30 giant hornets can take down a Hive of 30,000 European Honey Bees. Back at their own hive, their prey are processed into Vespa Amino Acid Mixture or VAAM, which enables them to endure intensive muscular activity over long periods of time. 💊
It’s Happy 19 Birthday to one of the best peeps I know, Teresa! Speaking of peeps and birthday cakes with candles; Duck feathers have a waxy coating that is so good at keeping the water out, that even when fully submerged, their downy undercoat remains dry.
The scaleless Black Ghost Knifefish is a weakly electric fish that uses specialized organs to send and receive electrical impulses for nocturnal navigation and hunting. It mostly propels itself with a long and undulating fin located on it’s underside. It is a Native belief that the spirits of the dead reside inside these fish.
The Eastern Long-necked or Snake-necked Turtle has a really long neck that can’t fully retract into it’s shell, so instead they just hide it beneath their shell. They have a cobra-like, quick, strike attack and a skunk-like ability to release a pungent smelling substance from their armpits/groin when disturbed.