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Animals Nobody  Loves

By Anousheh N. 

Animals Nobody

Loves

 

By Anousheh N.

Introduction...................................................................4

Barba Armilla..................................................................5

Poisen Dart Frog..............................................................7

Black Mamba...................................................................9

Great White Shark.............................................................11

Deathstalker.....................................................................13

Hyena...............................................................................15

Red Lionfish.......................................................................17

Box Jellyfish.....................................................................19

Lice....................................................................................21

Yellow Jacket Wasp...........................................................23

Conclusion........................................................................25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table of Contents

                                                               

                                              Introduction

     

 

        Ouch! You just got stung by a wasp, but not just any wasp, a Yellow Jacket. There are so many dangerous and deadly creatures in the world but I’m just going to tell you about ten of them.

       Few of these animals are liked but all of them are unloved. There is a reason why you despise these animals, if it’s a pest, it’s unpredictable, it’s appearance or just because it has a poor reputation. But it’s just trying to survive in a world they share with you. So after reading this, ask yourself if you still completely hate them. 

 

 

                                                   BARBA ARMILLA

     

 

       The Barbara Armilla is an extremely dangerous snake. It is responsible for a majority of snakebite deaths in its region. It has a powerful strike and it is swift but it mostly uses its speed to run from larger predators.

       The Barbara Armilla is native to Mexico, all of Central America, and the northern parts of Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador in South America.

If you ever see this threatening animal you should probably stay away from it. It can be annoyed easily and it is territorial. Also,  it can reach out further than half its body length when striking.                                                          

      This snake can grow up to 7 feet and weigh over 13 pounds. It may not be as big and weigh as much as some other snakes you might know but it sure is dangerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 Native to Mexico, all of Central America, and the northern parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador in South America.

POISON DART FROG

     

 

 

     The Poison Dart Frog has enough poison in its body to kill about 20,000 mice. Sounds like something you would want to stay away from, and if you’re thinking about not to staying away from it, then you’re in trouble.

     This particular creature has a special way to warn off its predators/enemies. It has bright colors like red, orange, and yellow as back off signs. That is just one of the things it has to ward off threats. Because of the insects it eats, scientists think it is toxic. But that might not be true considering that a lot of the insects it eats are non-toxic. It eats fruit flies, ants, termites, young crickets, and tiny beetles. The Poison Dart Frog stalks its prey in the morning in the forests of Central and South America. It uses its lengthy tongue to catch it.

     This frog goes through a series of stages called metamorphosis before becoming an adult. Before the tadpoles hatch the parent carries the eggs on their back. These frogs live in freshwater streams and ponds. You might see one but stay away...or else.

 

 

This particular creature has a special way to warn off their predators/enemies. It has bright colors like red, orange, and yellow as back off signs. 

  BLACK MAMBA

     

 

     The Black Mamba is the fastest land snake in the world. It can reach up to 12mph. It is blamed for thousands of human deaths and it is the 2nd longest snake in the world, reaching up to 14 feet long. It sounds very deadly and unsafe because it is. Two drops of poison from its body can kill a person. To add to that, it devours its food whole.

     The Black Mamba doesn’t have a lot of predators but if it does get nervous it opens its mouth to show black lining as a warning signal. That’s where it gets its name from, the deep inky black color inside its mouth. It also has a coffin shaped head that can be a brownish color, olive, or grayish with a paler belly.

     This fatal animal lives in the Savannas, Rocky Hills, and Open Woodlands of South and East Africa. If not in captivity it can live up to 11 years.

 

GREAT WHITE SHARK

     

 

 

     Although there are many horrible stories about these sharks they usually leave people alone. Great White Shark attacks on humans are really rare. Even if you get wounded you won’t die. But still these sharks can be menacing. You might get seriously injured.

     The Great White Shark has several rows of teeth and as soon as one falls out a new one grows back in quickly. They use their teeth to eat large marine mammals like Sea Lions, seals, and small whales.

    These sharks are on the top of the food chain and only human interactions and orcas can really hurt them. If a shark does get close to a human they are either caught in fishing nets by accident or their fins are sold for a lot of money.

     The Great White Shark is mostly a blue-gray color and their belly is white. When they are born they are 5 feet in length and can reach up to 15 feet. It’s a giant but with fins. Some people aren’t even that tall when they are adults.

 

The Great White Shark has several rows of teeth and a soon as one falls out a new one grows back in quickly.

DEATHSTALKER

     

 

 

     The deathstalker is one of the most venomous scorpions in the world. But without its venom it would be as weak and fragile as a baby. A sting from this scorpion would be tremendously painful but few people die from it. The Deathstalker mostly relies on its venom to stay alive. Its pincers are weak and its limbs are thin and lanky unlike other scorpions, which have thick and bulky limbs. The Deathstalker is an elastic looking yellow or green color.

     You would probably not want to catch one of these because in captivity they are usually more aggressive. They live in the deserts of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. An interesting fact about the Deathstalker is that it needs to be in a temperature that is at least 18 degrees Fahrenheit to survive.

     Deathstalker sounds a bit alarming but it has 2 other names, Omdurman Scorpion and Israeli Desert scorpion.

 

Deathstalker sounds a bit alarming but it has 2 other names, Omdurman Scorpion and Israeli desert.

HYENA

     

 

     When you say Hyena it sounds kind of like a laugh. That’s because they make a laughing-like sound after catching their prey to celebrate. A Hyena has a powerful jaw and strong teeth.

     They live in groups that are called clans. Something about their group that few animal groups have is that their leader is a female. Another unusual fact is that they are actually more similar to cats than dogs. They might look like dogs but don’t let that fool you.

     Hyenas mostly catch their own prey but if their food source is low they might go scavenging. But usually that doesn’t happen unless it’s prey could outrun it while it’s going 35mph. The Hyena lives in the grasslands of Africa. It eats birds, lizards, snakes, and insects. If not in captivity it can live up to 25 years.

 

 

RED LIONFISH

     

 

     The Venomous Red Lionfish has eight needle-like dorsal fins. One sting can cause nausea and breathing difficulties. To add to all that, it has lightning fast reflexes to capture its prey. Sounds pretty fearsome to me. Even the way it devours its prey is scary. It spreads its fins to herd all the small fish in a cramped space and then…it feasts. Even though it sounds like something you wouldn’t even want to see, in some parts of the world it is known as a food. But still the population is healthy, unlike many other species you know about.

     Even though the Red Lionfish is the size of a teacup it is actually a problem.  It is the one animal people actually want to go away. But it would be hard to spot it if it can camouflage itself. It lurks in the reefs and rocky cracks of the Indo-Pacific. It can live up to 15 years. That’s long for a fish. It may grow up to 11 to 15 inches.

 

 

The Venomous Red Lionfish has eight needle-like dorsal fins.

BOX JELLYFISH

     

 

     If you’re a victim of the Boxed Jellyfish then...goodbye. Human victims of this jellyfish have been known to go into shock right after they get stung and die of heart failure even before they reach the surface. The venom of it is considered the most deadly in the world. It can instantly stun or kill its prey. Just because of their sting they are also called sea wasps and marine stingers.

     The Boxed Jellyfish gets its name from the cube-like shape of their bell. On each side of their bell they have 15 tentacles, each 10 feet long. Each tentacle has about 5,000 cells. Also each side of their bell has eyes in groups of six. It must have great eyesight.

     The Boxed Jellyfish may be more advanced and risky than most other jellyfish but it usually only lives a little less than a year. This jellyfish has so many tentacles you might think it weighs a ton but it only weighs about 4 pounds. This jellyfish lives in groups called Smack.

 

 

Just because of their sting they are also called sea wasps and marine stingers.

LICE

   

 

     Lice will make you itch all over your head. Imagine you’re just scratching your head and while you’re doing that tiny pests are crawling around your head, drinking blood.

     6-12 million people are treated for head lice each year. It’s one of the most common infections worldwide. They can’t fly or jump but if you do have direct head to head contact with somebody that has lice that gives them a chance to find a new head to call home.

     There are several ways to get rid of these annoying bugs. But if they are not feeding on blood for 1 to 2 days they will die. Males are less likely to get lice because they have shorter hair. But that doesn’t mean they still can’t get it.

     If you have never seen a louse (singular for lice) before, you probably won’t know what it looks like. They are tan, brown, or gray. So if you have darker hair you might not be able to see them as well. Also they might be mistaken for dandruff(dry scalp). Usually Lice are found behind ears, under ponytails, on necks, eyebrows, and eyelashes. So if you are scratching a lot in these spots just know you have miniscule bugs about the size of sesame seeds in your hair.

 

 6-12 million people are treated for head lice each year.

YELLOW JACKET WASP

     

 

     A Yellow Jacket’s sting can cause severe and sometimes fatal allergic reactions. Unlike a bee a Yellow Jacket can sting repeatedly without dying. If you ever happen to kill or threaten one they release a smell that alerts other wasps to come and help.

     If you have ever seen a bee hive a wasp nest in quite similar. It is made out of a material that is identical to paper and it is usually in the sides of buildings or trees. In just one nest there can be thousands of wasps. The queen Yellow Jacket is the one that lays all the eggs. She can lay hundreds in just one day.

An interesting thing about these bees is that as the season progresses the population grows and their diet changes to include more sugar. If their food source is low they turn to scavenging. If you see a wasp near something sweet that’s because it is attracted to sweet smells.

     Each wasp has a job in the nest. The workers take care of the egg until it has hatched. Then the wasp is on its own. But before the young wasp turns into an adult it goes through four stages of development, egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

 

 

Conclusion

     

 

     So, after reading this did you change your mind about hating these animals or did it make you hate them more? Even if you hate them more now you should know their importance in the world. Without them you would probably be hating bunnies because there is not some fox around to control their population. Because these creatures are dangerous and deadly they are hated but because of some of their better traits they are also a big role in our environment. So I hope that you, as Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “...have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

 

 

 

Glossary

 

 

 

 

Unpredictable: It is not able to be told ahead of time. (pg.4)

 

Poor:  It is low in quality or disliked. (pg.4)

 

Swift: It is very quick. (pg.5)

 

Lenghthy: When something is unusaully long. (pg.7)

 

Menacing: Usaully an animal that is dangerous or threatning. (pg.11)

 

Alarming: Something that makes you worry or is disturbing. (pg.13)

 

Fearsome: Something that is frightning in appearence. (pg.17)

 

Risky: It is full of possibility, danger and loss. (pg.19)

 

Miniscule:  Something that is extremly tiny. (pg. 21)

 

Identicle: One thing that looks exactly like something else in every detail.(23)

 

 

 

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