Pot O’ Gold: 11 Species You Might Find at the End of a Rainbow

from Wildlife Promise

You don’t have to be a leprechaun to enjoy this Pot O’ Gold. This St. Patrick’s Day, take a moment to browse through and learn about these golden species. Plus, reading this is much easier than waiting for a rainbow, tracking down its end, and searching for golden wildlife.

Golden Poison Dart Frog

The golden poison dart frog is only one of three dart frogs with poison lethal to humans. It is reported that an amount of poison equal to 2-3 grains of table salt is enough to cause the death of a human.

Banana Slug

Banana slugs have primitive eyesight, which means they can only see light, dark and movement. The eyes fold in when they sense a shadow. Also, please don’t lick them; I’m sure they don’t like it.

Banana Slug

Photo by Joao Paulo Krajewski

Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons have a beard of spikes and thorns that they’ll puff out at predators as a defense mechanism. Also, when in danger, these lizards will run on the hind legs.

Bearded Dragon

Photo by Bryce Gandy

Goldenrod Spider

These spiders jump on their prey, ambush style, which means they don’t have a reason to spin webs.

Golden Lion Tamarin

Female tamarins usually give birth to twins and sometimes triplets. That’s a lot of weight to carry around alone, which is why the father and siblings share the load.

Golden Lion Tamarin

Photo by Nelson Wu

Yellow Rat Snake

These snakes are arboreal, which means they climb trees.  Like the black rat snake, they are non-venomous constrictors that suffocate their prey.

Yellow Rat Snake

Photo by Flickr/vladeb

Goldfinch

A goldfinch’s diet is vegetable based, and they are the strictest vegetarians in the bird world (aside from an occasional insect cheat meal).

Seahorse

Seahorses are unique creatures not only have a kangaroo-like pouch, but the dads are the ones to have the babies.

Seahorse

Photo by Vic DeLeon

Fiery Skipper

Fiery skipper have the ability to hold their wings in a triangular position, which is thought to help better absorb the sun’s rays.

Fiery Skipper

Photo by Ronnie Pitman

Golden Eagle

The name implies that they should look more gold, but I decided to include them anyway. Mostly I wanted to tell you that despite being the largest bird of prey in North America, golden eagles can dive upon their victim at speeds over 150 miles per hour!

Golden Eagle

Photo by Ed Gaillard 

Red Foxes

What else is there to say, just enjoy this golden pile of fluff.

Red Fox Kits

Photo by Canon Chris