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marylou.wildlife Little Wart Snake
Little Wart Snake commented on by marylou.wildlife Rizal, Philippines7 months ago

What a lucky find!! These snakes are amazing animals... and I hear they are not easy to come across. Congrats on the find and these incredible pictures you got!

marylou.wildlife Bluehead Wrasse
Bluehead Wrasse commented on by marylou.wildlife Belize8 months ago

Maria, all wrasse species are born female. Wrasses are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning females transition to male in the wild as harem conditions and space require. During transition, the females go through two primary phases... initial phase male and terminal phase male. At the terminal phase, a full transition has been completed and the fish is 100% male. Up until that point, they are in an initial phase. In a harem, they will only be one terminal phase male, which is essentially the alpha male.

marylou.wildlife Redback Coffee Snake
Redback Coffee Snake commented on by marylou.wildlife Belmopan, Cayo, Belize10 months ago

Jones4, I'm guessing it was around 11-13 cm. It was probably the most delicate little snake I've ever held.

marylou.wildlife Redback Coffee Snake
Redback Coffee Snake commented on by marylou.wildlife Belmopan, Cayo, Belize10 months ago

Thanks everyone :) I was very fortunate to get to see one of the beauties in the wild. If not for the brilliant red (which I think is characteristic of most juveniles of this species) it probably would have never been spotted at night. Karen, that is very unfortunate that you had to see one that was no longer living, and even more so that your guide was so misled. It's a sad fate for snakes... the ones which aren't dangerous at all tend to mimic other venomous species in order to ward off predators. Too bad that backfires when it comes to humans... I'm sure we are the only species which go out of our way to mess with and take out those animals which have some sort of defensive mechanism that in most cases wouldn't be wasted on humans unless put in a situation where they are left with no choice.

marylou.wildlife Western massasauga rattlesnake
Western massasauga rattlesnake commented on by marylou.wildlife Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA10 months ago

What a beauty!

marylou.wildlife Jewel Caterpillar
Jewel Caterpillar commented on by marylou.wildlife Playa del Carmen, Mexico10 months ago

Wow, that is just incredible! Doesn't even look real! Amazing find!

marylou.wildlife Three-lined Salamander
Three-lined Salamander commented on by marylou.wildlife Alabama, USA10 months ago

Jakubko, this individual was probably around 10-12 cm. I did not realize I had no information on this species until I saw your comment! Thanks!

marylou.wildlife Spotted Salamander
Spotted Salamander commented on by marylou.wildlife Georgia, USA10 months ago

I know... I'd love to know just how old this one was!

marylou.wildlife Black Sea Rod
Black Sea Rod commented on by marylou.wildlife Belmopan, Cayo, Belize10 months ago

Thanks Smith Zoo!!

marylou.wildlife juvenile Fire salamanders
juvenile Fire salamanders commented on by marylou.wildlife Δήμος Ζαγοράς - Μουρεσίου, Περιφέρεια Θεσσαλίας, Greece11 months ago