Polymita picta, common name the Cuban land snail or the painted snail, is a species of large, air-breathing land snail. Shells of Polymita picta can reach a length of about 20 millimeters (0.79 in). These large shells are shiny and very brightly colored. Normally they show a bright yellow color with a white stripe, but the species is well known for its colorful shell polymorphism, with numerous color varieties. These shells are sought after by poachers and used to make jewelry and trinkets. As a result, the species has become endangered.
Happy #ManateeAppreciationDay! Gentle and solitary, West Indian manatees, Trichechus manatus, wander through both fresh and salt water. They keep to warm regions because they have no blubber, which insulates other marine mammals living in colder climates. Manatees also lack hind limbs needed to maneuver on land; they are born in water and remain there throughout their lives. Most marine mammals eat fish or invertebrates, but manatees feed only on seagrass and other plants growing in shallow water. Grazing and resting just below the surface, these “sea cows” come up for air every few minutes.
The Knifetooth Sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata) is a species of sawfish native to the Indo-Pacific ocean. Its bony snout, which contains 18-25 teeth, is used to incapacitate fish and to stir up sediment to uncover prey.
One of the most endangered frogs in Madagascar is this Williams’ Bright-eyed Frog (Boophis williamsi). I found this cutie while searching one of the highest mountains in the country for amphibian chytrid fungus.
10 amazing animals you’ve never heard of before - but need to hear about now as some are endangered
1. Okapi - found in Central Africa. Endangered
2. Quoll - native to Australia and New Guinea. Threatened
3. Mara - native to South America. Threatened
4. Rock hyrax - native to sub-saharan Africa and South Africa. Not threatened
5. Dhole - native to Asia. Endangered
6. Japanese dwarf flying squirrel. Not threatened
7. Ring-tailed coati - native to South america. Not threatened
8. Pink fairy armadillo - native to Argentina. Currently no conservation status
9. Marble fox - native to Canada. Endangered
10. Australian golden possum. Not threatened
I can’t agree that placing the last family of an animal in a cage is saving them. Vaquitas are already inbred beyond repair and were declared functionally extinct even when I did my last painting of them years ago. This might be among the first extinct species whose extinction is 100% credited to humans. Despite combined efforts of the Mexican government, the United States, Sea Shepherd volunteers, and many others–stopping both legal and illegal fisheries from dragging the small porpoises in on their nets was a complete failure. Mexico now wants to capture the remaining handful of members (vaquitas never been captured alive before) for a captive breeding program. I can’t imagine a worse fate for a cetacean than extinction in a concrete pool.