April 24th, 2008

[Snakes] Rose

Big post, little snakes! (Hognoses)

(note: I'm only going to be addressing hogs of the Americas for this post. Leios are pretty but don't harbor enough of the cute factors to be included. All tri-colored hog photos are from my personal schmoo Rose, it's just easier than digging through the internets. Everything else is ganked from my drive folders, so sorry I can't provide much in the way of credits.)

WTF, nature tried pulling out all it's stops on cuteness for the hognose snake.

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angry patrick

Avicularia Aversicolor

or the Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula.

the most awesome friggin spider EVAR!

I used to own one.

They are a New World arboreal species and are really tame. They don't mind being handled too much, but are a little finicky and man can they fucking RUN and JUMP.

When they are young they are the coolest electric blue color and then as they molt and grow some green is thrown in and the blue dulls down and some red pops up on the abdomen and some dark purple appears.


A blue, gree, red and purple spider? I named her Lycia.

Here are some pics:




I missed out a lot on her growth because I had to go away to college and I did try to bring her but my roommate threw a fit and I sent her home to my uncle where she lived until a couple years ago when she died.

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Creepy Shape

Saiga Antelope

The Saiga (Saiga tatarica) is an antelope which originally inhabited a vast area of the Eurasian steppe zone from the foothils of the Carpathians and Caucasus into Dzungaria and Mongolia. Today they are found only in a few areas in Kalmykia (Russia), Kazakhstan, and western Mongolia.

In 1993 the total population of Saiga was estimated at over one million. By 2000, however, the Saiga population had decreased to less than 200,000, and by 2003 surveys indicated that less than 30,000 remained in the wild.

This represents a population collapse of over 90% in a span of just 10 years.

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I loathe these things - and since their time is coming soon, I thought I'd post about their loathsomeness here so everyone can partake.  Btw I find them even worse now that I looked them up.


Mayflies live as nymphs for 3 months to 2 years, depending on the species. When they're mature, the entire generation emerges from the stream as adults, often within the span of a couple weeks. They emerge as "duns," an immature winged adult stage, and molt within a day or two into "spinners," the mature adults.
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