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cuteness as promised

I promised cuteness, and here it is.

Colugo

Colugo in Tree

Picture copyright Peter Loh

Colugos live in Southeast Asia, and are also called ‘flying lemurs’, despite not being lemurs. They are placed in a group that is very broad, and includes everything from lemurs to humans. Colugos reproduce in a manner similar to marsupials. Their babies are born mostly undeveloped, and it crawls into a pouch-like area created by the mother’s big flappy skin. The babies aren’t full grown until 2-3 years later.

Colugo and baby

Picture from America Zoo

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Infraclass: Eutheria
Superorder: Euarchontoglires
Order: Dermoptera
Family: Cynocephalidae

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Parent Sacrifices

Agh! Sorry it’s been forever. I just moved back home from my dorm, and so I’ve been busy with finals, and packing, and school in general. I’m home now, and once I’ve got my summer schedule figured out, I’ll be all dandy again. For now, though:

Caecilians

Image courtesy of BBC News

These creatures look like worms, or maybe some sort of underground snake, but really, they’re not. They’re caecilians, which is actually a kind of amphibian. They are blind, though. Scientists have recently discovered that baby caecilian worms actually are nourished by eating the flesh from the tail of their mother. This practice is gross and incredibly creepy, much like the Surinam toad giving birth that I posted earlier. To prove my point, a video. (I promise some sort of cute chaser after this post to make up for all the grossness (especially for involving babies in the grossness)).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona

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