Wild Animals

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.

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There are three types of ducks: dabbling, diving and perching. Wild ducks are classified based on their habitat and behavior.

By Sascha Bos

Whether out of fear or fascination, you might wonder, what is the largest bat in the world? The flying mammals aren't all petite petite creatures.

By Zach Taras

Owls are captivating birds known for their nocturnal habits, distinctive hooting calls and remarkable ability to hunt in near silence. With about 200 species found worldwide, these birds of prey come in various sizes and colors. Here, we dig in to 10 types of owls.

By Yara Simón

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People often use the terms "bison" and "buffalo" interchangeably when referring to large, wooly animals in the Bovidae family. If you drive by one of the two in a national park you may even be inclined to say, "Buffalo, bison — they're basically the same, right?"

By Sascha Bos

These miniscule, winged insects can be a common sight when the weather turns warm, but they might also leave some people puzzled. After all, ants can't fly — can they?

By Marie Look

What do ducks eat? Not bread — or at least they shouldn't be nibbling on the carb-heavy food. Tossing stale bread into your local pond to feed wild ducks does more harm than good. Learn why you should avoid it entirely and what options are better for these aquatic animals.

By Yara Simón

In 2023, 11-year-old Charlie Clinton from Oklahoma made headlines by catching a pacu — a South American fish known for its human-like teeth — in a pond behind his house, far from its native Amazon habitat.

By Desiree Bowie

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Think you can handle cheetah vs. leopard identification? Despite the similar coats, these big cats are built for very different habitats and hunting priorities.

By Clarissa Mitton

If you're trying to keep opossums out of your trash, you may be asking yourself, "What do possums eat?" Unfortunately, the answer is just about everything.

By Yara Simón

Determining whether you're dealing with a rat vs. mouse infestation is the first step in solving the problem.

By Yara Simón

If the differences between a lamb vs. a sheep has kept you awake at night, the answer to your musings is simple: A lamb is just a baby sheep.

By Sascha Bos

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Bunny vs. rabbit vs. hare: Do you know how to tell these animals apart? Do you know which ones are the same? We give the full rundown.

By Marie Look

Being able to spot a toad vs. frog comes down to understanding their respective habitats. One amphibian is much more adapted to aquatic life.

By Marie Look

Although New Guinea's Papuan olive python is nonvenomous, its color-changing camouflage and mighty constriction make it an excellent hunter.

By Desiree Bowie

You spot a bird of prey, and your friend says it's a peregrine falcon but her partner says it's a hawk. Can you resolve the great hawk vs. falcon debate?

By Sascha Bos

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The highly adaptable amethystine python is a nocturnal predator that's able to make itself at home in tropical rainforest, mountains and other landscapes.

By Desiree Bowie

The Cuban boa finds shelter in trees and gives birth to live young rather than laying eggs. The oldest Cuban boa is over 30 years old.

By Desiree Bowie

Pinning down chipmunk vs. squirrel identification is trickier than you might expect. The differences between the species largely come down to size and habitat.

By Sascha Bos

Learn how to identify coyote vs. wolf tracks, where you can expect to find the species and how their behaviors differ.

By Marie Look

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The yellow anaconda isn't the only snake species to form breeding balls for mating privileges, but it will engage in the ritual for several hours or even days.

By Desiree Bowie

The Indian python was once considered a subspecies of the Burmese python. Now that the former is recognized as its own distinct species, it faces endangerment.

By Desiree Bowie

The king brown snake, also known as the mulga, occupies many regions of Australia and is partial to the most arid regions.

By Desiree Bowie

The African rock python has a diet of large animals that include crocodiles and warthogs. Learn how this giant snake is capable of eating even larger prey.

By Desiree Bowie

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The eastern indigo snake takes advantage of a unique shelter that provides much-needed protection to the endangered species and its young.

By Desiree Bowie

The green anaconda hunts both in water and on dry land, which is even scarier when you realize the snake is capable of eating prey larger than its own body.

By Desiree Bowie