That kid that sat by himself drawing with no friends in middle school. That was me.
Hi! My name is Xan and I'm a studio art and paleontology major. I love the outdoors, science, music, art, and really anything nerdy. My favorite bands are The E Street Band, Counting Crows, and the Band. I occasionally post my own art and doodles as well. Ask me anything if you're curious ever.

 

malformalady:

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth. Leatherbacks don’t have the crushing chewing plates characteristic of other sea turtles that feed on hard-bodied prey. They have downward curving spines (also known as papillae) in their mouth and throat(bottom photo) which help them to capture and swallow their prey.

malformalady:

The leatherback sea turtle is the largest of all sea turtles, and one of the largest reptiles on earth. Leatherbacks don’t have the crushing chewing plates characteristic of other sea turtles that feed on hard-bodied prey. They have downward curving spines (also known as papillae) in their mouth and throat(bottom photo) which help them to capture and swallow their prey.

mothbug:

So a new species of snake (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) was recently discovered in southern Iran.

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Its common name is the spider-tailed horned viper because its tail is literally a fucking spider. This salty motherfucker has a spider (well, a VERY convincing spider-shaped lure) for a tail. I’d try to get on its level but I don’t know if that’s even possible. 

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Spider snake. Snake spider. Nature isn’t even in the neighborhood of fucking around. 

malformalady:

Sectioned skull of a rhinoceros hornbill. The skull of this rhinoceros hornbill shows a nice separation between functional parts. The beak has to resist forces and so it is filled with struts of bone, like the rest of the highly pneumatized skull. The “horn” is just for show and has little internal reinforcement.

malformalady:

Sectioned skull of a rhinoceros hornbill. The skull of this rhinoceros hornbill shows a nice separation between functional parts. The beak has to resist forces and so it is filled with struts of bone, like the rest of the highly pneumatized skull. The “horn” is just for show and has little internal reinforcement.

paralol:

smugasaurus:


ilove-unicorns:

overland-and-sea:

look at all those majestic sea pancakes

Sea pancakes.




I did an encounter once with these creatures and I was really scared because they tell you to shuffle and that kicks up the sand which means you cant see when they just decided to swim past your leg and scare the shit out of you and one of them touched me and I almost jumped into my moms arms yelling “MOM. THE SEA PANCAKES ARE ATTACKING. MOM.” She really wasnt amused

paralol:

smugasaurus:

ilove-unicorns:

overland-and-sea:

look at all those majestic sea pancakes

Sea pancakes.

I did an encounter once with these creatures and I was really scared because they tell you to shuffle and that kicks up the sand which means you cant see when they just decided to swim past your leg and scare the shit out of you and one of them touched me and I almost jumped into my moms arms yelling “MOM. THE SEA PANCAKES ARE ATTACKING. MOM.”
She really wasnt amused

zooborns:

A Pygmy Hippo Calf Makes Waves at Bristol Zoo Gardens

A Pygmy Hippo has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens in England! The calf, named Winnie, was born in early February to mom Sirana and father Nato, and lives with them on exhibit at the zoo. She spends her time eating, sleeping, and swimming around the exhibit’s heated pool.

Learn more at Zooborns.

discoverynews:

There was mournful news out of Sweden with the announcement that the world’s oldest known European eel had passed away recently at the age of 155, after living through two world wars, the Cold War, disco, punk, grunge, and the advent of the Internet. Read more

discoverynews:

There was mournful news out of Sweden with the announcement that the world’s oldest known European eel had passed away recently at the age of 155, after living through two world wars, the Cold War, disco, punk, grunge, and the advent of the Internet. Read more

cutereptiles:

archiemcphee:

All babies are small compared to their parents, but there is something particularly awesome about the size difference between this proud mama Galápagos Tortoise and her tiny new hatchlings, who emerged from their shells back in January 2014 at Australia’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This zoo became the first in Australia to successfully breed Galápagos Tortoises when RJ, the slightly larger baby you see standing between the wee hatchlings and parent, hatched three years ago.

One of the longest-living vertebrates, Galápagos Tortoises can live for over 100 years in the wild and reach weights of around 880 pounds (400 kg) and lenghths of up to 5 feet (1.5 m). They are found only on the Galápagos archipelago, west of continental Ecuador.

Head over to ZooBorns for additional photos and to learn more about Galápagos Tortoises.

Adorable! :D