The Brazilian Pygmy Gecko, or sometimes 'unsinkable lizard', only grow to around 2 centimeters in length, which makes them one of the smallest reptiles in the world. Their smallness reaches to an extent that they are often eaten by insects, centipedes, and spiders! They live in areas where heavy rainfall is imminent, so to adapt, they have developed hydrophobic skin and are light enough to walk on water without sinking or developing the need to swim.
They are only able to eat tiny invertebrates like fleas and mites.
This is a species of ant that has been recently discovered to survive tidal inundations, which means they can survive when a body of water rises and spills into normally dry land. They nest in mangrove swamps, which are regularly inundated by the tide. They survive these times because of the pockets of air in their nests. Because of the rising and falling tide, they have to regularly move their eggs, larvae, and cocoons to keep them from drowning in the water trickling in. They spend most of their time repairing the breaks in the nest where the water breaks in.
They can run across the surface of the water, and also swim just below the surface where they are most likely eaten by fish, mudskippers, and crabs.
This is a lizard that is commonly found in the streams and rivers of central and south america. It is known there as the lagarto de Jesus Cristo for it's ability to walk on water. Most are brown and cream and brown in color, where the other species of basilisk are lime green with intricate patterns of white and dark green. The common basilisk has only a white, cream, or yellow stripe on the upper lip, and more stripes along either side of the body.
It has a large mouth with full of saw-like teeth that can consume insects, flowers, snakes, birds, eggs, and fish.
These tiny water striders are also called water bugs, pond skaters, water skippers, and jesus bugs; along with gerrids, which is a shorter version of it's scientific name, Gerridae. It's most distinctive feature is their ability to walk on water, giving them their many nicknames.
Water striders' mouthes have evolved to pierce and suck. Their diet consists mostly of invertebrates such as spiders and insects. Their method is to inject their prey with salivary enzymes that break down it's internal structures and then suck the innards out. Quite like a spider.
A group of water strider eat a honey-bee.
It's method of finding prey is also familiar to the spider's: it's front legs act as sensors for the vibrations of a struggling insect in the water.
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