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.