…that is if you live here in North America

 

1. Gila Monster.

Gila Monster; Fun animals you may find Gila Monster; Dragon Fun animals you may find

What is it?
A giant orange and black(fire-breathing for all I know) lizard! What more do you want?

Why is it interesting?
It’s modern day God-Zilla!
It is one of two venomous lizards found in north America. With plenty of venom to kill a person and at over two feet long, it’s definitely an animal you should avoid, but the beauty and excitement of it definitely makes it something you want to see(from a distance).

How likely am I to see at while adventuring?
They are native to the southwest united states as well as many states of Mexico, but they stay away from open areas. You are not likely to see one while hiking or climbing, and if you do, their venom is meant more for defense than offense – just stay away from it.Do your own research on the Gila Monster.

2. American Paddlefish.

Mississippi Fish Mississippi Fish

What is it?
It’s fish! Why do I need to tell you that?

Why is it interesting?
The American Paddlefish has a very long and paddle shaped snout believed to be used to detect prey and find spawning grounds.

How likely am I to see it while adventuring?
Their populations have been significantly reduced by way of sport fishing and invasive species like zebra muscles that consume zooplankton, their main source of food. However, they can still be found in water throughout the Midwest. – Do your own research on the American Paddlefish.

3. Bipes Canaliculatus

 Bipes Bipes Canaliculatus

 

What is it?
This fascinating creature is a reptile and very used to the heat and dry weather. It is long and moves around much like a snake. However, it does use its legs to crawl around and shovel loose dirt.

Why is it interesting?
It’s a reptile that looks like an amphibian, but lives in dry areas – its just cool looking.
Check this out:

Incredible!

How likely am I to see it while adventuring?
These creatures are pretty rare. They are said to only exist in a small area in southwestern Mexico, but haven’t been studied or searched for extensively, and are likely to live in other places undocumented (back in 2003, I described and wrote down that description of an animal I saw while hiking here in Southern Oregon that fits this animal to the T!).Do your own research on Bipes Canaliculatus.

4. Alligator gar

Cool in the Mississippi River Have fun! River monsters! Whoah!

What is it?
This creature is a primitive ray-finned fish. Allbeit not as exciting as the last animal, this one has interesting qualities.

Why is it interesting?
The alligator gar gets its name from its long snout and many rows of teeth. It’s a fish whose head looks like an alligator. They are the largest (solely) freshwater fish in North America, can grow over 10 feet long and can live upwards of 100 years! These fantastic creatures can live out of water for over two hours. Alligator gar have been accused of attacking humans, though nothing has been confirmed and it’s possible that these attacks lay at the hands of alligators or bull sharks.

How likely am I to see it while adventuring?
The fish is native to the Lower Mississippi River Valley and Gulf Coast states. They live in rivers, lakes, marshes, etc..all over this territory. If you plan to adventure in the water around this area, don’t count on never seeing one. – Do your own research on Alligator Gars.

5. Axolotl

Crazy Salamander Thing on rck

What is it?
Beside the obvious resemblance to a Pokemon, these interesting creatures are a type of Salamander, very closely related to the Tiger Salamander.

Why is it interesting?
The animals featured above and most of them that you will see in pictures are adorable and very commonly made into stuffed animals(but don’t be fooled, most of them are ugly pieces of junk!). The vents on the backs of their heads look interesting and are unique – they breath through here. These amphibians can regrow body parts and even as adults, have gills and live fully submerged in water. They look like fish with feet!

How likely am I to see it while adventuring?
Axolotls are native to Mexico, specifically lakes underlying and around Mexico city, but are nearing extinction in the wild due to invasive species’ being introduced to their natural habitat. – Do your own research on Axolotl.

 

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