Mekong River – The Creepiest Place On Earth!

Ok, so I’ll explain because up until two days ago I had no clue what the hell Mekong was – I thought it was a country! The Mekong is actually a major river coming in at 12th longest in the world and 7th longest in Asia. It is very difficult to navigate because of seasonal variations in flow and frequent rapids and waterfalls. The main reason we have not explored this river to a better extent before now is because after the Vietnam war the rift between the U.S. and the new Communist governments in the other countries that held this river prevented cooperative use of the river.

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The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) put out a report called “First Contact in the Greater Mekong” and it stated that “between 1997 and 2007, at least 1,068 have been officially described by science as being newly discovered species.”  It turns out the Mekong was a treasure trove of unknown life.  The species were all found in the rainforests and wetlands along the Mekong River, which flows through Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.  The new species highlighted in the report include 519 plants, 279 fish, 88 frogs, 88 spiders, 46 lizards, 22 snakes, 15 mammals, four birds, four turtles, two salamanders and a toad — an average of two previously undiscovered species a week for the past 10 years. The report gave warning though that overdevelopment could threaten these species greatly. The WWF has called for a cross-border protection agreement between the countries surrounding the river in order to prevent this from happening.

Now why did I call this bitch creepy? Lets start viewing some of the pictures of these newly found species!

My favorite: The Ever-So-Innocent-Looking Dragon Millipede

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Looks adorable I know, ohhh hot pink! yay! No. This bitch secretes Cyanide. Seriously- So dont touch it.

FOLLOW FOR MORE ANIMALS AFTER THE JUMP! YOU’D BE SURPRISED!!

Next Up: The-Thought-to-be-Extinct-for-11-Million-Years Laotian Rock Rat
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They found this guy in a local food market just wandering around. Yeah, imagine that in Wegmans!

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Now for: Mr-I-Look-Grumpy Green Pitviper

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Dont be mad at me!

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Lets not forget: This-Makes-Me-Never-Want-To-Swim-Again Mekong Catfish!
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This one is 9ft long and 650lbs. Thats around the largest they can get but the average isnt much smaller – about the size of a GRIZZLY BEAR.

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How about: The-size-of-a-large-dinner-plate Huntsman Spider

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Seriously, that shit gets about 12 inches in diameter – watch where you step!
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Or: Can-I-Pet-you-Or-Will-You-Eat-My-Face Striped Rabbit
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This thing just looks like if it was left alone in a room with me that it would butter me up with sweetness and then latch onto my neck when I wasnt looking.

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Maybe: The-I-Dont-Even-Know-What-The-Fuck-A-Skink-Is Mekong Skink
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Slithery.

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Another Winner: The-It-Figures-Because-Snakes-Werent-Already-Dangerous-Enough SPITTING Cobra

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Named for exactly what it does when it feels cornered or in danger. I think its slightly unfair because it’s already a huge snake, fast as fuck and can probably squeeze me to death in 15 seconds. NOW IT CAN SPIT IN MY FACE TOO???? The ultimate humiliation leading to death.

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~ by Mathy Shoots People on December 17, 2008.

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