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Groovy Green Creatures (Slideshow)

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Groovy Green Creatures (Slideshow)

As St. Patrick’s day nears, we can expect to see a proliferation of all things green. Green clothes will be worn, landmark buildings will be illuminated with green light bulbs, food and beer will be colored, rivers will be tinted, and lord knows a host of hapless pets will be dyed various shades of shamrock in the name of old St. Paddy. Instead of subjecting Buddy to artificial coloring to ingest as he attempts to lick himself back to a more dignified tone of dog, why not enjoy some of the animals that nature intended to be green? You’ll notice that, in fact, nature doesn’t have much use for animals with green fur. Feathers, scales, and wings? yes. Although there is one mammal with green fur. Curious? Click through to find out.

Green Shield Bug
Most green creatures, like the green shield bug above, are those that live in trees or tropical climates–which makes perfect sense when the concept of camouflage is considered. Fur-bearing animals generally live in cooler climates–hence the fur. Were they a striking shade of kelly green they’d be an all-too excellent target for predators in the barren winter. The green shield bug, clever beetle that it is, turns a deep bronze in the winter to better blend with the bark of the deciduous trees where it hibernates.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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12:55PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Wow, interesting and beautiful pics, thank you.

12:54PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Wow, interesting and beautiful pics, thank you.

6:25AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

The green creatures are exotic and amazing. Love it!!!:)

12:36AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Wow!

9:21PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Cool!

9:16PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Thank you Melissa! Great post!

4:37PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Beautiful pictures!
Thanks!

3:52AM PST on Dec 4, 2010

I put the frog on top

6:49AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Wonderful article, so glad I stopped here! Love that chameleon ~ beautiful and amazing!

10:13AM PDT on Jul 30, 2010

I wonder, could a person similarly mimikrirovat if it was forced to spend my life, hiding in the green woods. He would just hide behind the foliage, herbs, and are unlikely to have changed the color of their skin.

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