Saturday, November 28, 2009

Camera Critters: Hagenbeck

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It's been a while since my last visit to Hagenbeck, but I think the Panther chameleon (Fucifer pardalis) still recognized me ;)

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a Blue-Headed Tree Gagama (Acanthocerus atricollis)

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a Northern Caiman lizard (Dracaena guianensis) - I think they have the most beautiful eyes

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four-eyed fish (Anableps anableps) - they have just two eyes, but with two pupils each and the eyes can see both underwater and above it at the same time. The fish spend their time swimming on the surface and wait for insects and other prey to fall in.

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a rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

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a Red-Crested Turaco (Tauraco erythrolophus) - he always came back to the same tree to display by jumping from one branch to the other with spread wing. Cute bird.

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a young Eastern Diamondback (Crotalus adamanteus), a rattlesnake

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Blue-Tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides) - they have a vividly blue tongue that they show to frighten off enemies. He wasn't in the mood, though.

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Lookdowns (Selene vomer) - those are really weird fish and look like someone ran them over with a pressing iron, their bodies are only an inch or so thick.

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a leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) - I like their eyes

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an Upside-Down jellyfish (Cassiopeis spec.) - they sit on the ground with their tentacles in the..um, air. Sometimes crabs will carry them around for protection.

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a goby - some species of goby live in symbiosis with shrimps. The shrimp builds a cave for both and the goby watched out for the almost blind shrimp.

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a Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans) - touch those spines in the fins and you won't die, but you may wish you had. The sting is extremely painful. But they are amazingly graceful fish, displaying their fanned.out fins so that everyone knows not to touch.

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a Gold-Breasted Starling (Cosmopsarus regius)

I hope you enjoyed the trip to the zoo! More critters can be foudn over at the Camera Critters meme

All photos taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark, published with kind permission.

17 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, what a collection of colored and decorated critters. Great pictures.

Dina said...

I always gasp in surprise and wonderment at each of your animal photos and facts.

That "four-eyed" fish is really something.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jennifer: Those were some great photos at the zoo.

Ladynred said...

Thanks for the Zoo tour. I really enjoyed the animals.

We love Luna said...

Congrats, a perfect set of pictures!Well done!
purrs,love and happy critters
Luna - We love Luna

Nikki-ann said...

A great collection of critters - I love the 4 eyed fish photo... it looks like a couple of bubbles resting on the still water :) Great shots!

Karine said...

What a wonderful series of shots of a bunch of fascinating creatures, well done!

Denise said...

A fantastic series of zoo photos, all so very interesting. Must be a lovely place to visit.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and fantastic shots !! So Colorful !!Unseen Rajasthan

Snap said...

What a wonderful collection of critters! It would be hard for me to pick a favorite. Loved the bird, but I'm a big reptile fan!

chubskulit said...

The turaco is very cute!

Magpie is my entry.

Janie said...

What a great collection of colorful and exotic critters! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

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Dirkjogt said...

Great pictures, wants me to go visit Hagenbeck. Enjoyed them very much.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Fantastic and Lovely shots !! Great post as ever !!Unseen Rajasthan

eileeninmd said...

Cool critters pic's. I love the Turaco, it is really pretty.

Wren said...

What great photos - it's so hard to do well through glass and underwater, but yours turned out beautifully.