Discovering the World's Great Green Animals
Green is for Green Anaconda
THE WORLD OF WEIRD ANIMALS
by Mina Morcelo
GREEN IS FOR
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.
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!
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.
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.
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)!
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)!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
GREEN ALL OVER THE GLOBE!
Three toed sloth
Red eyed tree frog
Green cheeked conure
Green sea turtle
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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