Friday, September 28, 2012

Scolopendra, venomous animal

We are lucky that the Scolopendra is an animal that does not exceed 45 cm long because it eat all the animals they encountered. Scolopendra is commonly known as centipedes, although unlike these, having two pairs of legs more. One end with sharp nails and poisonous.

The scolopendras are effective predators that hunt small animals, usually arthropods. Prey is caught between the large number of legs. Then, twisting the body, they nail clamps poisonous, paralyzing and killing their prey. It has exaggerated the capacity of its venom, in fact, only one case of death by the bite of the scolopendras.
Most surprising is that the centipede, is able to hunt larger animals and poisonous animals.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cantor's giant softshell turtle

Their taxonomic name is (Pelochelys cantorii) and commonly called Cantor's giant softshell turtle or Asian giant softshell turtle. Is a turtle a little "freak" ... as we all know, the characteristic of all turtle is its shell, which is the union of bony plates covered with hard plates together to give strength and rigidity and simultaneously protects the turtle from possible predators.

But the turtle has a soft shell (I think I'm a bit of creeps), it does not serves as a hard shell to the turtle because there are few predators of a turtle that can measure 2 meters long and weigh 50 kg. Perhaps the man is the worst predator.
Also, this softshell turtle is usually under the sand or mud to protect themselves from predators.

But not only that, we know that this turtle is ferocious (considering how ferocious can be a turtle) and has a strong bite. It is an efficient carnivore, and its prey are fish, molluscs, crustaceans and other smaller amphibians. But due to its size and bite, would be able to pluck one finger.

Another peculiarity of this animal is that the experts considered extinct, but were rediscovered in 2007, and since then has been an ambitious recovery program that has been successful. We can not say that is no longer in danger of extinction, but it is recovering.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Ever since I first saw it, I found it impressive animal. In 2010 it was "discovered" by modern science (in quotes "discovered" because the native inhabitants of the area already knew). And especially its looks and mainly by his nose so that caught my attention.
Its scientific name is Rhinopithecus strykerie. But it is known as "Myanmar snub-nosed monkey ", "Burmese snub-nosed monkey" or "monkey with an upturned face".

In the rain, as it has a "super snub-nosed " (we could say that no nasal septum) and with a thin skin and without any facial hair, causes sneezing frequently. Although covering his face with the hands, but hides his face between its knees, the end always sneezes when it happens stand out among the foliage of trees, difficult to go undetected and become easy prey for predators, mainly for man hunter.

The image you see above is the only monkey that has managed to photograph nearby. It is very difficult to get a picture so beautiful because they are in real danger of extinction. Human stupidity is the cause that is close to its disappearance, just tell the monkey that appears in the image above was eaten the photographer and the guides who accompanied him.

Coat dark except for the skin of the face is not. Only a white locks as a beard. Its tail is about 1.4 times the length of the body: the first sample, an adult male, has a head-body length of 55.5 centimeters (21.9 inches), and a tail of 78 cm (31 inches) long. The species spend the summer months in temperate mixed forests at altitudes greater than its range, and down to lower ground in the winter to escape the snow