Friday, 16 February 2018

Grass Snake - Natrix natrix

Grass Snake 
The Grass Snake Is a non-venomous species of water snake, it is found all over Europe near lakes, rivers, marshes ect.. It feeds on amphibians, mainly frogs. They are quite a small specie of snake growing up to 70-90cm (Although I have found the largest one ever recorded in Bulgaria, which was an epic 148cm long,check out the video of it, at the end of the blog!) They are typically dark green or brown with a yellow color behind the head. They are the most common specie of snake where I live and are also one of the most common snake species in whole of Europe. I have caught 57 of them in one day (It was breeding season) They breed in April, and lay 10 to 40 eggs in one batch!! When they feel threatened they produce a horrible smelling fluid. They really really rarely bite, I have caught hundreds of them and only once has one ever tried to bite me. They are surprisingly the largest snake specie in Britain. One of there most known defense mechanisms is to play dead.

Playing Dead

Here's the video of me catching the largest grass snake ever recorded in my country (Bulgaria)




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Five Of The Rarest Birds In The Uk


1. Hawfinch
The Hawfinch Is the UK's largest finch, and has a massive and powerful bill that is used to crack open nuts. It has declined in many areas of Britain, and is one of the hardest birds to see in the UK. It lives in woodlands, mainly on trees that produce nuts and fruits. 






2. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

The Lesser spotted woodpecker is now one of our rarest birds, It's also the rarest and smallest Woodpecker in the UK. We have lost 3 out of 4 pairs since the 1970s. It's favorite habitat is the woodlands, where there are lots of beetle larva and moths to eat.   






3. Willow Tit 

Alongside the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, the Willow tit has become the rarest woodland bird in the UK! Since 1970, numbers have declined by a shocking 91%, and experts are not sure why! They feed on Insects, Fruit and Berries. Experts estimate there to be around 3000 of them left.





4. Spotted Flycatcher 

The Spotted Flycatcher is a boring looking woodland bird, but is one of the most interesting birds to watch as it has incredible insect catching skills, hence the name. Unfortunately there are now 6 times less Spotted Flycatchers in the Britain than just 30 years ago.    





5. Wood Warbler 

One of the most beautiful and biggest warblers in Europe, unfortunately they are quite rare to see in the Uk, although there are a fair amount in Wales. They mainly feed on insects and spiders. They inhabit beach and oak woodlands.      






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Saturday, 3 February 2018

Three Of The Most Aggressive Animals In The World


1.Hippopotamus

Hippos are defiantly one of the most aggressive animals on the world, they are extremely territorial and have been known to stalk and flip over boats full of people. They actually kill more people then any other animal in Africa, estimating to be around 3000 people annually!! They are huge and are one of the heaviest animals alive, fully grown they weigh around 1500 to 1800kg!!!





2.Bull Shark

The bull shark is officially the most aggressive shark in the world. Although it is the most aggressive, It is not the deadliest, It is responsible for 300 deaths and 700 injuries. Most great white shark attacks are cases of them mistaking identity or self defense, but the bull shark attacks whatever it sees! They are quite large, growing up to 3 meter's long and weighing around 130kg.







3. Black Mamba

It's the longest, fastest, and most venomous snake in Africa, If you get bit by this snake and there theirs no anti venom around, your defiantly going to die within 20 to 30 minutes, they have a 100% mortality rate and will not hesitate to bite if felt threatened. They have been known to chase people away from their territory. Fully grown they get to around 4-5 meters long (14 feet)!!!




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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Moss


Moss
Mosses are often found in damp or shady locations, they are small flowerless plants that grow in green clumps. They are typically 0.2-10 cm tall, but you can also find larger species which can grow up to 50 cm in height. They do not have seeds, they use spores to reproduce. Mosses get commonly mixed up with liverworts and lichens. There are around 12,000 species of mosses!!! You will most likely see them in the deep, damp forests or at the edges of streams. They can also be found in cracks between paving stones in damp city streets, and on roofs. In England, pretty much every roof has moss on it, because it rains so much! It is a lovely looking plant, many gardeners keep it for decoration.

Moss growing on damp branches

Mosses do not have roots. They can live underwater. Mosses were the first plants to survive on solid ground. They evolved from algae. Most species of moss will live from  3 to 10 years, depending on how much water there is. Just like all plants, they get there energy from the sun.  Most mosses are in a group called Bryopsida.






Friday, 26 January 2018

Five Of The Most Beautiful Snakes In The World

1. Green Tree Python 

The Green Tree Python is found in Australia and New Guinea. It can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters).
They inhabit a variety of places such as trees, bushes, shrubs and rain forests. They mainly feed on rodents, their favorite thing to eat is Mice.





2. Red - Headed Krait
The Red - Header Krait is a highly venomous nocturnal snake which inhabits forested hills. It is mostly found in Thailand, in or near water, and grows up to 7 feet (2 meters) It eats other snakes!





3. Blue Racer Snake

The Blue Racer Is extremely active and fast, almost as fast as the Black mamba (fastest snake in the world). It inhabits a lot of places such as bushes, swamps, woods and ect... It is mostly found in the southern part of Peninsula. Young eat insects such as Grasshoppers, small frogs, spiders, worms ect....Adults mainly feed on small rodents and other snake species.









4. Oriental Whip Snake

The Oriental Whip Snake Is a non-venomous snake. It can grow up to 6 feet (2 meters). It eats small reptiles and amphibians mainly frogs and lizards. It inhabits forest and park lands in China,India and Philippines, it is commonly seen on the edges of bushes in the sun. 






5. California Red-Sided Garter Snake

I  personally think this is the most beautiful snake in the world.

It is a small snake,only growing up to 100cm, It is found in California, they are extremely good swimmers,so they prefer habitats such as: streams, ponds, ditches or marshes. They have a small life span of 2-4 years. They are actually venomous, but don't have enough venom to harm a human. They like to feed on fish, small reptiles and insects.



Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Most Hunted Animals In The World


  • This week we are going to look at some of the most hunted animals in the world, I do not agree with hunting and it sucks to see how many animals have died due to this act!


1. Pangolin - Manidea sp.

Over the past decade, more then one million pangolins have been illegally trafficked, making it the most trafficked animal in the world! one specie, (Manis pentadactyla) has become extinct because of over hunting. In August 2016, a man was arrested because he had 650 dead Pangolins in his freezer!!


Here are some interesting facts about the pangolin

  • A Pangolin's tongue can be larger that it's body when fully extended!
  •  An average Pangolin will eat around 60 million insects a year!
  • Pangolins are the only mammals in the world covered in scales!


2. Siberian tiger - Panthera altaica

It is estimated the wild population of Siberian tigers is around 400-450! Almost all wild Siberian tigers live at the southeast corner of Russia. They can also be found in northeastern china. The Siberian tiger is the largest of it's specie growing up to 4 meters in length (13 feet). They are considered critically endangered because of hunting and habitat loss from intense logging



Here are some interesting facts about the Siberian tiger  


  • The Siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world!
  • Apparently the Siberian tiger will only roar during mating season!  


  • Siberian tigers hunt alone, but will share there meals with other tigers!

3. African Bush Elephant - Loxodonta africana 

In 1900 there were approximately 10 million of these animals, today their total number is estimated at around 300,000! Most of the elephants killed today are linked to illegal poaching. In some places it is legal to hunt elephants; South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. The African bush elephant is the most endangered animal in Africa 



Here are some facts about the African Bush Elephant 

  • The African Bush Elephant is the largest and heaviest land mammal on earth! 
  • They have a large life span, living up to 70 years old in the wild!
  • More than 25,000 elephants died because of poachers in 2016




Sunday, 2 July 2017

Organisms in my Garden - Wolf spider

Organisms in my Garden - Wolf spider spp.



Location

I found it sitting on a white flower, probably waiting for a big juicy bee to come by.






What is it?

Wolf spiders are members of the family Lycosidae. They are robust hunters with excellent eyesight.
They normally live and hunt alone. They will bounce on their prey and sometimes even chase them.
Wolf spiders carry their eggs in sacks, that are carried on their backs. The spiders are normally around 10-35 mm in length. They have eight eyes arranged in three rows. They will inject venom if harassed. if you get bitten with venom the symptoms will include: swelling, mild pain and itching. BUT it depends on what type of wolf spider. Most the species are completely harmless.    
  



What do they eat?

In the wild, a wolf spider will eat almost any prey smaller than himself that comes nearby.
But normally they will eat: houseflies, moths, worms and crickets. 

Babies will eat fruit flies 



What eats them?

They can be eaten by pretty much any bird, amphibian, reptile, mammal
and some types of insects. They also eat each other!