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The Disturbing "Owl Moth" (Brahmaea wallichii) (27 Pics)

  • Monday, December 30, 2013
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  • Brahmaea wallichii is a moth from the Brahmaeidae family, the Brahmin moths. It is found in the north of India, Bhutan, Myanmar, China, Taiwan and Japan.

    The wingspan is about 160 mm (6.3 in).

    The larvae feed on Fraxinus excelsior, Ligustrum and Common Lilac. They are able to neutralize plant toxins produced by Ligustrum.

    The species is named after the botanist Nathaniel Wallich.


    The largest species of antelope in the World: The Giant Eland (Taurotragus derbianus) (20 Pics)

  • Thursday, December 26, 2013
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  • The giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus), also known as the Lord Derby eland, is an open-forest savanna antelope. A species of the family Bovidae and genus Taurotragus, it was first described in 1847 by John Edward Gray. The giant eland is the largest species of antelope, with a body length ranging from 220–290 cm (87–114 in). There are two subspecies: T. d. derbianus and T. d. gigas.

    Giant elands give large quantities of tender meat and high-quality hides even if fed a low-quality diet. These are game animals and are also hunted for trophies. Their milk is comparatively richer in proteins and milkfat than dairy cows, which can be an explanation for the quick growth of eland calves. Eland's milk has about triple the fat content and twice the protein of a dairy cow's milk. Its docility and profitable characteristics have made it a target of domestication in Africa and Russia and has also resulted in hunting.

    Many people prefer to domesticate eland rather than cattle due to their numerous benefits. Elands can survive on scarce water, which is a great advantage over domestic cattle. They can also eat coarse grasses, and can even manage to ingest some poisonous plants that can prove fatal for cattle. They are also immune to some diseases that cattle may succumb to.


    The Inland Taipanhighly venomous and poison snake in the world (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) (30 Pics)

  • Monday, December 23, 2013
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  • The inland taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus), also commonly known as the western taipan, is a highly venomous snake of the taipan. Aboriginal Australians living in those regions named the snake Dandarabilla.

    Its venom, drop for drop, is by far the most toxic of any snake in the world – much more so than even sea snakes. Unlike most snakes, the inland taipan is a specialist mammal hunter so its venom is specially adapted to kill warm-blooded species.It is estimated that one bite possesses enough lethality to kill at least 100 full grown men, and, depending on the nature of the bite, can kill someone in as little as 30 to 45 minutes if left untreated. It is an extremely fast and agile snake which can strike instantly with extreme accuracy, often snapping its jaws fiercely several times to inflict multiple punctures in the same attack.

    Although highly venomous and a capable striker, contrary to the rather aggressive natured coastal taipan, the inland taipan is usually quite a shy and reclusive snake, with a placid disposition, and prefers to escape from trouble.