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A female Mormon cricket (Anabrus simplex) at the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research site, near Nederland, CO. This research site is funded by the National Science Foundation. The female has the long ovipositor coming out the back of her.

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An East African egg-eating snake (Dasypeltis medici) at Prague Zoo. This species lives along the coastal forests of eastern Africa and eats nothing but bird eggs. This means it is able to feed heavily during the bird nesting season of two to three months, then often will go without eating for the rest of the year until the birds nest again.

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An East African egg-eating snake (Dasypeltis medici) at Prague Zoo. This species lives along the coastal forests of eastern Africa and eats nothing but bird eggs. This means it is able to feed heavily during the bird nesting season of two to three months, then often will go without eating for the rest of the year until the birds nest again.

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A secret toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus mystaceus mystaceus) at Prague Zoo. It has cheek flaps that it can extend out the sides of its head to make its mouth look wider, scaring off some predators.

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A secret toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus mystaceus mystaceus) at Prague Zoo. It has cheek flaps that it can extend out the sides of its head to make its mouth look wider, scaring off some predators.

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A secret toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus mystaceus mystaceus) at Prague Zoo. It has cheek flaps that it can extend out the sides of its head to make its mouth look wider, scaring off some predators.

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A secret toad-headed agama (Phrynocephalus mystaceus mystaceus) at Prague Zoo. It has cheek flaps that it can extend out the sides of its head to make its mouth look wider, scaring off some predators.

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An East African clawed gecko (Holodactylus africanus) at Prague Zoo. This species eats mainly termites, the energy from which ends up being stored as fat in its tail. The Prague Zoo claims to have had the first documented captive breeding of this species.

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An East African clawed gecko (Holodactylus africanus) at Prague Zoo. This species eats mainly termites, the energy from which ends up being stored as fat in its tail. The Prague Zoo claims to have had the first documented captive breeding of this species.

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A platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) at the Healesville Sanctuary.

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A pale-faced bat (Phylloderma stenops) at BioParque do Rio.

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A pale-faced bat (Phylloderma stenops) at BioParque do Rio.

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A Clark’s grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) at the International Bird Rescue Center in San Pedro, CA.

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A sea raven (Hemitripterus americanus) yellow color phase, at the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay, ME. These animals are most often greenish in color.

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A sea raven (Hemitripterus americanus) yellow color phase, at the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay, ME. These animals are most often greenish in color.

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A Chinese blind cave fish (Sinocyclocheilus furcordorsalis) at Aquarium Berlin.

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A cryptic mantis (Sibylla pretiosa) at Aquarium Berlin.

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A cryptic mantis (Sibylla pretiosa) at Aquarium Berlin.

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A dead leaf mantis (Deroplatys dessicata) at the Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A five-lined skink (Eumeces fasciatus) collected from the Conasauga River.

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A sun beam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) in Jakarta, Indonesia in the care of PT. Alam Nusantara Jayatama.

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A sun beam snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) in Jakarta, Indonesia in the care of PT. Alam Nusantara Jayatama.

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A vulnerable collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A single-wattled cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus unappendiculatus) at Davao Crocodile Park.

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A wild caught unidentified Tiger beetle from Mt. Makiling forest in Luzon, Philippines.

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A wild caught unidentified Tiger beetle from Mt. Makiling forest in Luzon, Philippines.

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A Chinese blind cave fish (Sinocyclocheilus furcordorsalis) at Aquarium Berlin.

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A Giant malay fruit bat (Pteropus vampyrus lanensis) at Negros Forest Park.

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A Common fruit bat (Pteropus hypomelanus hypomelanus) at Negros Forest Park.

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Mabu the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) at Zoo Brasilia. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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An eastern goliath stick insect (Eurycnema goliath) at the Melbourne Zoo.

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A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta syrichta) at the Avilon Zoo.

This animal has the second largest eyes in the world compared to brain size.

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A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta syrichta) at the Avilon Zoo.

This animal has the second largest eyes in the world compared to brain size.

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A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta syrichta) at the Avilon Zoo.

This animal has the second largest eyes in the world compared to brain size.

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A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta syrichta) at the Avilon Zoo.

This animal has the second largest eyes in the world compared to brain size.

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A Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta syrichta) at the Avilon Zoo.

This animal has the second largest eyes in the world compared to brain size.

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