Brian Kenney
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Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus) e & s Africa.  Vulnerable (IUCN).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Wattled Crane (Bugeranus
carunculatus) e...

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Broadley's Bush Viper / Cameroon Bush Viper (Atheris broadleyi) Venomous snake endemic to Cameroon (East Province) & Central African Republic.  Bush Vipers have a strongly hemotoxic venom that has no antivenom.  The Broadley's Bush Viper was considered a color morph of the Variable Bush Viper (Atheris squamigera) until 1999, when it was given full species status.  Digital Composite for increased Depth of Field.
© Brian Kenney
Broadley's Bush Viper /
Cameroon...

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White-Lipped Pit Viper / White-Lipped Tree Viper (Cryptelytrops albolabris / Syn: Trimeresurus albolabris) eating treefrog prey.  Venomous snake with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 12.75 subcutaneous & 0.37 intravenous. India, Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Vietnam, & Indonesia.
© Brian Kenney
White-Lipped Pit Viper /
White-Lipped...

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Io Moth (Automeris io) North American saturniid moth found from southern Canada to Florida and New Mexico.  The eggs are laid in clusters of twenty or more.  Orange or brown first instar larvae emerge and eat their egg shell soon after hatching.  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)
North...


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Barred Owl / Hoot Owl (Strix varia) Florida.  Species range = Canada, eastern United States, & Central America.
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Barred Owl / Hoot Owl...

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

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Red-footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria / Syn: Geochelone carbonaria) Fraternal Twins Hatching from the Same Egg.  The two baby turtles are both connected to the same egg yolk by their umbilical chords and develop within a single egg shell.  When they emerge, both will be a bit smaller than a normal hatchling, but otherwise fine. The first to emerge is dragging its sibling out of the shell.  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.  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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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) Picking up Stick (Nesting Material) from surface of water while Flying, Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.  Species found in tropical and temperate areas throughout the world.
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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) Flying low over the water, Florida. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Flying...

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Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) in Flight, Florida.  Wood Storks Defecate on their own legs (Urohydrosis), using the evaporation of the water in the feces and urine to cool the blood vessels in the unfeathered tarsi and feet.  This leaves a whitish residue on the grey colored legs and pink feet.  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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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Florida
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus
plexippus) on...

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Limpkin / Crying Bird (Aramus guarauna) adult hunting in wetland, Florida.  The Limpkin feeds primarily on the apple snail, but also takes freshwater mussels and other mollusks. Species Range = United States (FL), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
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Limpkin / Crying Bird
(Aramus...


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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) Preening / Scratching neck with foot, Florida.
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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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African Lion (Panthera leo leo) male snarling / aggression (missing tooth).  National Animal of Ethiopia & Liberia.  Subspecies endemic to Africa.  Vulnerable (IUCN) / CITES II
© Brian Kenney
African Lion (Panthera leo
leo)...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in full Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.  Their 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 Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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White Ibis (Eudocimus albus / Syn: E. ruber) in Breeding Plumage, Flying low over the surfline, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  The White Ibis ranges from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States to South America.  During the mating season, its face and legs turn a bright red color.
© Brian Kenney
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus
/...


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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) Male in flight, returning to female at nest built on channel marker,  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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Silver Moony / Silver Moonfish / Mono Argentus / Finger Fish / Malayan Angel (Monodactylus argenteus) swimming underwater, with perfect reflection in the surface.  Juveniles live in brackish water.  Range = Red Sea and east Africa to Samoa, New Caledonia, & Australia.
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Silver Moony / Silver
Moonfish...

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Silverfish (Family Lepismatidae) a house pest that eats book binding paste, Florida
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Silverfish (Family
Lepismatidae) a house...

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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.
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Green Tree Python
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Death Stalker / Deathstalker Scorpion / Omdurman Scorpion / Israeli Desert Scorpion / Five-Keeled Gold Scorpion  (Leiurus quinquestriatus) Venomous.  Deadly, with the most potent venom of any scorpion worldwide.  Medically Significant Venom with an LD-50 value of 0.16 to 0.33 mg/kg subcutaneous & 0.50 mg/kg intravenous.  Chlorotoxin isolated from the venom selectively binds to glioma (brain tumor) cells and prevents glioma cells from spreading to normal brain tissue.  A genetically engineered version of this toxin is used in diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors.  Widespread distribution in Africa (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia) & Asia (Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Quatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen).
© Brian Kenney
Death Stalker / Deathstalker
Scorpion...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) attempting to catch a fish by striking from a fixed position, Florida. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
attempting...

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Caribbean Blue Scorpion (Rhopalurus junceus) Venomous, with an LD-50 of 8.0 mg/kg intraperitoneal.  This is the most common scorpion in Cuba.  Many people are stung each year, but the only reported deaths have been from anaphylactic shock.  Escozul is a folk remedy for cancer made from the diluted venom.  This species produces a strongly audible stridulatory sound when disturbed (threat display).  Cuba, Haiti, & Venezuela.
© Brian Kenney
Caribbean Blue Scorpion
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Asian Leopard (Panthera pardus) Grooming its fur with Tongue. CITES I.
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Asian Leopard (Panthera
pardus) Grooming...


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White Ibis / American White Ibis (Eudocimus albus / Syn: E. ruber) sunbathing, Florida.  Ranges from the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States to South America.
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White Ibis / American White...

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Desert Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pallescens) perched on cactus, Sonoran Desert, Arizona.  Ear Tufts are tufts of feathers, rather than actual ears.
© Brian Kenney
Desert Great Horned Owl
(Bubo...

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Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla squirella) can rapidly change color between green and brown, Florida
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Squirrel Treefrog (Hyla
squirella) can...

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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
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Florida Panther / Cougar /...


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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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Greater Cormorant / Great Cormorant / Great Black Cormorant / Black Cormorant / Black Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo) Immature bird swallowing fish prey, Africa.  Found on every continent except South America & Antarctica.
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Greater Cormorant / Great
Cormorant...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in Flight in non-peak Breeding Plumage, Florida.  The Alula (thumb) feathers act like the flaps on an airplane's wing, improving control and maneuverability at slower speeds when landing.  Range = North, South, & Central America.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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Barred Owl / Hoot Owl (Strix varia) Chick, Florida.  Species range = Canada, eastern United States, & Central America.
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Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) Swimming with Reflection, India.  Endangered Species (USESA & IUCN).  CITES I.
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Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris
tigris)...

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Blue and Gold Macaw / Blue and Yellow Macaw  (Ara ararauna) Allopreening (preening each other in courtship / pair bonding ritual).  Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Trinidad, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, & Argentina.  CITES II.
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Blue and Gold Macaw /...

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Red-Eyed Leaf Frogs / Red-Eyed Tree Frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) Mexico to Panama.  CITES II
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Red-Eyed Leaf Frogs /
Red-Eyed...

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Giant Leaftail Gecko / Common Flat-Tail Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) Cryptic Coloration, Camouflaged, Endemic to Madagascar.  CITES II.  The Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Madagascar (Uroplatus) are very similar in appearance and behavior to the distantly related Leaf-Tailed Geckos of Australia ( Saltuarius & Phyllurus), an example of convergent evolution.
© Brian Kenney
Giant Leaftail Gecko /
Common...


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Skin Detail of African Elephant / Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta africana) Extensive distribution in sub-Saharan Africa.  National Animal of Ivory Coast & Kenya.  Threatened (USESA), Vulnerable (IUCN), CITES I & II.
© Brian Kenney
Skin Detail of African
Elephant...

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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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Boat-Tailed Grackle / Jackdaw / Saltwater Blackbird (Quiscalus major westoni) male drinking from the end of a dripping hose at a fish-cleaning station on a fishing pier, Florida.  Eye color varies from region to region.  Florida birds have dark eyes.  Subspecies range = most of Florida.  Species range = Gulf & Atlantic coasts of the United States.  Sexually Dimorphic.  Adult males have iridescent black plumage, long dark bill, and long keel-shaped tail.  Adult females are tawny-brown in color, with darker wings and tail, and are shorter tailed than the males.  The Harem Polygyny mating system of the Jackdaws is unique among North American songbirds.  Females cluster their nests, and males compete to defend the entire colony and mate there.  Urban Wildlife.
© Brian Kenney
Boat-Tailed Grackle / Jackdaw
/...

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Florida Panther / Cougar / Mountain Lion / Puma (Puma concolor coryi / formerly: Felis concolor coryi) mating (copulation), Florida.  Endangered (USESA), CITES I.
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Florida Panther / Cougar /...


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Limpkin / Crying Bird (Aramus guarauna) adult feeding baby the meat from an Apple Snail, Myakka River State Park, southwest Florida.  The Limpkin feeds primarily on the apple snail, but also takes freshwater mussels and other mollusks. Species Range = United States (FL), the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Limpkin / Crying Bird
(Aramus...

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Baby Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) northern South America.  These arboreal constrictors are usually red or rust colored at birth, transforming to a brilliant green as they mature. CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Baby Emerald Tree Boa
(Corallus...

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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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Rosenberg's Treefrog (Hypsiboas rosenbergi) is a nest-building gladiator frog with a widespread, but discontinous distribution in Latin America (Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela).
© Brian Kenney
Rosenberg's Treefrog
(Hypsiboas rosenbergi) is...


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Cattle Egret / Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus i. ibis) in peak breeding plumage, in flight, Florida.  For a very brief time just before pair bonds form for the new nesting season, the lores turn purple and the bill, legs, and feet flush with color.  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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Serval (Leptailurus serval / Formerly: Felis serval) The large ears evolved for hearing small prey, like rodents moving in their underground burrows.  Africa.  CITES II.
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Serval (Leptailurus serval /
Formerly:...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Adult and Baby on oyster bar, Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  Adult Preening (feather floating off), while baby searches for food. 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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Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) hatching from egg.  Africa, Madagascar, & Middle East.  Threatened (USESA), CITES I & II.
© Brian Kenney
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus
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Olive-Keeled Flat Rock Scorpion (Hadogenes paucidens) Venomous, Africa (Congo, South Africa, & Tanzania).  One of the longest scorpion species in the world, reaching 20 cm (7.9") in length.  Their flat body shape allows them to fit into surprisingly small crevices.
© Brian Kenney
Olive-Keeled Flat Rock
Scorpion (Hadogenes...

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Mated Pair of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) engaged in a Courtship Ritual called "Bill Clacking" where they strike their bills together loudly and repeatedly.  The male, standing on top of the female with his wings out for balance, is just about to mate with her at a Rookery on a Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) Island in Florida. The reproductive cycle is triggered by decreasing water levels that concentrate fish prey.  Note female's eye covered and protected by Nictitating Membrane.  Endangered Species (USESA).  Range = se United States, the Caribbean, Central America, & South America.
© Brian Kenney
Mated Pair of Wood Storks...

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Asian Leopard (Panthera pardus)   Endangered Species (USESA).  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES I.
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Asian Leopard (Panthera
pardus) Endangered...

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Boomslang (Dispholidus typus) slithering (locomotion).  Dangerous  Rear-Fanged Colubrid.  Venomous snake, with an LD-50 of venom = 0.071 mg/kg intravenous.  Southern Africa.
© Brian Kenney
Boomslang (Dispholidus typus)
slithering (locomotion)....


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Caribbean Blue Scorpion (Rhopalurus junceus) Venomous, with an LD-50 of 8.0 mg/kg intraperitoneal.  This is the most common scorpion in Cuba.  Many people are stung each year, but the only reported deaths have been from anaphylactic shock.  Escozul is a folk remedy for cancer made from the diluted venom.  This species produces a strongly audible stridulatory sound when disturbed (threat display).  Cuba, Haiti, & Venezuela.
© Brian Kenney
Caribbean Blue Scorpion
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Gold Dust Day Gecko / Broad-Tailed Day Gecko (Phelsuma l. laticauda) Caudal Autotomy is a bizarre defense mechanism where an animal deliberately sacrifices part of its tail in order to escape from a predator.  The tail continues to wriggle after it is detached, distracting the predator from the escaping prey.  Endemic to Madagacar.  Species introduced to Comoros, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Mauritius, Mayotte, Réunion, & Seychelles.  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Gold Dust Day Gecko /...

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Copperband Butterflyfish / Beak Coralfish (Chelmon rostratus) saltwater reef fish found in Pacific & Indian Oceans.
© Brian Kenney
Copperband Butterflyfish /
Beak Coralfish...

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) eating a Wharf Roach / Sea Roach (Ligia exotica), Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  The Warf Roach is an invasive non-native isopod that has become the dominant invertebrate in its habitat (rocks, jetties, and harbour walls, in the splash zone just above the high water mark) in the eastern seaboard of the United States.
© Brian Kenney
Little Blue Heron (Egretta
caerulea)...


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