Whether they crawl, fly, swim, slither, walk, run or pounce, wild animals rely on their instincts. Read about all kinds of wild animals, mammals, birds, fish, insects, reptiles and amphibians.
New Species of Glass Frog Is So Transparent You Can See Its Heart
Floating Fire Ant Rafts Are Horrifying, Dangerous, Really Cool
Male Cockatoos Woo Their Ladies With Impressive Drum Solos
Scientists Discover Why Half of All Farmed Salmon Are Partially Deaf
New Research Helps Confirm Why Horses Have Single-toed Hooves
What's Up With This Brain-shaped Blob Found in a Canadian Lagoon?
Here's Why You Shouldn't Eat a Box Turtle in the Wild
The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that lives in warm ponds and lakes usually east of the Mississippi River. So what's it doing in western Canada?
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 6, 2017
Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 1, 2017
Today, horses have one huge toe on each leg — but they weren't always that way. Why the single digit now?
By Kate Kershner Aug 31, 2017
Scientists have long known that much of the world's farmed salmon was deaf. Now they know why.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 25, 2017
Scientists have known for a long time that goldfish make their own alcohol. Now, they've just discovered how they do it.
By Alia Hoyt Aug 18, 2017
Due to a quirk in their anatomy, injured hedgehogs can experience skin inflating to the size of a basketball, which can be a painful and life-threatening development.
By Laurie L. Dove Aug 11, 2017
How giant squid process visual information has long been a mystery, but a new study finds their visual processing is surprisingly uncomplicated.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 31, 2017
Thanks to the excesses of narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar, Colombian waterways now house a population of these invasive African giants.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 27, 2017
Sure, these mammals may be cute and cuddly. But that doesn't mean their bite can't pack a punch.
By Kate Kershner Jul 25, 2017
Michael Phelps is racing a shark for TV glory. But does he have a fighting (or swimming) chance?
By Dave Roos Jul 21, 2017
If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.
By Chris Opfer Jul 19, 2017
Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.
By Kate Kershner Jul 18, 2017
The transparent skin on the underside of H. yaku, a species of glass frog found in Ecuador's Amazon, exposes the amphibian's tiny organs.
By Shelley Danzy Jul 12, 2017
Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.
By Alia Hoyt Jul 11, 2017
Eating wild turtles may sound like an easy catch for survival, but it's a bad idea for several reasons.
By Patrick J. Kiger Jun 29, 2017
By frightening top predators, the fear of humans may be distorting ecosystem processes even more than previously imagined.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 28, 2017
A new scientific study reveals that the smells unique to meerkat communities aren't produced by the meerkats themselves.
By Chris Opfer Jun 19, 2017
And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.
By John Donovan Jun 12, 2017
A new genetic analysis clarifies the evolutionary relationships between five modern and extinct elephant species.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 12, 2017
Despite our best efforts at eradicating them, rats keep outsmarting us. Here's how.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Jun 7, 2017
Scientists planted dummy caterpillars across the globe and discovered that when it comes to safety from predation, it's all about location, location, location.
By Jesslyn Shields May 26, 2017
We've learned that young orangutans nurse for much longer than any other mammal, knowledge which could help conservation efforts.
By Jesslyn Shields May 24, 2017
It's the first evidence researchers have of the whales using their "unicorn horns" to capture prey.
By Kate Kershner May 16, 2017
The secrets to ladybugs' wing-folding could yield new designs in flying robots and even newfangled umbrellas.
By Amanda Onion May 15, 2017
In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.
By Kate Kershner May 9, 2017
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