My tegu likes soft things. (Ignore the date, camera is busted, taken on Thursday.)
Merry Christmas. My present to you is to inform you that there is a genus of lizards called Smaug. They are armored and live underground, and these facts were cited by those who bestowed the name.
The easiest species to find pretty pictures of is this pretty bastard here—Smaug giganteus, the Giant Girdled Lizard or Sungazer. You’ll find it still listed under Cordylus in a lot of places, but Cordylus is a. paraphyletic, and b. kind of overly broad.
Yes, they are appropriately metal to bear this title.
I’m actually kind of curious if someone on the tea for designing movie!Smaug ended up indulging in a taxonomic joke, since movie!Smaug has a similar little crown of spines.
This is as good as the tardigrade (waterbear) that’s named after Beorn (Beorn leggi) and…
oh for fuck’s sake, there’s a whole list of species named after Tolkien characters, apparently. XD Yes, nerds.
HA, thank you for that link. Smaug and Ankalagon (mesonychids ftw) are vying for my second favorite, but the list has neglected my very favorite:
the carcharodontosaur Sauroniops. (bonus: belongs to a family of gigantic allosaurs whose name could be translated as “Carcharoth tooth reptile”)
The Temple Viper aka Wagler’s Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) is an arboreal and nocturnal viper found in the forests of SE Asia. They display sexual dimorphism: The females are much larger (up to 1 m), and distictively patterned (the patterns may vary across their range). The males are much smaller and thinner, and have simpler patterns, if at all. Unlike many species in Viperidae, this species gives live birth (ovoviviparous). They are generally sluggish and deliberate in their movements, but strike quickly when taking out prey. They possess a rather potent venom.
(photos: Rahul Alvares)
* above photo: Female viper is having none of his shit…
….I want to make a character based on this snake.
omggg such badass snake 83c
It is not happy
It is doing it out of defense and submission
It is afraid of the thing touching it, and wants it to stop
I realize it’s cute because it looks happy, but it’s not
Crocodiles are very susceptible to stress, and being forced into a submissive defensive behavior is bad for it’s health
For those lucky enough to interact with these amazing reptiles, please remember this. If it’s rolling it’s eyes back and pulling them in, or crying when you’re making contact with it, it is not a happy animal and you are upsetting it.
For those who just admire them, you can spread this info in hopes that others will educate themselves a bit more on Crocodilians. No animal should have to be put in such stress just because ”its cute”.
And perhaps stop tagging these stressed out upset crocodilians as being ‘cute’ which just further encourages more people to do the same.
Just a tiny rant I suppose. Crocodilians are easily the favorite of the Herps I’ve had the joy of working with, and always seeing these videos and gifs of them so upset just kind of gets to me.
oh man, good to know!
punks not dead
Heosemys spinosa is an endangered species.
punks almost dead
Sandfish (Scincus scincus)
… is not a species of fish but a skink, native to northern Africa and parts of Asia. they get their name sand fish due to the fact that they are fairly good at burrowing through sand, and look like their swimming when they do so. They are not that big only getting up to 8 inches long at adulthood. the animals have a wedge shaped head and short and stubby limbs to better allow them to “swim” in which they due so by undulating through the sand with their limbs tucked in, in a similar style to a nematode. Their diet consists of mostly insects which they detect with the vibrations they make. also they are fairly common house pets.
Behold one of my favorite non-fish fish
This comic, drawn by famed Hellboy creator Mike Mignola was also written by his seven-year-old daughter, and is probably the best thing you’ll read all day.
(Images taken from this article.)
BUT DAMN THOSE SHAPES >: (
THIS IS WHY I HATE SHAPES
OH MY GOD ;~;
Oh my godddd
I don’t suppose anyone knows what breed is in the last picture? I went to the artist’s source site but he didn’t have descriptions or names :|.
I kind of really need to know.
I’m not sure if you’re still looking to find out, but according to his website they’re Naja nigricollis, black-necked spitting cobras.
And for me. :D
Ohhh god yes all of these but especially that last one.
I’m still waiting for an underwater-based game that features gameplay and monsters like that.
I HADN’T SEEN THESE BEFORE
WHERE DID THEY COME FROM AKJSDLFJS
stephanie this is very exciting
There are alligators in Assassin’s Creed 3 THERE ARE ALLIGATORS IN ASSASSIN’S CREED 3
AND APPARENTLY AT LEAST IN SOME VERSIONS THEY CAN BE WRESTLED
Some of my favourite inspirational animal skulls.
Teeth are one of my favorite things to draw and I often look up reference of skulls when drawing new animals. I’ve never drawn any of these, though. They all look amazing.