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Vampires have long been engraved into society as entities of horror. Vampire bats have long been associated with characters such as Dracula. Hunting only when it is dark, vampire bats feast on the blood of mammals which can sometimes include humans. Scary Animals, Cute Animals, Bat Facts, Crazy Facts, Rainforest Animals, Vampire Bat, Creatures Of The Night, Tier Fotos, Vampires

Vampire bats are native to South and Central America and are the only mammals to feed exclusively on blood. These bats are typically about 3 1/2 inches in length and feed at night by approaching their victims stealthily on all fours. Sensors on their nose detect heat pointing their razor sharp teeth to where the blood is closest to the surface. This bat's saliva has chemicals that prevent the blood from clotting while it feeds.

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The golden poison dart frog is one of the most toxic animals on the planet and carries enough venom to kill ten grown men. They live in social groups and are dedicated caregivers to their offspring. Once their eggs hatch, the adult frogs carry their tadpoles into the canopy and deposit them in bromeliad tanks or water-filled tree holes. Upon maturity the parents will lead their froglets to an established social group.

Red-eyed tree frog -- the frog's body itself leads the eye towards the red eyes which become the center point of the photo. Also, the picture's use of a shallow DOF make it obvious that the frog is jumping, almost suspended in mid-air Frog Pictures, Animal Pictures, Beautiful Creatures, Animals Beautiful, Funny Animals, Cute Animals, Jumping Frog, Red Eyed Tree Frog, Cute Frogs

Red eyed tree frogs utilize a technique called "startle coloration" to elude predators. Because most of their predators use vision as their primary sense, this technicolor frog may overwhelm their brains with too much information allowing the frog the extra moment it needs to escape. While sleeping, this frog reveals only its green body, but when awakened it flashes a confusing kaleidoscope of colors. In spite of its strong coloration, these frogs are not venomous.

The barred ant shrike specializes in following columns of army ants taking advantage of the prey that is disturbed. They are a terrestrial species typically found in pairs near the forest floor where their muted colors act as camouflage. Like other understory birds, they have a low-pitched call which travels farther through the dense vegetation. Insect eating birds, such as the ant shrikes, spend a lot of time foraging and are typically monogamous as they don't have time for courtship… Forest Floor, Muted Colors, Wild Birds, Columns, Belize, Ants, Camouflage, Outdoors, Soothing Colors

The barred ant shrike specializes in following columns of army ants taking advantage of the prey that is disturbed. They are a terrestrial species typically found in pairs near the forest floor where their muted colors act as camouflage. Like other understory birds, they have a low-pitched call which travels farther through the dense vegetation. Insect eating birds, such as the ant shrikes, spend a lot of time foraging and are typically monogamous as they don't have time for courtship…

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Because of the year round abundance of fruit, tropical forests have five times more large birds than temperate forests. Toucans are native to the Americas and form social groups to maximize foraging. They have the largest beaks relative to their of any birds and use them to eat large fruits swallowing them whole and regurgitating the seeds. Toucans use their large size and hefty bill to dominate food resources for their group.

Most popular ants (family formicidae). View videos and photos of 50 of the most popular ants (family formicidae) in nature. Ant Insect, Ant Colony, Strongest Animal, Social Thinking, Animals Of The World, Green Plants, Pet Birds, Plant Leaves, Survival

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Leaf cutter ants are unique to the Americas and take advantage of what the forest has most to offer - foliage. They harvest leaves to bring back to their underground colonies which are then chewed and mixed with dung to feed their fungal gardens. Leaf cutters ants are the rainforest's dominant herbivore consuming and estimated 12-17% of its foliage each year. Next to humans, they create the largest complex societies on Earth.

Army ants are nomadic swarm feeders and move their nest, or bivouac, from place to place as they forage. They use chemical trails to form their raiding parties as the workers are blind or nearly blind depending on the species. They have special barbs on their legs that allow them to hook together to form their living nest or create bridges when needed. In some Neotropical areas they are considered a keystone species because of all the animal associates that depend on them to flush prey. Keystone Species, Insect Art, Book Images, Ants, Book Art, Bridges, Blind, Parties, Animal

Army ants are nomadic swarm feeders and move their nest, or bivouac, from place to place as they forage. They use chemical trails to form their raiding parties as the workers are blind or nearly blind depending on the species. They have special barbs on their legs that allow them to hook together to form their living nest or create bridges when needed. In some Neotropical areas they are considered a keystone species because of all the animal associates that depend on them to flush prey.

An Eciton burchellii soldier brandishes her hooked mandibles. These unwieldy weapons are designed to grab vertebrate predators and deter them from stealing the army ants' own catch. Types Of Ants, Ant Insect, Ant Colony, Deer Ticks, Chimera, Great White Shark, Vertebrates, Predator, Animal Kingdom

Like most ants, army ants are primarily female and have different castes which include the workers and the soldiers in addition to the queen. Soldiers are much larger with massive mandibles which they use for defense of the colony. Like other ants, army ants evolved from a wasp-like ancestor more than 100 million years ago and share the ability to combine their bite with formic acid resulting in a painful "sting."

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Harpy eagles are the heaviest bird of prey in the world. They spend their lives in the forest canopy scanning for prey. As an apex predator, they consume some of the largest mammals of the forest including monkeys and sloths. Because of habitat loss, they are now nearly extinct in Central America.

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Honduran white bats are unusual in that they modify their environment to form their roost. These small bats, which live in groups typically with one dominant male, will crease the stem of heliconia leaf so that it forms a tent-like structure. Their white color allows them additional camouflage from predators when in this position as sunlight penetrates the leaf dappling their fur with green light.

Tent-making Bats are nocturnal mammals of Drake Bay, Costa Rica, commonly observed on The Night Tour with Tracie the Bug Lady. Nocturnal Mammals, Megabat, All Bat, Insect Species, Crows Ravens, San Diego Zoo, All About Animals, Creatures Of The Night, Lemur

About half of all mammal species in the neotropics are bats. They are the only mammals capable of true flight and as such play an incredibly important ecological role in pollenating plants and keeping insect species from exploding. Bats are typically divided into two suborders: the megabats which have effective vision and feed primarily on fruit and microbats which rely on echolocation to find insects or small mammals.

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Poison dart frogs are native to Central and South America. Their powerful alkaloid-based toxins which are stored in their skin glands prevent nerves from transmitting impulses, leaving the muscles in an inactive state of contraction. Interestingly poison dart frogs raised in captivity do not develop toxins leading scientists to believe that the frogs assimilate their poisonous compounds from plants or animals that they ingest.

Nototriton abscondens, or moss salamanders, live primarily in terrestrial and arboreal moss mats where they feed on tiny organisms such as springtails. They may have been one of the first animals to colonize land. Moss salamanders are lungless and breath through their skin which must stay moist. Amphibians, Reptiles, Salamanders, Vertebrates, Live, Animals, Animales, Animaux, Animal

Nototriton abscondens, or moss salamanders, live primarily in terrestrial and arboreal moss mats where they feed on tiny organisms such as springtails. They may have been one of the first animals to colonize land. Moss salamanders are lungless and breath through their skin which must stay moist.

Winners of Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 - the Three Brothers River in Brazil's Pantanal. Female jaguar not happy with male courtship! She rose, growled n suddenly charged, slamming the male back as he reared up to avoid her outstretched claws. Wild Life, Joe Mcdonald, Photo Animaliere, Nature Sauvage, Concours Photo, Tier Fotos, Wild Nature, History Museum, Wildlife Photography

Jaguars are the largest felines in the Western Hemisphere. Like many other cats, they are solitary nocturnal hunters and extremely territorial. It is considered a keystone species because of its role in stabilizing ecosystems by keeping populations of many other species in check. Jaguars use a stalk and ambush method of hunting and have extremely powerful bites which they use to pierce the skulls of their prey.

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The Neotropical ecozone includes the largest concentration of tropical rainforests on Earth and is one of the most critical spheres of biodiversity. It encompasses Central and northern South America as well as parts of Mexico and Florida. This Pinterest board is a mosaic of Neotropical biodiversity with a special emphasis on Central America.

Metamorphosis is one of the great fascinations of nature and commonly used by Creationists to argue against evolution. Butterflies, such as this metallic mechanitis, go through complete metamorphosis in which they essentially digest themselves by releasing enzymes that dissolve their own tissues. During this process, highly specialized cells called imaginal discs - one for each of the body parts - survive to provide the essential blueprints for the butterfly's re-creation. Body Parts, Evolution, Butterflies, Metallic, Nature, Animaux, Parts Of The Body, Naturaleza, Butterfly

Metamorphosis is one of the great fascinations of nature and commonly used by Creationists to argue against evolution. Butterflies, such as this metallic mechanitis, go through complete metamorphosis in which they essentially digest themselves by releasing enzymes that dissolve their own tissues. During this process, highly specialized cells called imaginal discs - one for each of the body parts - survive to provide the essential blueprints for the butterfly's re-creation.