Brian Kenney
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Female Australian Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Saltuarius wyberba) waves tail around in a distraction display.  These geckos will deliberately shed their tails (caudal autotomy) in an effort to escape capture by predators.  Endemic to the Stanthorpe area on the New South Wales/Queensland border in Australia.  Formerly considered a regional color variation of the Southern Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Saltuarius swaini).  The Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Australia ( Saltuarius & Phyllurus) are very similar in appearance and behavior to the distantly related Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Madagascar (Uroplatus), an example of convergent evolution.
© Brian Kenney
Female Australian Leaf-Tailed
Gecko (Saltuarius...

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Two-headed Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys s. scripta) Hatchling, Florida.  Subspecies range =  se VA to n FL.
© Brian Kenney
Two-headed Yellow-bellied
Slider (Trachemys s....

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Green Heron / Green-Backed Heron (Butorides v. virescens / formerly: B. striatus) on Red Mangrove, Florida.  Subspecies breeding range = United States & s Canada east of the Rocky Mountains.
© Brian Kenney
Green Heron / Green-Backed
Heron...

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Patterns in Nature / Detail of Asian Leopard Fur showing distinctive pattern of rounded, small rosettes (Panthera pardus)   Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Patterns in Nature / Detail...


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Fly River Turtle / Pig-nosed Turtle / New Guinea Plateless Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) swimming underwater. New Guinea & Australia.  This living fossil is almost totally aquatic.  Vulnerable (IUCN). CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Fly River Turtle /
Pig-nosed...

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Margay / Tree Ocelot (Leopardus wiedii / Formerly: Felis wiedi) Mexico to Argentina. Endangered Species (USESA), Near Threatened (IUCN), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Margay / Tree Ocelot
(Leopardus...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) mom turning egg in unlined scrape nest on beach, Blind Pass, Manasota Key, Florida. This is the first of two to four eggs that she will lay. Incubation takes 24 to 29 days. Both parents will take turns incubating the eggs and guarding the nest. 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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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Calling while Stretching, Estero Lagoon, 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
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Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) State Marine Mammal of Florida.  Articulated manatee skeleton hanging in a display at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Manatee (Trichechus
manatus latirostris)...

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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli) in full Breeding Plumage, landing at rookery on Red Mangrove island, southwest Florida.  This subspecies breeds from Canada south to Patagonia (South America).
© Brian Kenney
Black-crowned Night Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax...

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Crested New Caledonian Gecko / New Caledonian Crested Gecko / Guichenot's Giant Gecko / Eyelash Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) licking eye with tongue to clean.  This species has many naturally-occurring colors and patterns, which are not geographically determined.  Endemic to New Caledonia (Grande Terre, Ile des Pins).  Thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994.  Vulnerable (IUCN).
© Brian Kenney
Crested New Caledonian Gecko
/...

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Two-headed Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys s. scripta / Formerly: Chrysemys s. scripta) Hatchling, Florida.  The "egg tooth" used to slice through the egg shell on hatching is still visible on the snout of both heads.  This hard, sharp bit of keratin falls off a few days after hatching. Subspecies range =  se VA to n FL.
© Brian Kenney
Two-headed Yellow-bellied
Slider (Trachemys s....


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Hentz's Striped Scorpion / Florida Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides hentzi) Venomous.  Eating roach prey, Florida.  Species endemic to the southeastern United States (Alabama, Florida, & Georgia).
© Brian Kenney
Hentz's Striped Scorpion /
Florida...

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Crested New Caledonian Gecko / New Caledonian Crested Gecko / Guichenot's Giant Gecko / Eyelash Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) Licking eye with tongue to clean.  This species has many naturally-occurring colors and patterns, which are not geographically determined.  Endemic to New Caledonia (Grande Terre, Ile des Pins).  Thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994.  Vulnerable (IUCN).
© Brian Kenney
Crested New Caledonian Gecko
/...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) 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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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Panther / Cougar /...


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Dune Scorpion / American Southwest Desert Pale Yellow Scorpion (Smeringerus mesaensis / Formerly: Paruroctonus mesaensis) Venomous.  Arizona, California, & Nevada (United States)
© Brian Kenney
Dune Scorpion / American
Southwest...

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Ferocious Water Bug / Giant Water Bug (Abedus herberti) Male underwater with Eggs on its back.  Unusual Parental Care Behavior.  Female cements up to 150 eggs to male's forewings.  Eggs take about three weeks to hatch.  During this period, male keeps the eggs wet and aerates them periodically.  Ferocious water bugs are able to sense storms and leave their streams for higher ground when flash floods threaten.  Arizona and Mexico.
© Brian Kenney
Ferocious Water Bug / Giant...

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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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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in winter, non-breeding plumage eating a green-back, Florida.  Snowy Egrets stalk small fish in shallow water, running or shuffling their feet to flush prey into view.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...


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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, with Nesting Material, Florida.  Nictitating Membrane covers and partially conceals eye, protecting it.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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Barred Owl / Hoot Owl (Strix varia) Florida.  Species range = Canada, eastern United States, & Central America.
© Brian Kenney
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White-Lipped Tree Frog / Giant Tree Frog (Litoria infrafrenata) is the world's largest treefrog.  Species has a widespread distribution in Australasia (Australia; Indonesia; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Timor-Leste)
© Brian Kenney
White-Lipped Tree Frog /
Giant...

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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) catching Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) while in Flight, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.  Nikon D3x horizontal image cropped to vertical (8" X 10.5" @ 384 dpi) without re-sizing.  Original, uncropped image is also available on website.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...


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Web-Footed Gecko / Namib Sand Gecko (Pachydactylus rangei / Syn: Palmatogecko rangei) Endemic to southern Africa (Angola, Namibia, South Africa).
© Brian Kenney
Web-Footed Gecko / Namib
Sand...

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Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) with fly prey about to trip a trigger hair.  When an insect or spider crawling along the leaves trips two trigger hairs (trichomes) within 20 seconds of each other or one trigger hair twice in rapid succession, the leaves snap together in about 1/10th of a second, trapping the creature.  The Venus Flytrap is one of a very small group of plants capable of rapid movement, including sundews, bladderworts, and Telegraph plants.  State Carnivorous Plant of North Carolina.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  Sequence (photo 1 of 4).
© Brian Kenney
Venus Flytrap (Dionaea
muscipula) with...

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Pale Color Morph of Striped Centruroides / Striped Bark Scorpion (Centruroides vittatus) Venomous.  LD-50 of venom = 7.7 mg/kg intraperitoneal.  Sexually Dimorphic.  Male (shown here) has longer, thinner tail than Female.  Species is very variable in color, but distinguished by a black triangular patch on the carapace in front of and involving the eyes.  Most common scorpion in the US.  Range = United States (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, & Texas) & Mexico (Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Chihuahua, & Durango).  Endangered Species by state law in Illinois.
© Brian Kenney
Pale Color Morph of Striped...

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African Spurred Tortoise / African Spur Thigh Tortoise / Sulcata Tortoise (Geochelone sulcata / Syn: Centrochelys sulcata) Hatching, Africa.  The "egg tooth" used to slice through the egg shell on hatching is still visible on the snout.  This hard, sharp bit of keratin falls off a few days after hatching.  Largest mainland tortoise species, and third largest tortoise species worldwide.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
African Spurred Tortoise /
African...


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

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Green Lynx spider (Peucetia viridans)  carrying egg sac, Costa Rica.  The female carries the egg sac around with her until the spiderlings are nearly ready to hatch, then builds a nursery web with the egg sac in the center, giving the spiderlings a safe place to spend the first week or two of their lives.  The mother guards the eggs until they hatch.
© Brian Kenney
Green Lynx spider (Peucetia
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Orange-barred Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis philea) Winter Form Female newly emerged from Chrysalis, Florida
© Brian Kenney
Orange-barred Sulphur
Butterfly (Phoebis philea)...

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Sign asking people to keep out of a nesting colony of Black Skimmers (Rynchops n. niger) Anna Maria Island, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Sign asking people to keep...


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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, 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) in...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) mom settling down to incubate egg in scrape nest on beach (single egg visible, directly in front of legs), Blind Pass, Manasota Key, Florida. Two to four eggs are laid in the unlined nest, and incubation takes 24 to 29 days. Both parents share the incubation and nest guarding duties. 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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Articulated Turtle Skeleton, with plastron in place.  Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) Most widely distributed turtle in the world, because of its popularity in the international pet trade.  Original range = Mississippi valley and all of its tributaries (NM, LA, TX, MS, AL, OK, AR, KS, TN, MO, IN, IL), with a small population in parts of Mexico adjacent to Texas.
© Brian Kenney
Articulated Turtle Skeleton,
with plastron...

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Green Tree Python (Chondropython viridis / Syn: Morelia viridis) is found in the rainforests of Indonesia & n. Australia.   These arboreal constrictors are well camouflaged amid greenery.  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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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) young bird 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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Midland Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata)  Normally colored individual above Hypomelanistic "albino".  Subspecies range = Quebec & Ontario south to AL, GA, & TN.  State Reptile of Michigan.
© Brian Kenney
Midland Painted Turtles
(Chrysemys picta...

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Golden Poison Frog / Golden Poison Arrow Frog / Golden Poison Dart Frog / Terrible Poison Frog (Phyllobates terribilis) Toxic / Deadly / Highly Poisonous / Warning Colors / Defensive Poisons (paralytic neurotoxins) in the skin are developed from insect prey taken in the wild.  Columbia, South America. Endangered Species (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Golden Poison Frog / Golden...

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Silver Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus taeniurus) Freshwater Fish, Amazon River, South America
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Silver Prochilodus
(Semaprochilodus taeniurus)
Freshwater...


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Gargoyle Gecko / New Caledonian Bumpy Gecko / Knob-Headed Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus) This highly variable gecko is endemic to Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.
© Brian Kenney
Gargoyle Gecko / New
Caledonian...

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) in flight, Male (above) engaged in aerial courtship display with Female, 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
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus
carolinensis) in...

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Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja / Syn: Ajaia ajaja) Adult in Breeding Plumage Preening / using Beak as Comb, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Range = the Gulf Coast of the United States, the Caribbean, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea
ajaja /...

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Live Chambered Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) underwater.  Known as "living fossils" because they have survived virtually unchanged for millions of years, Nautiluses first appeared about 500 million years ago.  The primitive eyes of this cephalopod have no lens, making their vision comparable to the view of a pinhole camera.  The sucker-less tentacles are used to smell and manipulate food.  The Chambered Nautilus lives in tropical waters in the Indo-Pacific (Andaman Sea east to Fiji and from southern Japan to the Great Barrier Reef).  Nautiluses are harvested in Indonesia, Fiji, and the Philippines for the commercial shell trade using baited traps.
© Brian Kenney
Live Chambered Nautilus
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Red-Eyed Leaf Frog / Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) on Heliconia, Costa Rica.  Species ranges from Mexico to Panama.  CITES II
© Brian Kenney
Red-Eyed Leaf Frog /
Red-Eyed...

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Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) Fighting, Siesta Key Beach, Gulf of Mexico, southwest Florida.  This aerial combat is a fierce, but brief, territorial dispute usually only lasting seconds.  The Snowy Egret's breeding range extends from the lower Great Lakes in the United States to South America.  Protected by law under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula)
Fighting,...

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Serval (Leptailurus serval / Formerly: Felis serval) Hidden in tall grasses.  Africa.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Serval (Leptailurus serval /
Formerly:...

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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) in the Everglades ecosystem's "river of grass", Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Panther / Cougar /...

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Long-Clawed Scorpion (Iomachus politus) Venomous.  Endemic to Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, & Tanzania).
© Brian Kenney
Long-Clawed Scorpion (Iomachus
politus) Venomous....

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Black Skimmer (Rynchops n. niger) in Flight, 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.
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Black Skimmer (Rynchops n. niger) Juvenile Bathing in salt water of Gulf of Mexico.  Anna Maria Island, 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.
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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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Bobcat / Bay Lynx (Lynx rufus pallescens / Syn: Felis rufus) adult, Montana.  Named for black-tipped, stubby tail. Subspecies range = nw United States and sw Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, & Saskatchewan). Species range = s Canada to n Mexico.  CITES II
© Brian Kenney
Bobcat / Bay Lynx (Lynx...

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Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo hispanus)  Ear Tufts are tufts of feathers, rather than actual ears.  Species range = Europe & Asia.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo
bubo...

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Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria / Syn: Geochelone carbonaria) Hatching, Central & South America (Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Caribbean Islands, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, & Argentina) CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Red-footed Tortoise
(Chelonoidis carbonaria /...


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