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Can you confuse a gator with a gharial?

If you do, you just aren’t looking at a gharial.  Their long, oddly-shaped snout is a dead giveaway! General: The gharial is second only to the saltwater crocodile in size, growing up to 21 feet in length! It is found … Continue reading

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What’s living under New York City?

Alligators!  They could come up the plumbing and into your bathtub!  Right?  Well, in case the picture above has you concerned, there’s no hard evidence that there are gators in the sewers of New York.  Why not?  It’s too cold … Continue reading

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That crocodile smile….

Crocodiles certainly have a fixed grin, but do they also cry?   Crocs do shed tears, but not for the reasons we do.  When a crocodile has been out of the water for a long time, his eyes will start … Continue reading

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The Poor Huemul

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Zonkeys and zorses (or hebras?)

Yes, donkeys and zebras can breed and have babies!  The above foal was born to a donkey mother, fathered by a zebra. I like this little guy, half horse, half zebra.  The flank stripes make me think the zebra was … Continue reading

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Zebra resurrection?

The photo above shows the quagga, a subspecies of the plains zebra that became extinct when the last one died in the London Zoo in Regent’s Park in 1870. This photo is a modern Plains zebra that is part of the … Continue reading

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The dark side of zebras

    Sometimes, zebras are born with some strange stripe patterns.  These zebras are called black zebras. These photos all illustrate the variety possible in the stripes or, in the bottom photo, “spots” of the zebra.

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