Posted on Oct 10, 2014 at 9PM

rhamphotheca:

Venomous Slow Loris May Have Evolved To Mimic Cobras

Don’t be fooled by those big brown eyes.

by Alissa Zhu

What’s slow, fuzzy, and deadly like a cobra? The slow loris, of course! Researchers are arguing that these endangered Asian primates evolved to mimic venomous snakes.

An article published in the Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases suggested slow lorises adopted serpentine markings and movements as defense mechanisms.

Its big doe eyes, furry face, and tiny grasping hands are a deceptive mask for its deadly nature. Slow lorises are the only known venomous primate, secreting toxins from a gland located along the crook of their inner arms. When threatened, a slow loris will hiss and retreat into a defensive posture with its paws clasped on top of its head. In this position, the slow loris’s upraised arms combined with dark markings on its face look remarkably like the expanded hood of an angered Spectacled cobra.

To add to the effect, slow lorises can even undulate in a serpentine fashion. This unusual movement is made possible by an extra vertebra in their spines. The defense posture also allows slow lorises to suck the venom from their armpits and strike quickly. The bites of these tiny primates have caused anaphylactic shock and even death in humans…

(read more: Popular Science)

photos: David Haring/Duke Lemur Ctr. and Nekaris et al. Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins including Tropical Diseases

I use to have one of these :) cute aren’t they?

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jaydiebird asked:

My blood shed for his first time with me, and it was awful! :c I feel so bad and I want to prevent it from happening again.. It was in pieces and stuck to him, he felt dry and flaky..He doesn't ever soak in his bowl, though he drinks a lot from it. What should I do?

fattyfatpythonsforever:

Well first of all, you’ll have to get rid of the stuck shed if you haven’t already. soak him in warm water for a while, maybe about 20 minutes, only deep enough that it goes up half his body height. I like to put some paper towels in with them so they have something to rub against. If he doesn’t get it off himself, you should be able to gently rub it off with a damp paper towel. 

To prevent further issues, you’ll want to increase the humidity in his enclosure. I don’t know what your husbandry is like (feel free to message me with that if you want) but a plastic tub is ideal for bloods opposed to glass tanks. they hold heat and especially humidity better. make sure you have a large water bowl so that he can soak if he wants to, but also a large water dish allows for more evaporated water in the air. If you want, i’ve seen people place two water bowls in their enclosure to increase humidity. You could use a substrate that hold moisture better such as cypress mulch or eco earth. 

But the best thing you could do is make a humid hide. Basically, if you aren’t familiar with them, it’s a box within the enclosure filled with moist sphagnum moss that they can crawl into during shed or really whenever they’re feeling a bit dry. Here’s a picture of one although for a blood, I would put the hole on the side of it since I don’t know about anyone else’s fatties, but mine don’t like to climb much. In my experience, just having a plastic tub and a large water dish is enough to get perfect sheds, but if you’re having issues a humid hide is really the best solution for getting a good shed next time around. 

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sirkai:

Haven’t posted my babies in a while UwU

sirkai:

Haven’t posted my babies in a while UwU

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tangarang:

fullmetalbukkake:

lafix:

A very bizarre bird was photographed in Venezuela recently. Meet the Potoo, which is rarely seen in daylight. - Imgur
NOPE

what the fuck is that

that looks like a god damn nightmare

and this is sound it makes

MOOOOOM

are you fucking kidding me it sounds like a 18 year old boy complaining to his mother because she cut off the wifi

nataliesama:

bagmilk:

karkatstuck:

tangarang:

fullmetalbukkake:

lafix:

A very bizarre bird was photographed in Venezuela recently. Meet the Potoo, which is rarely seen in daylight. - Imgur

NOPE

what the fuck is that

that looks like a god damn nightmare

and this is sound it makes

MOOOOOM

are you fucking kidding me it sounds like a 18 year old boy complaining to his mother because she cut off the wifi

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Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 6PM

crispysnakes:

dakonic:

ouroboner:

i found some more pictures of that Sunbeam snake! So cute…

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This species is new to me! What a stunning and unique snake!

Definitely check out the source link provided.  The pics in the photoset are of the snake in shed - they look way more awesome out of it!

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dog trying to save fishes

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lissymac37:

huffingtonpost:

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Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

This is so important. Girls pay attention. Boys, if you are a brother, father, cousin of a girl, pay attention.

This is CRITICAL

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biletree:

kiggor:

Dachshunds can’t wait to take a bath

*hysterical crying and screaming*

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reptilesrevolution:

The Scorpion gecko (Pristurus carteri), or Carter’s rock gecko, is endemic to the southern Arabian Peninsula. It is ground dwelling and exclusively diurnal. This species remains under 4” long and is found in gravelly habitats with little or no vegetation. Pristurus means “saw tailed” in Latin and you can see how that name is appropriate when viewing the tail of this gecko. Photo © Matthijs Kuijpers

reptilesrevolution:

The Scorpion gecko (Pristurus carteri), or Carter’s rock gecko, is endemic to the southern Arabian Peninsula. It is ground dwelling and exclusively diurnal. This species remains under 4” long and is found in gravelly habitats with little or no vegetation. Pristurus means “saw tailed” in Latin and you can see how that name is appropriate when viewing the tail of this gecko. Photo © Matthijs Kuijpers

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sournesss:

Oh myyy Gooood

sournesss:

Oh myyy Gooood

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