Little Lavender Snake
markscherz:

birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.

#omg cute   #seriously though why don’t people teach this in school   #my tenured cell bio professor doesn’t know the difference   (via mothbug)
First - this is adorable and excellent, birdandmoon - as always! Second, I just wanted to address the question asked by Gina in her tags.
The reason many people don’t know about this is that it is a relatively new distinction. It is being self-enforced by the fairly logical nature of the terminology and a lot of particularly anal grammar Nazis. Indeed, most dictionaries do not give a satisfactory definition of venom vs. poison vs. toxin (as I basically explained in this post on the subject), and fifty years ago it was not as important, allowing for the publication of this jarringly titled book:

[x] - a copy of which resides in my office.
Another reason that this problem persists is that it is not universal. I dare say most languages do not make a distinction between venom and poison: as a fun game, go here and try different languages into which to translate ‘venom’, ‘poison’, and ‘toxin’. Of the several I tried, only Irish, French, English, and, curiously, Hebrew and Armenian, made any distinction.
Nevertheless, I believe the distinction of venom and poison to be a very important advancement of the English language, particularly with regard to science.

markscherz:

birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.

#omg cute   #seriously though why don’t people teach this in school   #my tenured cell bio professor doesn’t know the difference   (via mothbug)

First - this is adorable and excellent, birdandmoon - as always! Second, I just wanted to address the question asked by Gina in her tags.

The reason many people don’t know about this is that it is a relatively new distinction. It is being self-enforced by the fairly logical nature of the terminology and a lot of particularly anal grammar Nazis. Indeed, most dictionaries do not give a satisfactory definition of venom vs. poison vs. toxin (as I basically explained in this post on the subject), and fifty years ago it was not as important, allowing for the publication of this jarringly titled book:

Poisonous snakes of the world

[x] - a copy of which resides in my office.

Another reason that this problem persists is that it is not universal. I dare say most languages do not make a distinction between venom and poison: as a fun game, go here and try different languages into which to translate ‘venom’, ‘poison’, and ‘toxin’. Of the several I tried, only Irish, French, English, and, curiously, Hebrew and Armenian, made any distinction.

Nevertheless, I believe the distinction of venom and poison to be a very important advancement of the English language, particularly with regard to science.

dpk-exotics:

Found this on FB. Too cute.

dpk-exotics:

Found this on FB. Too cute.

thepredatorblog:

Komodo dragon (by escapethecrowds)

valleyfair:

now there’s actual solid evidence that dicovery’s shark week is as garbage as I always thought it was

sheerdarwinism:

wesleylock:

uerotrash:

wesleylock:

Killing snakes doesn’t make you a hero, it makes you a coward. 

If you are so scared of a pretty little hissy ribbon that you would shoot it with a shotgun, you then, need a lesson in courage. 

You’re obviously not from Australia.

No but I am extremely familiar with Australian snakes, especially the venomous ones and I can tell you that the same quote applies. Nowhere in the world is a snake a threat to you unless you try to interact with it.

Killing snakes is always, ALWAYS the worst option

(unless it’s an 20 foot anaconda and it’s wrapped around your chest.)

But unless you are swimming in the Amazon jungle you don’t have to worry about that.

am from Australia, and the same quote still applies. I was raised around venomous snakes in Gippsland, Victoria, where I would go bushwalking and horseriding and cycling, and even just get driven around in areas with highly venomous snakes.

I have had a red-bellied black snake literally dart in front of my feet as I went to cross a bridge. I have soothed horses who spotted an Eastern brown snake. I have biked past a trail with a tiger snake basking in the sun on the edge of the track.

I would never have shot any one of those, with a shotgun or any other gun. I let them be. And at least two of these species are considered aggressive (tiger snakes have been rumoured to stalk people, though I don’t give much credibility to that). But you know what? I was raised to respect them. I was raised to understand that when I went into the bush, I was invading their space, and I was taught what to do if I ever encountered them.

When that Eastern Brown snake raised its head, I backed my horse up and we went back the way we had come. When that tiger snake was on the trail I wanted to go down, I went a different way. When that red-bellied black snake went past, I stayed still and waited until it was well and truly gone, and then I moved on. I didn’t shoot them. These are snakes that kill people with their venom, and I did not kill them.

You don’t do that. You just don’t.

guavasaur:

abakkus:

daddyleglongs:

feelknower1993:

that’s my kind of headline

What a time to be alive

ok but i’m 90% sure that bowl is too small this is rly cruel

im glad someone else finally feels this way
that bowl doesnt look like it has a heater or plants or hides for the betta or anything 
someone please get this fish a bigger fucking tank with the appropriate things in it

Yeah that is not the appropriate living arrangement for a fish.I’m not a betta expert but I’ve kept healthy goldfish for most of my life. They need lots of room, real plants to nibble on as well as rocks and synthetic plants for decoration and enrichment. Not to mention a filter.
Here is a caresheet for bettas for anyone interested. You’ll see that this set up is incredibly sub par.

guavasaur:

abakkus:

daddyleglongs:

feelknower1993:

that’s my kind of headline

What a time to be alive

ok but i’m 90% sure that bowl is too small this is rly cruel

im glad someone else finally feels this way

that bowl doesnt look like it has a heater or plants or hides for the betta or anything 

someone please get this fish a bigger fucking tank with the appropriate things in it

Yeah that is not the appropriate living arrangement for a fish.

I’m not a betta expert but I’ve kept healthy goldfish for most of my life. They need lots of room, real plants to nibble on as well as rocks and synthetic plants for decoration and enrichment. Not to mention a filter.

Here is a caresheet for bettas for anyone interested. You’ll see that this set up is incredibly sub par.

hearts-of-fire replied to your post: Handling flighty Beardies, or better k…

Lol I feel you. Try an angry hedgehog too while you’re at it.

I wish they knew we were only trying to help :’)

Handling flighty Beardies, or better known as ow my hands a thousand tiny needles in my hands

thesnakeshed:

superpringle:

Nothing cuter than watching beardies run. 

I could watch this for hours