Monthly archives: July, 2021

American Alligator (Wild Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

The American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is not only a symbol of the American southeast, but also of American conservation. Due to overhunting and habitat loss during the 1800’s through the mid 1900’s the species was listed as endangered in 1967. Then a mere 20 years later, in 1987, it was pronounced fully recovered. Although still …

American Bald Eagle (Wings of the World by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Takama; edited by bmathison1972 Editor’s Note: In honor of Independence Day, we are transferring over a walk-around of an iconic American animal, the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Ok, in the fall and early winter, bald eagles migrate from the south to make there nests in my area of the Mississippi River. …

Blue Damselfish (Colors of the Animal Kingdom by Yowie Group)

The blue damselfish (Chrysiptera cyanea) is a member of the Pomacentridae family (damselfishes and clownfishes) that inhabits reefs and lagoons within the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It is also included in Yowie Group’s Colors of the Animal Kingdom series. Yowie Group is a company that produces chocolate candy, molded around plastic eggs that contain …

Devil Fish/Skate (AAA)

This Saturday, shark week will take a slight detour into skates, covering this alleged ”Devil Fish”. Skates are the group of batoids belonging to the Rajiformes order. They appear to resemble sting rays but can be distinguished by their thicker and shorter tails that lack the venomous spines. Skates are found all across the world …

Elk, 2013 bull (Wild Safari North American Wildlife by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by Cachalot; edited by bmathison1972 The American elk, Cervus canadensis – not to be confused with European elk, Alces alces, which is the moose of the New World. It is actually more closely related to the red deer, Cervus elaphus. It is also known as the wapiti, meaning white rump in Shawnee. …

Fleas, Lice, and Ticks (Play Visions)

OK folks, here we are. I was finally able to complete this holiest of Holy Grail sets, thanks to STS forum member NMR_Okapi who found me the last missing figure! Most of you who follow me on the Blog and forums know I am a professional parasitologist, so it should be no surprise that this …

Great White Shark (Monterey Bay Aquarium Collection by Safari Ltd.)

Review and images by JimoAi; edited by bmathison1972 Every year, there will be a week dedicated to sharks known as Shark Week, where many content creators dedicate to posting shark-related content for that period of time. Most famously, the infamous Discovery Channel airs the sub-par shark specials annually for that period, which unfortunately focuses more …

Great White Shark, 2004 (Sea Life by Schleich)

Review and images by Cachalot; edited by bmathison1972 Jeff had not eaten for three weeks as he lurked just under the waters off Dana Point California. The great white, Carcharodon carcharias, wandered here looking for food. He had not had a respectable meal in three months. Here was a canyon with squid that drew whales. …