Friday, November 29, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Once Bear is done, the next animal will be Mantis. I think I need to do a few insects now, and perhaps another sea creature too.
If you have animal suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments! I'm always thinking of which animals to add next.
Friday, November 8, 2013
The one I've drawn is an albino, but they come in various colors just as salamanders and newts do. The Aztecs used to eat them (much as we eat frog's legs today!)
They have no eyelids. They're carnivorous- they like to eat anything alive that will fit in their mouth and that they can find. They're also very resilient; if they lose a leg, they can simply grow a new one.
Prints of this axolotl are to be found here.
They use their sense of smell to find food and to fly. They also have good eyesight for a bat, and can make noises to communicate with each other.
They live together in small families, roosting in palm trees. They live only in tropical places and do not like the cold.
Prints of this nocturnal lady can be found here.
Because their eyes are very far apart, they have a wide angle of vision and can see many things in their periphery that other sharks might miss. Their mouths are small, for sharks, and they hunt near the bottom of the ocean.
Unlike makos or tiger sharks, hammerheads have never killed anybody, although they've bitten a few people. Unlike great whites, who hunt seals regularly, none of the food a hammerhead usually eats look anything like humans.
Poster prints of this fine shark can be found here.
Male AND female walruses have tusks. They use these to fight as well as to crack holes in the ice to breathe through (when they are under water).
Walruses spend most of their time swimming from place to place in large herds, migrating to wherever the most food can be found. Since they have an air sac in their throat they can buoy themselves in the water, and they have almost no hair on them.
Prints of this serious gentleman can be found here.
People not only eat pangolins, they also use their scales as medicines (which don't work). They're being poached extensively.
Prints of this pangolin are available here.
While they're very kind to each other, they are not so kind to the plant life around them. In some places, elephants defoliate entire forests, pulling down trees and stripping the bark.
In the wild, elephants live a long time- up to seventy years. They're also the largest land animal alive today.
Prints of this powerful lady can be found here. Since she is a square print, it's suggested that you frame her in a large frame yourself, rather than ordering framing through the site. with a custom mat.
They eat rodents, bugs, smaller birds- anything that's big enough to catch and put in their beak, and small enough for them to lift while flying. Since they eat so many mice and rats, farmers love them.
They're seen as a bad omen in some places, but really, they're good omen- they keep the crops safe from rodent pests.
They hunt by sound, flying low and silently, listening for the crunch or swish of a small animal's movements.
Prints of this noble creature are available here.
Rats, unlike other mammals, can't vomit. So they're very careful about what they eat, not trying new things until they're sure they are safe. Rats primarily want grain, in the wild, and will swarm on crops when they start to ripen.
They're very social, and will even set other rats free from cages. They tend to live in large colonies, and in some areas can breed until they swarm in a "plague" of rats.
I've both cursed at city rats, and cooed gently to pet rats.
Prints of this rat (known as Greta) are available here.
They sometimes are the main pollinators of certain flowers, since they're fuzzy and drink nectar. Many plants rely on them to reproduce.
They're very social. They also, unlike most bat species, have very very good eyesight.
Prints of this bat can be found here.
They're excellent fishermen, using their whiskers to sense changes in the current or small movements in the water as they hunt.
They construct slides on the banks of rivers, and on beaches, so they can slide fast all the way from the top of the bank to the water. If you find a natural-looking mudslide, sometimes it pays to sit quietly and wait, you may see an otter at play.
The mothers sometimes carry the pups in their front paws.
Prints of this fellow can be had here.
Sometimes, crows will spot one of them as they sleep, and chase them away. They eat rabbits, mice, voles, rats...just about anything furry they can lift. And they're big, so they can lift pretty large animals.
They can live to be very old, for a wild bird, sometimes up to 40 years old or so. Very few things in the wild can harm them or catch them, so they're safe once they're fully grown.
Prints of this solemn bird are available here.
Their antlers, like deer's antlers, are shed every year. You can find these discarded antlers in the woods here. They're massive. Elk "bugle" too, a sound which summarizes, for me, the coastal woods in spring.
Prints of this magnificent fellow are available here.
Octopi are intelligent too, probably the most intelligent of all invertebrates. They can solve puzzles and use some reasoning skills.
Prints of this one are available here.
While they're unfriendly to almost all animals and humans, they do have at least one friend- small birds that spend the day picking them clean of insects. This is good for both the hippo and the bird- the hippo can't reach to clean its own ears, and the bird gets to eat its catch.
Prints of this are available, but the original has been sold.
Fierce and proud, boars live a long time, and are dangerous to hunt. They're very tenacious and also, omnivorous. They tend to stay in the same area their whole life and can get aggressive defending their young. Prints can be found here, the original painting is sold.