May 14, 2009

The Surprising Six

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:56 am

Lung Fish:Deep beneath the cracked mud of adry lake bed lurks a living fish. The lungfish waits out the dry season in a cocoon of its own mucus until the rains arrive to release it . Its lung -like bladder allows it to breathe out of water.

Armadillo Girdled Lizard:This spiny -scaled reptile inhabits  rocky crevices in South Africa’s Western Cape. If caught out in the open by a predator it will take in its mouth and roll itself into an unswallowable ball.

Hero Shrew:A small,furry animal weighing just 100g. This remarkable insectivore has a masssively reinforced spine that can support the weight of a grown man.

European Swift:This migrant from Europe has such tiny, vestigial feet that it cannot perch -except by clinging to vertical surfaces

Cartwheel Spider:When ambushed by a hunting wasp or lizard, this diminutive denizen of the Namid Desert simply flips on its side and cartwheels away down the dune slope.

Black Heron:It makes a unique canopy of its wings in order to lure fish into the shade.

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