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Discovering the World's Great Green Animals 

Green is for Green Anaconda

THE WORLD OF WEIRD ANIMALS

by Mina Morcelo

Green is for Green Anaconda

GREEN IS FOR

GREEN ANACONDA

By Mina Morcelo

THINK YOU KNOW WHAT GREEN MEANS?

WELL, THINK AGAIN!

Green is for GREEN ANACONDA

The GREEN ANACONDA is one of the most feared animals in the world. Although green anacondas do not have any venom, they are still quite deadly. When they are hunting, they don’t chase their prey. Instead they hide and wait for something good looking to come by. Once their target is where they want it to be, the anaconda ambushes their meal with a tight squeeze that stops blood flow and breathing. Yikes, I’m not going near that big guy any time soon. 

Fame for Fatness?

The green anaconda has many physical qualities that make it famous worldwide. The green anaconda is the second longest snake in the world. He comes in second place to the reticulated python, with a length record of 32 feet long. But the green anaconda wins the prize for the world’s heaviest snake. This bad boy has a weight record of about 500 pounds! No offense green anaconda, in case your reading this.


Name: Green Anaconda.


Species name: Eunectes murinus


Size: Grows up to 17 feet(5.1816 centimeters) from nose to tail. Normally weighs around 66-154 pounds(29-70 kilograms)


Diet: Feeds on birds, fish, wild pigs, capybaras, mammals, and other reptiles. 


Habitat: Found in marshes and swamps in northern South America. 


Predators/threats: Jaguars and caimans are known to feed on juvenile green anacondas, but adults are rarely preyed upon. 

Green is for THREE TOED SLOTH

The THREE-TOED SLOTH are animals that spend their entire lives in the trees and very rarely come down to the ground. If they are caught on land, they have a very slim chance of survival. Yet these animals know what to do when in the water. By using their version of the “doggie paddle”, three toed sloths are able to swim at a speed that is three times faster than when they crawl. Furthermore, they are capable of holding their breath for up to 40 minutes!  

Slowly but Safely?

Slow is the three toed sloths fastest and only speed. They crawl at speed of speed of 6-8 feet per minute. Even though three-toed sloths have a lack of speed, they get one or two perks out of it. Green algae and mold grow on their furry coat because they don’t move swiftly enough to avoid this from happening. This is why they have a green appearance, which can be very useful for camouflage in the GREEN rainforest. Even being a slowpoke has its bright side!


Name: Three-toed sloth.


Species name: Bradypus. 


Size: Grows up to 23 inches(58 centimeters). Average weight is around 8-9 pounds(2-4 kilograms).

 

Diet: Feeds on leaves, shoots, and fruit from the trees.


Habitat: They live in the trees in the rainforests of Central and South America.


Predators/threats: Jaguars and harpy eagles feed on the three-toed sloth. They are all threatened by lost of habitat and human interaction.  

Green is for JACKSON'S CHAMELEON

You may mistake JACKSON’S CHAMELEON for a shrunken dinosaur. They have a spiky line of thorns running along their backs. Their face has the appearance of a rhino and a toad. Compared to a dinosaur, the jackson’s chameleon is very similar to a triceratops because of the three razor sharp horns on their heads. This is how they get the name “three-horned chameleon”. Jackson’s chameleon can be extremely ruthless because they have a very stubborn behavior. 

Raging Relationships!

For most animals mating is a time of love and connection, but for these chameleons, mating is a time of fighting and distress. They follow a ritual that is similar for scaring off predators. The males will demonstrate threat gestures including inflating itself, changing colors, and lifting up their forelegs to the females in the process of proposal. When proposed to, the female can either, one, reply with threatening gestures to show she has no interest to mate with this male. Or two, reply with weak threatening gestures(or no gesture at all)to show her willingness of mating. This is why these reptiles are normally live solo; they’re really not social animals. 

 


Name: Jackson’s chameleon. 


Species name: Trioceros jacksonii.


Size: Grows to be 7-10 inches(17- 25 centimeters). Their average weight is about 0.1-0.4 pounds(90-150 grams).  


Diet: They feed on various insects such as cockroaches, crickets, houseflies 


Habitat: They are found in parts of East Africa.


Predators/threats: Birds of prey, large snakes, rats, and some monkeys are known to feed on the Jackson's chameleon. 

Green is for RED EYED TREE FROG

The RED EYED TREE FROG gets their name from their bright red eyes they have. They have vivid colors which help them avoid and frighten away predators. If they are startled in their sleep, they will open their startling red eyes and reveal their colorful body. This technique is called “coloration” is used to frighten away threats. Furthermore, most of the animals that fed on the red eyed tree frog are nocturnal, so they hunt at night. When an animal looks at the frog, the frog will jump away and leave a ghostly image behind (that will stand out in the night) to confuse the predator. Confusion and illusion is this frogs specialty. 

Legs for Life!

Red eyed tree frogs are one of the few frog species that can climb and live in trees. Jumping is a piece of cake for them thanks to their talented legs. Their webbed feet have these special suction cups that help them climb the trees they live in. The frog’s long and slender legs help them leap from tree to tree so well. They are known to be able to jump as far as 50 times their length(They must be masters of jump rope)!  


Name: red eyed tree frog


Species name: Agalychnis callidryas


Size: Grows up ti be 1.5-3 inches(3-7 centimeters). Average weight is around 6-15 grams. 


Diet: Tadpoles feed on fruit flies and pinhead crickets. Adults prefer to eat crickets, flies grasshoppers, and moths. 


Habitat: tropical lowlands of southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. 


Predators/threats: Bats, owls, tarantulas, snakes, toucans, and young alligators feed on the red eyed tree frog. Human activity and let of habitat are large threats.

Green is for GREEN CHEEKED CONURE

The GREEN CHEEKED CONURE is a very colorful bird. Their are all different kinds of green cheeked conures with very vibrant plumage. A few of the types of green cheeked conures are pineapple, cinnamon, and turquoise. And with each generation, these birds get more intense in color. That’s why they’re called the rainbow bird(just kidding, no one calls them that)!

Silent Treatment!

If taught, these birds could learn to talk, but they are not very good at it. Their communication can be misinterpreted very easily thanks to their odd voice. Their peculiar voice of theirs also limits their vocabulary, so they are unable to pronounce some words. Teaching them to speak is a grand challenge also because of their extreme stubbornness. In conclusion, this bird may or may not learn to speak clearly. So if this bird won’t talk to you, it’s nothing personal.


Name: Green cheeked conure


Species name: pyrrhura molinae


Size: Grows up to be 9-10 inches(25-26 cm), with a wingspan of 5.5 inches(14 centimeters). They weigh around 0.11-0.13 pounds(60-90 grams).


Diet: They typically eat seeds, fruits, vegetables, and various kinds of insects.


Habitat: They are found in the forest region in South America.


Predators/threats: The false vampire and the ornate hawk eagle are known to feed on the green cheeked conure.

Green is for PANTHER CHAMELEON

The PANTHER CHAMELEON is well known to be a very territorial animal. They spend most of their time alone except for mating season, otherwise, they avoid each other as much as possible. If two male chameleons come face to face, they can become very aggressive. Their bodies would begin to change color and they would inflate themselves to appear larger. This clash would end when one of them surrenders by backing away and changing into a dull color. If not, this could become a physical fight. And when you have two angry male panther chameleons have a physical, let’s just say things can get ugly pretty fast. They don’t call them panther chameleons for nothing. 

Super Stalker!

Panther chameleons have extremely advanced eyesight, which can be very beneficial in their case. Since they can rotate their eyes 360 degrees, these guys can see what’s happening all around them. Furthermore, they can see microscopic insects from up to 5-10 meters away from them. And not only can they see everywhere, they are also able to see in visible and in ultraviolet light! So just remember, the panther chameleon sees all...


Name: panther chameleon


Species name: furcifer pardalis


Size: Grows up to be 10-17 inches(25-43 centimeters). Their average weight is around 0.1-0.4 pounds(60-180 grams).


Diet: They like to feed on various kinds of insects. 


Habitat: They are found in eastern and northern Madagascar.  


Predators/threats: Snakes, birds of prey, and certain monkeys will eat the panther chameleon. They are also threatened by loss of habitat.

Green is for GREEN SEA TURTLE

The GREEN SEA TURTLE is a species of sea turtles that spend almost their entire lives in the water. The females only ever come out to lay their eggs. They have green skin with hard brown carapaces/shells. The color of their carapaces changes throughout their lives. When they are just born, their carapaces are nearly black. As they mature, their carapaces turn brown. 

Save the Sea Turtles!

Did you know that green sea turtles are one of the most endangered animals in the world? This is how it works; say a female green sea turtle lays 1,000 eggs. Only 800 will hatch alive. Then, only 400 will make to the sea uneaten by predators. 200 will make it to adulthood, 20 will make it to breeding age without human interference, and only 2 will make to breeding age with human interference. So out of 1,000 eggs that are layed, only 2 of them will be able to reproduce(That’s only 0.2%!). Many people are taking action to saving the sea turtles so they don’t become extinct. Will you take action? The choice is yours.



Name: green sea turtle 


Species name: chelonia mydas


Size: Grows up to be 5 feet(1.5 meters). Full grown weight is around 700 lbs(317.5 kilograms).


Habitat: They are found in tropical and subtropical oceans all over the globe. 


Diet: They feed on algae and seagrass. 


Predators/threats: They are preyed by marine mammals, sharks, crabs, shore birds. They are greatly threatened by human activity. 

Green is for PRAYING MANTIS

The PRAYING MANTIS is well known to be a ferocious hunter, for their small size These insects eat nothing but live food. When they hunt, they ambush their victims at lighting speed. They have four legs for climbing, two claws for gripping onto prey, and bulging with a head that can turn 180 degrees. Their physical appearance allows them to blend in with nature, which is why they can be mistaken for a leaf. Not so lucky for a bug that comes by!

Deadly Divorce!

When praying mantis mate, their relationships are, well, short. During mating time, the females often decapitate and eat their partners. The males must not look forward to mating time. But by eating their mates, the females can produce more eggs. Even though the males must perform a self sacrifice, it helps keep the population balanced!


Name: praying mantis


Species name: mantis religiosa


Size: Grows up to be 0.5-6 inches(1-15 centimeters). Their average weight is around 6 oz(170 grams).


Diet: They feed on grasshopper, crickets, flies, moths, caterpillars, and occasionally hummingbirds.


Habitat: They live in warm grasslands.


Predators/threats: They are eaten by lizards, snakes, and scorpions.

Green is for AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

The AMERICAN ALLIGATOR is a very strong animal. The American alligator’s strongest muscle is its jaw so it can gobble up prey easily. Its mouth has about 74-80 jagged teeth for munching on prey. The american alligator experiences about 2,500-3,000 teeth during their lifespan. Swim away little fishes, here come the gator and he’s hungry!

"Logs"?!

Ever gone to a swamp and wondered why the logs are moving? Well, you’re in big trouble because, those aren’t logs; they’re alligators! Alligators have a unique physical appearance that makes them look like logs. This is helpful for stealth when hunting. So if you are planning to go to a swamp, stay away from the logs with eyes and a snout.


Name: american alligator


Species name: Alligator mississippiensis


Size: Grows up to be 10-15 feet(3-5 meters). Their average weight is around 1,000 pounds(454 kilograms).


Diet: They eat fish, turtles, snakes, small mammals, frogs, smaller alligators, and wading birds. 


Habitat: They live in swamps and marshes in America. 


Predators/threats: Babies are eaten by jaguars and leopards, but adults have no predators. Human activity is a threat to them. 

Green is for GREEN IGUANA

The GREEN IGUANA is a species of reptiles with many great physical abilities. Running quickly is no problem for them, with a speed of 21 miles per hour.  Swimming is another thing that these great animals are known to be amazing at. They are so tough that they can land solid on their four legs from a height of 40 feet! This guy’s eligible for this year Olympics!

Intense Iguana?

The green iguana has multiple ways to defend itself. They have a very powerful jaw with razor sharp teeth for biting threats. Furthermore, their tail is extremely strong tail which they can whip to frighten away predators. If their tail gets caught in something, they can detach it from their bodies and grow back a new one without causing any serious damage. On their skin, there are spikes so some animals will stay away. You might want to not mess with this iguana!


Name: green iguana


Species name: Iguana iguana


Size: Grows up to be 6.6 feet(2 meters). Their average weight is around 11 pounds(4-5 kilograms).    


Diet: They feed on leaves, fruits, flowers, and vines.


Habitat: They live in rainforests of northern Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean Islands, and southern Brazil.


Predators/threats: Raccoons, crows, vultures, and feral pigs are known to eat the green iguana.  Human interaction is a threat for them.

GREEN ALL OVER THE GLOBE!

Green anaconda 


Three toed sloth 


Jackson's chameleon


Red eyed tree frog


Green cheeked conure 



Panther chameleon


Green sea turtle 


Praying mantis 


American alligator  


Green iguana 

Green sea turtle habitat

Green sea turtle habitat 

Green sea turtle habitat

The green stink bug(Chinavia hilaris) are not harmful to humans, but they can damage corn, potatoes and other crops.

The kakapo(Strigops habraptila) is a species of nocturnal birds that cannot fly.


Wallace's flying frog(Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) can glide from tree to tree thanks to the loose flaps on their limbs.

The green basilsk lizard(Baciliscus plumifrons) can breath underwater for up to 30 minutes. 

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