Hey friends! Here's another artwork of a threatened animal. This is the giant anteater. Giant anteaters, with their lovely knees that look like panda heads, and their big, squirrel-like tail, are four feet long, and eat ants and termites. They are also really strategic about eating them, eating from one hill, then going to another. Maybe they're trying to make sure that they don't eat so many ants/termites that the colony dies! Well, sometimes humans don't think the same way.
Many animals, including the giant anteater, are becoming threatened because some humans over-harvest the animals and their habitat. That is detrimental for them! If you clear away a huge area, say, to get wood from trees, and clear away animals' food and shelter, they will have to migrate. Sometimes animals have nowhere to migrate anymore and are forced to adapt or die. Habitat loss is a big problem for them and many animals! That isn't all for anteaters to worry about. They are also being increasingly hunted for their body parts, especially their claws. Some people think anteaters are putrid creatures, evil omens, harbingers of bad luck, and the only way to remove the 'curse' is to kill the animal and make a trinket out of their claws. *sigh*...
Well, I'll see you all soon! I'm going to continue making and posting about these wonderful endangered animals. Bye! :>
Hola friends! This here is an Olm, a fully-aquatic salamander endemic to underwater karsts in southern Slovenia. Karsts are caves full of soluble rocks. They are known for having many stalagmites and stalactites and sinkholes in them. They only live in those karsts, but sometimes they get washed up out of the caves. They used to get mistaken for baby cave-dragons!
Olms have tiny eyes like pinpoints. They are completely blind because there is no light in the cave where they live! They can sense light a little bit and swim away from it so that they do not end up washing out of the karsts. The little frills on their necks are actually gills! Most salamanders grow out of the fins-and-gills stage and look more like lizards when they grow up. Some salamanders to not do this, but stay in their baby stage forever, like Olms and Axolotls. Olms mainly eat little worms and water bugs.
Olms are vulnerable and are very sensitive to pollution in the water. Pesticides and other waste get directly or indirectly into the caves where they live, causing them to get sick and die. Rainwater washes the pesticides into the earth and seeps into the clean water. Trash dropped near where they live can be washed or blown in, breaking down or getting eaten by the creatures.
Well, that's all I have for today guys! I'll be back with more creatures my pen captured soon. Bye!
Howdy! Here's a peculiar and mysterious little cutie. I had a fun time drawing this one! :3 It's called the Chambered Nautilus! Chambered Nautiluses aren't studied that much in terms of population, so data is deficient when looking for a solid answer if they are endangered. One thing we know though is that the shell trade is decreasing their population. =QwQ=
Chambered Nautiluses are mollusks, and are related to squids, octopi, snails, and slugs. They are a happy little ray of adorable clumsy forgetful sunshine! They rely on jet-propulsion to shoot themselves forward in the water. They are slow and lumbering, otherwise. They are also VERY forgetful, unlike their A+ scoring cousins. Scientists trained some Chambered Nautiluses to anticipate snacks whenever they saw a flashing blue light, and got excited and spread their little noodle-tentacles out, waiting for the delicious treats to be plopped into their tank. The next day, however, they did not seem excited, anticipating rewards, or spread their tentacles to prepare to grab small treats when they saw the light. Nope! They had to re-learn the whole thing that day...
Guess why the Chambered Nautilus got its name? In its shell, it has many air-filled chambers! When they are itty-bitty-little-noodle-shell-pasta-cute-little-funny-adorable (and did I mention little) babies, they only have four chambers. As they grow, they develop more towards an average total of 30. The chambers have a mixture of air and water, and the 'siphuncles', or tubes of tissue, regulate how much is inside the chambers. That helps them float and sink!
Well, that's all for today guys! Stay warm this... evening? Day? Night? Morning? No time at all because you are reading this from inside a black hole? Well, anyways, cya soon! :>
Hello everyone! This is the velvet worm, Opisthopatus Roseus and they are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Their population is threatened from habitat loss from logging, destruction of forests for farmland, and houses and cities being built in place of forests. They are also threatened from non-native species and diseases being transported into the wet tropics of Australia. They are soft and fuzzy, hence the cute lil' name Velvet Worm! Though called pink, many are a sweet shade of maroon. (like the color of this text!) They attack prey by shooting a liquid out of oral papilla near their mouths. They use this to trap prey before eating them. They are teeny, usually a couple inches long. We need to save these little fuzz noodles from being extinct!
Stay safe on the forest floor and don't get trampled, little guys! I had so much fun drawing these cute little noodles. (OwO)
You may not have seen this strange creature before, maybe you have seen it in a 'Has Science Gone Too Far?' click-bait, but this animal is a real creature, but people don't hear about them since they are critically endangered!
Pangolins are hunted for their scales and meat for their 'magically healing powerzz'. People actually fall for it, and spend thousands of dollars just to eat this beautiful creature. Their scales are actually made of the same material as our hair and nails.
Please help save these animals, and do not fall into the trap of fake medicine. If we do not do something, we may lose these wonderful Pangolins forever.
(Too busy to color this artwork of mine coz' of schoolwork)
This is a Nile river crocodile. Nile river crocodiles live mostly in, well, the Nile river! They are NOT threatened by little mice standing on rocks, but ARE threatened by habitat loss and poaching. They are poached for their meat and their teeth, skull, and skins. The skins are used in bags, belts, and shoes. T\
This is a hippo. Pretty clear to see, right? Well, if poachers keep going the way they are, we may not be seeing this live hippo clearly anymore.
Hippopotamuses are endangered; they are killed off for their meat and their teeth. It is a horrific thing to do to this relative of whale and horse, dweller of land, lake and river. Oh... and they are kinda 'angery' all the time, so when you get a photo it looks really epic! Don't get too close as they have a very nasty temper and are known to attack if you get too close to them.
Uhh, back on track. The teeth are used the same way elephant tusks are used; turned into worthless sculptures made of teeth. They have been illegally poached for that reason, and the poachers do not care. The money is worth more than lives of animals, in their opinions.
We must stand up and spread awareness of this, and make sure no other species go the way of the passenger pigeon!
(This is one of my endangered animal drawings a while back that until now I haven't colored in yet. I decided to just post them and change the pic later once I finished coloring it in GIMP. (◕‿◕✿) )
This is my first post on endangered animals! :D
JAGUARS are one of the endangered animals on our planet. They are hunted because of their amazing build and beautiful fur. Jaguars only live 12 to 15 years, so I think it would be fair to let them live their short life, don't you think?
Anyways, this is my artwork from two years ago that was supposed to be entered in an art contest about endangered species, but my "Procrastination Monkey" took over the steering wheel of my brain and after watching a ton of cat videos, I found out that the contest was over, and I didn't get to enter my work. XD