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A female Sangihe black (Lampropelma nigerrimum) from a private collection.

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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 silver orb weaver (Argiope argentata) at the Museo d’Orbigny Natural History Museum in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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A platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) at the Healesville Sanctuary.

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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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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This individual is “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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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This individual is “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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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

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

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

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

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

In many frames, they are shown “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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A horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta) 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 Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador.

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A horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta) 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 Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador.

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A horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta) 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 Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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A Cordillera central tree frog (Hyloscirtus larinopygion) 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 Carchi, Goadtal.

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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A Cordillera central tree frog (Hyloscirtus larinopygion) 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 Carchi, Goadtal.

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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An Anthony’s poison arrow frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) 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 Azuay, Santa Isabel.

This species is listed at Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List.

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An Anthony’s poison arrow frog (Epipedobates anthonyi) 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 Azuay, Santa Isabel.

This species is listed at Near Threatened according to the IUCN Red List.

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A horned frog (Ceratophrys cornuta) 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 Parque Nacional Yasuni, Ecuador.

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A water frog (Telmatobius sp.) 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 likely from Bolivia.

DNA work is being done now to determine species and origin.

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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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