Ok, you win.Sure! Take your pick Slimy, scaly, feathery, smooth-skinned... Here are a few pics from my side of the world:
I found this little one resting on a tree branch while I was taking a walk around campus. It kept flying away, just to return to the same branch. Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Central de Venezuela
A member of the family Piciformes, we found this gorgeous bird while hiking a nearby mountain. Parque Nacional El Avila, Sabas Nieves, Caracas
Considered by some authors as a "missing link" (term used loosely) between the annelids and the arthropods, as these so-called velvet worms (Peripatus sp) have characteristics of both Phyla. This is the underside, with the mouth being the central opening. Those lateral openings aren't eyes, but mucous glands that secrete a very sticky goo, used to capture prey from a distance of up to 30 cm.
Bothrops sp (Pit Viper):
Testing the limits of my absoulte crazyness, I lied on the ground at about 15 cm from this pit viper to take this pic. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME! I know how to handle snakes, and a friend (who happens to be the snake keeper at a local terrarium) was keeping an eye out for me while I snapped some pics.
Found at my University's Botanical Garden, this sleeping Hyla crepitans was just begging for a pic
Also found at the Botanical Garden, this devil-looking walking stick (Order Phasmatodea) didn't fool me!
All pics taken with my Canon S1 IS. All non-feathered creatures were shot with a Raynox DCR-250 Macro lens.
EDIT: Just added some info on the critters (Location, basic info, etc)
Don't sweat, that little critter was about 6-7 cm long. The longest ones I've seen are about 15 cm long, and those are quite hard to find. They're amazing creatures, really!What's the scale of the Onycophora? If that's any bigger than my hand, I'm going to be grossed out.
It's all about location! Fortunately I live in the tropics, where the life form diversity is incredible! Also, when you have a macro lens, new life forms appear in your own backyard. Take a look!It strikes me how everyone else's 'local wildlife' seems like some exotic species I've never seen in person! I need to travel more.
When I was in my first home living alone, I was awoken by a persistent clicking sound. It was a jumping beetle of some kind. Very cool and very interesting.What's the weirdest animals you've seen near your home?
Wow, you're too kind! I'm not a professional yet, I'm studying Biology (7th semester). I love Zoology, specifically Entomology and Herpetology. I'm working as a scientific photographer at a medical entomology lab for the time being, something that's really going to take off (I hope!) after christmas when I get my new camera. Right now all my pics are taken with my 3.2 Mp Canon S1 IS. Aside from that, I'm a lab assistant for the Animal Biology lab (kind of a teacher's helper; I dissect animals, show the new students the immense animal diversity and stuff like that). As such, I'm expected to know at least a bit about all mayor Phyla.What is your profession dllavaneras? Your knowledge is amazing. (snip)
Thanks for the comments, everyone!Totally agree. dllavaneras, what lens (macro) do you use?
Melbourne, Florida: twenty minutes south of Cape Kennedy, ten south of Cocoa Beach - home of Kelly Slater, 8 time world champion surfer (Ron Jon's Surf Shop), go east of Kissimmee (Walt Disney World) until you don't see any more land. That's the spot.Where is this paradise beach you live and do they need teachers?