Egyptian Giant Solpugid (Galeodes arabs)
Also known as the Egyptian giant camel spider, the Egyptian giant solpugid is a ‘large’ (6 in) species of solifugid (camel spider) that is native to northern Africa and parts of the Middle East. Like other solifugids G.arabs is a predator and will feed on insects and small vertebrates, dispatching them with its large chelicerae. Contrary to popular belief solifugids are not exceptionally dangerous and are the source of many false myths. G.arabs is well adapted to desert life and can withstand very harsh environments. To deal with the harsh desert sun G.arabs is nocturnal and will ‘rest’ in shrubs, buildings, other shaded places during the day.
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Uroplatus phantasticus, the Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. First described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger, U. phantasticus is the smallest in body of the Uroplatus geckos, though there is an ongoing debate as to whether one of its cousins, U. ebenaui, is smaller because of its shorter tail. It may also be known as the eyelash leaf tailed gecko or the fantastic leaf tailed gecko.
If only I knew where this gorgeous Emerald Boa gif was from…
Edit: Totally not an Emerald Tree Boa. Thanks bowrll for pointing out that this is a Green Tree Python and making me research and stuff.
Python regius is a nonvenomous python species found in Africa. This is the smallest of the African pythons and is popular in the pet trade, largely due to its typically docile temperament. It is also known as royal python or ball python. The name “ball python” refers to the animal’s tendency to curl into a ball when stressed or frightened. The name “royal python” (from the Latin regius) is based in part on the story that Cleopatra supposedly wore the snake around her wrist.
Bothriechis aurifer is a venomous pit viper species found in Mexico and Guatemala.
The Okapi is the only living relative of the giraffe. Like giraffes, okapis have very large, upright ears, which catch even slight sounds, helping them to avoid trouble. They also have long, dark prehensile tongues, just like a giraffe’s, to help them strip the buds and young leaves from the understory brush of their rain forest home.
The giraffe is the tallest living land mammal. Males are between 16 and 18 feet tall and weigh up to 2000 lbs. Females are shorter and lighter. The long necks enable giraffes to feed from tall trees but the giraffe’s heart has to generate double the normal blood pressure for large mammals in order to pump blood to its brain. Giraffes are related to deer and antelopes but are placed in a separate family, which they share only with the okapi.