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Southern hognose snakes (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

These individuals are “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Southern hognose snakes (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

These individuals are “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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An executioner frog (Dendropsophus carnifex) at Balsa de los Sapos. This species is a part of a breeding study center at the Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito.

This individual was from Mindo, Ecuador.

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Appalachian brook crayfish, Cambarus bartonii cavatus, at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV.

This specimen is from Ohio.

The black on this animal is manganese that has encrusted all over its body. Manganese is a pollutant from coal mining runoff in rivers and streams. Crayfish and mussels are often killed by the toxic sediments that cover the bottoms of rivers downstream from coal mines. Stream sedimentation is the number one cause of crayfish imperilment, and crayfish are the fourth most imperiled animal group on the planet.

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A giant deep-sea roach (Bathynomus giganteus) held by a staff member at the Virginia Aquarium.

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A vulnerable Parker’s golden frog (Mantella pulchra) from the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A vulnerable Parker’s golden frog (Mantella pulchra) from the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Cuban slider (Trachemys decussata) at the National Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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An endangered, male Okinawa black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, at the Turtle Conservancy.

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An endangered, male Okinawa black-breasted leaf turtle, Geoemyda japonica, at the Turtle Conservancy.

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A common padloper tortoise (Homopus areolatus) at the Turtle Conservancy.

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A common padloper tortoise (Homopus areolatus) at the Turtle Conservancy.

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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Ouachita streambed salamanders (Eurycea subfluvicola).

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A Vietnamese forest centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Vietnamese forest centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown widow spider (Latrodectus geometricus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The underside of a brown water python, Liasis fuscus, at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

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The endangered (IUCN) morispunga morph of the phantasmal poison frog (Epipedobates tricolor) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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A chaco tortoise (Chelonoidis petersi) at Zoo Atlanta.

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A Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi) from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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A Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi) from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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A Pomeranian at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.

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A Pomeranian at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.

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Blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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Blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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A zig-zag spider (Neoscona cooksoni) on North Seymour, in Galapagos National Park. The zig-zag is a species endemic to the Galapagos.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) Chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus), one of only 14 specimens ever to be collected, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish has not been listed due to lack of funding even though it is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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