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The fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere (disputed)

The fastest animal in the Western Hemisphere (disputed)

Marty’s photo of the day #3722: I expected to see pronghorn everywhere in the American Prairie Reserve, but instead they were a rare sighting. I attribute that more to bad luck than to the lack of animals. Pronghorn can run a little over 50 mph, making them the fastest land animal in the Western Hemisphere. […]

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

What makes a snake the “most deadly”?

Marty’s photo of the day #3651: What makes a snake the “most deadly”? This is a fer-de-lance—a snake many consider the deadliest snake in the Western Hemisphere. Some snakes, such as a bushmaster, have more potent venom, but fer-de-lances are difficult to see in the rainforest and are easily stepped on. When that happens, their […]

The deadliest snake?

The deadliest snake?

Marty’s photo of the day #3315: I photographed this fer-de-lance in Costa Rica. Known as the “deadliest snake in the western hemisphere,” it’s not actually the most venomous. Snakes such as the bushmaster have more powerful venom. The fer-de-lance only gets the deadliest title because it blends in with the leaf litter and has the […]

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

The deadliest snake in the western hemisphere

Marty’s photo of the day #2694: Fer-de-lances are the deadliest snakes in the western hemisphere, but they aren’t the most venomous. Others, such as bushmasters, have venom that is more potent. Fer-de-lances kill more people, because they blend in so well with the leaf litter on the forest floor and readily bite if stepped on […]

Animals A to Z. The Letter K

Animals A to Z. The Letter K

Marty’s photo of the day #2622: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order. K is for Kingfisher. I photographed this ringed kingfisher in Costa Rica. Ringed kingfishers are the largest kingfishers in the Western Hemisphere (18 inches from beak to […]

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