Be sure to check out this month's Boy's Life (Boy Scouts of America, Oct 2010) for my newest article "The Odd Files" about some of the stranger species that are listed as at risk on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List.
Discover a creature whose name literally means "god of ugly things" - the wetapunga. Learn about the blind amphibians that can go 10 years without eating - the olm. And don't let a sweet innocent name like pink velvet worm fool you...this is one nasty predator. These inverts can spray a poisonous saliva at their pray that immediately hardens and traps their victim.
We all know about the big, furry cute things that are endangered or at risk, but these weirder, uglier and odder creatures are of no less concern!! They are all part of the Tree of Life and vital for the health and well being of our planet!