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Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
Order: Caudata, Family: Ambystomatidae
The tiger salamander is named for its striped pattern. It is the world's largest land-dwelling salamander. The tiger salamander ranges from 6 to 13 inches long and is stout with a broad head and rounded snout. It has small, rounded eyes, and its feet have tubercles. It is brownish-olive in color with black and yellow spots or blotches. Its underside is usually yellow. The male tiger salamander tends to be longer with a more compressed tail and longer, stalkier hind legs than the female. Larvae have yellowish-green or olive bodies with dark blotches and a stripe along each s...
Rate:  (3.8)
Location: Amphibians
Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii)
Order: Scaphiopus, Family: Pelobatidae
The spadefoot toad is a relatively moist, smooth-skinned amphibian. It has a horny, broad black "spade" on its webbed hind feet, which it uses for burrowing. Approximately 11/2 to 3 inches long, the spadefoot has large, bulgy eyes with vertical pupils. It is usually olive to brown in color with a pair of yellow stripes that extend from the eyes down the middle of the back.
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Location: Amphibians
Fishing Cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
Order: Carnivora, Family: Felidae
Oriental: Fishing cats are found from India through Indochina, Indonesia, and Java. Fishing cats are 38 to 41 cm tall and can be from 96 to 120 cm long. The larger males weigh between 10 and 12 kg, and females weigh 5 to 7 kg. They have powerful, stocky bodies and short legs, giving the fishing cat a civet-like appearance. P. viverrinus have big, broad heads, and with tails that are less than half of the head and body length, are considered to have short tails compared to other cat species. Their pelts are olive gray with rows of parallel solid black spots that often form stripes along the ...
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Location: Big Cats
Black Mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis)
Order: Squamata, Family: Elapidae
Despite its name, the black mamba is rarely black, but uniformly dark olive to brown or steel gray above and grayish-white below. It often has black speckling along the back half of its body. Although the black mamba's scales are deep olive or gray, the skin between the scales and the inside of the mamba's mouth are black. The black mamba averages 8 to 9 feet long, although 10- to 12-foot specimens are not uncommon. Some mambas grow to as long at 14 feet. It has a long, slender coffin-shaped head.
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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Order: Testudines, Family: Cheloniidae
The Olive Ridley sea turtle can weigh as much as 100 pounds and measure 30 inches long. Name for its olive-colored skin, the Olive Ridley has a heart-shaped carapace, or upper shell. The shell is also olive in color, and is rather thin compared to those of other turtle species. What distinguishes the male Olive Ridley from the female is that the male's tail extends past his carapace. The Olive Ridley has two claws on each of its four limbs.
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Location: Turtles
Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis)
Order: Squamata, Family: Geckonidae
The day gecko has a flat body covered with smooth skin and small scales. It has a relatively large head and round, large, vividly colored eyes covered by a transparent, fixed plate and no eyelids. The day gecko usually grows to between 4 and 6 inches long; its tail makes up roughly half that length. Its coloring ranges from olive green to turquoise, and it usually has red spots on its back. Young are born with a yellowish-green head, and brown neck and back with a series of light bars.
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Location: Lizards
Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)
Order: Crocodylia, Family: Gavialidae
The gharial's most distinguishing feature is its long, narrow, slender snout, which makes for a useful fishing tool. Its eyes are set well up on its head, and its nostrils are at the tip of its long, slender snout. The gharial's jaws have small, sharp teeth. The upper surface of its neck and back have an armor of bony plates, and the toes on its hind feet are webbed. An average adult gharial measures up to 20 feet in length. The gharial is olive green, mottled with chrome yellow, which fades with age. Its underside is pale yellow.
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