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The Occasional Creature Fact!



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Reindeer Games - Rangifer tarandus

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 17 December 2013 · 446 views

Contrary to popular belief, reindeer cannot fly. I know, I know! I'm destroying Christmas here. The truth, however, is even more interesting. Reindeer may not be able to fly, but they sure know how to get high. More on that later.
The reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), also known as the caribou, is a small member of the deer family found throughout the Arctic...


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Eight Legged, Bouncing Ball of Cute - Peacock Spider

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 03 August 2013 · 798 views

Hey everyone! It's been awhile since I've written an article here! So this time I have something really spectacular and adorable for you! :happy:
 
Peacock spiders of the genus Maratus are tiny jumping spiders barely four millimeters in length that are endemic to Australia. Only seven species have been named as of 2009 and their existence has only be...


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Special Birthday Edition: Florence's Favorite Rodent - Eurasian Red Squirrel

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 12 June 2013 · 851 views

The Eurasian Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), or simply red squirrel, is a tree squirrel found in Florence’s yard, but also throughout the rest of Europe and Northern Asia. Unlike most non-Eurasian squirrels, the red squirrel has adorable tufted ears. It is a relatively small squirrel and only reaches lengths of about 17 inches (43 cm) including the...


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It Don't Give A Shit - Honey Badger

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 10 May 2013 · 1,161 views

Yes, it's finally time for one of the Internet's most popular animals - the honey badger!
The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also called a ratel, is a large mustelid (member of the weasel family) that lives in sub-Saharan Africa. Males can reach 11 inches at the shoulder and a little over a meter in length while females are slightly smaller. This anim...


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A Feathery Facade

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 04 May 2013 · 712 views

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It may be hard to believe when you first look at it, but this is not a hummingbird. This is a hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) from the Old World. It comes from the family Sphingidae, which contains the hawk moths, also called sphinx moths...


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Nature's Most Potent Potion - Golden Poison Frog

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 26 April 2013 · 1,151 views

For those of you who got that obscure Harry Potter reference in the title, I applaud you.
 
Now down to business! Remember that golden poison frog (Phyllobates terribilis) I mentioned in the last article about the hooded pitohui? Well, I thought it should get its very own entry because it's just such a cool little thing. As I mentioned before, it is...


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The Poison Bird - Hooded Pitohui

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 20 April 2013 · 1,596 views

The Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous) of Papua New Guinea is one of the world's first and only documented poisonous birds. It was discovered to be toxic during a 1989 study of birds of paradise by American Ornithologist John Dumbacher. He and his team had mist nets set out to catch birds of paradise, but inevitably other birds were caught in the nets as w...


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Extreme Dedication - Darwin's Frog

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 19 April 2013 · 523 views

This cute little frog might not look extraordinary in any particular way, but it has one of the strangest reproductive behaviors in the world. The Darwin's frog comes exists as two separate species: The Chile Darwin's frog (Rhinoderma rufum) and the Southern Darwin's frog (R. darwinii). Like many other frogs, Darwin's frogs live in the damp litter of the...


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The Scaly Monogamist - Shingleback

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 14 April 2013 · 1,306 views

It's been awhile since I've written one of these things, so here you go!
 
The shingleback lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) is most at home in the rugged, dry plains and shrublands of southern and western Australia. It is a large species of blue-tongued skink that can reach a foot in length. This lizard may not look like much with its dull, armored skin and s...


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Two Unlikely Friends

Posted by Green Day In Seattle , 28 February 2013 · 1,382 views

So this post will be a little bit different from what I normally do because I came across a something really interesting that's not exactly one specific creature. This time I will talk about a very cool real life story that I found. This is the first time I'm trying this out so if it's not that good, please bear with me.
 
In the village of Sit Tbow in...






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