Fear me not – Natures Web

“Everything in nature is connected and has a flow on effect and it is all entwined to bring the perfect balance to the earth.  I am constantly in awe of its adaptability, its beauty, it’s ever changing mood and its simplistic pleasure without distraction or materialistic value.”

So by now you realise that I am extremely passionate about wildlife and nature.

There are many creatures in the world that people are not fond of and have come to fear, however they are all vital and surprisingly interesting.

OK, I am not fond of spiders, mainly the large furry ones, however I am intrigued an in awe of the creative webs that they weave.  Hours of tireless work creating delicate silk macramé creations.  They are some of the finest weavers in the world.

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St. Andrew Spider

Snakes are probably not such a favourite, but still I am fascinated by them.   How agile they are and the way in which they engulf their prey whole with their expandable jaws.  Ok, it is not a pretty sight, but it is amazing that they can swallow whole animals.  Not only does the snake use muscles to simultaneously crush the food but also uses its digestive enzymes to break down the prey.  This little frog was not so lucky on this occassion.

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Black tipped Reef Shark

Another creature which instills a certain amount of fear is the shark.

Sharks play a very important role in the oceans, being at the top of the food chain, they keep populations of other fish healthy and in proper proportion for their ecosystem.

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Lappet Faced Vulture

People think of vultures as hideous creatures and we associate them with death.  These guys are vital  to the ecosystem disposing of carrion that would otherwise be a breeding ground for disease.

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Nile Crocodile

Crocodiles are another creature that many people fear.  Is it because they seem  to have remained unchanged from their prehistoric ancestors.  These creatures are quite incredible, in dry summer months and times of drought, they can lay dormant.  Digging down into dry river beds, simply waiting for water to return.  They are extremely adaptable.

So even though there are some creatures that don’t create that feeling of warmth and delight when we see them, fear not for they are all apart of a vital healthy eco-system and a part of natures web.  

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