Friday, June 3, 2011

Earth’s most extraordinary creatures1

A star-nosed mole is a mammal of the Talpidae family that can be found in North America. It can be easily identified by the twenty-two fleshy knobs on its snout that resemble a star.

The Philippine Tarsier is a tiny animal that inhabits the southern part of the Philippine Archipelago. The tarsier can rotate its round head 360 degrees, looking behind its back with perfect ease.

A distinctive trait of the long-nosed monkey (proboscis) is a large protruding nose that resembles a cucumber. However, it is only a characteristic of the males.
The pygmy marmoset, or dwarf monkey, is one of the smallest primates, with its body length ranging from 11 to 15 cm excluding the 17 to 22-centimeter tail. Pygmy marmosets weigh around 100-150 grams.
Alpacas are domesticated even-toed ungulates that graze in the Andes at an altitude of 3,500 m to 5,000 m above sea level.

 The Sun Bear (Ursus malayanus) is up to 150 cm long (plus 3-7cm tail), which makes it the smallest member in the bear family. The bear can be found in the tropical and subtropical rainforests of Southeast Asian highlands and mountains.

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