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Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis
2014-09-12 08:44:46

The Golden Poison Frog, Phyllobates Terribilis, known also as the Golden Frog, Golden Poison Arrow Frog or the Golden Dart Frog, is a poison dart frog that is native to the Pacific coast of Colombia. The optimal habitat of this frog is the rainforest with high rain rates, altitudes between 100 and 200 meters, temperatures of at least 26 degrees Celsius, and relative humidity of 80 to 90 percent. While in the wild, this is a social animal, living in groups of up to six individuals; however,...

Chinese Red-headed Centipede, Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Chinese Red-headed Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans), also known as the Chinese Red Head, is a species of centipede found in East Asia and Australia. This creature is found typically in damp, moist environments, where it grows to an average length of 8 inches. In ancient Chinese traditions, this species is used for its healing properties. Placing a Chinese red head on a rash or other skin ailment is said to speed up the healing process. This species is known for harboring...

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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'