Spiders, vipers, and christmas wishes!

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Spider-tailed viper, Fathenia et al (2009)

So – did you guess the creature in the last post?.. Well, it was a difficult one for sure. Here’s a reply I sent someone who thought it was maybe some sort of crab..

Believe it or not what you saw in the video is a remarkable reptile: a highly adapted Iranian viper that’s extremely camouflaged. Personally, I’ve seen nothing like it.

Its tail has adapted to look exactly like a spider to attract birds to feed on. It moves its many-legged tail to imitate a spider so perfectly, and is so well camouflaged, that the birds it feeds on just don’t stand a chance!

How amazing is that!

For those of you attempting our christmas quiz, please don’t give up hope, the answers are slightly more easier! 🙂 and you have until New Year day..

 Vivarium Christmas Quiz

First prize for answering all the questions correctly is a behind the scenes tour of the Vivarium at Manchester Museum for you and a friend, anytime in the New Year. Second prize is a wonderful book on Frogs and Toads of the World by Chris Mattison (this can also be chosen by the 1st prize winner if you do not live in the UK).

From me and all of us here in the vivarium, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

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Christmas Quiz!

Whilst I was travelling this year a good friend of mine tested my knowledge by asking if I knew about a very unusual creature indeed…

The animal in question can be seen in the short clip below – perhaps you know what it might be?..

 

 

Please use the comment box below this post if you know what type of creature that is!

frog-with-a-question-mdTalking of testing peoples knowledge, maybe you might also be interested in a little Christmas quiz  – the first prize for answering all the questions correctly is a behind the scenes tour of the Vivarium at Manchester Museum for you and a friend, anytime in the New Year. It’s free to enter and the closing date of the quiz is New Years Day. Second prize is a wonderful book on Frogs and Toads of the World by Chris Mattison (this can also be chosen by the 1st prize winner if you do not live in the UK).

So – lets see how much you know about frogs, the Vivarium at Manchester Museum, and the people who contribute to frogblogmanchester?..

Vivarium Christmas Quiz 

Last orders

Christmas1Still thinking of what to give that hard to buy for person at Christmas?..

Perhaps Sponsoring a Frog or donating in support of a critically endangered species on their behalf might be just the ticket!?

Donation Gifts can be for any amount, and for this a special letter of thanks together with a limited edition print and conservation pack will be sent out directly to your person of choice.

Lemur Frog Sponsorship also includes a lovely book on Frogs and Toads of the World by Chris Mattison, and the opportunity for a behind the scenes vivarium visit!

Don’t miss the date – our last day for Donation Gifts and Frog Sponsorship packages being sent out is 17th December!

DONATE A GIFT                   SPONSOR A FROG

Wired and Wild!

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2 colourful chameleons meet! – but which is the real thing? Mandy Beck-McKim decides (c) A Gray

Today I met with Mandy Beck-McKim to discuss the development of a new environmental education project for children that proposes to combine the animals and environmental themes of our vivarium with colourful animated puppetry. Mandy is extremely enthusiastic about the use of puppets to educate children of all ages, and inspired by a love of Nature she creates amazing characters from her studies of different creatures.

Inventing the creature characters, their form and movement organically, the characters grow in the making process and are brought to life with simple hand and rod mechanisms. Her characters are all developed through knitting and crochet work, which adds a new dimension to the highly colourful characters she creates.

 

WIRED & WILD (BLOG)                       WIRED & WILD (FACEBOOK)

A Gift of Giving..

IMG_9742This is a short note to thank all the people who are supporting our conservation work through donations and our sponsor a frog initiative at this time of year – As Christmas is fast approaching we are getting an increasing number of people who are wanting to show their support whilst also giving this on behalf of one of their loved ones. It’s an usual thoughtful gift, and the support is very much appreciated.

For those who would still like to do so and just haven’t gotten round to it,  just to let you know our last date for Donation Gifts and Frog Sponsorship packages being sent out is 17th December!

Donation Gifts can be any amount you would like to donate, and a special letter of thanks together with a gift pack will be sent out directly to your person of your choice.

Frog Sponsorship is £50, and also includes a lovely book on Frogs and Toads of the World by Chris Mattison, and the opportunity for a behind the scenes vivarium visit.

DONATE AS A GIFT                  SPONSOR A FROG