Most people shudder at the sight of snakes. Admit it, these creepy slithery creatures can terrify even the most courageous person on the planet. While snakes are mostly regarded as pests, they are actually helpful predators that keep our natural ecosystem working. Some people even admires the beauty of these reptiles that they prefer to keep them as pets.
There are more than 3,000 known species of snakes in the world. They practically live almost everywhere, in deserts, forests, oceans, and lakes. On every continent, there is at least one type of snake. Except in the north of the Arctic Circle and Antarctica where the ground stays frozen all year making it impossible for them to survive in such places.
Snakes are naturally shy, non-confrontational creatures who would always rather choose escape if given the choice. However, like any wild animals, they will only attack if they are startled or threatened. Left undisturbed, they will rarely attack humans – in fact, humans attack more snakes than the other way around!
Snakes come in a variety of beautiful colors and shades. Making them one of the unusual yet favorite subjects of photographers who risk their lives just to capture the beauty of these creatures in its natural habitat. After seeing these beautiful snakes, you might overcome your fear of these creatures and find beauty in their scales.
#1. Coralsnake (Micrurus ornatissimus)
#2. San Francisco Gartersnake (Thamnophis Sirtalis Tetrataenia)
#3. California Gartersnake (Thamnophis Sirtalis)
#4. California Red-Sided Gartersnake (Thamnophis Sirtalis Infernalis)
#5. Coast Gartersnake (Thamnophis Elegans Terrestris)
#6. San Francisco Gartersnake (Thamnophis Sirtalis Tetrataenia)
#7. Rare Brazilian Buriti Snake
#8. Blue Malayan Coral Snake (Calliophis bivirgata)
#9. Deadly Philippine Cobra (Naja Philippinensis)
#10. Pied Ball Python
#11. Regal Ringneck Snake Arizona
#12. Green Tree Pythons
#13. Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltidae)
#14. Green Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis Punctulatus)
#15. California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis Getula Californiae)
#16. American Corn Snake (Elaphe Guttata)
#17. Jaguar Carpet Python (Morelia Spilotes)
#18. Sumatran Pit Viper (Parias Sumatranus)
#19. Green Tree Boa (Corallus Caninus)
#20. Yellow-headed Calico Snake (Oxyrhopus Formosus)
#21. Peruvian Rainbow Boas (Epicrates Cenchria Gaigeae)
#22. Slender Coral Snake (Micrurus Filiformis)
#23. Liana Snake (Siphlophus Cervinus)
#24. The Glossy Snake (Arizona Elegans)
#25. Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla Nasuta)
#26. Mandarin Rat Snake (Elaphe Mandarina)
#27. Honduran Milksnake (Lampropeltis Triangulum Hondurensis)
#28. Bush Viper (Atheris Squamiger)
World’s Bravest Wild Duck Swims With Tiger And Plays a Dangerous Cat-And-Mouse Game
Apparently, the prey won this round.
A wild duck has wandered in a zoo pond to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with one its residents, a Sumatran tiger. The duck decided to take a dip in the tiger’s pool but the magnificent feline wasn’t so welcoming towards his unexpected visitor. A game of chase started and it was captured in a video that went viral on social media.
The duck started cooling off in Jalur the Sumatran tiger’s pool in Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, Sydney. Not content with getting itself wet, the duck seemed to be daring the feline to catch it as it circled around the pool. Each time Jalur gets close, the duck quickly evaded him.
Meet the duck that just wants to cool off in a pond and then decided to play with a predator.
Terrifying Giant Otters the Size of Wolves Once Roamed Ancient China, Fossils Show
Otters weren’t quite as adorable several million years ago.
Otters are North Pacific Ocean-native marine mammals that we always see as adorable furballs, but once you know its ancestors used to be the size of a wolf, you might not see it as something cute after all.
Scientists have unearthed fossils believed to belong to a prehistoric, wolf-sized otter that once roamed south-western China some 6.2 million years ago. The remains were found in Shuitangba quarry in 2010 by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. They gave the newly discovered otter species the name Siamogale melilutra, the fossils of which included a complete cranium and lower jaw, teeth and bones of the limbs.
The skull found in China’s Yunnan province was crushed millions of years ago but scientists have used advanced scanning to have them reconstructed digitally. It was then discovered that the skull and teeth resembled those of an otter or a badger.
10 Beautifully Transparent Animals That We Had No Idea Existed
What kind of sorcery is this?
The animal kingdom is never short of strange-looking species that never fail to amaze us. As if these scary creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean are not enough to wow us, we find more reasons to be awe-struck.
You see, while some animals are outright freaky, some just look utterly incredible, and well...transparent. Yes, you read it right - transparent. We can literally see through the skin and scales of these animals and see what's within, behind, or beneath them.
You might notice that most of these transparent creatures live under the sea and wonder why is that. Well, according to Sönke Johnsen of Scientific Americans, it all boils down to something called "self-preservation." Because these animals do not have teeth, toxins, or anything that can protect them from predators, nature awarded them with customized versions of invisibility cloaks!
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