aquatic reptile

Sharks are over 420,000,000 years old.

That’s older than flowering plants, older than trees, 200,000,000 years older than dinosaurs, almost older than vertebrates or animal life on land, and far, far, far older than anything even remotely resembling a mammal. 

They’ve survived three ice ages and the rise and fall of the great aquatic invertebrates, the primitive reptiles, the dinosaurs, the warm-water whales, and the mammalian megafauna that came just before us.

They’ve survived virtually unchanged since the dawn of vertebrate life, too. If you found a picture of a primitive shark and showed it to someone who knew nothing about marine life, they’d go “oh, yeah, that’s a weird-looking shark”. 

And they are headed for extinction some time in the next century if we continue killing them at this rate. There is still hope, the numbers are lowering more slowly and there are increasing populations in well-managed fisheries, but the four-hundred-and-twenty-million-year-old tops of our food chains are dying out for no other reason than because killing them is profitable. 

Spread the word, everyone. Education is the key to getting shark finning banned, to pushing (or forcing) methods of fishing that reduce bycatch, and to convincing people that sharks are not monsters. 

Mystriosuchus was a phytosaur, a lineage of aquatic reptiles very similar but not closely related to true crocodilians. This species lived in the Late Triassic of Europe and show signs of being much more dedicated to an aquatic lifestyle than most of its relatives. Somewhat speculative details are a caudal fin like the later metriorynchid crocodiles and a soft tissue crest like some pterosaurs.

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Looking for fish blogs!

Since I was gone, it seems a lot of blogs have vanished and now my dash is really dead. So if you post betta and other fish, reblog or follow and I’ll check you out.
Bonus if you reblog hermit crabs, axolotl, marimo, and other such aquatic things.
Reptiles are also welcome, and so are birds!
But mostly fishies
*I’m trying to stick to blogs that are about 90% above content. Please don’t be upset if I don’t follow.

Alright aquatic and reptile community, just a reminder that Petco’s $1 per gallon sale starts tomorrow (Sunday, September 27th) Great time to upgrade for your little friends! Best deal is obviously with the larger tanks, instead of paying 119 you can pay 40 for a 40 gal breeder, signal boost this shit not just for the enthusiast but for the beginner as well. If you’re tight for money but find your pets growing out of their baby tanks, now is the time.

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Check out this video of a juvenile Acrochordus javanicus (Elephant Trunk Snake) capturing prey.  It’s almost like each body part reacts separately to stimuli.  They use their loose, rough skin to capture slippery prey like fish in their coils!

Loud music warning!

Here’s another short video of a juvenile exploring a tank.

Another Tf2 AU

(I’m sorry I’m such a gigantic slut for AU’s)

Animal Fortress AU: Each class is a splice (where they are primarily human but have animal characteristics/features) and they live in gigantic communities of splices that are somewhat like them when it comes to class/kind of animal but each individual is unique and they’ve existed like that for millennia.

Scouts are small rodent splices (mice/rabbits/ferrets/squirrels/chipmunks/possums/etc.)

Soldiers are larger rodents/medium sized mammal splices (raccoons/rats/dogs/etc.)

Pyros are ficticous animals (centaurs/sayters/dragons/merpeople/etc.)

Engineers are bees. They are all bees. All of them.

Demomen are large canine splices (wolves and stuff)

Heavies are large mammals, most of them bears, others are elephants, hippos, etc.

Medics are birds, any kind of bird.

Snipers are basically any animal you can find native to Australia.

Spies are any reptile/semi-aquatic/aquatic animal.

PSA: Always use dechlorinated water for amphibians

Amphibians should never come in contact with water that has not been treated with a dechlorinator (ReptiSafe, Prime, etc). Not for misting, not for soaking moss to go in their enclosure, not for drinking. 

This may seem obvious but when you’re a reptile keeper and add an amphibian to your collection for the first time it can be an easy thing to forget. Even if you theoretically know that you are supposed to use dechlorinated water it’s easy to unthinkingly mist an amphibian with the same water you’ve been using to mist your reptiles or to soak their moss the same way you soak moss for your reptiles out of habit.

Chlorinated water isn’t just uncomfortable for amphibians like it would be for an aquatic reptile; it can very quickly become deadly. Always mark which misters/other water containers contain chlorinated versus dechlorinated water.

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Whooping crane (Grus americana)

The whooping crane is the tallest North American bird, named for its whooping sound. At one time, the range for these birds extended throughout midwestern North America. In 1941, the wild population consisted of 21 birds. Conservation efforts have led to a population increase; as of April 2007 there were about 340 whooping cranes living in the wild, and another 145 living in captivity. The whooping crane is still one of the rarest birds in North America and it is still considered as Endangered by the IUCN. The species can stand up to 1.5 m and have a wingspan of 2.3 m. These birds forage while walking in shallow water or in fields, sometimes probing with their bills. They are omnivorous and more inclined to animal material than most other cranes. In their Texas wintering grounds, this species feeds on various crustaceans, mollusks, fish, berries, small reptiles and aquatic plants. Potential foods of breeding birds in summer include frogs, small rodents, smaller birds, fish, aquatic insects, crayfish, clams, snails, aquatic tubers, and berries.

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