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  • Platypus
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The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semi- aquatic egg-layin...
  • Platypus #mental_wildlife The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semi- aquatic egg-laying mammal  endemic to eastern Australia, including  Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extantspecies of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record. The first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together. The platypus is semiaquatic, inhabiting small streams and rivers over an extensive range from the cold highlands of Tasmania and the Australian Alps to the tropical rainforests of coastal Queensland as far north as the base of the Cape York Peninsula. Inland, its distribution is not well known; it is extinct in South Australia (apart from an introduced population on Kangaroo Island) and is no longer found in the main part of the Murray-Darling Basin, possibly due to the declining water quality brought about by extensive land clearing and irrigation schemes. Along the coastal river systems, its distribution is unpredictable; it appears to be absent from some relatively healthy rivers. Photo: unknown #duck #bill #naturalworld #mask #masks #wildlifeonearth #sting #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #zoo #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #brilliance #awesome #australianshepherd #conservation #swimming #wildlifephotography #cute #splendid_animals  #animalsofinstagram #adorable #wildlife_perfection
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  • Regal ringneck snake
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Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, is a harmless species of col...
  • Regal ringneck snake #mental_wildlife Diadophis punctatus, commonly known as the ring-necked snake or ringneck snake, is a harmless species of colubrid snake found throughout much of the United States, central Mexico, and southeastern Canada. Ring-necked snakes are secretive, nocturnal snakes, so are rarely seen during the day time. They are slightly venomous, but their nonaggressive nature and small, rear-facing fangs pose little threat to humans who wish to handle them. They are best known for their unique defense posture of curling up their tails, exposing their bright red-orange posterior, ventral surface when threatened. Ring-necked snakes are believed to be fairly abundant throughout most of their range, though no scientific evaluation supports this hypothesis. Scientific research is lacking for the ring-necked snake, and more in-depth investigations are greatly needed. Ring-necked snakes usually mate in the spring. In some subspecies, though, mating occurs in the fall, and delayed implantation occurs. Females attract males by secreting pheromones from their skin. Once the male finds a female, he starts by rubbing his closed mouth along the female’s body.Then, the male bites the female around her neck ring, maneuvering to align their bodies so sperm can be inserted into the female’s vent. Females lay their eggs in loose, aerated soils under a rock or in a rotted log. Three to ten eggs are deposited in early summer and hatch in August or September. The egg is elongated with a white color contrasted by yellow ends. When hatched, juveniles are precocial and fend for themselves without parental care. Photo: unknown. #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday  #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute  #weirdandwonderful  #instanature  #reptules #snake
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  • Irrawaddy dolphin
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The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin found in discontinuous...
  • Irrawaddy dolphin #mental_wildlife The Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevirostris) is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin found in discontinuous subpopulations near sea coasts and in estuaries and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia. One of the earliest recorded descriptions of the Irrawaddy dolphin was by Sir Richard Owen in 1866 based on a specimen found in 1852, in the harbour of Visakhapatnam on the east coast of India. It is one of two species in its genus. It has sometimes been listed variously in a family containing just itself and in Monodontidae and in Delphinapteridae. There is now widespread agreement to list it in the family Delphinidae. Genetically, the Irrawaddy dolphin is closely related to the killer whale (orca). It is also closely related to the Australian snubfin dolphin, and these two were only recently recognised as distinct species. The species name brevirostris comes from the Latin meaning short-beaked. In 2005, genetic analysis showed the Australian snubfin dolphin found at the coast of northern Australia forms a second species in the Orcaella genus. Overall, the dolphins' colour is grey to dark slate blue, paler underneath, with no distinctive pattern. The dorsal fin is small and rounded behind the middle of the back. The forehead is high and rounded; the beak is lacking. The front of its snout is blunt. The flippers are broad and rounded. The species found in Borneo, the finless porpoise, Neophocaena phocaenoides, is similar and has no back fin; the humpback dolphin, Sousa chinensis, is larger, has a longer beak and a larger dorsal fin. Irrawaddy dolphin populations are classified by the IUCN as critically endangered due to pollution, being hunted for oil and habitat loss. Photo: unknown #dolphin #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute #weirdandwonderful #wildlife_perfection #dolphins
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  • Great white shark breaching
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False Bay is home to Seal Island. As its name implies, this area is the local habitat of an extraordi...
  • Great white shark breaching #mental_wildlife False Bay is home to Seal Island. As its name implies, this area is the local habitat of an extraordinary colony of seals, one of the Great White’s favourite meals. This prey has a high body fat content, ideal in terms of providing the sharks with added energy. Sharks frequently make a surprise attack on its prey from below. This is aided by the fact that its upper body is very dark, blending in well with the black depths of the ocean. In addition, few animals look down when swimming. Upon spotting a seal near the surface of the water (as it makes its way across deep ocean waters en route to or from the island), the Great White picks up a massive amount of speed from deep down. It thrusts its body like a torpedo, being aided by the fusiform shape and the dermal denticles on the skin, which both reduce turbulence. As it approaches the prey, it opens its sawed jaws and clamps down on the seal with enormous force as they both come flying out of the ocean. If the shark misjudges its bite, it gives the seal a mighty thumping high into the air, which can often injure the animal enough to immobilise it completely. Many seals, however, rely on the adrenalin that follows and make a life-and-death effort to escape. Tourists and researchers that have had the opportunity of watching the pursuit between this mighty predator and its scurrying prey are sure to be awe-struck by nature’s ingenious design. Photo unknown. #nature #wildlife #ocean #sealife #naturephotography #sea #saltlife #coralreef #underwater #fish #underwaterworld #underwaterphoto #uwphotography #blueplanet #underthesea #deepbluesea #marinelife #animalkingdom #naturelovers #naturalworld #naturephotography #wildlifeplanet #natgeowild #instanature #beautiful #greatwhite #seacreatures #wildlife #shark #pescado
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  • Platypus
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The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semi- aquatic egg-layin...
  • Platypus #mental_wildlife The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semi- aquatic egg-laying mammal  endemic to eastern Australia, including  Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extantspecies of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species appear in the fossil record. The first scientists to examine a preserved platypus body (in 1799) judged it a fake, made of several animals sewn together. The platypus is semiaquatic, inhabiting small streams and rivers over an extensive range from the cold highlands of Tasmania and the Australian Alps to the tropical rainforests of coastal Queensland as far north as the base of the Cape York Peninsula. Inland, its distribution is not well known; it is extinct in South Australia (apart from an introduced population on Kangaroo Island) and is no longer found in the main part of the Murray-Darling Basin, possibly due to the declining water quality brought about by extensive land clearing and irrigation schemes. Along the coastal river systems, its distribution is unpredictable; it appears to be absent from some relatively healthy rivers. Photo: unknown #duck #bill #naturalworld #mask #masks #wildlifeonearth #sting #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #zoo #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #brilliance #awesome #australianshepherd #conservation #swimming #wildlifephotography #cute #splendid_animals  #animalsofinstagram #adorable #wildlife_perfection
  • 2220 12 5 days ago
  • Firefly
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The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, commonly called fireflies...
  • Firefly #mental_wildlife The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. About 2,000 species of fireflies are found in temperate and tropical climates. Many are in marshes or in wet, wooded areas where their larvae have abundant sources of food. Their larvae emit light and often are called "glowworms" in Eurasia and elsewhere. In the Americas, "glow worm" also refers to the related Phengodidae. In many species, both male and female fireflies have the ability to fly, but in some species, the females are flightless. Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This process occurs in specialized light-emitting organs, usually on a firefly's lower abdomen. Firefly luciferase is used in forensics, and the enzyme has medical uses — in particular, for detecting the presence of ATP or magnesium. All fireflies glow as larvae. Bioluminescence serves a different function in lampyrid larvae from the function served in adults. It appears to be a warning signal to predators, since many firefly larvae contain chemicals that are distasteful or toxic. Photo: unknown #lightup #light #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #love #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday  #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute  #weirdandwonderful  #instanature  #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers
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