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5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:34am On Aug 17, 2020
I don’t know how these misconceptions started, but they somehow pass themselves down from one generation to another. Even if we are corrected, it is very tasking to do away with them. The Igbo saying anaghi amu aka ekpe na nka, comes to mind. Literally; “You can’t learn to use your left hand in old age” (i.e) You can’t teach an old dog new tricks grin.

Back to the topic, here are some popular wildlife misconceptions I know of…

Once again, text is mine, but pictures were sourced from gugu and national geographic. cheesy


NOTE: Any word you see highlighted, can be clicked for source, definitions or redirections.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:34am On Aug 17, 2020
1— The King of The Jungle

Except you are using this figuratively, we need to be reminded that lions do not live in the jungle. They are found in open grasslands, savannahs...but never jungles. Also, lions do not have kings- forget Lion King, life isn’t a Disney story. There is an explanation to how this “king of the jungle” came about, but I really can’t remember it now embarassed.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:35am On Aug 17, 2020
2—Venomous Snakes Are Poisonous


While people use these words (venomous and poisonous) interchangeably, they are not the same. So let's establish the difference between venomous and poisonous.

Venomous = Lethal when injected
Poisonous = Lethal when touched/ingested.


A venomous snake can be poisonous, but a venomous snake is not poisonous (what am I even saying? lipsrsealed Venoms are found only in the head and are potent when injected into the bloodstream. When ingested, the stomach acids would break it down like every other amala and
nkwobi that comes into the stomach. However, some snakes are poisonous, but you are safe as that species is not found in Nigeria. Go ahead with your roasting and pepper soup (with caution), you don’t want to eat a snake that consumed a poisoned rodent.

Forest cobra (i), Rattle snake (ii), Gaboon viper (iii). All venomous and edible. grin

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:36am On Aug 17, 2020
3— Black Panther...Not the movie please.

How many of us still think there is a specific near extinct animal called the black panther? Black panther isn’t a type of animal, it is just a generic term used to describe a melanistic big cat (leopard or jaguar).

Whenever you see a black panther, just know it is either a leopard or jaguar. Cc: Ishilove tongue

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:37am On Aug 17, 2020
4— Sharks eat humans

I once saw a wildlife photographer say the movie (Jaws) didn’t help much. According to him, it demonized sharks and worsened existing galeophobia. While there are species of sharks (great white shark, tiger shark and bull shark, notoriety is in this order) known to carry out most attacks on humans, sharks generally do not eat humans. The shark in Jaws was a great white and it has a very discerning palate. It will most likely back off after biting a human, can’t say the same for the tiger shark. Cc: Ednut1 grin

Great white shark (ii) Tiger shark (iii) Bull shark (iv)

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:37am On Aug 17, 2020
5— Chameleons change their colours to match any environment/background

Chameleons are known to change their colours, but their intentions are noble- not any of the reasons we were told. Their skin changes its hues based on mood, temperature and as a means of communication (e.g getting the other gender’s attention). Quite difficult to believe this as their colours are usually way too similar to their environment, thus buttressing the misconception. It might please you to know the chameleon’s color is follow-come to fit into its environment as that is the only defence mechanism it has. Isn’t nature wonderful?

Anyway, if you think a chameleon would take the colour of your mum’s hollandis/adire when placed on it, you have to think again.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:38am On Aug 17, 2020
What other wildlife misconceptions have you gotten to clarify? Do share wink


Meanwhile, roasted snake for the house. grin grin

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by anthonyuncle(m): 1:45am On Aug 17, 2020
6. all men cheat

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by pocohantas(f): 1:46am On Aug 17, 2020
anthonyuncle:
6. all men cheat

Never knew men are part of wildlife, but I’ll keep that in mind henceforth.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by anthonyuncle(m): 1:53am On Aug 17, 2020
pocohantas:


Never knew men are part of wildlife, but I’ll keep that in mind henceforth.


never knew a man's life had a mild part, but I'll keep that in mind henceforth

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Nobody: 3:09am On Aug 17, 2020
pocohantas:
2—Venomous Snakes Are Poisonous




Forest cobra (i), Rattle snake (ii), Gaboon viper (iii). All venomous are edible. grin
Lalasticlala has finally been vindicated.grin grin

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Nobody: 3:49am On Aug 17, 2020
anthonyuncle:
6. all men cheat

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Friendlyjoe: 5:17am On Aug 17, 2020
Is turtoise the wisest animal?

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by femi4: 5:33am On Aug 17, 2020
Bats are blind

They only have poor sight

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Nobody: 6:31am On Aug 17, 2020
pocohantas:
1— The King of The Jungle



The Europeans and the Americans were most likely the ones who came up with the whole "king of the jungle" thing. The Americans, I believe being the biggest culprits.

It had to be them, no thanks to the little they knew{and still know} about Africa. To many Americans of the 19th and 20th century, all of Africa was covered by jungles.

Now, to these Europeans and Americans, since lions were considered the kings of all animals they had to be "kings of the jungle".

As a matter of fact, the first recorded use of the phrase "king of the jungle" is often attributed to American authors of the 19th century. They probably coined the phrase and etched it into folklore and memories.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by paulolee(m): 6:55am On Aug 17, 2020
6..if agama lizard spit on you, you go get warapa...
7..tortoise is the oldest and wisest animal..
8..sharks attacks human in water because it smells blood from afar..
9..if u mistakenly sees a wild animal in the bush and play cool and dnt attack it, it would jus walk pass you....big lamba
10..when i do visit people with scaring looking dogs and they say "jus come in it wont bite you" bt looking at the dog alone, it had already attacked my spirit and i no de risk am oo..

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by officialfestus(m): 7:12am On Aug 17, 2020
Chameleon poo can make someone's leg get rotten if stepped on Is it true?

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Nobody: 7:15am On Aug 17, 2020
You get time.

We are not done correcting the govts misconception on leadership that has bastardized the economy and left the youth in total confusion and hopelessness, na animal kingdom...

If they like let them be misconceived or misconstrued, e nor concern me. Na Monday be this abeg. undecided.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Anny505(m): 7:21am On Aug 17, 2020
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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Airoflaw(m): 7:21am On Aug 17, 2020
Really
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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Kyrx(m): 8:01am On Aug 17, 2020
IMO chameleon is the creepiest creature on Earth. I don't ever wanna come by it.

Apologies to all Chameleon's fans.
Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by chinavs9ja(m): 8:16am On Aug 17, 2020
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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:16am On Aug 17, 2020
Except you are using this figuratively, we need to be reminded that lions do not live in the jungle. They are found in open grasslands, savannahs...but never jungles. Also, lions do not have kings- forget Lion King, life isn’t a Disney story. There is an explanation to how this “king of the jungle” came about, but I really can’t remember it now .
From now till the end of the world,
The Lion will always be refer to and will remain THE KING OF THE JUNGLE!!

We Rise!

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Hndrrxxx(m): 8:16am On Aug 17, 2020
What is this dude even saying

Fr that snake matter I no ft ever gree with you
You dy find person wy you go kill
Y'all should disregard this coz he talks shyt like a preacher shocked shocked shocked

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by ForeThinker: 8:17am On Aug 17, 2020
Nigeria is a wildlife zoo init...
Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by CzarChris(m): 8:17am On Aug 17, 2020
grin
Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Craaaa: 8:18am On Aug 17, 2020
Thought pocohantas is the nairaland chef. How come with the wild life migration. Well you always bring good and informative news. Kudos to you. More oil to your elbow.

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Re: 5 Common Wildlife Misconceptions You Should Do Away With(photos) by Digitalstarlite: 8:18am On Aug 17, 2020
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