animals

Chasing snails and other little things by Margaret Liu

Feeling a bit restless after midnight, I moved my microscope to my main work table, something I should have done a looong time ago!

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I scooped a snail out of my fishtank, put it on a slide and recorded it moving around in its shell. This little guy was less than half an inch long.

...and after it came out of its shell it started crawling about on the slide and I spent an hour chasing it, trying to keep up with it in my field of view at 40x so i could get some good photos or a video it. I failed quite miserably. But, it was really neat watching it wave its little spotted antennae. I'll try again soon.

I also found a couple of these little guys in the water (not sure what they are):

Snatcher by Margaret Liu

Candid take of my Venezuelan suntiger tarantula (P. irminia) snatching a dubia roach away from my feeding tongs and dragging it down into a tube web it built. This is the same tarantula whose old exoskeleton appears in my MOLT series.

Pygmy chameleon by Margaret Liu

Stopped by my friend's house today, he breeds different species of chameleons. Here's one of his bearded pygmy chameleons (Rieppeleon brevicaudatus). This is an adult female, and she's about as big as they get.

Herping @ Snake Road by Margaret Liu

Today a couple of us from the Saint Louis Herpetological Society drove out to Snake Road in La-Rue Pine Hills, IL. We had a great time and found some neat critters - lots of frogs and toads, caterpillars, and a few snakes.

  Gray Treefrog  ( Hyla versicolor )

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

  Fowler's toad  ( Bufo fowleri)

Fowler's toad (Bufo fowleri)

  Rough green snake  ( Opheodrys aestivus ) - Notice how the scales are keeled. This is a distinguishing feature used for telling them apart from smooth green snakes ( Opheodrys vernalis ), which look extremely similar.

Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) - Notice how the scales are keeled. This is a distinguishing feature used for telling them apart from smooth green snakes (Opheodrys vernalis), which look extremely similar.

  Copperhead  ( Agkistrodon contortrix )

Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

  Western cottonmouth  ( Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma )

Western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)