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Animals / Re: Jackson's Chameleons in California?
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:36:23 AM »

Located in the San Diego area.  Very reputable, I buy all my reptiles from them.  :)

Animals / The Secret Life of Lanthanotus
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:16:22 AM »
Reposting from the DTF:

The ancient and super cool Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) has long been something of an enigma to herpetologists.  Most of what's known comes from specimens briefly held in captivity many decades ago or found dead by farmers and fishermen.  What we thought we knew of their biology was mostly just educated guesses, as wild specimens have rarely been observed.  Until now.

A new free-to-read paper on this species was recently published and sheds much needed light on their biology in the wild:

Animal toys (general) / Re: 2014 Hopes and Dreams
« on: October 04, 2013, 09:58:08 PM »
Really hoping for an Oarfish! ^-^

Animal toy lines / Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« on: May 27, 2013, 02:40:37 AM »
Inverts have been split and some more additions have been made.

Super cool figure!  And nice stary background too. :)

AAA / Re: Spiny Tailed Skink (AAA)
« on: May 27, 2013, 02:25:06 AM »
 :o  I must own one of those!  :o

Great figure TQ! :)

Animal toy lines / Re: AAA's Reptiles and More
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:13:46 AM »
Great idea TQ!  I'll split the invert section up and add your additions some time in the near future. :)

Books, film, and other media / Re: Field Guide Reference Thread
« on: April 30, 2013, 04:11:02 AM »
I'm excited to announce that tomorrow, 4/30/13, Birds of New Guinea from Princeton Field Guides should be available.  I say "should" because its been delayed and teased several times over the past few years, but now there's some info up about it so I'm hopefully that they'll finally deliver. :)
Once available, it'll be the only guide of its kind currently in production for this avian rich region of the world! :o

Anyone own any of the Smithsonian Handbooks published by DK?  I imagine they're far from exhaustive, but they look to be very attractively put together with nice photos.
I used to have the one about herps.  Definitely not comprehensive, but lots of nice pictures and interesting info.

Games / Re: Any Animal Last-Letter Game
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:48:54 AM »
Elephant Fish

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:47:58 AM »
Oops, sort of dropped the ball on this one.

Okay, here it is:

Schleich / Re: 2013 Peacock (-Schleich Farm Life)?
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:45:49 AM »
Wow, it's much nicer than I had original thought. :))

Animal groups / Re: Turtles
« on: April 30, 2013, 03:41:42 AM »
Very impressive collection Stemturtle! :o  I'm rather surprised there's not more Matamata figures out there.

What a unique figure! :)

Collections / Re: Recent acquisitions
« on: March 30, 2013, 05:44:18 AM »
Nice scores Sauroid and Brontodocus! :D

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: March 30, 2013, 05:43:02 AM »

Furuta / Re: Peacock (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:10:07 PM »
Beautiful figure, and tiny too! :))

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:08:18 PM »
Yellow-casqued Hornbill?
Correct! ^-^

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: March 16, 2013, 07:27:46 PM »
Is it some sort of hornbill?
It is. :)

Silver Cheek Hornbill to be Specific?
It is not. :)

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: March 15, 2013, 09:15:36 PM »
Is that the Pink Swimming Sea Cucumber (aka: Headless-chicken-fish :o), Enypniastes eximia?
Hehe, yes, congrats! :) I was even close to give a little hint - that there is already a Kaiyodo figure of it. Is "Headless-chicken-fish" a vernacular name that's been used previously or have you just coined it? ;D
I actually found that name on Wikipedia: "When Oceaneering ROV pilots saw and photographed the creature at 2500m depth they named it “The Headless Chicken Fish.”"  A somewhat apt description I think. ^-^

Here's my new animal:

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