Animals

Reptiles

Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra tortoises are able to go a long period to time without food or water. These tortoises will wallow in the mud to protect themselves against mosquitoes. Giant tortoises will sleep approximately 18 hours in a 24-hour period. Continue reading

American Alligator

Alligators are nocturnal predators, however, they do not eat during the winter. Their metabolism slows to a rate that would cause food to rot in their stomachs. They are best adapted for aquatic life. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are all positioned on the top of the head which allows alligators to be almost completely submerged without compromising these senses. Continue reading

Bumble Bee Dart Frog

Bumble bee dart frogs are one of more than 100 dart frog species and live in the tropical rain forests of Venezuela. Indigenous peoples of South America have used its deadly poison to tip their arrows and blowgun darts, hence the species’ name. They are extremely toxic; in fact they produce one of the most toxic natural substances in the world. Some dart frog species are so deadly that a single tiny frog can kill up to ten full grown men! Continue reading

Green Anaconda

Anacondas are not venomous; they are constrictors. They kill their prey by squeezing tighter each time the prey breathes out which prevents the prey from taking in another breath. Continue reading

Komodo Dragon

Although the komodo is a fierce predator, they do not generally kill their prey on attack. The Komodo dragon has virulent strains of bacteria in its salvia and prey usually dies from blood poisoning a few hours or days after being bitten. Adult Komodos can consume as much as 80% of its body weight in one sitting. Continue reading