Let's talk about wildlife

Matty

Bringing Sexy Back
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His place looks nicer than mine. Why does Fat BobbyFK's place look nicer than mine.
 

reno cool

leave well enough alone
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:yes: guy does a quality job. Even managed to keep dog from eating sample
 

Boner_18

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saw a hummingbird yesterday feed at our feeder then fly to a branch and land and stop. Don't think ive ever seen a hummingbird stopped.
 

Blitty

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roguejuror

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'Smallest reptile on earth' discovered in Madagascar
Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth - a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed.

Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar.

The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body of just 13.5mm.

This makes it the smallest of about 11,500 known species of reptiles, according to the Bavarian State collection of Zoology in Munich.
Its length from top to tail is 22mm (0.86in).

The female is far bigger at around 29mm, the institute said, adding that other specimens were yet to be located, despite "great effort".

"The new chameleon is only known from a degraded montane rainforest in northern Madagascar and might be threatened by extinction," said the Scientific Reports journal.

Oliver Hawlitschek, a scientist at the Center of Natural History in Hamburg, said: "The nano-chameleon's habitat has unfortunately been subject to deforestation, but the area was placed under protection recently, so the species will survive."

Researchers found that it hunts for mites on the rainforest floor and hides from predators at night in blades of grass.

In a blog post, Dr Mark Scherz, one of the researchers involved in the discovery, called it "a spectacular case of extreme miniaturisation".

The forests where the Brookesia were located are still well connected with others across the north of the island, he said.

"So this tiny new chameleon violates the pattern of the smallest species being found on small islands. That suggests that something else is allowing/causing these chameleons to miniaturise," he added.

In their report, scientists recommended that the chameleon be listed as critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species to help protect it and its habitat.

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Boner_18

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@Tron reminded me of this when he posted about birds...

My father in law woke up to this little guy/gal in the hen pen.
 

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plommer

Il meglio deve ancora venire.
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Owls are awesome creatures. Reminds me of the time I saw a snowy owl up near Alliston ON while driving down a snowy sideroad. Fucker was a monster and the biggest bird I've ever seen. This was almost 20 years ago.

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