2. dendroica:

    Eastern Garter Snake (by Dendroica cerulea)

  3. labbugs:




    Jumping Spider Plush by WhittyKitty


    GIMME ONE NOW! o_o

    I need to find this. now.

  4. biocanvas:

    Tooth of a predatory marine snail

    The predatory marine snail Conus ermineus lives in a shell between 2-4 inches in length. Like the barrel of a gun, Conus snails possess a battery of venom-loaded, harpoon-like teeth located within their throat with one tooth “loaded” and ready for use. When prey is detected, the snail rapidly fires the tooth and injects a potent cocktail of neurotoxins that paralyzes small fish almost instantly. The snail then retracts the tooth, reeling in the prey before swallowing it whole. Conus snails can fire these venomous harpoons in any direction (even backwards), and some of the loaded toxins can be fatal to humans.

    Image by Dr. Alan Kohn and Dr. Joshua Kubo, University of Washington.

    (Source: olympusbioscapes.com, via dendroica)

  5. ominousraincloud:

    FOG | By Frederick Cooper | Big Sur, California

    (via mountaineous)

  6. scienceyoucanlove:

    Project Noah Fun Fact:

    We find this Northern ghost bat (Diclidurus albus) just too adorable to resist! Found in South America, Trinidad, and Central America, it is a relatively rare bat that eats insects. Once again, the scientific name gives us a clue to this creature. Diclidurus is the genus name and albus means white.

    spotted in Provincia de Manabí, Ecuador by PN member SergeiKoultchitskii:



    (via rhamphotheca)

  7. rhamphotheca:

    A colored scanning electron microscope image of a Rust Mite (Aceria anthocoptes), a member of the Aceria genus of mites that are parasites of plants. This can be put to human advantage, as this species in particular is used for biological control of the invasive weed Canada Thistle. (via: Wikipedia

  8. whatthefauna:

    A snake uses its tongue to “taste” the air and detect nearby predators and prey. The split in its tongue helps determine the direction of a scent so that the snake can follow a trail of chemical cues in a process called tropotaxis.

    Image credit: Yurawaj Gurjar

  9. decemberpaladin:


    Idk if I’m the last one to see this, but have you guys seen this volcano in Indonesia that’s spewing bLUE FLAMES. -its metal as hECK. so fucking cool looking.


    Fuckin’ hell.

    (Source: Daily Mail, via nthd-jen)

  10. rhamphotheca:

    The Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) is the largest known species of jellyfish. Its range is confined to cold, boreal waters of the Arctic, northern Atlantic, and northern Pacific Oceans… Although capable of attaining a bell diameter of 2.5 m (8 feet), these jellyfish can greatly vary in size, those found in lower latitudes are much smaller than their far northern counterparts with bells about 50 cm (20 inches) in diameter. The tentacles of larger specimens may trail as long as 30 m (90 feet) or more. These extremely sticky tentacles are grouped into eight clusters, each cluster containing over 100 tentacles,[5] arranged in a series of rows…

    (read more: Wikipedia)

  11. dendroica:

    Isodontia (by Dendroica cerulea)

  13. labbugs:

    Inktober for October 11th

    Doodled these wile scrolling through libutron's tumblr :)

    Glad to see animals that I post are doodled! 

  15. Darien Stubfoot Toad - Atelopus certus

    Atelopus certus (Bufonidae) is a brilliantly colored toad only known from the Serrania del Sapo in south-western Darién Province, Panama. The dorsal surface is bright red or yellow with numerous black spots of varying size.

    Although this species is locally common within its small range, it has been listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. It seems like the species trend is slowly decreasing and it is also in range on the chytridiomycosis that is progressing through Panamá. Within a few years it is more than possible that it reaches the Atelpus certus habitat. 

    References: [1] - [2] - [3]

    Photo credit: ©Brian Gratwicke (CC BY 2.0) | Locality: Panama (2011)