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Mothman
2013-11-27 10:34:33

The mothman is a legendary creature that was first reported with sightings from November 12, 1966 through December 15, 1967 in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. On November 16, 1966, the local newspaper published a report of two couples seeing the creature. It was described as a large white winged man with glowing red eyes. The wings had a ten-foot span and it followed their car as...

Giant Basket Star Astrophyton muricatum
2013-11-15 10:36:35

The giant basket star (Astrophyton muricatum) is an echinoderm located throughout the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the only species within the genus Astrophyton. During the day, it curls up into a tight ball shape to provide protection from predators. At night, it climbs up to an elevated point to consume plankton by stretching it’s intricately branched feeding arms in a...

Striped Sun Star Solaster stimpson
2013-11-14 12:36:02

The striped sun star (Solaster stimpson), also known as the sun sea star among many other names, is a species of starfish that is classified within the Solasteridae family. It can be found in many areas including the western coasts of the United States and the waters around Japan. This species prefers a habitat within sub tidal areas with rocky terrain, at depths of up to 2,001 feet. It is...

Jersey Devil
2013-11-04 10:48:27

The Jersey Devil is a creature in folklore that dates back to early Native American legends. It is claimed to roam the area in Southern New Jersey around the Pine Barrens. But, reported sightings, especially in the early 1900s, have been from all over New Jersey. Descriptions of the creature vary, but the most common is that it has the head of a goat, kangaroo-like body, bat-like wings,...

Bear Lake Monster
2013-10-28 10:22:57

The Bear Lake monster is a cryptid said to inhabit Bear Lake that sits on the border between Utah and Idaho. The creature is part of local folklore that first appeared from articles that were written by Joseph C. Rich in 1868. The article said that the local Indians called the creature a “water devil”, and that the creature has reappeared. According to the article, many white settlers...

Tawny cat-eyed snake Boiga philippina
2013-10-14 14:43:03

The Tawny cat-eyed snake or Philippine cat snake (Boiga philippina) is a member of the Colubridae family. Regularly found in the Philippines, this cat snake is a rear-fanged species. Typical of most rear-fanged snakes, the tawny cat-eyed snake is mildly venomous. Its venom is slightly stronger than other snakes of this genus but symptoms such as local swelling subside after 2-3 days. There...

Sri Lanka cat snake Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels...

Dog-toothed cat snake Boiga cynodon
2013-10-14 14:27:21

The Dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon), a member of the Colubridae family, is commonly found in southern Thailand and southward toward Malaysia. The dog-toothed cat snake may be fairly slim, yet it is a very long species. It is not uncommon for the snake to measure up to 8 feet. Fangs are found in the rear part of the upper jaw. The snake’s name is derived from its large front teeth on...

Many-spotted cat snake Boiga multomaculata
2013-10-14 14:14:18

Common names for the Boiga multomaculata include the many-spotted cat snake, the large-spotted cat snake and the marbled cat-eyed snake. A member of the colubridae family, this snake is found in a wide variety of locations throughout Asia. Found in western Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Southern China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Singapore,...

Mole Snake Pseudaspis cana
2013-10-07 09:34:45

The Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana) is a South African species of snake in the Colubridae family. Like a majority of this family, the mole snake is non-venomous, although it can be quite aggressive and has been known to cause severe bite wounds. Although the young have dark markings and spots, a fully developed mole snake is usually mostly one color. Colors may vary from brown, grey, yellow and...

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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