10 posts tagged Florida
10 posts tagged Florida
One of the things we’ve always heard about Florida is that it has lots of enormous bugs. Today we learned that it’s also home to a much slimier member of the Department of Awesomely Huge Creatures: the Giant African land snail (Lissachatina fulica). As the name implies, these massive mollusks aren’t native to North America, and they’ve proven to be quite an invasive problem. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to marvel at their monstrous size. They grow to a foot long and weigh one pound. Think about that the next time you happen to see a little snail that doesn’t have an appetite for stucco houses, which they eat in order to satisfy the calcium requirements for growing such huge shells.
And if looking at these gargantuan gastropods has you feeling a little slimy, considering washing up with some of our Snail Oil Beauty Soap. You’ll be feeling pretty in no time.
Staff at the Sunshine Serpents conservation and enducation center in Lakeland, Florida recently received two incredible two. After incubating seven Honduran milk snake eggs, they were stunned when nine baby snake heads emerged on hatching day. One of the eggs contained twins and another contained an awesomely rare two-headed snake that’s also an albino.
Owner Daniel Parker, a University of Central Florida biologist, said: ‘I did a double take. I couldn’t believe what I was looking at.’
Biologist Parker says two-headed snakes have been documented to live as long as 20 years in captivity. With two brains giving commands to a single body, he says the snake, which isn’t venomous, would have a difficult time surviving in the wild.
The odds of a two-headed snake being born are 10,000 to one. We hope that both heads on this bicephalic beauty get along well. At least they’ll never be lonely.
Photos by Daniel Parker.
When Marina Scarr first photographed this handsome Great Horned Owl in Fort De Soto Park, Florida, she thought the noble bird was alone. It wasn’t until she looked at her photo again later on that she noticed the owl was a proud parent caring for an owlet tucked into its feathered breast. The baby raptor blends in so perfectly, it’s practically invisible. That’s got to be one of the safest, softest places on earth. It’s a pretty awesome shot.
Artist and Humanitarian collective Evoca1 recently completed this breathtaking mural in Miami, Florida.
The Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival is an annual tradition in the community of Land O’ Lakes, Florida. It includes parade floats, a pageant, honorary mayor, and lots of pancake eating (including pancake eating contests). A day devoted entirely to celebrating pancakes. Awesome.
(Photo via tomthevet)
According to Leon, “The image is a metaphor for the forgotten playfulness in life, never forget to explore your creativity by keeping your inner child close.”
Photos by Leon Keer.
[via Street Art Utopia]
Georgette of Devious Body Art in West Palm Beach, Florida painted this incredibly awesome Venom Symbiote on the body of an impressively burly man. Believe it or not, this ferocious and beautiful look was achieved in under two hours.
[via Obvious Winner]
A kangaroo, a lemur, and a deer walk into a bar… okay wait, maybe it’s not a bar. Actually it’s a some sort of grassy yard and they aren’t drinking, they’re playing. Well, the kangaroo is a more of a spectator and the lemur mostly wants to mess with the deer, but the deer has some serious soccer skillz.
We’ve seen plenty of photos of animals of different species hanging out and cuddling and we never get tired of those. But we haven’t run across many actual videos like this where the different animals are actively playing together. That is, until io9 introduced us to a YouTube channel belonging to 4u2roos. All of the videos are filmed at the Exotic Experience in Orlando and they are positively brimming with lemurs, dogs, kangaroos, tiny deer, and small horses having fun and being cute and, most importantly, being cute together.
Set aside an hour or two and head over to the 4u2roos YouTube channel to watch a bunch of different animals enjoying each other’s company.
"Empire State", "Everglades, Florida”, “Battery Park Night, New York”, and "Big Sur" by American photographer and filmmaker Randy Scott Slavin, whose work makes us view the world in another light. For his Alternate Perspective series Randy can take up to a hundred photos of a scene in order to construct a 360 degree image before stitching them all together to create a fantastic stereographic projection like the ones you see here.