Verreaux's Eagle-Owl -- The species is found at the highest densities in eastern and southern Africa. They inhabit mainly semi-desert or dry savanna with scattered trees and thorny vegetation. They are nocturnal birds and roost in trees, with large, shaded horizontal branches of tall, old trees preferred. They sleep lightly and will awaken very quickly to defend themselves from attack in daylight hours.
LOOK: 'Glow-In-The-Dark' Scorpion Is Out Of This World
Glow-In-The-Dark Scorpion by Uriel Sinai: This remarkable snapshot captures a "glow-in-the-dark" scorpion contrasting beautifully, bizarrely against the dark of the Israeli Negev Desert behind it. Scientists are still figuring out exactly why scorpions sometimes glow under ultraviolet light. #Scorpion #Glow_in_the_Dark
A Glimpse of What We've Lost: 10 Extinct Animals in Photos
"Thorny dragon or thorny devil (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard, aka mountain devil, thorny lizard, or the moloch. Sole species of genus Moloch. Thorny devil grows up to 20 cm (8.0 in) in length; it can live up to 20 years. Colored in camouflaging shades of desert browns and tans, change from pale colours during warm weather and to darker colours during cold weather. Animals are covered entirely with conical spines."
National Geographic Magazine
Three Amigos-I was driving down a long winding gravel road along the Missouri river one evening when I looked off to the north and saw three horse standing in the neatest way. The clouds weren't quite right from my position so I maneuvered around to the west and wouldn't you know, the horses never moved. They allowed me to capture a great image. North Eastern Montana.
The Armadillo Lizard is a lizard endemic to desert areas of southern Africa. The natural habitat of this lizard is scrub and rocky outcrops. It is diurnal. It hides in rock cracks and crevices. It lives in social groups of up to 30. The Armadillo Lizard possesses an uncommon antipredator adaptation, in which it takes its tail in its mouth and rolls into a ball when frightened.
"Sociable weavers construct permanent nests on trees and other tall objects. These nests are the largest built by any bird, and are large enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, containing several generations at a time. The nests consist of separate chambers, each of which is occupied by a pair (sometimes with offspring) roost and breed. Picture: Dillon Marsh / Rex Features"