History Main / StockAnimalBehavior

22nd Jul '17 6:21:16 PM ElSquibbonator
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* In most early books on ancient life, shelled mollusks (along with other primitive creatures) would always be depicted washed ashore. It took decades until artists attempted showing them in their normal habitat.

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* In most early books on ancient life, shelled mollusks (along with other primitive creatures) would always be depicted washed ashore.ashore, simply because nobody had a good idea of what they were like when they were alive. It took decades until artists attempted showing them in their normal habitat.



* Spiders are always sitting around in the middle of their webs.

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* Spiders are always sitting around in the middle of their webs. Unless they're tarantulas, in which case they'll either be lurking in their dens or stalking some unfortunate small bird or mammal (in RealLife tarantulas mostly eat insects).
* Scorpions will always be stinging something to death



* Hammerhead sharks are always getting their asses kicked by dolphins.

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* Hammerhead sharks are always getting their asses kicked by dolphins.attacking stingrays.



* Siamese fighting fish are always, well, fighting.



* Horned frogs are always swallowing something (usually mice). In RealLife they appear to always be sitting around half-buried in substrate.

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* Horned frogs are always swallowing something (usually mice). mice or lizards). In RealLife they appear to always be sitting around half-buried in substrate.substrate.
* Frogs in general are usually sitting around (often on lily pads), croaking, and eating bugs.



** ''Deinosuchus'' does the same thing with hadrosaurs.

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** ''Deinosuchus'' does the same thing with hadrosaurs.hadrosaurs or even tyrannosaurs.



* Cobras are always reared up in a threat display.

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* Cobras are always reared up in a threat display. If they're spitting cobras, they'll be spitting too.



* There was a very common early paleoart trope, which is nowadays rarely seen, that any picture of a long-necked plesiosaur and a pliosaur, ichthyosaur or mosasaur ''must'' show one of the latter three biting through the neck of the former. It's not ''completely'' gone though, since it did show up in Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs, when the Liopleurodon kills a Cryptocleidus.

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* There was a very common early paleoart trope, which is nowadays rarely seen, that any picture of a long-necked plesiosaur and a pliosaur, ichthyosaur or mosasaur ''must'' show one of the latter three biting through the neck of the former. It's not ''completely'' gone though, since it did show up in Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs, ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', when the Liopleurodon kills a Cryptocleidus.



* Cattle are always stampeding or chewing cud.

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* Cattle are always stampeding stampeding, grazing, or chewing cud.
22nd Jul '17 6:04:18 PM ElSquibbonator
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** The actual fish eating pterosaurs ''Pteranodon'' and ''Rhamphorynchus'' will often be seen either snatching fish from the water's surface (''Pteranodon'') or skimming across the water with their beaks (''Rhamphorynchus''). Neither of these ideas are correct[[note]]Both are now believed to have actually dived ''into'' the water to catch fish rather than fly over it, and studies have proven that skim feeding would have been physically impossible for any known pterosaur[[/note]]. Azhdarchid pterosaurs were often depicted as scavengers, usually [[CirclingVultures circling over herds of migrating dinosaurs]] waiting for one of them to keel over from exhaustion so they can eat the remains. Thanks to recent research and art done by pterosaur researcher Mark Witton, however, azhdarchid pterosaurs these days are always shown stalking on the ground eating baby sauropods. [[ScienceMarchesOn Though rare today,]] occasionally you might even see one exhibit ''bat-like'' behavior such as hanging upside down in a tree or cliff.

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** The actual fish eating pterosaurs ''Pteranodon'' and ''Rhamphorynchus'' will often be seen either snatching fish from the water's surface (''Pteranodon'') or skimming across the water with their beaks (''Rhamphorynchus''). Neither of these ideas are correct[[note]]Both are now believed to have actually dived ''into'' the water to catch fish rather than fly over it, and studies have proven that skim feeding would have been physically impossible for any known pterosaur[[/note]].pterosaur, with the possible exception of the asymmetrical-beaked ''Ikrandraco''[[/note]]. Azhdarchid pterosaurs were often depicted as scavengers, usually [[CirclingVultures circling over herds of migrating dinosaurs]] waiting for one of them to keel over from exhaustion so they can eat the remains. Thanks to recent research and art done by pterosaur researcher Mark Witton, however, azhdarchid pterosaurs these days are always shown stalking on the ground eating baby sauropods. [[ScienceMarchesOn Though rare today,]] occasionally you might even see one exhibit ''bat-like'' behavior such as hanging upside down in a tree or cliff.
6th May '17 4:23:36 PM schoi30
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* Sloths are always climbing trees, hanging upside down from branches, and sleeping. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.

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* Sloths are always climbing trees, hanging upside down upside-down from branches, and sleeping.branches. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.
6th May '17 4:20:48 PM schoi30
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* Sloths are always hanging upside down. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.

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* Sloths are always climbing trees, hanging upside down.down from branches, and sleeping. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.
6th May '17 4:17:31 PM schoi30
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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' or ''Spinosaurus'' (or, in educational works, ''Ouranosaurus'') and dragging them to their doom.

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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' or ''Spinosaurus'' ''Spinosaurus''[[note]]despite [[AnachronismStew not living at the same time as]] ''Sarcosuchus''[[/note]] (or, in educational works, ''Ouranosaurus'') and dragging them to their doom.
29th Apr '17 4:17:00 PM schoi30
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* Gazelles are always pronking.
12th Mar '17 7:04:49 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' or ''Spinosaurus'' and dragging them to their doom.

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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' or ''Spinosaurus'' (or, in educational works, ''Ouranosaurus'') and dragging them to their doom.
11th Mar '17 9:09:16 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Octopuses are always spraying ink.

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* Octopuses are always spraying ink.ink or lurking in their caves.



* Crabs and lobsters are always pinching people.

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* Crabs and lobsters are always pinching people.people, or just crawling on the seabed.



* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' and dragging it to its doom.

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* ''Sarcosuchus'' is always attacking ''Suchomimus'' or ''Spinosaurus'' and dragging it them to its their doom.



* Anacondas are always squeezing caimans to death.

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* Anacondas are always squeezing caimans or capybaras to death.



* Robins are always pulling earthworms from the ground.
* Woodpecker finches are always using cactus spines to spear insects in bark.

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* Robins are always pulling earthworms from the ground.
ground. And they're always [[CreatorProvincialism American Robins]].
* Woodpecker finches are finches, if they're shown at all, will always using cactus spines to spear insects in bark.



* Opossums are always hanging upside down (and are [[SmallTaxonomyPools always Virginia opossums]]). This one is actually not true in RealLife: while opossums, especially young ones, can support their weight using only their tails for a short amount of time, they can't do this for the extended periods of time they're often shown in (and certainly don't sleep in this position). They also play dead a lot.

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* Opossums are always hanging upside down (and are [[SmallTaxonomyPools always Virginia opossums]]). This one is actually not true in RealLife: while opossums, especially young ones, can support their weight using only their tails for a short amount of time, they can't do this for the extended periods of time they're often shown in (and certainly don't sleep in this position). They also play are shown playing dead a lot.lot, which is true.



* Wild horses are always galloping across the landscape.
* Rhinos are always [[RhinoRampage charging at things]], namely cars.

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* Wild (actually feral) horses are always galloping across the landscape.
landscape.
* Rhinos are always [[RhinoRampage charging at things]], namely often cars.



* Raccoons are always foraging or washing their food at bodies of water, or raiding garbage cans.

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* Raccoons are always foraging or washing their food at bodies of water, or raiding garbage cans.cans and campsites.



* Sloths are always hanging upside down.

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* Sloths are always hanging upside down. This is, of course, TruthInTelevision.



** Bats in general are always hanging upside-down somewhere.

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** Bats in general are always hanging upside-down somewhere.somewhere, or hunting insects at night.



* Mammoths and mastodons pretty much do the same things as elephants, only they get stuck in tarpits being threatened by saber-toothed cats.

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* Mammoths and mastodons pretty much do the same things as elephants, only they get stuck in tarpits being and get threatened by saber-toothed cats.
11th Mar '17 8:52:54 PM ElSquibbonator
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* There was a very common early paleoart trope, which is nowadays rarely seen, that any picture of a long-necked plesiosaur and a pliosaur, ichthyosaur or mosasaur ''must'' show one of the latter three biting through the neck of the former.

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* There was a very common early paleoart trope, which is nowadays rarely seen, that any picture of a long-necked plesiosaur and a pliosaur, ichthyosaur or mosasaur ''must'' show one of the latter three biting through the neck of the former. It's not ''completely'' gone though, since it did show up in Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs, when the Liopleurodon kills a Cryptocleidus.
13th Dec '16 3:53:59 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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Some animals (or certain groups of animals) have a tendency to be depicted in media always doing a certain activity. Cheetahs are always running, humpback whales are always breaching, and [[CockADoodleDawn roosters are always crowing at dawn]]. Can be justified when it's to highlight the most prominent characteristic of the animal, or if the animal really does spend a considerable portion of its time engaging in its stock behavior. Oftentimes, however, it leaves the impression that the species spends ''all'' of its time engaging in its stock activity and overshadows its other behaviors. See SomewhereThisIndexIsCrying if the animal doesn't actually engage in its stock behavior in RealLife, or only does so rarely.

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Some animals (or certain groups of animals) have a tendency to be depicted in media always doing a certain activity. Cheetahs are always running, humpback whales are always breaching, breaching and [[CockADoodleDawn roosters are always crowing at dawn]]. Can be justified when it's to highlight the most prominent characteristic of the animal, or if the animal really does spend a considerable portion of its time engaging in its stock behavior. Oftentimes, however, it leaves the impression that the species spends ''all'' of its time engaging in its stock activity and overshadows its other behaviors. See SomewhereThisIndexIsCrying if the animal doesn't actually engage in its stock behavior in RealLife, or only does so rarely.
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