Showing posts with label venomous animals.. Show all posts
Showing posts with label venomous animals.. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bobbit Worm




Today I will show an animal wonderfully terrifying. An animal that could easily have been the protagonist of a movie called "Worms from hell". Called Bobbit Worm (Eunice aphroditois) and is a species of the genus Eunice (a family of large worms).

Although it is a predator that can be found in virtually all the world's seas, the species, aphroditois Eunice, prefers warm waters , especially the Indo-Pacific waters.

The form of hunting this animal: the body is buried in the sandy bottom except the head and wait for their prey to pass close enough to stimulate their antennas and so catch it.

This worm really is omnivorous, and also to hunt small fish and crustaceans with its ferocious jaws and sharp-tentacles, also eat algae.

If we saw a Bobbit Worm while we bathe in the sea, the best we can do is get away without getting nervous. Normally, this worm does not attack and often flee, but if they feel threatened they can bite and take a piece of meat with it. Moreover, if we step one without realizing (that may be because he is buried), it inject us via the prongs that run throughout the body, a poison that will produce severe pain and foot paralyze us. Do not underestimate this animal, besides being poisonous, quite big, can measure up to 4 meters.

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.





Tuesday, July 10, 2012

What are the worst insect bites?

A young man named Justin Schmidt (http://justinschmidt.theworldrace.org/ his blog) has written a list of what they are, for him, the most annoying insect bites and painful. Classifying a maximum of 4 points. Let's see:

10. SWEAT BEE

abeja

RATING: 1.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.


9. FIRE ANT

hormis


RATING: 1.2
SCHMIDT SAYS: Sharp, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch

8. BULLHORN ACACIA ANT

acacia



RATING: 1.8
SCHMIDT SAYS: A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.

7. BALD-FACED HORNET

hornet


RATING: 2.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door

6. YELLOWJACKET


avis


RATING: 2.0
 SCHMIDT SAYS: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.

5. HONEYBEE

abeja




RATING: 2.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: The sensation is like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.


4. RED HARVESTER ANT

hormiga

RATING: 3.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.


3. PAPER WASP

avispa paper



RATING: 3.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.


2. TARANTULA HAWK.

cazatarantula


RATING: 4.0
SCHMIDT SAYS: Blinding, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.

1. KING OF THE STINGS: BULLET ANT

bala



RATING: 4+
SCHMIDT SAYS: Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail grinding into your heel.

For me with mosquito bites and satiate my curiosity. If anyone dares to confirm the list of Schmidt, I encourage you .....


Information from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Aequorea victoria.




If we plunge the water in the ocean and we began to fall and fall until the light disappeared, and the pressure, dead silence and total darkness, we suddenly discover that there is a world of amazing animals, strange and fascinating. An example of these animals, may be the jellyfish Aequorea victoria or crystal jelly.



A bioluminescent jellyfish in the light of day is almost invisible, but in the darkness of the deep produces a beautiful light, a light which hypnotizes and traps prey in his wonderful tentacles filled nematocysts (cells that inject toxins).


Not long ago it was discovered (2009), yet little is known of it. If I am not mistaken is the only animal that produces green light, thanks to a green fluorescent protein (GFP, for its acronym in English, green fluorescent protein), produced only by the jellyfish Aequorea victoria.


It inhabits the west coast of North America, but as often happens lately with many jellyfish, the number of specimens of this species is growing due to the disappearance of predators.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Sea wasp or Chironex fleckeri.


The sea wasp Chironex fleckeri is considered the most poisonous animal on the planet. Although no antidote is capable of killing a person with the mere touch in 30 minutes. Within 20 minutes of the sting of stinging cells, begins what is called irukanjdi syndrome: begins an intense pain throughout the body, heart rate triples, doubles blood pressure, death usually occurs after a cardiac embolism.
The main body is almost square, translucent blue and green (so it is very difficult to distinguish at sea), of which 60 cilia or tentacles out of about 80 cm long each. It is almost transparent, making it very difficult watching for swimmers. Moreover, their bites are imperceptible.
Usually is found in tropical waters of Australia and other areas of the western Indian Ocean and Pacific.
But even if a dangerous animal, it remains one of the most beautiful animals to see.



Curiosity: Contrary to popular belief about their movement and unlike the common jellyfish, most of whom are blind, this species has four groups of twenty eyes. But it is unclear whether they can keep the light targets or how to process images as they do not have central nervous system. Nothing in pulses of 1.5 m / s, giving it enough speed to catch fish.