Garter Snakes of the San Francisco Bay Area
1. Coast Gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans terrestris)- San Mateo County, CA
2. Santa Cruz Gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus atratus)- San Mateo County, CA
3. Diablo Range Gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus)- San Mateo County, CA
4. California Red-sided Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis)- Marin County, CA
5. San Francisco Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia)- San Mateo County, CA
Al fondo desembocadura del Río Maule. Chile
A Fin whale carcass the bears have been feeding on for the past year lies beneath the surface of the water, Svalbard, Norway.
Oh, I’ve found it. My favorite photograph, ever.
I’m appreciating just how large the vertebrae are! Oh my god.
Italian Fire Salamander (Salamandra s. gigliolii), Brenta Dolomites, Italy
Photo by Clickalps .com
A regal horse embryo, 85 days after inception.
Gestation in humans and horses is remarkably similar looking in the beginning—horse embryos look like humans even after 30 days of existence.
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via photographer Tom Flack and the Smithsonian
Anonymous asked: I'm really confused about the classification of pillbugs. Are they millipedes or crustaceans?
The common, tiny pillbugs you can find almost anywhere in the world are isopods, but there were ALSO millipede species so short and stubby they look almost identical to one, and are referred to as pill millipedes! They’re usually far larger, an inch or more, and mostly found in tropical forests.
Here’s a pillbug:
Here’s a pill millipede:
The biggest difference is just in the antennae.
This armadillo-like shape that can curl into a ball is so efficient, it has evolved many times in nature. There are also pill cockroaches, and they’re super cuties:
(from beetles in the bush)
Note that pill millipedes are sometimes available for sale as pets, but NOBODY, in the pet hobby or the scientific world, has been successful keeping them alive in captivity for more than a couple months, whereas they are believed to live many years in the wild. It seems that there may be certain critical elements of their diet in the wild that we just don’t know about yet, or something goes wrong with their gut flora when removed from their natural habitat.
the thing about the ultimate cosmic meaninglessness of man is that you can either wallow in your insignificance and the attendant pain that brings in a culture so obsessed with fame and being important,
or you can fall in love with literally everything and everyone in a dozen small ways because everything still exists despite the statistical unlikelihood of it all and that’s a goddamn miracle
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