Lionfish on a reef
Lionfish (Pterois volitans) hunting smaller fish on a coral reef. The lionfish is a predator, often hunting in groups. It uses its widespread fins to force prey, mostly smaller fish, into a crevice in coral or rocks, before sucking it into its mouth with a huge gulp. The spines in the fins contain a potent toxin, which deter predators and can deliver a very painful sting. The lionfish inhabits reefs in the tropical Indo-Pacific region, and in recent years has been sighted in the Caribbean, probably due to escapees from aquaria. It can reach about 38 centimetres in length. Photographed in the Egyptian Red Sea.
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Wandering spider eating a frog
Wandering spider eating a frog. Wandering spider (Phoneutria fera) eating a tree frog (Dendropsophus bifurcus) in understory vegetation above a rainforest pond. This spider is a venomous nocturnal predator. Photographed in Ecuador.
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Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) frequents pine and oak forests, upland dry pine forest, pine and palmetto flatwoods and coastal maritime hammocks. Origin: southern USA
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