Animal of the day – 10/30/2015 – The Electric Eel

electric-eelThe animal of the day is the Electric Eel. (Did you know: Get ready for some shocking facts! [Sorry, some puns simply have to be used]

First of all, talk about misnomers, these aren’t even eels! They’re a member of the knifefish family!

Second, being electric ain’t easy! Electric knifefish (sorry, I just can’t call it an eel anymore) cram all of their body organs into about 20% of their body and use the rest for to make that amazing electric battery that can deliver up to 600 volts of electricity.

See that part called 'viscera' in the top part? That's ALL it's body orgrans!

See that part called ‘viscera’ in the top part? That’s ALL it’s body organs!

Now I’m no electrical engineer (ha! wait, I am!) but 600 volts can be compared to about 5 US standard household sockets which is are each 110 volts, or stepping on the third rail of a train line which is about 650 volts. And also, there’s also something to be said about amperage vs wattage, yada yada yada.

Either way, a shock from an electric knifefish can kill a human, though normally it’s not from stopping the heart or the fact that it can burn your skin, but from making you pass out so you drown. It ain’t the fall that kills you, it’s the stopping at the end.

Lastly, for reproduction the male electric knifefish truly spits game to get a female. In the dry season, a male electric knifefish makes a nest from his saliva into which the female lays her eggs. As many as 3,000 young hatch from the eggs in one nest.

Animal of the day – 10/24/2015 – The Stink Bug


The animal of the day is the Stink Beetle. (Did you know: Also known as the pinacate beetle keeps it quite funky. literally!


Looks cute, but the funk is real

Most animals avoid contact with them due to the insect’s ability to produce a stinky secretion. Grasshopper mice, however, get around this problem by grabbing the beetle, jamming its behind into the sand, and eating it head first. Other predators include burrowing owls, loggerhead shrikes and another well-known stinker, skunks.

Animal of the day – 10/06/2015 – The Harpy Eagle

The animal of the day is the Harpy Eagle. (Did you know: These birds are the largest eagles found on the American continent! It will straight up pimp slap a Bald Eagle, however since the Harpy Eagles stay down in Central and South America, there’s not too much overlap between their individual pimpin’.

This guys is named Stan Brock, and he ain't never scared of no Harpy!

This guys is named Stan Brock, and he ain’t never scared of no Harpy!

Similar to other birds of prey, the females are larger than the males, and thus the females take larger prey [including deer, monkeys, sloths and opposums].

Yup, armadillos too

Yup, armadillos too…

An Amazonian apex predator: In the Amazon rainforest, Harpy Eagles share the top of the food chain with Jaguars and Anacondas. The Jaguar rules the forest floor, the Anaconda is king is swamps and lakes, and the Harpy Eagle dominates the canopy of the rainforest.

Animal of the day – 08/27/2015 – The Peregrine Falcon

The animal of the day is the Peregrine Falcon. (Did you know: Ok buddy, slow down. Just cuz you’re the fastest animal residing on the planet Earth doesn’t give you reason to look so cocky.

TECHNICALLY, you're not the fastest animal on the planet. Holla at me after you birds figure out how to build space shuttles and cars than can go 760mph. Homo Sapiens FTW!

TECHNICALLY, you’re not the fastest animal on the planet. Holla at me after you birds figure out how to build space shuttles and cars than can go 760mph. Homo Sapiens FTW!

These mid-air speed devils hit their prey going almost 250mph, so much like car accidents it’s not the speed that kills you, it’s the shock of stopping. When those talons hit their prey in mid-air, they are driven into their prey with so much impact that the prey is shocked to death.

Peregrine falcons even have a third eyelid to handle the high speeds they hit while flying [it helps spread their tears out and keep those amazing eyes focused before the falcon delivers those death blows].

Keep in mind, there are other really fast birds out there (I’m looking at you Golden Eagle), but the Peregrine is fastest in a dive. Though Golden Eagles and Albatrosses have higher maximum sustained horizontal flight, so…If I ever get shrunk down to the size of a bird-riding elf, I’m probably gonna get me a Golden Eagle, and just use my Peregrine Falcon on the weekends to show off to those cute elf chicks.

Animal of the day – 07/15/2015 – The Gray Fox


The animal of the day is the Gray Fox. (Did you know: One of these clever foxes managed to find it’s way into my recycling bin as I got home tonight, and I caught it licking the remnants of some vanilla bean ice-cream from the container! [note: Gray foxes like vanilla bean ice cream?]

What especially sets these foxes apart from not only other foxes, but all members of the dog family in general is that it has the amazing ability to climb trees! Hence, it’s other name, the ‘Tree Fox’.

They are so agile in trees that when they climb down, they can go either head or tail first! And, it’s been known to make tree hollows a den for it’s litter, keeping them nice and high up off the ground and safe from harm!

Like all fox babies, they are called kits. And holy smoke,s that is one adorable kit!

Like all fox babies, they are called kits. And holy smoke,s that is one adorable kit!


Animal of the day – 07/13/2015 – The Waterfall Toad


The animal of the day is the Waterfall Toad. (Did you know: This tiny toad can’t jump well like most frogs and toads, so to escape danger high up in the trees, it just falls down!

It’s got a trick up it’s sleeve (literally)! It has opposable super grippy thumbs that it uses to catch a branch on its way down as it falls! Who do you think you are toad? A primate?!

Animal of the day – 07/12/2015 – The Babirusa


The animal of the day is the Babirusa. (Did you know: Oh boy, these guys are pigs among pigs! Yes, they are related to regular ole pigs that we are used to, but these guys will eat ANYTHING!

Plants, fruits, insects, slugs, fish, small mammals, carrion, and yup, they’ll even eat other smaller Babirusa’s!! The only member of the pig family that is so hungry it’ll resort to cannibalism!

Aww snap! I will eat your babies!

Aww snap! I will eat your babies!

Those fancy tusks seem to have no purpose (originally thought to be used for courtship battles between males, this was dis-proven when scientist observed they do that by rearing on their hind legs and boxing). And those same tusks, if not used and worn down regularly can grow into their skulls! Geez…Eat, be eaten or impale yourself with your own tusks. Your choice Barbirusa! Hairy-babirusa-portrait-1_zpsa470dcfa

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