Fruit Bat (Flying Fox)

 

These large, elegant fruit eating bats help to maintain the forests they live in by serving as seed dispersers.  This ensures that many of the trees of the forest (sources if food, shelter and climate stability) will continue to exist and support the other species that depend on them. 

           Brookesia  

 

Both of these pieces are based on the genus, Brookesia. These are all small chameleons the smallest of which, Brookesia minima, is the smallest known chameleon in the world reaching a maximum of 4 inches. Madagascar is the home of all species of Brookesia as well as many other unique types of chameleons.

         Tree Pangolin

 

This necklace is based on the small, scaled tree pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) found in forested areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It forages in the trees for insects. The pangolin uses its claws to break open insect nests and then collects them with its tongue. A tree pangolin sleeps in the position depicted and when returning to the branch, it can crawl up its own tail.

 

  Green Tree Python

 

Tree pythons and boas characteristically take this position while resting on branches. This carving was based on an Asian species which is remarkably similar to the Emerald Tree Boa of South America although the two are independently evolved.
 

        Florida Tree Frog

 

Tree frogs are found in forests around the world and in the tropics in great variety.  Their delicate structure and ability to cling to almost any surface makes them a very appealing focus for wildlife art.

        Common Tern

 

Terns have the ability to hover and drop directly into the water to catch prey.  This gives them a unique and elegant profile.  A black cap is characteristic of a number of tern species.