Brian Kenney
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Carpet Chameleon / Jeweled Chameleon / White-Lined Chameleon (Furcifer lateralis) This species is capable of rapid color changes; female in muted, relaxed colors.  Endemic to Madagascar.  CITES II.  The Furcifer lateralis species complex has recently been revised to form three distinct species: Furcifer lateralis, Furcifer major, & Furcifer viridis.
© Brian Kenney
Carpet Chameleon / Jeweled
Chameleon...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) eating an oyster, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Research has shown that the two techniques used (Stabbers & Hammerers) to open the mollusks are learned behaviors. Stabbers (like this individual) plunge their bills between the two shells of an open mollusk, severing the adductor muscles that hold the shells together, then chisel away the meat from each shell, shake it free, and pull it out intact.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...

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West African Side-Necked Turtle / West African Mud Turtle (Pelusios castaneus)  Mauritania to Nigeria (west Africa).  Introduced on Guadeloupe, Lesser Antilles.
© Brian Kenney
West African Side-Necked
Turtle /...

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Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus / Formerly: Felis viverrina) Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, China) and Indonesia (Sumatra & Java).  Endangered Species (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Fishing Cat (Prionailurus
viverrinus /...


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African Spurred Tortoise / African Spur Thigh Tortoise / Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata / Syn: Centrochelys sulcata) Hatching, Africa.  Largest mainland tortoise species, and third largest tortoise species worldwide.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
African Spurred Tortoise /
African...

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Tricolored Heron / Louisiana Heron (Egretta tricolor) Threat Display, Florida.  By fluffing up its feathers and raising its crest, this heron is attempting to scare off a large Fish Crow that is after its eggs.  Resident breeder from the Gulf states in the United States through Central America & the Caribbean to Brazil & Peru (South America).
© Brian Kenney
Tricolored Heron / Louisiana
Heron...

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Southern Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa) eating vegetation, Africa.
© Brian Kenney
Southern Giraffe (Giraffa
camelopardalis giraffa)...

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Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis aequatorialis / Formerly: Felis pardalis) climbing tree, Guatemala.  The bright white eye rings help reflect extra light into the eyes of these primarily nocturnal cats in low light.  Subspecies range = Central America and northern Andes.  Species range =  United States (TX), Mexico, Central America, & South America.  Endangered Species (USESA), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis
aequatorialis /...


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Florida Bark Scorpion / Slender Brown Scorpion / Brown Bark Scorpion (Centruroides gracilis) Venomous, Florida.  Species is native to Mexico, Antilles, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Venezuela.  Species has been introduced in the United States (FL, GA, & AL), Africa (Cameroon, Gabon), Europe (Canary Islands), the Caribbean (Cuba, Martinique), Central America (Panama), and South America (Colombia).
© Brian Kenney
Florida Bark Scorpion /
Slender...

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Cougar / Mountain Lion / Panther / Puma (Puma concolor / formerly: Felis concolor) mother picking up kitten by the scruff of its neck to carry it to a new den, Montana. CITES II
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Cougar / Mountain Lion /...

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Indonesian Snake-necked Turtle / Siebenrock's Side-necked Turtle (Chelodina siebenrocki) New Guinea
© Brian Kenney
Indonesian Snake-necked Turtle
/ Siebenrock's...

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) Male, in flight, with nest lining material (seaweed), landing at its nest, built on top of a traffic light, Florida.  The Osprey is also known as a Seahawk, Fish Hawk, and Fish Eagle.  This successful diurnal raptor is found on all continents throughout the world with the exception of Antarctica.  The Osprey is equally at home in both urban and wilderness environments.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
carolinensis) Male,...


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Central American Banded Gecko / Nicaraguan Banded Gecko (Coleonyx mitratus) Endemic to Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama).  The 27 species in the subfamily Eublepharinae are known as "eyelid geckos" because they have movable eyelids, unlike other geckos.
© Brian Kenney
Central American Banded Gecko
/...

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Blond Desert Hairy Scorpion / Giant Hairy Scorpion / Arizona Desert Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis pallidus) Venomous.  Can Spray Venom up to 25cm.  LD-50 value of venom is 198 mg/kg subcutaneous & 168 mg/kg intraperitoneal.  Largest scorpion species in the United States, reaching 5.5" (14 cm).  This scorpion exhibits a variety of different forms and color morphs, but always has a yellow patch between the eyes and chelicerae.  Species range = United States (AZ, CA, NV, UT)  & Mexico (Baja California, Sonora).  This subspecies is typically found on sand dunes in the Sonoran & Mojave Deserts.
© Brian Kenney
Blond Desert Hairy Scorpion
/...

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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) running, using its long tail for balance.  Fastest Land Animal in the World, sprinting at 112 to 120 km/h (70 to 75 mph).  Africa & India.  Endangered (USESA), Vulnerable (IUCN), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
running, using...

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Malagasy Orange Millipede (Family Spirobolida?) crawling, Madagascar.  Warning Colors.
© Brian Kenney
Malagasy Orange Millipede
(Family Spirobolida?)...


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Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Adult Feeding Worms to Chicks, Florida.  Subspecies range = FL & GA.  Species range = North America & extreme ne Siberia.  Threatened (FL).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus
canadensis...

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Big-Headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, & Myanmar (Asia).  Endangered (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Big-Headed Turtle
(Platysternon megacephalum)
China,...

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The Australian Cattle Dog, also known as Australian Heeler, Queensland Heeler, Blue Heeler, Red Heeler, and Hall's Heeler, was developed in Australia in the late 1800's for herding cattle.  The breed is fearless with cattle, and nips their heels to keep them moving, Florida. MR.
© Brian Kenney
The Australian Cattle Dog,
also...

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New Caledonian Crested Gecko / Crested New Caledonian Gecko / Guichenot's Giant Gecko / Eyelash Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus)  Licking Eye with Tongue to Clean.  Endemic to South Province, New Caledonia, this species was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994.  The species has many naturally occuring  colors and patterns, which are not geographically determined.
© Brian Kenney
New Caledonian Crested Gecko
/...


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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Adult and baby in shallow water adjacent to oyster bar, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  The young are Precocial, leaving the nest within about three days of hatching, but staying with the parents for 35+ days before fledging.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...

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Serval (Leptailurus serval / Formerly: Felis serval) White eye spots called ocelli on the back of each ear are used to signal kittens when hunting.  Africa.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Serval (Leptailurus serval /
Formerly:...

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Colorado Desert Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes laterorepens) Venomous, with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom of 2.6 intravenous, 4 intraperitoneal, & 5.5 subcutaneous.  The characteristic sidewinding movement is thought to give these snakes better traction on desert sand.  Subspecies range = United States (AZ & CA) and Mexico (Sonora & Baja California).
© Brian Kenney
Colorado Desert Sidewinder
(Crotalus cerastes...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) searching for food, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...


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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) with fish prey on Siesta Key Beach in southwest Florida.  Snowy Egrets stalk small fish in the surf, running or shuffling their feet to flush prey into view.  Once caught, they bring the fish into shallower water to consume them, so that they won't lose their catch if they drop the fish while repositioning it to be swallowed.  Snowy Egrets develop red lores, reddish-orange feet, and recurved plumes on the back during the breeding season.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
with...

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Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) returning to Female at nest with Fish Prey, Sanibel Island, Florida.  The Osprey is also known as a Seahawk, Fish Hawk, and Fish Eagle.  This successful diurnal raptor is found on all continents throughout the world with the exception of Antarctica.
© Brian Kenney
Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
carolinensis)...

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Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) returning to Female at Nest with Fish Prey, Sanibel Island, Florida.  Also known as the Seahawk, Fish Hawk, or Fish Eagle, the Osprey occurs nearly worldwide.
© Brian Kenney
Male Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
carolinensis)...

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Frog-Eyed Gecko / Common Wonder Gecko (Teratoscincus scincus) Widespread distribution in Asia (Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) and the Arabian Peninsula (Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates).
© Brian Kenney
Frog-Eyed Gecko / Common
Wonder...


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Sahara Sand Viper / Avicenna Viper / Common Sand Viper / Egyptian Asp / Cleopatra's Asp (Cerastes vipera) burying itself in the sand.  An ambush predator with eyes located on the top of its flattened head, the Sahara Sand Viper also burrows for thermoregulation.  By burying their bodies at varying depths, changing their cardiac rythms, and dilating surface blood vessels, they can maintain a constant internal body temperature in spite of wide fluctuations in air temperature.  Venomous Snake with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 0.64 intravenous & 0.25 intraperitoneal.  north Africa (Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Niger, Chad) & Sinai Peninsula (Egypt, Israel).
© Brian Kenney
Sahara Sand Viper /
Avicenna...

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Polychromic Backswimmer (Notonecta hoffmani) underwater, feeding on cricket caught in the surface film, Arizona.  Cropped to 6.5" x 9.7" @ 300dpi.
© Brian Kenney
Polychromic Backswimmer
(Notonecta hoffmani)
underwater,...

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Eastern Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) Immature bird Bathing in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  State Bird of Louisiana.
© Brian Kenney
Eastern Brown Pelican
(Pelecanus occidentalis...

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Gray Fox Family (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) Mother (vixen) with nursing young (kits), Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Gray Fox Family (Urocyon
cinereoargenteus)...


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Great Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta & Casmerodius albus egretta) in Flight, taking off from water with Nesting Material, southwest Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.
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Great Egret / Common Egret...

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Yellow Desert Scorpion / Egyptian Fat-tailed Scorpion / Tunisian Fat-tailed Scorpion (Androctonus australis) Venomous / Deadly / Medically Significant Venom with an LD-50 of 0.32 mg/kg subcutaneous & 5.69 mg/kg intravenous.  Responsible for more human deaths than any other scorpion species worldwide.  Widespread Distribution in Africa (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Somalia, Sudan, Tunesia) and Asia (India, Israel, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen).  Scorpions of this species do not dig burrows to hide in and protect themselves from sandstorms.  Researchers at Jilin University believe that the dome-shaped granules on the surface of their exoskeletons protect Androctonus scorpions from the scouring effects of wind and sand.  Applying similar structure to the surface of other materials has shown that the pattern helps to protect them as well.
© Brian Kenney
Yellow Desert Scorpion /
Egyptian...

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Pancake Tortoise / African Pancake Tortoise / Tornier's Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) Tanzania & Kenya (Africa).  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Pancake Tortoise / African
Pancake...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) on oyster bar, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Range = coastal areas of North, Central, & South America from Baja California & New England south to Argentina & Chile.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
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American Oystercatcher /
American Pied...


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Ehrenberg's Scorpion (Brachistosternus ehrenbergii) Venomous.  This Pacific coastal desert species makes stridulatory sounds when disturbed.  Peru & Chile (South America).
© Brian Kenney
Ehrenberg's Scorpion
(Brachistosternus ehrenbergii)
Venomous....

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North American Black Vulture (Coragyps a. atratus), sw Florida.  The Black Vulture is a large bird of prey, with a 5 ft (1.52 m) wingspan.  Subspecies range = s United States and n Mexico.  Species range = s United States , Mexico, Central America, and most of South America.   Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 in the United States.
© Brian Kenney
North American Black Vulture
(Coragyps...

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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Florida
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus
plexippus) on...

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Red-Eyed Leaf Frog / Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on blooming bromeliad.  Species ranges from Mexico to Panama.  CITES II
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Red-Eyed Leaf Frog /
Red-Eyed...


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Moroccan Fat-Tailed Scorpion (Androctonus mauritanicus) Venomous / Deadly / Medically Significant Venom with an LD50 value of 0.31 mg/kg subcutaneous.  Extensive research being done on possible medically useful properties of different venoms has revealed that Kaliotoxin, a component of this scorpion's venom, reduces bone loss in laboratory rats suffering from periodontal disease.  The genus name "Androctonus" roughly translates as "man-killer", and this genus is one of the most dangerous groups of scorpion species in the world.  Morocco & Mauritania.
© Brian Kenney
Moroccan Fat-Tailed Scorpion
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Asian Leopard (Panthera pardus) Yawning. Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Asian Leopard (Panthera
pardus) Yawning....

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) Gathering Nesting Material, Florida.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Breeds in the se United States (FL, GA, NC, & SC), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Wood Stork (Mycteria
americana) Gathering...

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Black Skimmer (Rynchops n. niger) Anna Maria Island, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Subspecies breeds in colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America and from southern California to Ecuador on the Pacific.
© Brian Kenney
Black Skimmer (Rynchops n.
niger)...


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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna) eating leaves, Amazon River Basin, Peru, CITES II
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Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara...

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Cattle Egret / Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus i. ibis)  in non-peak breeding plumage, in flight, landing with nesting material, Florida.  The Cattle Egret is native to parts of Africa, Asia, and Europe, but it has successfully colonized much of the world.
© Brian Kenney
Cattle Egret / Western
Cattle...

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Blue-streaked Lory / Blue-necked Lory (Eos reticulata) Bathing, Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia. CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Blue-streaked Lory /
Blue-necked Lory...


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Io Moth (Automeris io) two mature, final instar caterpillars, Florida.  North American saturniid moth found from southern Canada to Florida and New Mexico.  The caterpillars are gregarious in all instars, and have urticating spines with a sting similar to that of stinging nettle, but longer lasting.
© Brian Kenney
Io Moth (Automeris io) two...

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Patterns in Nature /  Detail of Jaguar Fur showing distinctive pattern of small spots inside polygonal rosettes (Panthera onca) United States (AZ), Mexico, Central America, & South America.  Endangered (USESA), Near Threatened (IUCN), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Patterns in Nature /
Detail...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in Flight, Dragging its brightly colored Feet through the water to Lure small Fish to the surface, Florida. The Snowy Egret has the most diverse foraging techniques of any heron.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis) Adult Feeding Grub (Beetle larvae) to Chick, Florida.  Subspecies range = FL & GA.  Species range = North America & extreme ne Siberia.  Threatened (FL).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus
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Green Tree Python (Chondropython viridis / Syn: Morelia viridis) circled around and protecting hatching eggs.  These arboreal constrictors are usually yellow or red colored at birth, transforming to a brilliant green as they mature, then turning bright blue for a brief period while gravid and then brooding eggs (Ontogenetic Color Changes).  The Green Tree Python is one of the few snakes that protects its eggs until they hatch.  Species found in the rainforests of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, & Australia. CITES II.  The Green Tree Python and  unrelated Emerald Tree Boa (of n. South America) are often cited as a classic example of Convergent Evolution.
© Brian Kenney
Green Tree Python
(Chondropython viridis...

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Sahara Sand Viper / Avicenna Viper / Common Sand Viper / Egyptian Asp / Cleopatra's Asp (Cerastes vipera) burying itself in the sand.  An ambush predator with eyes located on the top of its flattened head, the Sahara Sand Viper also burrows for thermoregulation.  By burying their bodies at varying depths, changing their cardiac rythms, and dilating surface blood vessels, they can maintain a constant internal body temperature in spite of wide fluctuations in air temperature.  Venomous Snake with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 0.64 intravenous & 0.25 intraperitoneal.  north Africa (Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Libya, Niger, Chad) & Sinai Peninsula (Egypt, Israel).
© Brian Kenney
Sahara Sand Viper /
Avicenna...

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Barn Owl / Common Barn Owl (Tyto alba pratincola) Arizona.  Most widely distributed owl, and one of the most widely distributed birds worldwide.  Subspecies range = North America (s Canada through c Mexico), Bermuda, Bahamas, Hispaniola, & Hawaii (introduced).
© Brian Kenney
Barn Owl / Common Barn...

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Red-Eyed Treefrog / Red-Eyed Leaf Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on bromeliad.  Species ranges from Mexico to Panama.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Red-Eyed Treefrog / Red-Eyed
Leaf...


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