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Unless you’re licensed for wildlife rehabilitation, do NOT take wild animals under your care. Especially baby birds. You are doing more damage than harm, whether you can see it or not.

This kid on my Instagram posted that he was taking in a baby starling with a ‘sprained leg.’ They’re protected under the Migratory Bird Act, so that’s highly illegal. I told him to put it back in the nest or bring it to a licensed rehabber, but he didn’t listen. Last night, it flew off of what was apparently a perch he was keeping it on, and it walked into a plastic bag and suffocated. Do you know how irresponsible that is?

Wildlife should be *left alone* unless it’s absolutely vital for the animal’s survival to intervene. If you must, then don’t keep it! Bring it to someone licensed that can provide the proper care it needs to be brought back to health and released into it’s native habitat. Don’t be selfish.

So, I have a new profound love for komodo dragons. It reaffirmed my decision to minor in herpetology- I’d love to get a chance to do some conservation work with them. I saw this beauty at Palm Beach Zoo. Man, I’m in love.
I found this Instagram where it appears they smoke casually with their reptiles as if it is no problem. For all you animal lovers out there, this is a BIG issue. Snakes only have one lung and they are very sensitive- smoking with them, especially as frequently as this, can be lethal.

Fish Fossil Has Oldest Known Face, May Influence Evolution
The 419-million-year-old fossil has the same jawbones as vertebrates.
by Brian Handwerk
Scientists have found the oldest face—and it’s a fish. 
The 419-million-year-old fish fossil could help explain when and how vertebrates, including humans, acquired our faces—suggesting a far more primitive origin for this critical feature of our success, a new study says.
“Entelognathus primordialis is one of the earliest, and certainly the most primitive, fossil fish that has the same jawbones as modern bony fishes and land vertebrates including ourselves,” said study co-author Min Zhu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
"The human jaw is quite directly connected to the jaw of this fish, and that’s what makes it so interesting."
The bones comprising the fish’s cheek and jaws appear essentially the same as those found in modern bony vertebrates, including humans, Zhu added. Because it boasts maxilla and mandible much like our own, the fish may be the earliest known creature with what we’d recognize as a face…
(read more: National Geographic News)
illustration by Brian Choo
Philippine cobra shed (Naja philippinensis)

Native to the northern Philippine islands, this species of spitting cobra goes by the local names of ulupong, carasael, and agawason. The venom is a kind of neurotoxin which they can spit up to 10 feet, or 3 meters, away!