Bizarre Horseshoe Bat Photographed for First Time

From National Geographic News:

America’s Next Top Model it ain’t. But this bizarre-looking bat got rave reviews when it recently posed for the camera for the first time.

Scientists found the twisted-faced creature, called the Maclaud’s horseshoe bat, while surveying the highland forests of Guinea in West Africa this spring.

German biologist Natalie Weber took this picture after finding 16 members of the species in a series of remote caves. The bat had never been photographed before and had not been seen in the wild in nearly 40 years.

(via Nothing to do with Arbroath)

Top 10 Poisonous Plants

From LiveScience:

Deceptively attractive, some common flowers and plants can give you headaches, cause convulsions or simply kill you, according to the “Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants” (Springer, 2007). Children under 6 are especially vulnerable; they account for 85 percent of all calls to poison centers, though the most commonly consumed culprits in poison cases are cosmetics, personal care products, cleansers and pills. Most plants are safe, but here are some you need to know about. They might be in your own yard or even in the house.

Colorful (and Sometimes Poisonous) Frogs

From A Thrilling Wonder:

Not all beautiful frogs depicted here are poisonous, but those who are – can be very deadly indeed. The most poisonous animal is not a snake or a spider. It’s a beautiful little frog! “Most frogs produce skin toxins, but the dart poison frogs from Central and South America are the most potent of all. The golden poison frog, called terribilis (the terrible), is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous.

Update:

Thanks to Bibi from Bibi’s Box for this link to the American Museum of Natural History’s colorful frog page.