Category Archives: BUTTERFLYS & MOTHS

MORE WILDLIFE OF MADAGASCAR

Comet Moths

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How beautiful are these moths?! They are also known as Madagascan moon moths, and are some of the biggest silk moths in the entire world. How big do they get? Some wing spans can reach eight inches across. That’s a big moth! Sadly, once they reach adulthood, the moths only live for 4 to 5 days, which makes sightings a rare and special occurrence.

Flat-Tailed Geckos

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Can you even believe that thing is real? It’s hard to even see this gecko, which we guess is the whole point of its design, to stay incognito and safe from predators. There are more than 10 species of flat-tailed geckos, and all of them indigenous to Madagascar and its surrounding islands.

Aye-Ayes

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We think it should be spelled eye-eyes because, well… look at those eyes. You can’t NOT stare at them. These guys are nocturnal primates and have opposable big toes which, along with their incredibly long tails, allows them to easily swing through the trees. But what’s even cooler is how they eat. They use their long middle fingers to tap on trees and listen for wood-boring insect larvae. They then use that same long finger to scrape that larvae out.

Aquatic Tenrecs

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Sweet jumping jelly beans these things are ridiculously adorable. They must not think so though because they like to stay under the radar. In fact, they are among the most elusive species in the entire world. The biggest of these creatures is only a little over 6 inches in length, which doesn’t make them easy to spot. Their little webbed feet make them great swimmers and they look for bugs and tadpoles in the shallow waters.

Panther Chameleons

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Okay, this is quite possibly the most beautifully cool and awesome creature we’ve ever seen, but don’t tell our cat that. These chameleons, like other chameleons, change their color depending on their mood. They are usually very brightly colored, especially the males when courting, who want to impress the ladies with their dazzling color display. But wait, these animals get even cooler, they can rotate and focus their eyes independent of one another so they can look at two objects at the exact same time. Easier to spot and strike at their prey.

Madagascar Pochards [Worlds rarest ducks]

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Well right off the bat they have a super cool and exotic name. Pochards happen to be the world’s rarest ducks. What makes them completely amazing is that, up until 2006, these ducks were thought to be extinct, but then a small population of them showed up on a lake in Madagascar. Then, thanks to an extensive breeding program, these numbers have climbed and more ducks have been released into the wild. Let’s hope they can survive and thrive.

Fossas

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) Kirindy Forest, West Madagascar

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Another cool name, another cool animal. Look how cute this thing is, but what is it exactly? Kind of looks like a dog and a cat combined. Fosass are actually one of the few predators that live in Madagascar. Until very recently people always did assume they were from the feline family, but they are actually members of the mongoose family. They are nocturnal hunters and the majority of their diet consists of those adorable lemurs. But, when push comes to shove, they will also eat birds and reptiles.

Malagasy Leaf-Nosed Snakes

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How handy would it be to have one of these snakes around? You could open cans, take out staples, and pick your teeth with its pointy nose. These are one of the most unique snakes that live in Madagascar. When they lie very still ready to pounce on their prey, their long noses blend in with tree leaves and they remain hidden quite well.