cyan-biologist:

4. A Paper wasp (Polistes sp.) for Creepingthings.
I have a strong “I like it but I don’t” feeling with this drawing, so I hope you like it!
This concludes the reblogs for now, next are the (smaller) illustrations.


Somehow I missed this but AAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++.
GOOD
actually, do you mind if I color this?

cyan-biologist:

4. A Paper wasp (Polistes sp.) for Creepingthings.

I have a strong “I like it but I don’t” feeling with this drawing, so I hope you like it!

This concludes the reblogs for now, next are the (smaller) illustrations.

Somehow I missed this but AAAAAAAA+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++.

GOOD

actually, do you mind if I color this?

snake-time:

Handful of sand… boas!
Featuring: Tony - male snow paradox albino, Natasha - female “Tanzanian flame”, & Pepper - female anery.

snake-time:

Handful of sand… boas!

Featuring: Tony - male snow paradox albino, Natasha - female “Tanzanian flame”, & Pepper - female anery.

Ahah, thanks. All i have in there at the moment are
-five Neohelix albolabris snails,
-one (hopefully I’ll have two soon) Limax Maximus, 
-a big female Dolomedes tenebrosus fishing spider
-various isopods, springtails, and soil centipedes.
A mixed species terrarium is kind of a delicate operation, but a few species of large herbivores/detritevores with good (passive) defense mechanisms, and one interesting predator with specific food preferences has always worked out well for me, especially if they stick to specific areas of the terrarium. Setting up a tank like this though requires a really good background knowledge of the species you plan to put in it though, I’ve observed all of these animals in there natural habitat pretty extensively before I started keeping them
But I would NOT recommend keeping most terrestrial vertebrates (or even larger inverts) in mixed species enclosures, for the fact that vertebrates tend to be much larger, and the relative tank size you would need to give each animal they’re own defined space the way you can with small inverts is pretty huge.

Ahah, thanks. All i have in there at the moment are

-five Neohelix albolabris snails,

-one (hopefully I’ll have two soon) Limax Maximus, 

-a big female Dolomedes tenebrosus fishing spider

-various isopods, springtails, and soil centipedes.

A mixed species terrarium is kind of a delicate operation, but a few species of large herbivores/detritevores with good (passive) defense mechanisms, and one interesting predator with specific food preferences has always worked out well for me, especially if they stick to specific areas of the terrarium. Setting up a tank like this though requires a really good background knowledge of the species you plan to put in it though, I’ve observed all of these animals in there natural habitat pretty extensively before I started keeping them

But I would NOT recommend keeping most terrestrial vertebrates (or even larger inverts) in mixed species enclosures, for the fact that vertebrates tend to be much larger, and the relative tank size you would need to give each animal they’re own defined space the way you can with small inverts is pretty huge.

Queenie the Calasoma scrutator, she did not want to pose for photos.

Refurbished my mixed-species invert terrarium today.

griseus:

Look at this marine avian dinosaur!!!!! Giant Petrels (genus Macronectes) consists of two species. They are very aggresive predators. Both southern and northern giant petrel feed on krillsquid, fish, other small seabirds, and carcasses of marine mammals. Northern giant petrel scavenge and prey on seal pups and placentae, penguins and albatross. However, they rely more heavily on fish during winter months.

Is know that these birds kill hundreds of Rockhoppers a year sometimes just for pleasure (comment by  Tristan da Cunha Conservation Department

thebrackishtank:

Brown Hoplo Genus: Hoplosternum Species: H. littorale Maximum Size: 8” Aggression: Low, Social Temperature: 70-77 F pH: 6-8 Hardness: 5-19 dH Brackish Tolerance: 1.000-1.016 Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallons Feeding: Good quality pellet food makes best staple, supplemented with algae wafers, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp. Will likely try other leafy or meaty foods Notes: The Brown Hoplo is a catfish in the family Callichthyidae and like many other Callichthyids is a social fish. Should be kept in groups of at least 3 to promote social behavior and minimize shyness. Is not an aggressive fish and can easily be kept with other robust, peaceful brackish fish though may become territorial during breeding. May consume smaller tankmates like X-Ray Tetras at night.  Also like many Callichthyids, they can breathe air and may rush to the surface occasionally to gulp air. Not difficult at all to feed, Brown Hoplos will likely eat anything you provide them. In a tank with boisterous feeders (like Texas Cichlids, Monos, and Scats) it may be easiest to feed at night as to minimize competition. The Brown Hoplo has been bred in home aquaria. This fish builds bubble nests and the male defends the fertilized eggs until they hatch about four days later. The fry should be fed infusoria and newly hatched brine shrimp until they are large enough to accept powdered dry foods. Sources
More Than Corys: The Armored Catfishes of the Family Callichthyidae, Bob Fenner
Hoplosternum littorale, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Hoplosternum littorale, Planetcatfish
(Image Source)

thebrackishtank:

Brown Hoplo
Genus: Hoplosternum
Species: H. littorale
Maximum Size: 8”
Aggression: Low, Social
Temperature: 70-77 F
pH: 6-8
Hardness: 5-19 dH
Brackish Tolerance: 1.000-1.016
Minimum Tank Size: 55 Gallons
Feeding: Good quality pellet food makes best staple, supplemented with algae wafers, Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp. Will likely try other leafy or meaty foods
Notes: The Brown Hoplo is a catfish in the family Callichthyidae and like many other Callichthyids is a social fish. Should be kept in groups of at least 3 to promote social behavior and minimize shyness. Is not an aggressive fish and can easily be kept with other robust, peaceful brackish fish though may become territorial during breeding. May consume smaller tankmates like X-Ray Tetras at night.  Also like many Callichthyids, they can breathe air and may rush to the surface occasionally to gulp air.
Not difficult at all to feed, Brown Hoplos will likely eat anything you provide them. In a tank with boisterous feeders (like Texas Cichlids, Monos, and Scats) it may be easiest to feed at night as to minimize competition.
The Brown Hoplo has been bred in home aquaria. This fish builds bubble nests and the male defends the fertilized eggs until they hatch about four days later. The fry should be fed infusoria and newly hatched brine shrimp until they are large enough to accept powdered dry foods.

Sources

More Than Corys: The Armored Catfishes of the Family Callichthyidae, Bob Fenner

Hoplosternum littorale, Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce

Hoplosternum littorale, Planetcatfish

(Image Source)

florafaunagifs:

Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

astronomy-to-zoology:

Libelloides macaronius

…is a species of Ascalaphine (Split-eyed) owlfly which occurs throughout parts of Europe and Asia. Like other owlflies L. macaronius is an insectivore and will feed on a variety of flying insects. L. macaronius larvae, on the other hand, are antlion-like ambush predators. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Neuroptera-Ascalaphidae-Libelloides-L. macaronius

Images: Sebaho and Srđan Mitić

you-wear-a-jacket:

This is literally the cutest lizard to ever grace my bathroom floor

libutron:

The Olm - Proteus anguinus 

This strange creature is commonly known as the Olm, a rare cave salamander belonging to the species Proteus anguinus (Caudata - Proteidae), which is only found in Europe. 

The Olm is perfectly adapted to live in caves. As it spends its entire life in darkness, Proteus anguinus has very poorly developed eyes and is blind. It also lacks pigment in the skin, giving its body a pasty white appearance, Its pink hue is due to blood capillaries near the skin, and as its translucency shows the contours of the internal organs. 

This salamander does not undergo a clear metamorphosis and retains many juvenile features, such as gills, throughout its life. It is long-lived, potentially reaching up to 58 years of age.

The Olm is restricted to subterranean aquatic habitats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia. The species is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Darko Visek | Locality: Rokina, Croatia, 2008] - [Bottom: ©National Geographic | Locality: Divje Jezero, Idrija, Slovenia]

steepravine:

Blue Spotted Salamander
Wish we had these in the bay area, what a beauty!
(Porcupine Mountains, Michigan - 8/2014)

steepravine:

Blue Spotted Salamander

Wish we had these in the bay area, what a beauty!

(Porcupine Mountains, Michigan - 8/2014)

I don't think reptiles are meant to be pets. They are wild animals and dont provide the same levels that dogs and cats do. Can you use a snake as a therapy amimal? No.
Anonymous

mirateski:

linaevelovesyou:

howtoskinatiger:

followthebluebell:

i-m-obnoxious:

pedestrianwolf:

To add to this, I have TERRIBLE anxiety and the calming effects handling snakes provides me with are what prevents me from having to take anti-anxiety medication. They can be fantastic therapy animals.

Agreed. If I’m near a panic attack taking out any of my snakes sends it away almost immediately. 

Reptiles can make incredible therapy animals, especially for people with allergies to fur. I’ve brought Ngarehu with me to my Mom’s hospice and the residents there were active and interested in learning more about him. He was able to make connections to people who weren’t able to connect to an active and bouncy puppy.

Personally, I find him very soothing to handle as well. In public, when I feel like I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack, I can put my hand on him and remind myself why I’m outside. He’s the best emotional support animal I could have asked for. This is perfect for me since most anti-anxiety meds just put me to sleep.

Reptiles don’t experience emotions like us, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s really nice to just slow down and pat a lizard or a snake.

Reptiles can’t be used as therapy animals? I think the NHS would have something to say about that;

reptiliaherps:

Okay. So I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t say this about someone’s cute little aquatic turtle or someone’s fish or a tree frog. I’m willing to bet any amount of money that this comes from bias towards snakes because of your ignorant misconceptions. It’s okay to not understand an animal or be afraid of it. It’s not okay to tell me that I’m less deserving of my animals because of your personal issues with them.

As far as them being therapy animals goes, I can and will say that the most calming thing I have the ability to do at home is sit down with olly on my stomach or my lap and run my hands gently down him, which he doesn’t mind at all. My snakes have the ability to let me de-compress in only a few minutes when I’m stressed just by letting me touch them.

People find their own personal therapy jn different ways. Some people do best with therapy dogs and whatnot, some people use sensory objects, some people go on walks, I handle my snakes.

Thanks though.

A London clinic is the first to use reptiles to help patients overcome low self-worth and “communication issues”.

The Huntercombe hospital in Roehampton has enlisted Angel, a seven-year-old 5ft corn snake, in group sessions where patients can touch, feed and care for her.

The majority of its 38 patients are referred by the NHS for treatment for addictions and eating disorders.

Louise Helsdown, the occupational therapist running the programme, said snakes were a “fantastic aid” in helping people recover from mental health problems.

image

(source)

PRECIOUS BABY

greylilacs:

tortle:

possumtree:

possumtree:

possumtree:

Hey everyone. I just got this vulture in. Haven’t done an exam on him yet (waiting on an extra pair of hands) but it sounds like he was grounded in a neighborhood in Greenville for about 5 days. He will most likely require care from someone who knows more about vultures. The problem is, we cannot afford to transport this guy right now. We need help! Many of you know that we do this work voluntarily and pay for everything out of pocket. If you can, please consider donating to our rescue! This vulture really needs your help! You can donate any amount of money through Paypal, to the email address: roverage@hotmail.com!

If all of my followers donated just 50 cents it would be more than enough to pay for this bird to get the help he needs! Please donate! 

Thank you to everyone who reblogged!

Unfortunately we have still only received $3 to help this guy out!

This is not enough to get the vulture the care he needs! Please help!

I was finally able to do an examination on him and discovered a compound fracture in his left wing elbow joint. This is a serious injury - especially since it is 5 days old now, and he is severely emaciated because of it!

Listen guys, I know it isn’t the usual ‘cute’ animal that is fun to reblog and support. Like a kitten or a dog. But every animal deserves a happy, healthy live. this guy is suffering with pain and starvation and he needs help.

Reblog and donate if you can. It won’t even take that much.

If you can, please help or signal boost. Vultures are true sweeties and need help, too!