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FlatsnakesThe Flatsnakes (Cryptoboa sp, Plateoboa sp, Xenophis sp) are three genera of snakes in the family Boidae, native to sandy bottomed rivers in central and southern Africa. In a curious case of convergent evolution they have laterally flattened into a long, broad paddle shape and both of their eyes, ears and nostrils are on the same side of their head, like Flounders. Species are typically between 1 and 2m in length, and all feed on fish and amphibians and are cryptically patterned and camouflaged. Of the five species, three are ambush predators, burying themselves in the riverbed (C. reticulatus, P. maculatum, P. psamomimus), while the other two species are active swimmers and hunters (P. melanognathus, X. virgatocephalus). They swim with lateral undulations of their body, but because of their sideways orientation they looks like up-and-down undulation, combined with “gliding”, a state where their bodies are stiffened and flattened as much as the can and held in that st
TerrorfowlThe Terrorfowl (Deinopavo sp) are a genus of predatory birds descended from Peafowl native to tropical, subtropical and temperate forests, grasslands, deserts and mountains of India, south-east Asia, the Middle East and south-eastern Europe. They range between 1.6 and 3.3m in height. They are solitary hunters, sometimes hunting in mated pairs, of medium-large mammals and birds, sometimes taking smaller species as well. The method of hunting differs from species to species, some are heavily built ambush hunters while others are lightly built cursorial pursuit predators. During the mating season, males grow long, flamboyant tail feathers which are used to impress females and intimidate other males, and are shed once the mating season is over. Once a pair are mated, both of them will raise a single, sometimes two, egg and chick together in terrestrial nests made of sticks, dirt or rocks, depending on where they live.
Blue-tongue DragonThe Blue-tongue Dragon (Dracoscincus cyanoglossus) is a large omniverous descendent of the Blue-tongue Lizard native to much of Australia. It ranges between 1.7 and 2.4m in length, with 2.1m being the average for females and 1.9 being the average for males, only a third of which is tail length. It feeds on fruit, small-medium birds and mammals, and also scavenges. Their colouration is identical to their ancestors, of which they still retain the famous blue tongue. After mating, females will dig a ditch between 10 and 13cm deep amongst foliage, rocks, or any other similar cover, into which she will lay between 6 and 24 eggs. The young are precocial upon hatching and measure 30cm. Though they show no parental care, mated males and females form surprisingly close bonds, if one dies the other will mourn it, and rarely mate with another partner.
Tear-drinking FinchThe Tear-drinking Finch (Lacrumapotator opsiphilus) is a species of finch native to the forests and arid areas of the Galapagos Islands. As its common name suggests it drinks the tears of the large reptiles and large flightless birds native to the archipelago, though they feed on insects. The underside of the males body is a light brown with dark brown speckles, while the upperside is dark brown with four light brown stripes going down and merging with the underside. The underside of the females body is entirely black, while the upperside is also black and has two parallel rows of light brown spots going down its back and a light brown tipped tail. Females lay 3-4 eggs ina nest made of sticks and twigs in the branches of trees.
Nocturnal FinchThe Nocturnal Finch (Nyctospiza magnopsis) is a species of finch native to the forests of the Galapagos Islands. As its common name suggests it is nocturnal, and as such has large eyes. It has a short sharp beak and feeds on insects, filling the niche other finches fill during the day. The underside of the males body is a drab brown, while the upperside has five black stripes going from its neck to its tail. The females entire body is the same drab brown except for the three black rings encircling their heads. Females lay 3-4 eggs in a nest made of sticks and twigs in the branches of trees.
Tiny Bromeliad LilyThe Tiny Bromeliad Lily (Nanophylum sp) is a genus of tiny lilies that grow only in epiphytic bromeliads native to the tropical rainforests of South America. Their leaves don’t exceed 5mm in width and their flowers 7mm in height. Their flowers consist of many thin red elliptical petals with yellow tips on the inside. They are somewhat parasitic and their roots connect to and draw nutrients from the host bromeliad. They are pollinated by similarly tiny insects.
Leafy Chameleon ToadThe Leafy Chameleon Toad (Chameleobufo phyllophorus) is a species of Chameleon Toad native to the tropical rainforests of Europe. The Leafy Chameleon Toad has large, rigid leaf-like growths growing from its back, sides, limbs, rear and head. They walk slowly and irregularly to enhance their camouflage. Growths growing from the back, sides and rear can sometimes be twice as big as the Toad itself, and no two toads have the same growths, as they vary in size, number, orientation, colour, signs of consumption, signs of disease, and signs of aging. Leafy Chameleon Toads range between 7 and 12cm in length and feed on insects and other arboreal invertebrates. Females lay their eggs inside water holding epiphytes or water filled tree hollows.
Nectar FinchesThe Nectar Finches (Florispiza sp) are a genus of finch native to the tropical forests of the Galapagos Islands. They feed almost entirely on nectar, supplementing their diet with small insects and occasionally tree sap, and their beaks are long, thin and curved downwards to reach into flowers. They are generally 3-4cm in length, with a wingspan of 6-8cm, and are brightly coloured in contrast to other finches, the colours depending on the species. There are three species, the Canopy Nectar Finch (F.altiphilus),which lives in the canopy and has a yellow body and head with a red throat, the Understory Nectar Finch (F.tanycurvorhyncus), which lives in the understory and has a blue body, green head and orange-tipped wing feathers, and the Ground Nectar Finch (F.magnificens), which lives on plants close to the forest floor and has a green body, red head, blue neck and yellow wings. Both parents raise 2-4 eggs together in nests made of sticks in between the branches of trees and
Armadillo BearsThe Armadillo Bears (Armarctidae) are a family of Armadillo descendants native to South America in almost every habitat. Like their namesake, they are omnivorous opportunists, and eat fruits, leaves, roots, tubers, fungi eggs, meat, fish, insects, and molluscs. They are solitarily and viciously defend their large territories, coming together only to briefly and cautiously mate. Females give birth to 2-4 young which they raise by themselves for 2 years. The armour of their ancestors is restricted largely to their lower back, with a smaller amount of armour on their upper backs. They reach sizes comparable to and sometimes exceeding that of their namesakes.
Vulture CrabVulture Crab (Vulturicancer mediterraniensis)
This terrestrial crab has a hard, waterproof exoskeleton. It lives in the Mediterranean and scavenges from dead animals and even exhibits cannibalism. Females lay large clutches of eggs in what few bodies of water remain and will even fight one another for any particular body of water. They are 8cm in length.
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