spiny tail

anonymous asked:

What do you think Nidoking and Nidoqueen are based of?

Their lines seem to be inspired by bits of all sorts of animals - we git some unmistakably mammalian influences, for example from rhinos, rodents/rabbits etc. but also something archaic and reptilian - hey don’t have cheeks for example. I think that they form a unique little clade within pokémon, a distinct body plan (that includes having also similar quadruped pre-evos) that allies them with the rhydon line. Indeed the Nido royalties, Rhydon, and Rhyperior all are known as The Drill Pokémon. Also, Khangaskan shares many features of this group too. 

The body plan of a large, eared, bipedal, tailed, spiny, reptiley-mammal has an unmistakably gen 1 feel about it, it is so recognisable, for example it stars as the iconic gym statues, and as one of the major roster sprites in gen1/2. Rhydon like mons everywhere man. 

Of course, rhydon was one of the first Pokémon designed, and you can see from this early concept art that the original rhydon was even more Nido like than now.  

Ok I don’t know where I’m going with this, but before I had a tendency to shoehorn pokémon into definitive groups based on real life counterparts, however this often runs into difficulties where you have pokémon based on more than one unrelated real life animal, or when a real life counterpart simply doesn’t exist. Plus we have lots of game mechanic bullshit that can be just plain biological sacrilege - eggs, B̑́ͧ͐rͨͩ̇ͣ̏ͧE̷͗E͑͟d͗͆iͤͦͫ͒n͟Ǧ̃̃̄̌, evolutionary stages (though I see pokémon evolution in this sense as a form of facultative metamorphosis) etc.  

I think now it’s better to assume that Pokémon is an incredibly different universe, but one that does share some fundamental biological and evolutionary laws and similarities. Thus for example instead of saying that Rattata is a rat definitively, it could be better to say that Rattata is an organism that shares many morphological and ecological characteristics with a rat, and thus, since we have very limited data to go upon (we can’t properly study it’s physiology, behaviour etc., sequence DNA etc., and like,the pokedex is written by a ten year old child lol), we can infer aspects of it’s biology from rats as well as it’s evolutionary relationships to other rodent like pokémon that share a similar suite of physiological and ecological characters, from what we know about such relationships in Rodentia, and from real world character evolution. 

So what can we say about the Nidos? They are part of a distinguishable group of pokémon that all possess a distinct set of ecological, behavioural, and morphological characters, which have analogies to a variety of real life mammalian and reptilian real life counterparts, such as rhinos, glires (rodents and lagomorphs (hares, pikas, and rabbits), and mammal like reptiles. The variation within this group of pokemon is less than the differences between members of this group and other pokémon, and this unites this group as a clade. It would be a lot of work to actually work out what pokémon the drill pokémon + khangaskan are most closely related to, i.e. make a phylogenetic tree, but here is just a rough within group tree with a possible scenario of major character evolutionary events (indicated by black rectangles). 

(also, the breeding rules between the Nidos, and whether the king and queen are different species or this is just sexual dimorphism is completely clouded by game mechanics of having gendered pokémon before established gender mechanics, so I’m not going to into that - however, I will say for a quick example, meerkats live in a matriarchal society and the alpha female usually has most of the breeding rights - however, because she has to defend the her position, as well as the group itself from danger, she often has very high testosterone levels which reduces her fertility - perhaps nidorina and nidoqueen are extreme examples of this, changing physically to take on a more protective role, letting nidoran sisters/aunts/mothers take on breeding roles)

Both of them seem like they may be computer generated animations of something sort of like a squamate (the taxonomic group that includes lizards and snakes). I think they are cgi based on how they move, which isn’t especially realistic to real snakes.

The first one I saw (the darker looking clip) really reminds me more of a lizard tail than any snake, as the scales lay in a way that isn’t how snake scales lay. It’s more in line with lizards that have long, spiny tails.

There are many genera Takydromas, Sceloporus, Uromastyx, and Cordylus to name a few.

The other clip has some similarities with a snake genus called Atheris (African bush vipers), which have these scales that are not totally flat on the body, similar to the clip. Since these videos are so grainy and distorted and with both forward and reversing of the same video clip, it’s hard to say exactly what is going on here.
—  Dr. Sara Ruane, an assistant professor at Rutgers, who is an Herpetologist and has been studying the subject since she was five years old. (Buzzfeed: An Investigation Into What Kind Of Reptile Is In Taylor Swift’s Cryptic Videos)

anonymous asked:

I don't know if your the right person to ask this, but I've been thinking about getting an ackie monitor (not as a first reptile, i have lots of experience with lizards and snakes) and I never cohabit any of my reptiles, but in doing research on ackies I've seen a lot of people house two or three together. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on this? Do they do well or even better in pairs? or are people just misinformed? Again, I don't know if your the person to ask but thought i'd try.

Hey, I’ve never owned ackies. I’ve handled them many times because I have friends who own them but I’m not an expert on their care.

Some monitor species live in some sort of group situation in the wild and are fairly social animals (for reptiles). Ackies are one of those species. Overall they seem to do very well in pairs (one male and one female) or trios (two females one male), but they should be purchased together as hatchlings. In a group situation they will of course need a very large enclosure! They seem to do well as individuals as well.

However, I am definitely not an expert at monitor keeping – the only species I have care experience with is savannahs. (I think ackies are some of the cutest monitors I have ever seen though…. I handle them every chance I get!)

@varanusindicus keeps monitors, and I know @dragonsong93 has an ackie! Maybe they or others can help with more information, corrections, or details!


Spiny-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus)

Also known as the Ridge-tailed Monitor or Ackies Dwarf Monitor, the spiny-tailed monitor is a species of monitor lizard (Varanus spp.) that is native to Australia where it occurs in northern Western Australia, in the Northern Territory and in the eastern and northeastern parts of Queensland. Spiny-tailed monitors are diurnal, solitary ground-dwellers which are often seen under rock slabs, boulders, rock cervices and rarely in spinifex grass. They feed mainly on insects (especially orthopterans and beetles) but are known to take other lizards and young mammals. 


Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Varanidae-Varanus-(Odatria)-V. acanthurus

Image: Benjamint444 and Mark Dumont


Banded Uromastyx
Uromastyx D. Flavifasciata

Idk literally the best thing about Uromastyx is they don’t have Morphs. This diversity is all about that pure untouched, un-manipulated, wild DNA. We have a uromastyx in every color you’d want in life.

This guy right here is Ink. 14" of pure muscle. He’s my big boy. I love him 😊

anonymous asked:

Hi! I'm glad to see you're writing again :) I have a request which I hope you'll find inspirational enough - Astrid has to carry Hiccup piggyback-style all the way back to the Edge after he made some stupid accident with the flying suit and crash landed in the forest... I always love a torn-between-worry-and-wanting-to-beat-the-shit-out-of-Hiccup Astrid :)

A/N: Me? Spacing out the fics that I post over a certain period of time? HA.

(Thank you for these requests, and I apologize for the wait! Seriously. Look at that time stamp. Eight months? Holy shit. I need to get my act together. If any of you might happen to have any more, I’d be happy to oblige.)

It was early morning, and Astrid Hofferson was rather sure that she was the only one who was awake on the island.

She had been scouting the perimeter of the island on Stormfly when it happened–when Astrid reached a peak level of “oh my gods, I’m so worried,” and “oh my gods, I’m going to kill him before anything else can finish him off first, just so I don’t have to worry about any other potentially fatal threats.”

As soon as the all-too familiar sound of Toothless’ plasma blast pierced the air and echoed in her ears, Astrid snapped her gaze towards it source. From the middle of the island’s dense forests in the distance, a purplish-blue concentrated flame shot straight up into the sky, then erupted with somewhat visible clouds of gray rippling outwards in smokey rings from where it exploded.

A distress signal.

Odin, help them all.

But especially Hiccup.

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Joe , The Spiny Tailed Lizard

I’m an amateur digital photographer from Scotland with a background in film, music and sound design. I’m no longer involved in those fields and so photography has become my main creative output due to it’s immediacy (and fun!). I am too restless to settle on a single style of photography but landscapes, nature and architecture are my frequent subjects.

I have 2 tumblr photo blogs and 1 blog purely for gifs:

thespinytailedlizard: Captures of parts of the Middle East (where I live and work) that I have come to know. A Spiny Tailed Lizard is an indigenous animal to this part of the world.
joe-phote: Mostly landscapes and nature. I also use this blog to experiment with different photographic and editing techniques.
joe-gifs: photographic animations with an emphasis on the surreal and experimentation.