Posts Tagged ‘taxidermy’


30 March 2010

As seen at Sturgeon’s Casino in bustling Lovelock, Nevada. This guy looked a lot more lively than many of the patrons….

x-ray vision

2 February 2010

Terrible photo of an awesome hedgehog mount at the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Here’s a much better photo by somebody else.

Looking like a fool with your bats on the ground

19 January 2010

Another gem from the Oakland Museum of California for this week’s Taxidermy Tuesday.  Despite the throw-away titular joke, this display is actually a clever illustration of the unusual foraging behavior of the Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus).  Like most insectivorous bats, the Pallid Bat can capture prey in flight.  But because it often feeds on large terrestrial arthropods, like this Jerusalem Cricket that is about to get done et up, the Pallid Bat frequently captures its prey on the ground and then carries it back to a roost to eat.  Some other bats have adopted similar secondarily terrestrial habits, most notably the New Zealand bats in the genus Mystacina.

Hehe, titular.