Brian Kenney
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Neotropical Assassin Bug nymph (note velcro-like arms used to catch mosquitos) on leaf, Amazon River Basin, Peru, rainforest
© Brian Kenney
Neotropical Assassin Bug nymph
(note...

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Skin Detail of Banded Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum cinctum) showing bead-like scales known as osteoderms.  Venomous lizard, with bright aposematic coloration (warning colors).  Subspecies endemic to the United States (AZ, CA, NV, UT).  Species range also includes New Mexico and Mexico (Sonora, Sinaloa).  Endangered Species by State Law in Utah.  Near Threatened (IUCN).  CITES II.  The drug Exenatide (Byetta) used to manage type 2 diabetes is a synthetically produced derivative of a bioactive peptide found in the venomous saliva of the Gila Monster.  Other components of the venom are being studied for possible use in treating Alzheimer's disease.
© Brian Kenney
Skin Detail of Banded Gila...

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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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Carpet Chameleon / Jewel Chameleon / Jeweled Chameleon (Furcifer lateralis / Syn: Chamaeleo lateralis) Endemic to Madagascar.  CITES II. This species is capable of rapid color changes; Male in bright, threat colors.  2/2
© Brian Kenney
Carpet Chameleon / Jewel
Chameleon...


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North American Black Vulture (Coragyps a. atratus), in flapping flight, 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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Groundhog / Woodchuck / Whistle-Pig / Land-Beaver (Marmota monax) gathering fall leaves, North Carolina.  Groundhogs are one of the few species that enter into true hibernation.  The species is common, with an extensive distribution in the United States and Canada.
© Brian Kenney
Groundhog / Woodchuck /
Whistle-Pig...

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Italian Fire Salamander (Salamandra s. gigliolii) Adult & Baby.  Poisonous, with aposematic coloration (warning colors).  Toxic skin secretions including the neurotoxic alkaloid Samandarin cause muscle convulsions, hypertension, & hyperventilation in vertebrate predators.  Subspecies endemic to Italy.  Species found in southern & central Europe.
© Brian Kenney
Italian Fire Salamander
(Salamandra s....

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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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Rooster / Cock (Gallus gallus) Dustbathing, Florida.  Domestic breed of Chicken.  Birds bath in water, dust, and even ants.
© Brian Kenney
Rooster / Cock (Gallus
gallus)...

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Anderson's Salamander (Ambystoma andersoni) Neotenic salamander endemic to Laguna de Zacapu & surrounding streams in Michoacan, Mexico.   This totally aquatic salamander retains its external gills throughout its life.  Heavily harvested for food.  Critically Endangered (IUCN).
© Brian Kenney
Anderson's Salamander
(Ambystoma andersoni)
Neotenic...

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Bichon Frise (Canis lupus familiaris) Sitting at the Beach in Florida.  Model Release.
© Brian Kenney
Bichon Frise (Canis lupus
familiaris)...

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Great Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta; Casmerodius albus egretta) in Flight with nesting material (wishbone-shaped stick), southwest Florida.  Subspecies range = North America.
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Great Egret / Common Egret...


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Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna) portrait, South America, CITES II
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Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara...

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Sea Turtle Nests are protected by both Florida Law (Chapter 370) and the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973.  Volunteers mark active nests on Florida beaches with brightly painted posts, tape or ribbon, and warning signs to prevent accidental disturbance of the nests.
© Brian Kenney
Sea Turtle Nests are
protected...

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Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis carolina) eating a Short-Winged Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus brevipennis) Florida.  Range = Southern United States.  State Insect of South Carolina.
© Brian Kenney
Carolina Mantis (Stagmomantis
carolina) eating...

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Io Moth (Automeris io) mature, final instar caterpillar curled defensively around a plant stem with stinging spines outward, Florida.  The caterpillars have urticating spines with a sting similar to that of stinging nettle, but longer lasting.  North American saturniid moth found from southern Canada to Florida and New Mexico.
© Brian Kenney
Io Moth (Automeris io)
mature,...


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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Flight, landing with Nesting Material at a Rookery on a Red Mangrove island, greeted by mate, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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Clawed Gecko / Malayan Forest Gecko / Malayan Bow-Fingered Gecko / Banded Bent-Toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus) Endemic to Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Singapore, & Thailand).  Unconfirmed reports from Myanmar.
© Brian Kenney
Clawed Gecko / Malayan
Forest...

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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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Blue Merle Aussie Standing on its Hind Legs, Florida.  The Australian Shepherd or "Aussie" (Canis lupus familiaris) breed of working dogs was actually developed in the western United States, in spite of its name.  They are used as stock dogs, search and rescue dogs, disaster dogs, detection dogs, guide dogs, and family pets. MR.
© Brian Kenney
Blue Merle Aussie Standing
on...


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Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) Africa.  During the day, these semi-aquatic mammals spend most of their time in the water.
© Brian Kenney
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus
amphibius) Africa. During...

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Black-headed Caique (Pionites m. melanocephala) Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, French Guiana, Guyana, & Surinam (South America).  CITES II.
© Brian Kenney
Black-headed Caique (Pionites
m. melanocephala)...

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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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Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) Snarling, India.  Endangered Species (USESA & IUCN).  CITES I.
© Brian Kenney
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris
tigris)...


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Twig-Mimicking Inchworm "inching" or crawling in a looping motion characteristic of Geometrid Moth larvae, Florida.   This is probably a Purplish-Brown Looper / Curved-Tooth Geometer (Eutrapela clemataria).
© Brian Kenney
Twig-Mimicking Inchworm
"inching" or crawling...

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea h. herodias) in Breeding Plumage, in Flight, Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Blue Heron (Ardea h....

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Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Eurytides marcellus floridensis) Emerging from Chrysalis / Metamorphosis. Florida
© Brian Kenney
Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
(Eurytides marcellus...

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Cougar / Mountain Lion / Panther / Puma (Puma concolor / formerly: Felis concolor) lying in the shade to keep cool, Montana.
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Cougar / Mountain Lion /...


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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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Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax hoactli) in full Breeding Plumage, in flapping Flight, southwest Florida.  This subspecies breeds from Canada south to Patagonia (South America).
© Brian Kenney
Black-crowned Night Heron
(Nycticorax nycticorax...

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African Bullfrog / Giant Bullfrog / Giant Pixie Frog / South African Burrowing Frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus) Adult Male.  Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, & Zimbabwe (Africa).
© Brian Kenney
African Bullfrog / Giant
Bullfrog...

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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.
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Gold Dust Day Gecko /...


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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.
© Brian Kenney
Florida Panther / Cougar /...

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) in Flight, Florida. The Alula (thumb) feathers and the ruffled feathers along the top of the wing act like the flaps on an airplane's wing, improving control and maneuverability at slower speeds when landing.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
© Brian Kenney
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
in...

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American Oystercatcher / American Pied Oystercatcher / Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) Baby stretching wings with adult in background, 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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Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf (Canis lupus) running in snow, Minnesota.  Threatened (USESA).  CITES II.
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Gray Wolf / Timber Wolf...


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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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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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Sand Longnose Viper / Eastern Sand Viper / Nose-Horned Viper (Vipera ammodytes meridionalis) Slithering.  Venomous Snake, with an LD-50 (mg/kg) of venom = 2.0-6.6 subcutaneous, 0.44-1.2 intravenous, & 0.19-1.5 intraperitoneal. Subspecies range = Greece (including Corfu and other islands) & Turkish Thrace.  Species range = Europe (Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, & Syria).  The Nose-Horned Viper, Common Asp, and Lataste's Viper inflict most venomous snake bites in Europe. Strictly Protected under the Berne Convention, Appendix II
© Brian Kenney
Sand Longnose Viper /
Eastern...

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Egyptian Yellow Scorpion (Androctonus amoreuxi) Venomous / Deadly / Medically Significant Venom with an LD-50 value of 0.75 mg/kg subcutaneous & 0.88 mg/kg intramuscular.  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.  Widespread Distribution in Africa (Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Senegal, Sudan) and Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia).
© Brian Kenney
Egyptian Yellow Scorpion
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Limpkin / Crying Bird (Aramus guarauna) adult hunting in wetland for Apple Snails, 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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Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko gecko) Gaping.  Second largest gecko species in the world, reaching lengths of up to 12 inches (30.5 cm).  Species has a widespread distribution in tropical Asia, from India to Indonesia.  Introduced to Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Belize, and several Caribbean Islands.  Often used in traditional Chinese medicine.
© Brian Kenney
Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko
gecko)...

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Golden Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) retrieving Toy from water at the Beach in southwest Florida.   This popular Breed was developed in Scotland in the mid-1800's as a gundog and retriever.  MR.
© Brian Kenney
Golden Retriever (Canis lupus
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Yellow-Headed Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus l. luteopicturatus) Sexually Dimorphic: male has bright yellow head and shoulders.  Endemic to Africa (Kenya & Tanzania)
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Yellow-Headed Dwarf Gecko
(Lygodactylus l....


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Great Egret / Great White Egret / Common Egret (Ardea alba egretta / Syn: Egretta alba egretta & Casmerodius albus egretta).  Two Male Great Egrets Fighting in the Sky in a Territorial Dispute over a Nesting Site at a busy Rookery in southwest Florida.
© Brian Kenney
Great Egret / Great White...

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Brown Pelican / Eastern Brown Pelican(Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) Adult in Breeding Plumage Bathing in Gulf of Mexico, Florida.  State Bird of Louisiana.  Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
© Brian Kenney
Brown Pelican / Eastern
Brown...

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Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) India.  Endangered Species (USESA & IUCN)
© Brian Kenney
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris
tigris)...

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Bichon Frise (Canis lupus familiaris) at the Beach in Florida.  Model Release.
© Brian Kenney
Bichon Frise (Canis lupus
familiaris)...


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Large Tree Nymph / Paper Kite (Idea leuconoe) Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, and the Philippines
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Large Tree Nymph / Paper...

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Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) is well camouflaged against tree bark, Florida.  Species has a widespread distribution in the United States and Canada.  Cope's Gray Treefrog is often confused with the Eastern Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor).  The two species are identical except in distribution, call, and chromosomal count.
© Brian Kenney
Cope's Gray Treefrog (Hyla
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Short-Eared Owl (Asio flammeus) Florida.  One of the most widely distributed birds in the world, breeding in Europe, Asia, North & South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, & the Galapagos Islands.
© Brian Kenney
Short-Eared Owl (Asio
flammeus) Florida....

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Osprey (Pandion haliaetus carolinensis) Male, in flight, with nesting material, landing at its nest, built on top of a traffic light, Florida.  Female is on the nest.  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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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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Bichon Frise (Canis lupus familiaris) Howling at the Beach in Florida.  Model Release.
© Brian Kenney
Bichon Frise (Canis lupus
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Giant North American Centipede / Red Headed Centipede (Scolopendra heros castaneiceps)  Parental Care ~ Mother curled around and Brooding Clutch of 15 to 35 Eggs.  This is the largest centipede in North America, reaching 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) in length.  Venomous.  sw United States  & n Mexico.
© Brian Kenney
Giant North American Centipede
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Large Tree Nymph / Paper Kite / Rice Paper Butterfly (Idea leuconoe) in Flight.  SE Asia.
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Large Tree Nymph / Paper...


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