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Common Oriental Garden Lizard:

Common Oriental Garden Lizard posing with its catch.

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Common Indian Myna:

The Common Myna or Indian Myna (Acridotheres tristis).

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The Common Myna widely appears under the name saarika in Indian culture from Vedic times, featuring both in classical Indian literature (Sanskrit) as well as in Prakrit Buddhist texts. The Sanskrit term shuksarika, which refers to the Rose-ringed Parakeet (shuk) and the Common Myna (saarika), is used to indicate a pair or a couple, probably because both birds are vocal and capable of mimicking human sound.

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In Sanskrit literature, the Common Myna has a number of names; most are descriptive of the appearance or behavior of the bird. In addition to saarika, the names for the Common Myna include kalahapriya, which means “one who is fond of arguments” referring to the quarrelsome nature of this bird; chitranetra, meaning “picturesque eyes”; peetanetra (one with yellow eyes) and peetapaad (one with yellow legs).

Painted Grasshopper:

Painted Grasshopper- Dactylotum bicolor:
Painted Grasshopper (Poekilocerus pictus) on Crown flower plant.

Multi-colored Gaudy grasshoppers feasting Crown flower plant leaves.
“Poekilocerus pictus belonging to Family Pyrogomorphinae (known for cryptic as well as bright colours hence called Gaudy Grasshoppers are also known for “Spear” shaped heads) is commonly known as Ak Grasshopper (and one of the many Painted Grasshoppers) and is one of the most colourful grasshoppers of India. Took at Chennai, TN India in a thickly wooded area.

The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow fore wings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60 mm and are capable of good flight.

Painted grasshopper

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Nikki – Our Pet

The dog is the only animal that has seen his god so is our Golden Retriever Labrador “Nikki”. So sad it’s no more now and we always cherish the days we had with him. We miss him so much and the memories will be there for the lifetime and can’t forget the soulful eyes. Life is at times unfair and biased to many like our “Nikki” who was hale and healthy until 3days before the end when he was just 7 years old. RIP Nikki!!

 

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