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Mario Aldecoa

Wildlife Biologist Wildlife Photographer Check out my wildlife photography page below!

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List of Instagram medias taken by Mario Aldecoa (@mario_aldecoa)

The tooth of an "Allosaurus fragilis", the butcher of the Jurassic period 🦖☠️🦴 We dug up this beautiful tooth with @dinogram307 in Wyoming

Pudgy baby Greater Short-horned Lizard ➡️ swipe to see just how tiny it is! Wyoming's official state reptile 🏞️

The Centralian carpet python (Morelia bredli), NT Alice Springs Australia. A distinguishing feature of this species is it's beautiful reddish orange color. As their name implies, these elusive snakes are only found in the center of the continent inhabiting the rocky terrain of the MacDonnell ranges. Led by the expert guides of the @australianwildlifeencounters team we found this individual hunting at night in a gorge!

Eastern black kingsnake! Found during a recent West Virginia @bravewilderness production.

🍂 Copperhead camouflage 🍂 A venomous highlight from our West Virginia production.

King of the river. Big male saltwater crocodile (C. porosus), Darwin Australia.

The urban jungle. Green Iguana, Broward county FL.

Spiny-tailed iguana, Key Biscayne FL 🌴🐲

Throwback to earlier this year in Costa Rica with my first time working with a Bushmaster (Lachesis stenophrys). This individual was rescued from a property who's landowners were not to keen on having such a large snake around. The outcome for this snake and countless in the same situation would usually not be very positive and simply killing the snake is the fastest conceivable solution for most people. In this case however, the locals knew the owner of the nearby biological reserve we were filming at and asked if he could relocate the snake, ultimately saving the animal. Relocating snakes does come with it's own potential risks of territorial displacement and other factors but the alternative costs are far more extreme. I certainly jumped on the opportunity of working with this species and assessing the snakes health before release. She was in a shed cycle, had good weight and measured about 7ft long. This was by far one of the most intimidating snakes I have worked with (hence my serious expression). Not necessarily because of her temperment or behavior but simply because of her size and my knowledge of the species stats; massive venom glands, large syringe like fangs, heat seeking sensory pits, a local nickname of "matabuey" bull killer.... this was a snake that required my full attention! Working with any venomous snake requires extreme focus and proper training. Handling a snake with the proper tools and technique will help reduce stress and prevent the snake from feeling overly threatened. After our quick assessment she was released in the reserve in suitable habitat far away from any potential human encounters......and simply knowing that she might be out there now living her life naturally as a Bushmaster....makes me very happy.

Sand monitor (Varanus gouldii), NT Australia. This species was fairly common and often seen basking on the side of roads ☀️🦎

🌴Green Iguana ➡️ swipe for a closer look 🦎! Key Biscayne FL

American crocodile (C.acutus), Key Biscayne FL.

An incredible encounter with wild Atlantic spotted dolphins! "As the young dolphin drifted closer I timidly reached my hand out. Closer we came, eye to eye, until contact was made. A moment in time shared by two beings. A definitive exchange of curiosity, a connection with wildness ✨" Check out the new Blue Wilderness episode on the @bravewilderness YouTube channel to see host @realmarkvins and I swim with these amazing and intelligent sentient animals 🐬 Since dolphins are so vocal, I began to hum through my snorkel (if you listen closely in the video) in an attempt to make some kind of impression as the dolphins noisily clicked and whistled by us 🐬💦

To be in saltwater crocodile territory means always being aware of your proximity to the water. It was a thrilling day for me as we set out to film what I consider to be the epitome of crocodile species...Crocodylus porosus...Darwin Australia.

Frilled dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii) in full defensive display, Darwin Australia. While taking this image the lizard boldly lunged forward at the camera creating this in your face image! Searching for and catching frillies was some of the most fun I had on the production. Using binoculars we scanned the trees of a residential park for the distinct of a frillie (as shown on the second image of this post). Frillies have keen eyesight and will retreat out of view if they suspect they have been seen. Once a lizard was spotted the catcher would stealthily walk to the frillies blind spot on the opposite side of the tree, while a spotter would distract the lizard and direct the catcher as to how high or low the blind grab around the tree would need to be in order to make the catch!

Hatchling frilled lizards (Chlamydosaurus kingii), Darwin Australia. It was a big bonus to learn we had arrived in frillie territory during the hatching season. Spotting adults on trees turned out to be fairly easy, however the hatchlings were a bit harder to find due to their size and excellent camouflage.

And that's a wrap on the longest production trip the @bravewilderness crew has ever embarked on! Setting out on an ambitious mission to film content for our new @animalplanet series we traveled extensively through the great continent of Australia 🌏! We searched for and featured some of the most iconic and fantastic species the country has to offer under the excellent guidance and professional support of the @australianwildlifeencounters team. The journey came to an end in New Zealand as we marvelled at the landscape and searched deep down in caves for glowworms ✨✳️. Now @kostopher and his team are hard at work editing the footage to create some amazing content that we can't wait to share with the world 🌏🌍🌎 Special thanks to the @australianreptilepark and @aussieark for hosting us and allowing us to feature their amazing conservation efforts.

✳️New Zealand Glowworm Bioluminescence!✳️The blue-green glowing orbs in this image were created by the larvae of a flying gnat species called "Arachnocampa luminnosa" that live deep down in cave systems. The larvae cling to cave walls where they create silk strands covered in a sticky substance that hang down freely around the larvae. A specialized at the rear of the larvae emits a blue-green light that attracts insect prey into the sticky snares. In the simplest description, bioluminescence is created in certain isms by the reaction of specialized enzymes and molucles with oxgen molecules to create energy that is released in the form of visible light. Some bioluminescence occurs with the aid of specialized bacteria. Entering the dark cold caves in search of the gloworms was otherworldly. The gloworms blanket the cave walls in all directions like stars in the night sky✨ This image was a result of a 30 second exposure. Waitomo Caves, New Zealand.

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