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This is a ghostly web-footed gecko, they can be found and perfectly camouflage among the powdery reddish sands of the Namib Desert, their primary habitat.These geckos have adapted their webbed feet not only to help them stay atop, but to bury beneath the dunes of the Namib Desert. Strictly nocturnal lizards, they spend the day in self-dug burrows and emerge at night to feed.

Their bloodshot-looking eyes are massively oversized to help them detect prey, which includes crickets, grasshoppers, and small spiders. They move surprisingly quickly across the sand, and adhesive pads on their toes make them excellent climbers.

People sometimes hunt these tiny lizards for food, and human encroachment is destroying some of its habitat. Their estimated lifespan in the wild is about five years.

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11-19-2016 Todd crawford clinic at Diamond 7 -1 by Darren Olsen

Imagine you’re riding your bicycle down the middle of an empty, wide-open street when suddenly your face is tangled in a spider web. We’re talking about a web that spans the entire distance between two buildings, like the freaking aftermath of a Spider-Man chase scene.

Congratulations, you somehow have a Darwin’s bark spider in your neighborhood. This species has been known to build webs that span freaking rivers. The largest one found was 82 goddamned feet across. If that sounds far-fetched to you, you’re just like scientists in 2009 before they discovered the thing. You’d think that an 82-foot spider web, stretching across rivers like a fishing net designed to catch kayakers, would be the sort of thing that’d be hard to miss. Or maybe “come out of hiding” is phase one in the bark spider’s plan.

Either way, you really do have to admire how spiders are always raising their game. After all, it’s more or less a rule that any list of creepy, dangerous or messed-up creatures is going to have at least one spider on it, since that is the animal Satan created when God was napping.

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If you want to be kind to your web-footed friends wranglers, when naming OCs in the tags, put (OC) or something like that in the tag with the name. This will save your wrangler as much as an hour of slogging research trying to find out if some minor character who appears for 2 seconds has that name. That means as much as a whole hour more time devoted to wrangling the rest of your fandom’s tags and keeping the filters working.

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