Borneo Sun Bear, also known as Honey Bear (Helarctos malayanus). Conservation Centre, Borneo, Malaysia.
"Sharpshooter" Leafhoppers (genus Graphocephala)
This genus contains a number of red-and-green or blue-striped species of leafhopper. These small insects typically measure around 1/4 to 1/2 an inch (1/2 to 1 cm), but their brilliant colors can be quite eye-catching.
This one, the Red-banded (or sometimes Candy-striped) Leafhopper, G. coccinea, ranges from Canada to Panama and can be found in habitats from meadow to forest. Relatively common, it can be encountered from spring through fall in the north, and year-round in warmer parts of its range, such as the gulf states.
Leafhoppers feed on plant sap, piercing the stem of herbaceous plants with their tube-like proboscis. As their common name implies, they are excellent jumpers, leaping dozens of body-lengths using their long, modified hind legs. The bristles on the hind legs are used to spread a secretion across their body that acts as a waterproofing and carries pheromones.
photo by Kurt Komoda on Flickr
(via: Peterson Field Guides)
Waxy Monkey Leaf Frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagii) (by Joachim S. Müller)
Ghiannis D. (by Ivo Vaessen)
Source: Flickr / ivo_vaessen
Cerastes cerastes are among the most abundant and easily distinguishable of the venomous snakes of the North African and Middle Eastern deserts.
The African Horned Viper is a Saharan animal, it lives in the sand deserts of Northern Africa and the Sinai and the Northern Negev in Israel. In order to get rid of potential enemies , it makes scary sounds. The sound is not caused by huffing and puffing, but by rubbing the scales on the sides of the body.
…a species of terrestrial neocyclotid gastropod that is endemic to the island of Dominica in the west indies. Its type locality was in Lauday but it has been described in several other areas throughout the island. Like many other tropical snails A. amethystinus likely inhabits vegetation and feeds on detritus and plant matter.
Name: Coconut crab (Birgus latro)
Region: Coconut crabs live in the Indian Ocean and the central Pacific Ocean, with a distribution that closely matches that of the coconut palm.
Risk of Extinction: No info.
More Info: It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg.
(photo taken from http://sc-bioscience.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/zoologger-largest-arthropod-to-prowl.html)
Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) (by NDomer73)
Variable Neon-slug (Nembrotha kubaryana), a nudibranch, at a Japanese shipwreck off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.
photo by Arne Kuilman
One of America’s Most Beautiful Snakes
Robert Horan of Georgia Department of Natural Resources found a late-season (12 - Nov.) four-foot Rainbow Snake (F. erytrogramma) recently. She was crossing a primitive road during daylight, and Robert posed her nicely here—-at the edge of an Altamaha River swamp. This non-venomous, primarily aquatic, wetland associated snake feeds on eels and aquatic salamanders.
Larva of a Water Scavenger Beetle taking a stroll, doing its thing. It looks like a lump of scat, but that’s just their style.
Mating dragonflies & damselflies assume the copulation wheel posture where the bodies of the mating pair are linked in a circular shape. To initiate the mating the male grasps the female’s head or thorax with a pair of appendages at the tip of his abdomen. The female then bends her abdomen forward to collect sperm from the male penis which is located on the underside of his second abdominal segment.
More about dragonflies & damselflies: Encyclopedia of Life
Image: Mating pair of Banded Darter, Sympetrum pedemontanum, male on top, female on bottom. By Christian Fischer
Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor)
Pilot fish can often be seen accompanying sharks, rays and sea turtles. They form a mutualistic relationship with their host, eating ectoparasites and leftovers on ther host, whilst gaining protection from other predators. They are also known to follow ships for long distances.
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