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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. 

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Today is ‘Have a Party With Your Bear Day.’  

You should probably go hang out with your teddy. Speaking of party bears, remember this one?

I do. Because I NEED TO HAVE ONE. Their Kickstarter has 3 days left and is just $200 short of the goal… If you help out, I promise I won’t give you one for Christmas.

UPDATE- I checked this morning and they met their goal. THANKS TUMBLR!

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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 

"What is it like, owning a pet snake?"
  • It's walking in your room and turning on your light, then seeing them tense up and you put your hands up in mock surrender and turn the lights back off.
  • It's the frustration because they won't sit still for cute pictures.
  • It's having the insatiable desire to hold them when you shouldn't.
  • It's the pride you feel when they "kill" a dead rat.
  • It's the unrequited love you know they can't share, but you continue denying they don't love you back.
  • It's the little things they do because they're comfortable that tell you you're doing a good job.
  • It's the moments that they tell you you're familiar, and they trust you more than the stranger or new place.
  • It's the love for these beautiful animals that are misunderstood and undervalued.
  • I wouldn't trade my snake for the world.
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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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Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small

Keeping fish and reptiles in small tanks will not keep them small!!!!!!

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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.