Nature photography, political rants, and Martyman laughs from the ten-time award-winning author of "Cool Creatures, Hot Planet," "Endangered Edens," and the "Time Is Irreverent" series.

The venomous lace monitor

Marty’s photo of the day #3048: This is a five-foot-long lace monitor, photographed in Australia. I spent fifteen minutes crawling on the forest floor with this magnificent creature. Shortly afterward, scientists discovered that this species is venomous (though not deadly to humans).

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