Dagger with pistol-shaped hilt. India, Mughal dynasty, 17th century. Blade: molded steel with gilded decoration; hilt: jade inlaid with gold, translucent enamel on silver or gold, opaque enamel, semi-precious stones and coral.
The world’s smallest snake, averaging just 10cm (4 inches) and as thin as a spaghetti noodle, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Barbados, 2 years ago. The snake, found beneath a rock in a tiny fragment of threatened forest, is thought to be at the very limit of how small a snake can evolve to be.
Its fruit is a hollow sphere with interlaced branches and can be found feeding off decaying woody plant material, and is usually found alone or in groups in leaf litter on garden soil, grassy places, or on woodchip garden mulches.
The height ranges from 8 to 20 cm. The leathery, basket like structure is usually bright pink to pale orange. Despite the smell of Stink horn mushroom usually being considered an unpleasant odor, it is still considered a delicacy in many European and Asian countries where they are readily available in markets under the common name “Devil’s egg”.
An important caution to heed is that of consuming the Devil’s eggs” only during the egg stage and not as a mature fruit to avoid poisoning.
Glass frog also known as the “transparent frog”
This mineral is very rare.