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Zoo Miami CS Asian Elephant (female)
Asian Elephant (female) commented on by Zoo Miami CS Florida, USA8 years ago

That is our beautiful Nellie!

Zoo Miami CS Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by Zoo Miami CS Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA8 years ago

It looks like an annual cicada. Not sure of the exact species

Zoo Miami CS White-tipped Black Moth
White-tipped Black Moth commented on by Zoo Miami CS Florida, USA8 years ago

Thanks, Vivian!

Zoo Miami CS Green Iguana Scale Mite
Green Iguana Scale Mite commented on by Zoo Miami CS Florida, USA8 years ago

This is from a non-native wild green iguana on Zoo Miami grounds. These little mites live in the creases and folds of the iguana's skin and can cause some irritation.

Zoo Miami CS Iguana Tick
Iguana Tick commented on by Zoo Miami CS Florida, USA8 years ago

Hi Ava,
It would take a very large amount of these ticks to make an adult iguana sick. Most just cause some skin irritation. There are a few diseases that can be transferred by ticks among iguanas but most are only mildly pathogenic. This tick species prefers ectotherms and we also find them attached to the invasive marine toad down here in South Florida.
They are fairly easy to remove and we submit them for identification.

Zoo Miami CS Tropical tent-web spider
Tropical tent-web spider commented on by Zoo Miami CS Florida, USA8 years ago

Thank you, Atul! I have updated the post with the species id. :)

Zoo Miami CS Texas coral snake
Texas coral snake commented on by Zoo Miami CS Montgomery, Texas, USA8 years ago

It appears to be eating another snake and not shedding.

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