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Malaysian Cat Gecko (Aeluroscalabotes felinus) -

True to its name, they are native to Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Singapore.  Aeluroscalabotes is the only genus in its family, and this gecko is the only species in that genus.  The term cat gecko comes from the habit of curling its tail at rest and wrapping it around itself as it sleeps.  

Unlike most geckos, it does not have the adhesive feet pads.  Instead, it climbs trees using small claws and its prehensile tail.  It is thought to be one of the more primitive species of gecko.  Its small build likens it to some fossilized gecko ancestors. 

Their coloration can vary from yellow to red, and their eyes can be black, silver and sometimes a dark green.  They are nocturnal and not picky eaters.  In certain regions, they are protected from poaching for pet trade, but in other areas, populations are unknown. 

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right)

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Gonatodes (Gonatodes daudini)-

Gonatodes is a genus of dwarf geckos that include many different species. Almost every species has a dramatic and unique color variation (in the males mostly). They mostly live in the forests of South America although some have adapted to live in cities and have been taken as pets.

They eat almost any bug that they can swallow.  Some species of Gonatodes are becoming critically endangered due to deforestation.

Most of the species have pointed noses and are rather narrow in body size.  However Gonatodes Daudini, shown here is the only one with large  scales, bright orange irises and the 3 eye shaped patterns displayed by the males. 

Photos: Strategy Forum INC on Flickr 

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Aardwolf (Proteles Christata) - 

Despite its name, the aardwolf is a member of the hyena family.  It is smaller than its Hyaenidae cousins and it does not hunt large prey.  Instead, it has a modified, long sticky tongue that it uses to eat insects and termites.  Occasionally, it will scavenge for carrion.  Because of its diet, sometimes their teeth wear or fall out.

They are nocturnal and live in burrows.  They are social and pairs will both work to raise cubs.  However during foraging, they will typically separate and feed alone.  

Since they cannot run very quickly, they rely on their foul smelling spray, and their mohawk like manes that can be raised to seem more threatening. 

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Bloodbelly Comb Jelly  (Lampocteis Cruentiventer) - 

This ctenophore is the only species in the genus Lampoctena due to various differences between it and other comb jellies.  Comb jellies are not actual jellyfish, as they propel themselves via the iridescent cilia instead of stinging tentacles.  They can grow up to 6 inches long.

In the depths of the ocean, the bright red color of the jellies appears black, allowing for good camouflage.  Their color also helps cover the bioluminescent prey that it feeds on.  

They are found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, but due to their coloration, are quite hard to find in the wild.

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Other handlers do not need to explain anything to you. If the dog is not a physical threat to you or your dog then you have no right to confront or otherwise harass that team.

And the two questions businesses are legally allowed to ask are not a “test”. There is no “test”. The knowledge and experience other handler have varies wildly. It is not a crime to be ignorant to the terminology. (Or to have a disability that affects language.)

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Black Beauty Stick Insect (Peruphasma schultei) -

Discovered just 7 years ago, this stick insect is native to northern Peru in an area of land that is only about 12 acres.  

They have a velvety black body, red mouth parts and bright yellow eyes.  Their tiny vestigial wings have distinct white vein-like markings on the coverings.  When opened, the wings are a stunning crimson red, likely to be used to confusing a predator. 

It can also squirt liquid when irritated or started.  It isn’t volatile or poisonous, but it is very irritating in the eyes or nose. 

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Wood Lizard (Enyalioides binzayedi) -

Found only in the Cordillera Azul National Park of Peru, this little lizard was discovered first in 2010.  

They can grow up to about 12 inches and both sexes have dorsal spikes on the neck.  The males (top and bottom right) have bright green and black patterning while the females (bottom left) are brown.  Juveniles are also a dull brown color.  Other wood lizards don’t have the prominent dorsal spikes.

Photos: (top) (bottom left) (bottom right)

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Today in No Man’s Sky…

I went to a horrible planet with toxic dust storms, and I found this ugly little lump-nugget. >.<