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Here are some of the more exotic and weird zoo animals I have photographed over the years.

Karakul Sheep

Karakul Sheep

The Karakul sheep originated in Central Asia and was named for the village of Kara Kul. It was historically raised for meat, milk, fat, wool and pelts. Today the Karakul is primarily used in wool production for ornate carpets and is highly valued by handspinners.

Karakul Sheep

The broad, fat tail is not an abnormal growth, but a fat storage organ that functions like a camel's hump and helps the sheep survive in harsh conditions.

King Cobra

King Cobra

Reaching lengths of up to 20 feet, king cobras are the longest venomous snake in the world. To make themselves appear as large as possible, they can raise the front of their bodies three to six feet above the ground and can move while in this pose. The king cobra can see moving objects over 100 yards away, roughly the length of a football field. Its excellent eyesight is used for protection and the location of food, which consists of other snakes and an occasional lizard.

Panamanian Golden Frog

Panamanian Golden Frog

Critically endangered The golden frog has become a cultural symbol for Panama much like the bald eagle is a symbol for the United States. Unfortunately, due to its rarity, few Panamanians have ever seen a wild golden frog. Project Golden Frog is trying to protect the last remaining populations in the wild.

Poitou Donkey

Poitou Donkey

The Poitou donkey is named after the Poitou region of France where it originated. This donkey's unusually long and shaggy coat, called a cadanette, was once a highly valued commodity. When donkeys are crossed with horses, a mule is produced. The Poitou donkey was developed along with the Mulassier horse to produce high quality mules.

Sonoran Desert Toad

Sonoran Desert Toad

The Sonoran Desert toad does not have the ability to move quickly away from predators. Instead, it uses a unique defensive chemical that can cause paralysis and even death if ingested by dogs and like-sized mammals. It lives in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Tiger Keelback Snake

Tiger Keelback Snake

This small snake is unique in being both poisonous and venomous. It can store the toxins of its favorite food (toads) in a gland in its neck. The toxins protect it from predators by making it poisonous to eat. Although it is also highly venomous, its tiny fangs make human bites rare.

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

This frog's name refers to its elaborate camouflage - a very mossy skin color and texture. Females lay a mass of eggs on rocks or plants above a body of water that the tadpoles fall into after the eggs hatch. Metamorphosis from tadpole to frog can take up to one year.
Their habitat is tropical forests on steep mountainsides, primarily in Vietnam.

White Spotted River Ray

White Spotted River Ray

This freshwater river ray prefers to live in rocky areas of the Xingu River Basin where its main foods (freshwater snails and crabs) are abundant.

Clownfish

Convention of Clownfish

Clownfish are overall yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many show white bars or patches. They are native to warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea.
The sea anemone protects the clownfish from predators, as well as providing food through the scraps left from the anemone's meals and occasional dead anemone tentacles. In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from its predators, and parasites.

Clownfish

Convention of Clownfish
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