Creatures of the Night

The ancient corridors of the Atlantean ruins come alive with Creatures of the Night! Thriving on the plant life that has overtaken many of the ancient passageways, bats and other mammals have taken up residence here, feeding on foliage, fruits, and nectar in the darkness. These creatures of the night are arboreal and nocturnal. This meaning that they tend to spend their time in the trees and are active at night. Fortunately, the darkness of the ruins allows you to see these animals moving around, even during the day!

Brazilian Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine
Coendou prehensilis
Originating in South America, the prehensile-tailed porcupine is an arboreal, vegetarian rodent. It spends its day curled up inside the hollow of a tree or some protected spot, and at night, it scours the treetops looking for fruits, leaves and fresh stem shoots to feed on. Despite its apparent size, the animal only weighs about four to eleven pounds! Its body is covered in a series of thickened quills, which it uses to defend itself. Its prehensile tail curves upwards and allows the animal to grasp and hang from branches.

Pallas’s Long-Tongued Bat
Glossophaga soricina
Taking up residence in caves and dark caverns during the day throughout Central and South America, the long-tongued bat becomes active just after dark. They leave their home in search of flower nectar, pollen and fruits. These bats eat constantly, with 80% of its energy coming from the simple sugars that it derives from nectar and fruit. Though they are colorblind, these bats locate nectar-rich flowers using ultraviolet light reflected off flower petals.

Best Buddies – Clownfish & Anemone

The Clownfish and Anemone are truly best buddies, maintaining a relationship that benefits one another.

The Clownfish picks debris and parasites off of the Anemone and chases off predators, such as Butterflyfish, which are immune to the stings of the Anemone. The stinging tentacles of the Anemone provide protection for the Clownfish. The Clownfish develops immunity to the Anemone’s venom after repeated exposure.

Clownfish and Anemones are best buddies; they are made for one another!

 

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