Iguanas-- are native to the jungles of central and south America, and the Caribbean. The iguana is a large docile species of lizard, meaning that iguanas are often a popular choice when keeping exotic pets. Iguanas have excellent sight allowing the iguana to detect movement from incredibly long distances. The iguana can use this skill to seek out prey and be aware of approaching predators often before the predators has even noticed the iguana.
NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!!! In order to quickly dispatch their prey (and defend against larger predators), Cone snails have a sophisticated weapon–a modified radula tooth which directly injects potent venom by means of a tiny harpoon-like “dart.” The snail finds prey by carefully testing/sniffing the water with a siphon. It then stretches out a long flexible proboscis and fires the disposable hollow radula tooth (filled with venom) into the prey by means of a powerful muscle contraction.
Scheltopusik (legless lizard) is a Russian term meaning “yellow belly.” At first glance, a scheltopusik may appear to be a snake, but closer examination reveals it is a legless lizard. It can break off segments of its tail, thereby confusing potential predators with several wiggling lizard pieces. The tail will regenerate but it often appears shorter and darker. In captivity, a scheltopusik can live 50 years. ”
Madagascar's Malagasy leaf-nosed snakes hang from high branches & have bizarre nasal appendages protruding from their faces. The protrusions, present at birth, are thought to be used for camouflage purposes, since the snakes have a habit of ambushing predators. When the snakes lie still, their nasal appendages resemble leaves or the seed pods of some native Madagascan plants, meaning that the arboreal lizards they prey on don’t see them until it’s too late.
Pond dwellers make a plan to rid the pond of the destructive snapping turtle, but what does that mean for the delicate balance of the pond ecosystem, especially when a new and more vicious predator is found lurking in the deep?