and a spiny back


“The moon is the reflection of your heart and moonlight is the twinkle of your love.” -Debasish Mridha

Terra groaned, burying her face in her hands.

Her head hurt, her eyes sore, and she was pretty sure all the names were starting to blur together.

Eluetherodactylidae; the rain frogs.

Brevicipitidae; the other rain frogs.

Dendrobatidae; the poison dart frogs.

Bufonidae; toads.

Alsodidae; the…the…

Terra sighed and reached into the pile of notecards and pulled one out, flipping it over and scanning the back. Ah. The spiny chested frogs. Of course.

She heaved another sigh and flopped onto her back, ignoring the scattered notecards around her. Terra had no idea what possessed her to take a college level biology course, in particularly one revolving around herps, but alas here she was. It didn’t help that the teacher, or professor, in this case, wanted them to memorize the different families of amphibians. Terra was certain she’d never use this information ever, but what was she to do? College credit was college credit, after all.

And getting biology out of the way would certainly make things easier in the long run.

That didn’t make this any easier now, however, and she decided that a break was long overdue. Terra rolled of her bed, scattering more notecards about, and slipped out of her room.

The hallway was dark, with only the soft glow beneath her foster parents’ door as indication of their presence. It was pretty late; a click glance at her phone showed the time to be past midnight. But aside from the strain of studying, Terra didn’t feel tired.

She plucked her keys from the rack on the wall and quietly stepped outside, making sure to  close the door gently behind her. The fresh salty air stung at her nostrils, and Terra smiled. She loved living by the sea. The air felt more energetic here.

Terra struck out down the sidewalk, enjoying the quiet bustle of the night. Despite the fact that it was midnight, cars whizzed past left and right, their bright headlights flashing briefly in Terra’s eyes. There were a few people out and about too; mostly clubbers or bar hoppers, though there were small pockets of sketchy strangers huddled near the dark alleyways. Terra simply held her head high, ignoring their wary stares.

She knew for a fact that she could take care of herself.

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Thorny dragon (Moloch horridus)

The thorny dragon is an Australian Lizard. This is the sole species of genus Moloch. The thorny dragon grows up to 20 cm in length, and it can live for up to 20 years. Most of these lizards are coloured in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans. These colours change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. These animals are covered entirely with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified. The thorny dragon also features a spiny “false head” on the back of its neck, and the lizard presents this to potential predators by dipping its real head. The “false head” is made of soft tissue.The females are larger than the males. The thorny dragon’s scales are ridged, enabling the animal to collect water from any part of its body. That water is then conveyed to its mouth. The thorny dragon usually lives in the arid scrubland and desert that covers most of central Australia. The thorny dragon mainly subsists on ants.

photo credits: KeresH, Bäras, KeresH

Daily Monster 340: Spiny-backed Chimpanzee

Region of origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo

According to an anonymous account of the sighting, a group of United States Navy SEALs on a mission in the DRC circa 2000 encountered a group of 13 chimpanzees attacking an animal, with the notable trait that all the chimps has a back full of porcupine-like quills. Per the source, the unit reportedly recorded a video of the creatures, but due to its connection to a sensitive mission it is currently in possession of the US government.

scorpionfish in camouflage by wolfgangpronai The scorpionfish is hiding in perfect camouflage. I enhanced the contrast to the environment to make it visible. It is extremly dangerous to touch the spiny back fins and the dorsal suface because of a proteinpoison which causes extrem pain and may be lifethreatenening to humans.

Arthur Puppet V2.0

Time for some update stuff~

We’ve just now got Arthur’s new refinements in place and we can now show it off.  Once again artsyfeathersartsyblog was on hand to spruce up the design with chloepoisonhearts on construction of the puppet itself.

Unlike Lewis’s new puppet though we currently do not have the back views of them, so no spiny .gif for him quite yet.

(<–NEW VS OLD–>)

The adjustments in place for this are much like that of Lewis’s, with mostly overall refinements to the character’s features and changing the structure to support more comprehensive puppet rigging.  Though I’m sure ya’ll have picked up on the more obvious tweaks before I mention what they are.


Robot Arm Upgrade-

Arthur’s arm has been changed by a fair amount (though I made sure not to go too crazy with it).

Arthur’s old robot arm was more or less just his fleshy arm painted grey and with some lines thrown on it.  While that served its purpose for Ghost, I figured that needed some adjustment as we went back to refine the designs some.  My main goal was to make the silhouette noticeably different from the normal arm just so it stands out as being more mechanical from the get-go.

Arthur’s Head-

It didn’t really show up in Ghost too well, but MAN I don’t even know what I was thinking with Arthur’s head in some of these views.  He got this weird muzzle in the side views, which I guess I was trying to emulate the kind of bean shaped head of Shaggy from Scooby Doo I guess??

Anyway, it’s now much less… THAT.

Also +1 hair spike.

Vest Pins-

Due to popular demand, I’ve rolled back in the pins on Arthur’s vest that existed waaaaaaaaay back during Arthur’s original concept art.

Arthur’s has gained a bit of height in this new version, but I’ll save the direct comparisons for later.


And to tease the next project some more, here’s one of artsyfeathersartsyblog‘s backgrounds.

As for the exact nature of what it is though, I’ll leave ya’ll to figure that one out.

Up next, Vivi V2


6/28/16                         Elm Sphinx - Hodges#7786                                                          

Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Bombycoidea (Silkworm, Sphinx, and Royal Moths)
Family Sphingidae (Sphinx Moths)
Subfamily Sphinginae
Tribe Sphingini
Genus Ceratomia
Species amyntor (Elm Sphinx - Hodges#7786)
Hodges Number

Other Common Names
Four-horned Sphinx (larva)
Wingspan 82-115 mm (1)
Adult brown overall. Wings light brown with darker brown shading. Whitish PM line on forewing the only complete distinct line; blackish streaks along veins in outer part of forewing. Whitish tint along costa, especially near base. Hindwing brown with dark brown border and incomplete lines. Thorax very fuzzy with dark brown/black edges.

Caterpillar green or brown with 4 spiny horns on thorax and scalelike ridge along back. Body covered with white-tipped granules.
Eastern and central North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to New Mexico, north to Saskatchewan
Deciduous woodlands
adults fly in June and July in the north; March to October in the south (two broods)
larvae from June to October
Larvae feed on leaves of basswood (Tilia), cherry (Prunus), elm (Ulmus), birch (Betula).
Adults probably do not feed.
Life Cycle
one generation per year in the north; two generations in the south; overwinters as a pupa in underground burrow
1 and 2. Caterpillars. 3. Pupa. 4 Adult


Alolan Sandshrew 

Sandshrew have historically lived in desert areas. But the frequent eruptions of nearby volcanoes drove the Sandshrew to abandon the desert and migrate to snowy mountains, where they took on this form.

Sandshrew’s body changed to adapt to the harsh environment of the snowy mountains. The Alolan Sandshrew has a shell of ice covering its skin, which is like hard steel. It excels defensively, but it lacks flexibility and can’t curl its body into a ball like a Ground-type Sandshrew can.

Its heavy weight makes the Alolan Sandshrew slower than a normal Sandshrew, but the claws on its hands and feet allow it to move across ice without slipping. When it wants to move quickly, it uses its stomach to slide across the ice like a curling rock.

Alolan Sandslash 

The Alolan Sandshrew of the snowy mountains evolve into Alolan Sandslash with spiny backs that are covered in ice. Thanks to their icy coating, these spines are large and sharp. Alolan Sandslash hide themselves in the snow when strong enemies appear, leaving only their needles exposed and ready for business.

The weight of the ice that covers its body makes these Alolan Sandslash heavier than normal Sandslash, and this causes them to be slower. Yet in snow fields and on ice, they move by creating a path with their claws, and so they’re able to move with swiftness.

The sprays of snow kicked up by Alolan Sandslash’s movements are so beautiful that many photographers head for the snowy peaks to capture the moment. However, Sandslash live deep in the mountains, and there is great danger of becoming stranded, so it’s forbidden to climb the mountains without permission.