Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Other Side

Where The Grass Is Always Greener

Frog Friday – Toad-ally!

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? The cane toad is considered a pest in many of its introduced regions, particularly Australasia. Of particular concern with this invasive species is that its skin is toxic. Many native … Keep Reading


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Weedy Wednesday – Velcro? What a Rip Off!

Common Burdock (Arctium minus)Image from Wikimedia Commons   The hooked spines of the plant known as common burdock were the inspiration for the invention of Velcro by George de Mestral, a Swiss inventor.


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Mammal Monday – A Whale of a Tale

Indohyus majorImage from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? “About 55 million years ago, at the start of the Eocene epoch, a branch of artiodactyls (the even-toed ungulates represented today by pigs and deer) veered off onto the evolutionary line that … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Callobatrachus

Drawing of Callobatrachus (Callobatrachus sanyanensis)Image from Wikimedia Commons This extinct species is important because, according to the scientists who discovered this fossil specimen, Callobatrachus “is a linkage between aquatic and terrestrial life forms, representing a great success in evolution.”


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Weedy Wednesday – Dangerous Beauty

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)Image from Wikimedia Commons The purple loosestrife is an introduced invasive species in North America where it is now widely dispersed. A single plant may produce over a million tiny seeds annually, leading to huge infestations. Although … Keep Reading


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Mammal Monday – Who You Calling a “Lesser” Ape?

White-browed Gibbon (Hoolock hoolock)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Frog Friday – Black and Yellow

Bumblebee Poison Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Weedy Wednesday – Fumitory

Fumitory (Fumaria officinalis)Image from Wikimedia Commons


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Mammal Monday – A Marsupial in Wolf’s Clothing

Tasmanian Wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus)Image from Wikimedia Commons Did you know? “Much like the ultimate demise of the dodo, the extinction of the thylacine is a frustrating mystery. Our species witnessed the predator’s disappearance – there is even video footage of … Keep Reading


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Frog Friday – Infinitesimal Anuran

Paedophryne amauensisImage from Wikimedia Commons Read more about this species here.


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