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St. Patrick's Day: "Green" Animals That Recycle

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St. Patrick's Day is almost here, a holiday famous for parades, parties, and everything turning so green that it's like looking at the world through night-vision goggles. So here are five of nature's greenest animals..

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Dee C. (224)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 9:20 am
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, a holiday famous for parades, parties, and everything turning so green that it’s like looking at the world through night-vision goggles. But when we think “green” we sometimes think “eco,” so in honor of Green Day here are five of nature’s “greenest” animals, not in color but in habit. Whether it’s home decor or an entire home, these animals all recycle.

Decorator Crabs

Just like Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink, the decorator crab uses whatever it has at hand (or claw) to create its ideal look. For the many species of this crustacean sensation, the look is camouflage. Decorator crabs are covered with hooked hairs (called setae), nobs and spines to which they attach bits of sponge, seaweed, and even little animals like anemones. They wear them as a disguise to blend in with the surroundings. The Marine Education Society of Australasia says that these relatively common crabs are so good at not being seen that they’re only noticed when they move. Monterey Bay Aquarium says that when they grow a new shell, they won’t just trash their old home decor, they’ll take it with them, pulling the baubles off the old shell and attaching them to the new one.

This ABC News video of decorator crabs features Jay Stachowicz of the Stachowicz Lab at UC Davis describing how some crabs will even wear anemone hats with stinging tentacles, a great way to dispose of a predator. Talk about being dressed to kill.

Read more at site..

David C. (240)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 9:30 am

Angelica C. (84)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 10:57 am
Okay. I have decided. The decorator crab is my totem animal. Love it.

ConnieAway O. (51)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 11:02 am
cool...especially the Ant-Snatching Assassin Bugs!

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 12:33 pm
Wow, Dee, VERY interesting...thanks!

pen C. (85)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 2:37 pm
Thanks Dee.

John B. (194)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 3:27 pm
Thanks Dee for providing the link to the fascinating and extremely interesting article by Ms. Langley. Read and noted.

Shan D. (49)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 4:12 pm
Article headline is a sham..Some of this "recycling" is actually harmful to the animals..Would have been more appropriate to focus on sad reality of some birds thinking discarded cigarette butts are food..Missed opportunity here..We should not leave our garbage around for animals to "recycle" and kill themselves..

Dee C. (224)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 5:30 pm
You are most welcome John..

Dee C. (224)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 5:52 pm
Angelica..I know that little decorator crab is so cute..

Angela Z. (100)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:13 pm
Thank you, Dee. This was a great contribution for St. Patrick's Day.

Shan D. (49)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:15 pm
Yep, 'cause everyone knows St. Patrick was the patron saint of recycling.

Dee C. (224)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:24 pm
Thanks Angela..I thought it was..

Angela Z. (100)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:31 pm
I could do without the ant-snatching assassin bugs though. That was pretty gross.

Dee C. (224)
Saturday March 15, 2014, 6:48 pm
That was gross..especially the sticky secretion that adheres them to their backs..Nasty..but fruitful in some sort of warped

Fi T. (21)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 5:27 am
No reasons why can't animals be respected

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 5:39 am
wow, interesting, thanks

Rhonda B. (106)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 6:49 am
Thank you.

Ruth C. (141)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 7:25 am
Its sad to see a sparrow trying to eat a cigarette butt, please throw your garbage in the trash can!

CherAWAY N. (1449)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 10:29 am

Thnx for this one sweetie!!!


Frances Darcy (227)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 11:12 am

Marianne R. (98)
Sunday March 16, 2014, 11:30 am
Interesting, Thanks!

Shan D. (49)
Monday March 17, 2014, 12:42 am
I'm still wondering what St. Patrick's Day has to do with unfortunate animals that die from eating toxic human garbage. That's not "recycling." It's not remotely "green." It's a travesty that humans have caused, and I cannot fathom why that would be included in an article about animals recycling as they were actually meant to do naturally.

Uno D. (666)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:34 am
Great article ... thanks, Dee!

Dee C. (224)
Monday March 17, 2014, 7:59 am
Thanks Uno..I thought It was very fitting for St Patrick's day..and definitely "green" for the recycling part..
Glad you liked it..
Have a good one..

Uno D. (666)
Monday March 17, 2014, 8:53 am
You, too, Dee!

Uno D. (666)
Friday March 21, 2014, 5:29 am
Testing ...

Uno D. (666)
Friday March 21, 2014, 5:29 am
Ooops ... sorry, Dee ... feel free to delete if you can.

Dee C. (224)
Friday March 21, 2014, 5:38 am
Its fine Uno She Wolf D..Glad you were able to post comments..
Love the new name..:)
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