Thursday, December 29, 2011

Animal World - All about HAMSTER around the world

Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. The subfamily contains about 25 species, classified in six or seven genera.

Hamsters are crepuscular animals which burrow underground in the daylight to avoid being caught by predators. Their diet includes a variety of foods, including dried food, berries, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables. In the wild they feed primarily on seeds, fruits and greens, and will occasionally eat burrowing insects. They have an elongated pouch on each side of their heads that extend to their shoulders, which they stuff full of food to be stored, brought back to the colony or to be eaten later.

Although the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) was first described scientifically in 1839, it was not until 1930 that researchers were able to successfully breed and domesticate hamsters. Pet golden hamsters are descended from hamsters first found and captured in Syria by zoologist Israel Aharoni.

Hamster behavior varies depending on their environment, genetics, and interaction with people. Because they are easy to breed in captivity, hamsters are often used as lab animals in more economically developed countries. Hamsters have also become established as popular small house pets. Hamsters are sometimes accepted even in areas where other rodents are disliked, and their stereotypically solitary nature can reduce the risk of excessive litters developing in households.

Hamsters are stout-bodied, with tails shorter than body length, and have small, furry ears, short, stocky legs, and wide feet. They have thick, silky fur, which can be long or short, colored black, gray, honey, white, brown, yellow, red, or a mix, depending on the species.
Roborovski hamster

Two species of hamsters belonging to the genus Phodopus — Phodopus campbelli (Campbell's dwarf hamster) and Phodopus sungorus (the Djungarian hamster) — and also two of the species of the genus Cricetulus — Cricetulus barabensis (the Chinese striped hamster) and Cricetulus griseus (the Chinese hamster) — have a dark stripe down the head to tail. The species of genus Phodopus are the smallest, with bodies 5.5 to 10.5 centimetres (2.2 to 4.1 in) long; the largest is the European hamster (Cricetus cricetus), measuring up to 34 centimetres (13.4 in) long, not including a short tail of up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in). The Angora hamster, also known as the long-haired or teddy bear hamster, which is a type of the golden hamster is the second-largest hamster breed, measuring up to 18 centimetres (7.1 in) long.





Animal World - All about IGUANA around the world

Iguana is a herbivorous genus of lizard native to tropical areas of Central America and the Caribbean. The genus was first described in 1768 by Austrian naturalist Josephus Nicolaus Laurenti in his book Specimen Medicum, Exhibens Synopsin Reptilium Emendatam cum Experimentis circa Venena. Two species are included in the genus Iguana: the Green Iguana, which is widespread throughout its range and a popular pet, and the Lesser Antillean Iguana, which is endemic to the Lesser Antilles and endangered due to habitat destruction.

The word "iguana" is derived from a Spanish form of the original Taino name for the species "Iwana".

The two species of lizard within the genus Iguana possess a dewlap, a row of spines running down their back to their tail, and a third "eye" on their head. This eye is known as the parietal eye, visible as a pale scale on the top of the head. Behind their neck are small scales which resemble spikes, known as tuberculate scales. These scales may be a variety of colors and are not always visible from close distances. They have a large round scale on their cheek known as a subtympanic shield.

Iguanas have excellent vision and can see shapes, shadows, colors and movement at long distances. Iguanas use their eyes to navigate through crowded forests, as well as for finding food. They use visual signals to communicate with other members of the same species.

The tympanum is the iguana's ear drum, and is located above the subtympanic shield and behind the eye. Iguanas are often hard to spot, as they tend to blend into their surroundings. Their scale colors are a mode of hiding from larger predators.

Male iguanas, as well as other male members of the order Squamata, have two hemipenes.





Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Animal Incident - Crocodile vs. Grass Cutting Machines

A crocodile named Elvis suddenly attacked two workers at the Australian Reptile Park, located in Gosford, north of Sydney, Australia, Wednesday (12/28/2011). In order to save themselves, they suddenly ran left a lawn mower. Unexpectedly before, crocodile weighing 500 kg was transferred the target to running machine. As a result of this incident, Elvis had lost two teeth. (Photo: REUTERS / Australian Reptile Park / Handout) viva

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Traditional Hunting Using Golden Eagle in Kazakhstan

Traditional hunting-style competition held on the outskirts of Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan, Saturday (10/12/2011). Instead of using a sharp weapon or firearm, hunting is done by utilizing the type of bird that is tame golden eagle. Large birds are not only able to pounce on a rabbit but also wolves. (Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov) viva

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Funny Monkey - Monkey pull strapless Charmian Chen (Taiwan model) in Bali

A tourist from Taiwan who named Charmian Chen who recently suffered an embarrassing incident when visiting the resort island of Bali, the incident occurred at Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali. The incident occurred when there is a monkey who pulled his clothes down to the degenerate and nearly topless. viva

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Animal News -The animals Flood Victims in Thailand

Massive flooding that hit Thailand causing 360 thousand people were killed and 100 others were missing. Not only human lives were lost in this tragedy, many animals are losing their homes due to the worst flooding since the last half century in the Land of White Elephants. (Photo: REUTERS) viva

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Animal News - Cats in Italy to Heritage $ 10 million pounds sterling

A black cat in Rome, Italy, named Tommaso suddenly became the richest animal in the world after its master died. This four-year-old cat inherits $ 10 million pounds sterling, or about Rp141 billion.

Preached the pages of The Guardian, Friday, December 9, 2011, Tommaso's employer is not to be named died last month at age 94. In his will, childless widow is ordered her lawyer to give the entire property spread from Milan in the north to Calabria in the south to Tomasso.

In a will dated 26 November 2009, the widow of construction businessman also provides a mandate for her attorney to appoint foundation animal lover who can keep Tommaso. One lawyer, Anna Orecchioni, told the daily Il Messaggero said that there are some foundations that have been qualified.

According to Italian law, an animal can not inherit its employer. To that end, the widow would entrust her assistant, Stefania, to take care of her wealth. When the widow was sickly, Stefania helped to do some homework.

"I do not know if the signora very rich," said Stefania.

Tommaso is not the first cat to get the inheritance of hundreds of billions of dollars. Earlier, in 1988, a cat named Blackie in England also inherit its employer $ 9 million pounds sterling, or about Rp127 billion. viva

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best Animal Photos - Kaleidoscope Throughout 2011

News agency based in London, Reuters released the photos of the best work of Reuters photographers from around the world throughout 2011. Photo: REUTERS viva

The vet took blood samples from the Przewalski horse on a farm in the village of Dolni Dobrejov near the town of Tabor, on Tuesday (06/14/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Petr Josek

Zoo owner was sitting in a cage with a lion in Africa at the zoo, located in his yard in the city Vasilyevka, Wednesday (03/08/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Gleb Garanich

A volunteer uses iPad take pictures of rotting carcass of a dead cow in Wajir near the Kenya-Somalia border, Saturday (23/07/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Barry Malone

A diver is surrounded by a sardine in a promotional gig for the summer dive in visitors Coex Aquarium, Seoul, Friday (22/07/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Jo Yong-Right

A zoo employee to walk with a lion at the zoo capital of Dushanbe, Thursday (20/01/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Nozim Kalandarov

A dog sniff the costume one of the artists in the show "Pink Virus" at the International Summer Festival Lent in Maribor on Wednesday (06/07/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Srdjan Zivulovic

Horns of a bull is broken and bloody in bullfighting events in El Plantio bullring in Burgos, Wednesday (06/29/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Felix Ordonez

An Emperor Penguin standing on Kapiti coast, Monday (06/20/2011). Photo: REUTERS

Chimpanzees two years "Do Do" menyusi "AORN" 60-day-old tiger with a bottle of milk in the Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, Bangkok, Saturday (30/07/2011). Photo: Reuters / Sukree Sukplang

Asian elephant spraying sand in the cage in the zoo Karlsruhe, Thursday (07/07/2011). Photo: REUTERS / Alex Domanski