The animal of the day is the Green Iguana. (Did you know: Iguana’s are the largest lizards in the Americas! But fear not, these guys are herbivores; they are not interested in biting or attacking you silly humans unless you pull it’s tail or are generally being annoying. [Note: That tail is actually used in self defense, it will ‘punch’ it’s attacked with it’s still tail!]
Iguana’s have a third eye!! It doesn’t capture images, but instead can detect changes in light and is used to detect the shadow of predators from above! Hawks especially prey heavily on iguanas.
It’s called the Parietal Eye
Although they are stable and safe on trees, they may occasionally fall down. Iguanas can survive fall from the height of 40 to 50 feet without injuries.
Iguana’s are also great swimmers. They are freqeuntly found near water and can spend 28 minutes under the water without returning to the surface to breathe air.
The book of the moment is Star Wars Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
Before we even get into it, this book is amazing. So when Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, they also wiped out ALL of the previously made books and side stories so that they could start anew.
They did however start a new ‘Journey to Star Wars’ series…you know what, just go here.
Back to the book, and as there are spoilers (kinda? I think? I dunno). I’ll continue talking about it after the break (I know some people are avoiding any possible hints to what may or may not be in the movie)
The 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 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.
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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.