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Mock Chameleons in Texas

I have a little lizard friend that comes by my window and walks along the fence running the length of our home in Dallas. He’s a cute little guy – maybe 10 cm from nose to the end of his tail and is a khaki color. When he sees me looking through the window, he starts showing off by forcing this rounded fan-like piece of skin out from his throat area. It turns a beautiful bright, ruby red color surrounded by sunshine yellow. Now, I think he’s showing off to me. He’ll bob his head then thrust his beautiful fan out, walk a [ ... ]

Keeping a Horny Toad as a Pet in Dallas

Well, as we all know, TCU’s (Texas Christian University’s) mascot is the horny toad. Actually, it’s also called a horned lizard. They are ridiculously adorable and are great, placid pets, that are even great with children. The problem with the Texas horned lizard, native to Texas, is that their food supply is waning. Even as a lizard owner, it’s gotten tougher and tougher to find natural sources for their food. What Do Horned Lizards Eat? A typical horned lizard should eat between 20-100 harvester ants per day. This is necessary because harvester ants provide this horned lizard with the formic acid it needs to [ ... ]

Hawksbill Turtles are Regulars on the Great Barrier Reef

Hawksbill Turtles are regulars on the Great Barrier Reef, as they prefer shallow water or lagoons. The Hawksbill is a Critically Endangered Animal! They are easily distinguishable by their sharply curved beak, which resembles like a hawk’s bill. They glide through the water with effortless ease. Check out this great video of a Hawksbill Turtle on the Great Barrier Reef: Their preferred food source are sea sponges, which makes them unique in that they are one of the few animals with the ability to

Saltwater Crocodiles on the Great Barrier Reef?

Northern Australia has the largest population of “Salties” in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is no exception, although you may be shocked to see one swimming in the ocean…Well, that’s why they’re called saltwater crocodiles. Plus, there’s plenty of food out there for them. In fact, according to WWF, it has unique habitats and breeding sites for the saltwater crocodile. I found this short video showing a saltwater crocodile that caught a large turtle on the shores of an island in the Great Barrier Reef: I’ve been to the Northern Territory of Australia and I can truly vouch for the large number of [ ... ]

Sea Snake of the Great Barrier Reef

If you’ve never actually seen video of the sea snake, or seen them in person, then describing them leaves something to the imagination. They are not built like normal snakes in that their tail is flattened and shaped like a rudder to help propel them through the water. It is said that these sea reptiles are among the most venomous creatures in the world. Sea snake venom is absolutely deadly! They are, as you can see, alive and well on the Great Barrier Reef: However, it is also said that their mouths don’t open wide enough to really get a chance to injure humans, [ ... ]

Loggerhead Sea Turtles are Endangered!

Loggerhead Sea Turtles can grow up to 800 lbs and 3 1/2 feet in length. Although they’re so large for a marine reptile, they glide through the waters of the world as weightless and elegant as ballerinas! Their shells are a reddish brown and skin is yellowish brown. They like to eat mollusks, fish, jellyfish, crustaceans including crab, shrimp and the Portuguese Man O’ War…It is one of the only animals in the world that is immune to the man o’ war’s toxin. What’s Cool About Them? Female Loggerheads will go back to the same beach where they were born and lay their clutch there. [ ... ]

Leatherback Sea Turtle Placed on Endangered List

Exotic Animal Newsflash: As of yesterday, January 18th, 2009, the leatherback sea turtle has been moved to the critically endangered list from being only a vulnerable species in Australia. Photo left: baby leatherback sea turtle The leatherback sea turtle is the fourth largest reptilians in the world behind 3 crocodilians. What is most sad about this fact, is that the leatherback is the only species of animal in the genus Dermochelys. Once they’re gone, there’s none left! NONE! Why Are They In Peril? Because the

New Zealand has Amazing Animals

I have always wanted to visit New Zealand… Not only for it’s picturesque landscapes, mountains, green valleys, and fantastic ocean views, but why else?… For it’s amazing fauna! As you know, I love animals, and where else would I go in New Zealand, but where the cool animals are! I go where the animals live…That’s what I want to see most when I travel. New Zealand has so many unique animals that are native to this country and found nowhere else on the planet…similar to how Australia has their unique species found no other place either. Well, NZ is the seabird capital of the world, first [ ... ]

Black, Yellow, Red – Watch Where You Tread

I will never forget the saying my University Professor made us memorize: “Black, yellow, red – Watch where you tread!” If you encounter a snake that is black, yellow and red in color, it could be poisonous or not, but the way to figure it out and quickly is to look at it’s patterning. If the order of the colors goes black, yellow to red, in any direction, then it is certainly a poisonous snake – like a coral snake (photo above). Leave it alone and evacuate the area. If the colors are different such as yellow, black then

Snakes in Texas

When I arrived in Dallas the other day, we went over to my husband’s dad’s home where there was a small, brown snake in the living room on the carpet. My husband slid a sandal over to it, and it moved. I told my husband not to disturb it in case it scurries off, then you won’t know where it went to. Knowing that this was not something we wanted to take of directly, I told my husband to call animal control immediately. Of course, with stubbornness in tow, my husband approaches the snake after a few minutes and picks it up… What [ ... ]