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  • February 27, 2014
  • 06:46 AM

How to hypnotize a chicken

by beredim in Strange Animals

In the past, I had posted a video showing a cool trick that can be used to hypnotize a chicken.  In today's post, we will dig a bit more into this whole chicken hypnosis thing.The trickThe trick is quite simple. All you have to do is hold the chicken's head down against the ground, and draw a straight line using a stick, a finger, chalk or whatever.The line should start at the beak and extend straight outward in front of the chicken. If done properly, the chicken -or rooster- will be put in........ Read more »

  • February 23, 2014
  • 01:30 PM

The star spider - Gasteracantha cancriformis

by beredim in Strange Animals

Female Star SpiderKingdom: Animalia   Phylum: ArthropodaClass: ArachnidaOrder: AraneaeFamily: AraneidaeGenus: GasteracanthaSpecies: Gasteracantha cancriformisConservation Status: Not evaluated, the species is abundant throughout the western hemisphereCommon Names: Star spider, Spiny backed orb weaver, Spiny orb-weaver spider, crab-like orbweaver spiderThe star spider is a colorful species found across the southern part of the United Sta........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2012
  • 12:00 PM

Blanket Octopus

by beredim in Strange Animals

The blanket octopus is a type of octopus found in shallow and moderate depths in subtropical and tropical oceans. They are called this way because of the long, transparent webs females have that connect the dorsal and dorsolateral arms.
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  • November 19, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Short-horned Lizard, the blood squirting lizard

by beredim in Strange Animals

Short-horned lizards are best known for their ability to shoot blood from their eye-sockets to confuse and repulse potential predators.... Read more »

  • October 19, 2011
  • 12:55 PM

Sea pigs

by beredim in Strange Animals

Sea pigs are alien-looking deep sea dwellers that are closely related to sea cucumbers. Information, images, videos and facts included !... Read more »

  • October 13, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Red-lipped batfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The red lipped batfish is a fish of that can be found on the sandy bottoms near the Galapagos Islands. It is named this way due to its bright red, lipstick-like lips. It is also known for being able to walk on the sea floor using its modified fins! ... Read more »

  • September 27, 2011
  • 05:00 AM

Yellowline arrow crab

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Yellowline arrow crab (or simply arrow crab) is a strange species of crab that looks like a daddy longlegs arachnid. This crab can be found in coral reefs, at depths of 3 to 9 m. They are suitable for pets, obviously in an aquarium. ... Read more »

Giese C, Mebs D, & Werding B. (1996) Resistance and vulnerability of crustaceans to cytolytic sea anemone toxins. Toxicon : official journal of the International Society on Toxinology, 34(8), 955-8. PMID: 8875782  

  • September 25, 2011
  • 12:00 PM

Sloane's viperfish

by beredim in Strange Animals

Despite its frightening appearance, the Sloane's viperfish (or Sloane’s fangfish) is a harmless to humans dragon fish of the Chauliodus genus. It can be found all over the world in tropical and subtropical oceans, living in very deep depths.... Read more »

  • September 11, 2011
  • 11:00 PM

Axolotl: Cute little critters from Mexico

by beredim in Strange Animals

Axolotl, a weird and super cute little salamander originating from Mexico. Other than its bizarre and many times super cute appearance the species is best known for being neotenic. This means that unlike other salamanders it fails to undergo the metamorphosis process. In simple words, adult axolotls never get to be...true adult salamanders!... Read more »

  • June 20, 2011
  • 01:00 PM

Glaucus Atlanticus

by beredim in Strange Animals

Information, images and videos of Glaucus Atlanticus, a tiny but beautiful sea slug found in oceans all over the world. It is commonly known as sea swallow, blue glaucus, blue sea slug, blue sea dragon and blue ocean slug.... Read more »

  • June 16, 2011
  • 03:27 AM

Cantor's giant softshell turtle

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Cantor's giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is a large species of fresh water turtle that was once abundant in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, Borneo, and western Java. Now sightings are very rare and limited to Laos.... Read more »

  • June 16, 2011
  • 03:27 AM

Cantor's giant softshell turtle

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Cantor's giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) is a large species of fresh water turtle that was once abundant in India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, Borneo, and western Java. Now sightings are very rare and limited to Laos.... Read more »

  • March 4, 2011
  • 09:22 PM

Eleutherodactylus cosnipatae: World's smallest frog

by beredim in Strange Animals

Eleutherodactylus cosnipatae used to hold the record for being the world's smallest frog. This changed in 2012, with the discovery of another, even smaller frog (Paedophryne amauensis).... Read more »

  • February 10, 2011
  • 12:52 PM

Tongue Eating Louse

by beredim in Strange Animals

The tongue eating louse (Cymothoa exigua) is a strange parasite best known for consuming and replacing itself with the host's tongue. Post features images, videos and facts of this strange species.... Read more »

  • February 9, 2011
  • 04:28 PM

Mexican mole lizard

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Mexican mole lizard (Bipes biporus)is a strange, lizard-like animal that comes with two front five-toed limbs. Also known as the five-toed worm-lizard and ajolote, this weird creature occurs exclusively in Baja California, Mexico. ... Read more »

  • February 8, 2011
  • 07:21 PM

King of herrings, World's longest bony fish

by beredim in Strange Animals

The King of herrings (Regalecus glesne) is the world's longest bony fish. Also known as the giant oarfish, this gentle giant commonly reaches lengths of 7 meters, with its maximum length estimated to be 17 m!

Click the link and see photos and videos of these marvelous creatures.... Read more »

  • January 29, 2011
  • 08:56 AM

The featherless chicken

by beredim in Strange Animals

The featherless chicken is as implied by its name a chicken breed with no feathers whatsoever. Its creators claim it to be ecofriendly and better suited for hot environments.
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  • January 17, 2011
  • 10:11 PM

Goblin Shark: Prehistoric monster from the deep

by beredim in Strange Animals

Mitsukurina owstoni is a weird and scary species of shark, commonly known as the goblin shark.

It is very distinct from other sharks and has many unique and unshark-like traits, like its pink color! .

The species is often described as a "living fossil", thanks to its prehistoric appearance and its ancient lineage.... Read more »

Masai H, Sato Y, & Aoki M. (1973) The brain of Mitsukurina owstoni. Journal fur Hirnforschung, 14(6), 493-500. PMID: 4792175  

  • January 17, 2011
  • 04:26 AM

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis: Horrifying ant parasite

by beredim in Strange Animals

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (also known as cordyceps unilateralis)is a bizarre parasitic fungus that turns ants into zombies in order to ensure its survival. Interestingly, another yet unidentified fungus protects ants by parasitizing on the zombie-turning O. unilateralis !... Read more »

Andersen, S., Gerritsma, S., Yusah, K., Mayntz, D., Hywel‐Jones, N., Billen, J., Boomsma, J., & Hughes, D. (2009) The Life of a Dead Ant: The Expression of an Adaptive Extended Phenotype. The American Naturalist, 174(3), 424-433. DOI: 10.1086/603640  

Hughes, D., Wappler, T., & Labandeira, C. (2010) Ancient death-grip leaf scars reveal ant-fungal parasitism. Biology Letters, 7(1), 67-70. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0521  

Andersen, S., Ferrari, M., Evans, H., Elliot, S., Boomsma, J., & Hughes, D. (2012) Disease Dynamics in a Specialized Parasite of Ant Societies. PLoS ONE, 7(5). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036352  

Kittakoop, P., Punya, J., Kongsaeree, P., Lertwerawat, Y., Jintasirikul, A., Tanticharoen, M., & Thebtaranonth, Y. (1999) Bioactive naphthoquinones from Cordyceps unilateralis. Phytochemistry, 52(3), 453-457. DOI: 10.1016/S0031-9422(99)00272-1  

Sung, G., Hywel-Jones, N., Sung, J., Luangsa-ard, J., Shrestha, B., & Spatafora, J. (2007) Phylogenetic classification of Cordyceps and the clavicipitaceous fungi. Studies in Mycology, 57(1), 5-59. DOI: 10.3114/sim.2007.57.01  

Andersen SB, Gerritsma S, Yusah KM, Mayntz D, Hywel-Jones NL, Billen J, Boomsma JJ, & Hughes DP. (2009) The life of a dead ant: the expression of an adaptive extended phenotype. The American naturalist, 174(3), 424-33. PMID: 19627240  

  • January 6, 2011
  • 07:52 AM

by beredim in Strange Animals

The Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi)is one of the world's largest arthropods. It is the second heaviest and comes first in regards to leg span size. As implied by its name, its mainly found in the waters surrounding Japan. Post contains images, videos and extensive information about this weird aquatic animal.... Read more »

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