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sdzoo:

Even Galapagos tortoises enjoy watermelon in the summer. Watch the full video.

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llbwwb:

Philippine Tarsier | Hans Van Kerckhoven

Note the tail! Wikipedia has an excellent article on these little beasties… They’re the smallest primates and weigh the same as a candy bar.

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chels:

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sciencefriday:

Did you know you can tell different species of fireflies apart by their flash patterns?

Science Friday produced a killer video about firefly illumination patters, you should give it a watch below:


Out at the farm this morning, I saw a pretty little pink-headed beetle and Justin said, “Oh, that’s a lightning bug!” I’d never seen one in the daytime. And then tonight, they were all over the driveway, and one drifted by, stopped in front of my face, and flashed at me. It’s fun, now, to see what we know about these charming little buggers and how and why they glow.

OK, this is brilliant!

chels:

jtotheizzoe:

sciencefriday:

Did you know you can tell different species of fireflies apart by their flash patterns?

Science Friday produced a killer video about firefly illumination patters, you should give it a watch below:

Out at the farm this morning, I saw a pretty little pink-headed beetle and Justin said, “Oh, that’s a lightning bug!” I’d never seen one in the daytime. And then tonight, they were all over the driveway, and one drifted by, stopped in front of my face, and flashed at me. It’s fun, now, to see what we know about these charming little buggers and how and why they glow.

OK, this is brilliant!

About the snakes- they're garter snakes, and it's all for reproduction! In that horde there is one female, and the males are trying to find her. It's completely normal and happens wherever you can find these guys. That person stepping around the snakes stepped on at least three and gave them very painful deaths though. ):
climateadaptation climateadaptation Said:

Hi !

Regarding this slithery video, you’re right! It is reproduction but it’s also for hibernation and body heat efficiency. The garter snake is my home state, Massachusetts, “State Reptile”! They also converge in large numbers in New England to den in the winter, just not the thousands like in Canada. So weird and awesome!

Cheers!

Michael

PS, Check out this article on how climate change will impact American rattle snake’s habitat. Basically, it seems rattlers are too slow to adapt to rapid climate changes and may be wiped out in some areas because it has no suitable habitat to migrate to…  image

The ranges of species will have to change dramatically as a result of climate change between now and 2100 because the climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt, according to a newly published study by Indiana University researchers.

The study, which focuses on North American rattlesnakes, finds that the rate of future change in suitable habitat will be two to three orders of magnitude greater than the average change over the past 300 millennia, a time that included three major glacial cycles and significant variation in climate and temperature.

"We find that, over the next 90 years, at best these species’ ranges will change more than 100 times faster than they have during the past 320,000 years," said Michelle Lawing, lead author of the paper and a doctoral candidate in geological sciences and biology at IU Bloomington. "This rate of change is unlike anything these species have experienced, probably since their formation."

Why do tens of thousands of these snakes converge in caves every year??

NOPE

kqedscience:

Migaloo, The All-White Humpback, Makes A Rare Appearance

Migaloo, one of the only white humpback whales in the world who isn’t albino, has been spotted for the first time this year off the coast of Australia.

According to The Telegraph, Migaloo was photographed with a camera phone Tuesday morning off Green Cape in New South Wales. Oskar Peterson, founder of the White Whale Research Centre, confirmed the sighting, noting that the whale’s location matched with Migaloo’s known migratory patterns – patterns with which Migaloo’s fans have grown familiar since his first sighting in 1991.”

Learn more from io9.

Migaloo!

Satao was the world’s largest elephant. He was shot and killed by poachers in Kenya in March. His tusks reach the ground - very rare among grown elephants. Read his profile at The Guardian. I just kicked in $25 to Elephants Without Borders.

Satao was the world’s largest elephant. He was shot and killed by poachers in Kenya in March. His tusks reach the ground - very rare among grown elephants. Read his profile at The Guardian. I just kicked in $25 to Elephants Without Borders.

A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia via BBC

Stockholders in SeaWorld are dumping stocks by the thousands thanks in part to the documentary Blackfish (98% at Rotten Tomatoes).

One really fucked-up thing I learned from the movie was that SeaWorld trainers give the Orca whales anti-depressant drugs, sort of like Prozac or Xanax, to prevent the whales from freaking out.

Mexican fireman waters down a cat after a fire.