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Surgeons performed a C-section on this turtle and saved her life!
A turtle named Dabao was a bit lethargic and zookeepers at China’s Chengu City Zoo thought she was sick and sent her for x-rays. The results were surprising: 14 eggs were stuck in the birth canal. To make sure Dabao survived, the surgeons opened the shell with a skull opener, carefully removed the 14 eggs (which were immediately buried in sand to await hatching) and resealed the shell with epoxy resin.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1j2zcqQ via Digital Journal
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This is the kind of edible arrangement I need.
rhamphotheca: Hairy or Rough-scaled Bush Viper (Atheris hispida)
They are highly venomous and can be found in the rainforests of Central Africa. It is the highly keeled and bristle-like scales that give it an almost feathery appearance thus earning it the common name of Feathered tree viper. While a bite from one of these snakes would be a serious event as no known antivenin exists, because of their remote location they rarely come in contact with humans.
(via: Center for Snake Conservation)
We’re at the Canadian Reptile Breeders Expo at the International Centre for its last day! If you’re in Toronto, drop by and check out some of our enclosures before we close at 5pm. We nearly sold out yesterday, so come early!|
this is a cucumber
o, that is very interesting
Emerald tree boa saying hello.
With the mouth open you can see why they take the prize for the largest fangs of any non-venomous snakes. They need them for holding on to birds in the wild that make up the largest part of their diet. two more things to note are the little circle hole in the mouth, this is actually sort of a second nose, it allows them to breath as they swallow their prey. Also the row of boxlike scales above the mouth and below the eyes are heat pits. Emerald tree boas also have the largest heat pits of any non-venomous snake. Because of their large heat pits, they have a very powerful feeding response and are very difficult to tame down as a human body produces plenty of heat to stimulate their feeding response.