Where I live, iguanas are considered to be pets. I know a few people who have iguanas and of course they have names, habitats and daily attention from their human companions. But in different places of the world, iguanas are seen as a food source or even a pest problem that has to be dealt with, such as in Florida, where residents have been asked to kill the animals.
In the last 100 years, baby tortoises have been absent from the population of tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, mostly due to our own fault. Humans haven't taken good care of the islands, overfishing and whaling and otherwise destroying the animals' habitats. We've even unwittingly diminished their numbers by bringing rats, animals that eat their eggs and ruin their nests, to their islands.
An amazing video of an animal rescuer providing a thirsty king cobra snake with a drink of water is going around the Internet right now and you absolutely have to see it to believe it! The rescurer pours a little water on the dehydrated snake to demonstrate how he's willing to help and what he's offering, then the snake acturally drinks from the water bottle!
A new species of snake that lived about 5 million years ago was discovered in a sinkhole in Tennessee. Known as the Zilantophis schuberti, the snake is especially cool because it has a couple of vertebrae that are not like any other snakes known. These bones jut out as if they were meant to be home to a couple of serpent wings, giving the snake its nickname, which is "winged serpent." As creepy as flying snakes might sound, they make perfect sense.
There’s a new exhibit heading to the Milwaukee County Zoo and it’s pretty amazing. It’s called “Body Worlds: Animals Inside-Out” and it portrays more than 100 species of animals turned (you guessed it) inside out, displaying their insides on their outsides. Many people may recall the Body Worlds exhibit featuring human bodies featured this way, and this is the first time the exhibit will feature animals in America.
Man-eating snakes. They do exist, although they are rare, and if you need proof, take a look at the body of a man who was just found inside the body of a giant python in Indonesia! The poor guy had been at work on his farm, and after he went missing people spotted the over-full reptile struggling to slither in the village of Salubrio.
Whether your pet tree frog blends in so well to his environment that you can rarely see him in his enclosure or your cat tends to blend in with the rug when she makes herself flat against the floor, you’re probably no stranger to animal camouflage.
In honor of World Animal Day today, I’d like to invite you to take action with me. First I opened all of the windows in my house for the cats to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather, then I gave them each some treats. Now I’ll be taking action as a voice in support of the animals, and I hope you’ll join me in the quick action links below!
Stop the Polar Bear Fur Trade
Did you know that people actually like to kill polar bears and sell their body parts and fur? It’s really hard for me to believe, especially since we’re already destroying their home with global warming and they are already endangered as it is. Click here ask President Obama to make protecting these bears a priority and to push for greater protections beneath the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.