Animals of Madagascar

Madagascar, located in East Africa, is home to various rare animals. Many of them are on the verge of extinction. Some inhabitants of Madagascar were immortalized in the movie of the same name, but the nature of the island is much more varied and surprising than any computer animation. To believe in the existence of listohvostogo Madagascar gecko, it must be seen, but it is not so easy. They disguise the Wizard, each gecko uses its own unique way of merging with the environment: some could be mistaken for leaves, some of the bark of a tree. Their color and reflective body makes them almost invisible. There are 10 species of geckos listohvostyh, they all live in Madagascar and surrounding islands. The biggest of them is Uroplatus giganteus.

Argemma mittrei, aka Madagascar comet -the biggest butterfly in the family pavlinoglazok. The scope of their bright wings can reach 20 cm, and the tail can grow to 15 cm in length. Moths do not feed and live off the nutrients accumulated in the caterpillar stage, Lifespan 4-5 days. They are capable of procreation on the first day after it emerged from the cocoon, the female can lay up to 170 eggs at a time. Caterpillars eat fresh eucalyptus leaves, pupation lasts from 2 to 6 mesyatseva

Tomato Frog is a predator ambush, which is found only in the northern, more humid part of Madagascar. They mainly feed on insects. Although they are frogs, but they also have some of the features inherent frogs lack of webbing on their feet; when they are in danger, they, like frogs, leather stands secret sticky whitish. Only the females have a distinctive color, which gave the name to this type. Males have a light brown color.

Ay-ay-animal, which is also found only in Madagascar. These arboreal primates, nocturnal, are well adapted to life in the trees because of their large, thin fingers and a tail longer than the body, allowing them to cling to the branches of trees. Remarkably, they are the only primate that use echolocation to find prey. His thin fingers mean they knock trees and hear the movement of insects, and then use the same finger pull them. Because of their strange appearance, the inhabitants of Madagascar consider them a symbol of misery and like many other animal inhabitants of the island they are on the verge of extinction

Marsh tenrecs one of the most elusive animals in the world. They were discovered only Madaskare and, as the largest tenrecs reach a length of 17 cm, they are hard to notice. In Madagascar, home to several species of tenrecs but bog are distinguished by their ability to adapt to water conditions: webbed feet allow fine to swim in the waters of the eastern part of Madagascar. They feed on insects and tadpoles caught in the water.

Like other chameleons, pantherina chameleon changes color depending on its status, but these chameleons very wide range of color change, especially in the males during courtship. But these creatures are amazing, not only because of its color. They can both eyes rotate independently of each other to follow simultaneously for the two objects directly. Once they find their prey, they both eyes focused on her before grabbing it with their long sticky tongue.

Madagascar nyrok- one of the rarest ducks in the world. These birds feed on medium sized invertebrates, seeds and water plants and can stay under water for up to two minutes. Just recently, this species is considered extinct until 2006 22 ducks were found at Lake Matsaborimena. Thanks to a campaign aimed at the preservation of this species started in 2009, the population increased by 4 times. Many ducks were raised in captivity and then released them into the wild. Nevertheless, they are still on the verge of extinction. Lake Matsaborimena-not the best habitat and there is concern that there is too little food for all the ducks to survive.

This is not a cat or a dog is one of the predators fossa- Madagascar. Until recently, they belong to the family cat, but in fact they belong to the mongoose family. No wonder people for a long time were wrong in their proiskhozhdenii- all because of their strange appearance. It is an animal with a snout like a dog and the body, like a cat, it is one of the largest mammal predators on Madagascar. Their length from snout to tail can reach up to 2 meters. Foss-animal, nocturnal, mostly eating lemurs. They also eat reptiles, birds and mammals. They are very mobile, their long tail allows them to keep a balance when they move from branch to branch. Unfortunately, they are very rare, people are not only destroy themselves, but they also destroyed 90% of the habitat of these animals.

In Madagascar are found many snakes, which can not be found anywhere else in the world, but hardly any of them has such an amazing appearance, like the snake Malagasy leaf-bearing. These snakes that like to hang from the branches of trees, is characterized by particularly nasal processes. Leaf-bearing snakes, unlike many others, have pronounced signs of sexual dimorphism. Nasal shoots emerge from them at birth and are in disguise, as the snake is usually attacked from ambush. When the snake just lie, the nasal appendages resemble Madagascan tree leaves and wood lizards, they hunt, did not immediately notice them. And when they notice it becomes too late ...

This web 10 times stronger than Kevlar, and twice as strong as any previously known web. This web spider can reach Darwin giant razmerov- up to three square meters, and it is found on the rivers and lakes (measuring about 25 square meters) .Etu Wide Web for the first time managed to find thanks to 30 insects trapped in it, mostly butterflies. Unique strength, size and location of the web means that it can be located in a place where not survive any spider that significantly reduces competition for food and space. Not bad for a spider the size of the female reaches 2, 5 cm in length, and the size of the male even less.

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