Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gaston's Species

 Camel Spider


The camel spider is a carnivorous specious. It preys on bugs, small lizards, birds, and small rodents. The camel spider can reach speeds of up to 10 miles per hour. The way the can move so fast is because of how they intake oxygen.  They breathe through their trachea and in doing so can take in more oxygen. Their Jaws are what they use to capture and devour their prey. These jaws can be up to 1/3 of their body size. They use their jaws to turn their prey into pulp.  These spiders are not venomous and are not harmful to humans.




Bush Viper


This snake is a highly venomous snake that is found in the African Rainforest.  The venom cause internal bleeding of the organs and is known for killing humans. It is a nocturnal species that does most of its hunting at night. During the day the Bush Viper spends most of its time curled up at the top of a bush basking in the sun. The bush viper is a polymorphic species meaning it adapts its color based on its surrounding so it can blend in.





Halibut

These fish are the largest flatfish. They are born with eyes on both sides of their head, but after time one eye moves to the other side of their head so they are both on top. They swim on their side on the bottom of the ocean. The bottom side of their body is white and the topside is a mixture of browns to camouflage from predators above. These fish can live up to 55 years of age, grow up to 8 feet long and weigh as much as 500 pounds. 



Fungal Root System


This is a very complex system and is a mutualistic relationship between plant roots and fungi. This is mainly found in uncultivated soil where it has not been pumped with fertilizers. The Mycorrhizal Fungi is much smaller than a plant root system and therefore can spread to a larger area in the soil. The fungus attaches itself to the root system and collects sugar so it can thrive and grow. In return the fungi stores Nitrates and Phosphates for the plants to use as needed.






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