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Scolopendra gigantea
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Scolopendra gigantea, also known by the common names Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede or the Amazonian giant centipede, is regarded as one of the largest members of the genus Scolopendra. It can reach an overall length of up to 12 inches. S. gigantea can be found in South America and parts of the Caribbean. They are known to be very aggressive and also nervous. S. gigantea has a body that...

Megarian Banded Centipede Scolopendra cingulata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Scolopendra cingulata, with common names Megarian banded centipede and the Mediterranean banded centipede, is the most common scolopendromorph species in the mountainous locales of the Mediterranean region. S. cingulata can often be found under stones, rocks and fallen tree trunks where it rests during the day. The escolopendra, as it is referred to in Spanish, feeds nocturnally. S....

Savannah Monitor
2007-01-02 11:34:00

The Savannah Monitor, varanus exanthematicus, is a lizard which habitat extends from Senegal as far as Eritrea and northern Zaire. The majority of lizard skin used in the leather trade is derived from this species. This is a robust creature, with powerful limbs used for digging. It grows to lengths in excess of 4 to 5 feet and in some instances can cause deep lacerations with its claws and...

Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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