Sunday, May 2, 2010

Belize's Ocelot!!

The Ocelot's appearance is similar to that of the domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a Clouded Leopard or Jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable.  As a result,  hundreds of thousands of ocelot have been killed for their fur.  The feline was classified a "vulnerable" endangered species from 1972 until 1996, but is now rated "least concern" by the 2008 IUCN Red List.
The Ocelot measures up to 3 feet   2 inches in length,  with a 1 foot 6 inches tail , and weighs 25–35 pounds. While similar in appearance to the Onicella and Margay, which also inhibits Belize,  the Ocelot is larger. It has the lowest resting body temperature of any feline. It has a tawny to reddish-brown coat marked with black spots and rosettes. The fur is short, and lighter beneath.  There are single white spots, on the backs of the ears, and there are two black lines on either side of the face. It has a black-banded tail.
The Ocelot is mostly nocturnal and very territorial.  It will fight fiercely, sometimes to the death, in territorial disputes. In addition, the cat marks its territory with especially pungent urine.  Like most felines, it is solitary, usually meeting only to mate.  However, during the day it rests in trees or other dense foliage, and will occasionally share its spot with another Ocelot of the same-sex.  When mating, the female will find a den in a cave in a rocky bluff, a hollow tree, or a dense (preferably thorny) thicket. The gestation period is estimated to be 70 days. Generally the female will have two or three kittens in the autumn, born with their eyes closed and a thin covering of hair.
Ocelots hunt over a range of 7 square miles, taking mostly small mammals (deer, various rodents), reptiles and amphibian (lizards, turtles and frogs), crabs, birds and fish. Almost all of the prey that the Ocelot hunts is far smaller than itself.  Studies suggest that it follows and finds prey via odor trails, but the Ocelot also has very good vision, including night vision. The white rings around the Ocelot's eyes help to reflect extra light into the eye at night. Source

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Belize's Red Eyed Tree Frog!!

Red-eyed tree frogs, as their name states, have bold red eyes with vertically narrowed noses, a vibrant green body with yellow and blue striped sides, and orange toes.  There is a great deal of regional variation in flank and thigh coloration. Although it has been suggested that the frog's bright colors function as sexual signals,  neither of these hypotheses have been confirmed. Males range from 2 to 2 1/2 inches, while female range from 2 1/2 to 3 inches on average.  Young frogs are typically brown in color and turn greener as they mature, adult frogs can change their color slightly depending on mood and environment. The Red-eyed tree frogs have soft, fragile skin on their belly, and the skin on their back is thicker and rougher.
The red-eyed tree frog has three eyelids and sticky pads on its toes. They are arboreal animals, meaning they spend majority of their lives in trees, which also makes them great jumpers.
Red-eyed tree frogs are not poisonous and rely on camouflage to protect themselves. During the day, they remain motionless, cover their blue sides with their back legs, tuck their bright feet under their belly, and shut their red eyes. Thus, they appear almost completely green, and well hidden among the foliage.
Red-eyed tree frogs are carnivorous and eat crickets, moths, flies, and other insects, and have been known to eat other small frogs. For froglets, fruit flies and pinhead crickets are the meals of choice.

During the mating season, when rainfall is at its highest, males of the red-eyed tree frog call ("chack") to get the attention of the female, who then caries him on her back around for up to several hours during the opposition process. The female chooses a leaf above a pond and lays her eggs, called a clutch. The eggs develop into small tadpoles , which hatch after several days and fall into the water below. Dragonflies, fish, and water beetles prey on the tadpoles.  They remain in the water anywhere from 3 weeks to several months, until they develop into frogs.  Snakes, spiders, bats, and birds of the rainforest are predators of this frog.  After full development weeks later, the juveniles that survive the first few weeks crawl back into the undergrowth and security of plants in the vicinity of these pools, often in the hollows of tubular plants like bromeliads.  Juvenile specimens prey on very small flies and insects during the first months of their lives. The young mature after 2 years and begin mating at the age of 3–4 years. These frogs are known to live as long as 5–10 years (data from captive breeding programs), depending on the health and conditions of their habitat (i.e. abundant plant growth, plenty of fresh water and abundance of small and larger insects to prey on).
Red-eyed tree frogs are closely related to Chorus frogs, which have the same body style and many of the same habits, though chorus frogs are more vocal.
Red-eyed tree frogs inhabits the rain forest in Belize. They are often found near rivers or ponds.  Not in your average rivers or ponds. The only rivers and ponds they can be found in are the rain forest rivers and ponds. Article Source.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Belize's Nassau Grouper!!

The Nassau Grouper is  the most important of the groupers for commercial fishery in the West Indies but has been endangered by overfishing.
The Nassau grouper is a U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service Species of Concern.  Species of Concern are those species about which the U.S. Government’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, has some concerns regarding status and threats, but for which insufficient information is available to indicate a need to list the species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
The Nassau grouper is a medium to large fish, growing to over a meter in length and up to 55 pounds in weight. It has a thick body and a large mouth, which it uses to "inhale" prey. Its color varies depending on an individual fishes circumstances and environment. In shallow water (up to 60 feet), the grouper is a tawny color, but specimens that live in deeper waters are pinkish or red, or sometimes orange-red color. Superimposed on this base color are a number of lighter stripes, darker spots, bars and patterns including black spots below and behind the eye, and a forked stripe on the top of the head.
The Nassau grouper lives in the sea, preferring to be near the reef; it is one of the largest fish to be found around Coral Reefs. It can be found anywhere from the shoreline to nearly water that are up to 100 m deep.  It is a solitary fish, feeding in the daytime, mainly on other fish and small crustaceans like crabs and small lobsters. It spawns in December and January, always around the time of the full moon, and always in the same locations. By the light of the full moon, huge numbers of the grouper cluster together to mate in mass spawning. One reason the Nassau Grouper fisheries are so depleted is that its huge spawning groups make easy targets for fishermen, who scoop up large numbers of reproducing fish, who then can obviously not reproduce. Many other grouper and snapper species are in trouble of becoming endangered or extinct for the same reason.
The Nassau grouper is fished both commercially and for sport, it is less shy than other groupers, and is readily approached by scuba divers;  However,  its numbers have been sharply reduced by overfishing in recent years, and it is a slow breeder. Furthermore its historic spawning areas are easily targeted for fishing, which tends to remove the reproductively active members of the group. The species is therefore highly vulnerable to overexploitation, and is recognized as endangered on the IUCN Red List. The governments of the United States, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas have banned fishing for the Nassau Grouper in recent years. In the Cayman Islands fishing in the spawning holes of the grouper has been banned until the end of 2011, and in the case of the Bahamas fishing for the groupers in the months of December 2003 to February 2004 was also stopped. The Nassau Grouper is in a very high rate decline and is at serious risk of becoming extinct.Source.

Monday, April 26, 2010

My Life!!

"Sure Enough", The first thing I did this morning when I woke up Was thank God,  Then I made my way over to my laptop, checked my Pay Pal and  "Sure Enough" there was something more than what I left in there when I went to sleep.  Thanks to Infinity Downline!!
Let me tell you about how I ended up being my own boss:
I am 30 Years Old, and I live in New York City. I am Married and have 6 Beautiful Kids. I am a Full Time Network Marketer, Social Network Marketer, and I Love Helping Others Make Money Online as well As Making Money Myself. I Also Do Travel Planning to Belize And Other Destinations Around The World. I am the creator of "I Wanna Be A Millionaire" Fan Page on Face Book I have big plans for everyone on that page to really become a millionaire if they are serious about it. I also Write A Daily Blog About The Natural Wonders of Belize @ (, Interesting stuff!!
It All Started for Me After Leaving High School in June of 1997, I tried college for a semester and decided that that's not for me, by then I already had my first child in the making so I decided to go find a JOB.
My first job was a really exciting one, I Got A Job As A "Common Laborer" On A Shrimp Farm. I can Still Remember The First Day I went to Work There, That day they had Post Larvae arriving from the hatchery to put into the ponds through a process called Acclimation. I unloaded boxes containing the larvae and placed them in tubs for the Acclimation. The only bad thing was at the end of the Acclimation you got to take the tubs as far as possible into the ponds and empty the larvae from the tubs it was crazy a horrible job, but I bared with it for a month before the lab Manager noticed that i had a high school diploma and gave me a job in the water quality lab as her assistant, the money was little but I needed it so I stayed and I learned what I could About Water Quality. Any way to make it short I Worked in the Lab for about a year and a half and then i was promoted to supervisor, I continue working there for five years and then Was Fired for Missing Work On A Saturday. So I decided to Go back to my home Town Punta Gorda, Belize and finish School, With Intentions of Getting A Degree in Business Administration.
After I was finished with School I went to work in the Tourism and Travel Business for almost two Years And Then I came to New York To Live. Here I was doing construction because my uncle owned a construction company. Then in came the Recession, that's when I turned to Network Marketing And Social Media Marketing which I have Also Been Studying on my spare time. I educated my self as much as i could have and I started a career from it all from the comfort of my home. It's Awesome I Teach Others How to Make Nice Money Online, Share my knowledge With Them, Make New Friends Everyday, and Best Part of it All I make Money doing it Also. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MAKING GREAT MONEY ONLINE OR ANYTHING ELSE CONTACT ME NOW BY SENDING ME A MESSAGE, ASK ME ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.. or Visit This Site and see what changed my life for the better.