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This Animal Isn’t A Snake. Think You Can Guess What It Really Is? (Photos)

Professor Daniel Janzen, a biology professor from the University of Pennsylvania, has spent years of his life cataloguing and photographing a very unique group of creatures: caterpillars that defend themselves against predators by looking and acting like snakes.

Check out some more pictures of “Snake Caterpillars” taken by Professor Janzen below:

Snake caterpillars can be found in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, and some parts of Mexico. Their markings resemble a snake’s head, which they can actually use to “strike” at would be predators (though they obviously can’t bite like a real snake would).

Janzen is an ecologist and what most would call a caterpillar expert. He’s been tracking these insects in Costa Rica since 1978 and  has been an expert in the field of entomology (the study of insects) for 50 years.

Dan Janzen, with a prehensile-tailed porcupine on his shoulder (Photo: Winnie Hallwachs / NOVA)

He splits his time between his labs and the field, spending half the year at the University and the other half in Central America, searching for strange new species of insect like the snake caterpillars.

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Man Installs Charity Fridge Outside His House That’s Open To The Public

According to Gulfnews.com…

“Saudi and Gulf citizens have heaped praise on a man who placed a refrigerator in front of his house in the northern Saudi city of Hail and invited people to donate food to help the needy.”

The man wanted to figure out a way to help those in need without putting them through the shame of having to beg. The fridge not only spares those in need the shame of asking for food, but also allows anyone who wants to donate to leave food for others.

The fridge in front of the man’s house (Photo: Mezmez)

The man behind the refrigerator chose to remain anonymous. In fact, the idea didn’t get international attention until  religious scholar Shaikh Mohammad Al Araifi praised the charitable act on his Twitter account, saying: 

“I’ve always said the people of Hail are generous. A man puts a fridge outside his house for leftover food; an indirect act of charity for the needy… Oh how I love you, Hail!” “

This noble act of charity has not only inspired local Saudi Arabians, but also people around the world via Twitter. Ideas like this don’t require a lot of time or money, but can have a major impact on the lives of those around us. Sometimes finding a way to help just takes a little creativity.