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This spikey little amphibian lives in Japan. At one time it also could be found in Taiwan, but has become extinct there due to habitat loss and capture for the pet trade.

Crocodile Newts grow to only about 6 to 7 inches long including their tail, and their ribs actually end in protruding spikes that serve as protection against predators.

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ARKive: Anderson’s crocodile newt
Alligator Newt: St. Louis Zoo
CC: (great pics!)

What I like best about this tiny bird is its name: Have you ever heard of a gnatwren?! It is not a wren, yet it has the cocked tail and general appearance of one. It IS a type of gnatcatcher, but it doesn’t quite LOOK like one. This unique species is the only one in its genus, yet it has over a dozen subspecies. It lives in Central and South America, with an isolated population along the east coast of Brazil. Read more about this little feathered friend using the links below the pic.

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Birds of the World
iNaturalist
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Animalia Life

This full-length (almost an hour long) documentary, “Owls: Silent Hunters” by National Geographic features Fergus Beeley, a man who has devoted his life to studying owls and other birds of prey.

Wintergreen flowers look a lot like little blueberry flowers. That’s because they are in the same family — Ericaceae. Wintergreen flowers turn into bright red berries and the leaves are used as a wildwood tea. The berries are edible, but not in the quantities of delicious blueberries.

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Wintergreen grows wild in eastern North American woodlands. It is only 4 to 6 inches tall, but you can find its reddish to dark green evergreen leaves at any time of the year, even under the snow.

Encyclopedia of Life
Plants for a Future
Paghat’s Garden

Orange Peel Fungus can be quite reddish and cup-like!

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Most are more orange and have less of a cup form — click the pic to see over 150 more pics.
This is one highly variable fungus species!

The Silk Tassel Bush, Garrya elliptica, is a serpentine endemic plant — meaning it can grow on soils that (for one thing) contain high concentrations of chromium and nickel.
This is truly a heavy metal plant! 😀
It is native to the West coast of the USA — California and Oregon. Check out the links below the pic for closeups of those crazy dangling flowers!

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San Fran Botanical Garden
Sonoma County Master Gardeners
Dave’s Garden (nice pics!)
California Native Plant Society
Plant Lust

This strange-looking bird never outgrows his huge eye — this is not just an appealing baby face, but a full-grown Water Dikkop or Water Thick-knee of southern Africa!

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More Pics! (click the “Detail” tab for more info)
Vocalization (bird sound)
Beauty of Birds
Biodiversity Explorer

The Camargue is an area in southern France, a marshy delta area where the Rhone river flows into the Mediterranean Sea. In this area are wild horses and flamingos.

Click the links below the pic for more info on this beautiful wild habitat!

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The Camargue: France’s Wild West
Wikipedia
World Wildlife Fund

This crazy frog from the Amazon has a mouth that is one and a half times the length of its body!

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Learn more about this species:
Encyclopedia of Life (more pics!)
Animal Diversity Web
National Geographic

This tiny Earth Tongue is only about an inch tall!

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Mushroom Expert
Wikipedia
Encyclopedia of Life

Click the pic to find out how this plant came back from the dead!

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More on this endangered species:
Arkive
iNaturalist

The Dracula Ant (Adetomyrma venatrix) is blind, AND it drinks the “blood” of its young!

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More on this species:
Arkive
Mad Mike’s America
Encyclopedia of Life

The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is the national bird of Israel — and what a beautiful bird!

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Here is an edible weed that might just be covering a part of your yard!
The low-growing common chickweed tastes great in salad or boiled as greens.
Click the links below for chickweed recipes!

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Eat the Weeds
Stellaria species
Edible Wild Food

Acacia trees in Australia tend NOT to have thorns, while acacias everywhere else in the world usually DO have thorns!

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Did you know that BLUE mushrooms grow in America?
Click the pic for MORE pics (and click “Detail” at the top of that page for more info on this species!)

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2010 full documentary:
Tarsier: The Littlest Alien

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Learn about Dwarf Mongooses (BBC video)

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Dwarf Mongoose resources on this site

An old animal classic on YouTube

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