Crocadillians can climb trees?

I came across an interesting article this morning. It has been released that crocodillians are able to climb trees. According to the article there are four species that can do so. They studied the different species in Australia, Africa and Nort America, but I did not see mention of which four species are able to climb trees.

I would not think that they could climb them very fast, but find this report to be rather interesting and would be more interested in knowing which species can do it.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/02/12/study-crocodiles-are-able-to-climb-trees/

Here is the link to one of the articles on this.



 New River Dolphin Species

A new species of river dolphin has recently been uncovered in Brazil though it seems that the species may already be on the verge of extinction. There are reportedly around 1000 of the dolphins in the wild. The article also mentioned that the species probably split off from the amazon river dolphin a couple million years ago.



 Good news for Jaguarundi?

It looks like the USFWS is looking into a plan to bring the Jaguarundi back to South Texas. They have been on the endangered species list since 1976 and have not been seen for around 30 years in Texas. The nearest population is around 130 miles or so from the Texas border in Mexico. The plan calls for 500 Jaguarundi in Texas by 2050.

I guess that means I probably will not see one in the wild in my lifetime, but it is good to know they want them back where they belong. This small wild cat is beautiful and I think that now that Ocelot sightings in South Texas are up, that it is time to move onto restoring another feline that we have lost in Texas.



 Seahorses are dangerous?

Well, not to people at least. It seems that Seahorses are rather efficient predators of copepods and other things that they eat. They have a 90% success rate when hunting for and eating copepods it seems. There was a video about it and it is rather interesting.

http://msnvideo.msn.com/?channelindex=4&from=en-us_msnhpvidmod#/video/9bf2956e-f277-4666-a635-f8104a885574 is the link to the video.



 Smoking Catapillar- Hornworm Catapillars ward of spiders

I found this just a little bit ago on livescience. It is an interesting article about how hornworm catapillars eject nicotine from their bodies to ward off hungry wolf spiders.

http://www.livescience.com/42240-smoking-caterpillars-use-nicotine-as-defense.html



 New Species found in 2013

There were quite a few new species of animals that science had not discribed before found this year. It is a little surprising that in this day and age that there are still new things that we have not seen before being found. Here are a few that I find rather interesting.

A Helen’s Flying Frog perches on a branch in Nui Ong Nature Reserve in Vietnam's Binh Thuan Province in this May 23, 2009 handout picture provided by ...

Helen’s Flying Frog found in Nui Ong Nature Reserve in Vietnam in Binh Thuan Province.

Projeto Gatos do Mato - Brasil / Project Wild Cats of Brazil

A new species of the Oncilla cat. This one fround in northeastern Brazil, may look like others of its kind, but genertics have proven that it is a different species.



 San Diego sued over sea lion waste

Sea lion cubs rest on the beach

It seems that a hotel is suing the city of San Diego over the smell from the sea lions in La Jolla. The hotel is claiming that it is keeping customers away, that would otherwise be staying at the hotel. It also seems that others have complaiend in the past about the smell from gulls and pelicans as well. I am not sure what people are expecting from animals, because whereever they are there is going to be waste. I am not sure that it would keep me away, or very many other people if they really wanted to stay there. You have to wonder sometimes, if it is something that the people that run the hotel are doing that prevents guests from wanting to stay there. I suppose it is possible that the smell might be part of the problem, but what do they expect the city to do, besides maybe make sure that it is cleaned up, or taken care of in some other way?



 Wolves in danger of being unlisted as endangered?

I just found out yesterday that last Tuesday was the last day that the USFW service was taking comments on people’s thoughts on taking wolves off the endangered species list. I guess I should have kept track of that better, but I can hope that they heard comments from enough people to keep them on the list. I would hate for them to be hunted to near extinction here in the US again. I know that it took them many years to get wolf populations up to the point that they are at now and would hate to see all of that effort lost. I know that farmers and others are concerned with the number of wolves out in the wild and I know they want to protect their livelyhood and their livestock from being killed by the wolves, but there aren’t so many of them that we couldn’t wipe them out once more in the places that they have been re-introduced.



 summer

Well it is another summer and rather hot, with not a lot of bird activity going on. I know fall migration will start in a couple months and things will pick up, but it is always a little dull and boring when things are as still as they have been and always seem to be in the summer.



 Bat

The neighbors over here in Georgia found a bat sitting on one of the fence posts outside the house the other day. I got a couple of photos of it, but I am not sure what the species is. I plan on looking it up soon. The one thing I wonder is, why was it out and about during the day? Bats are usually only seen at dusk, or in the night. I have to wonder if it was sick with something, or maybe if it even had rabies. It did not stay around too long though I guess, as it was not seen a little while later.