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.


Crocodiles are known to eat just about anything. But sharks? A scientific team found evidence that they've chowed down on those predators too.

It seems like flying cockroaches want to dive bomb your face. Are they aggressive? Defensive? Or maybe it's all just in your scared ape mind.

Why do squirrels exhibit behavior that can get them killed by cars? And how can you avoid them?

The first new rat species found in the Solomon Islands in 80 years has been uncovered. But due to deforestation of its habitat, very few may still exist.

Don't think you have much in common with a jellyfish? What researchers just discovered may surprise you.

A new study, along with previous research, suggests squirrels use mnemonic strategies to remember where they put the good nuts.

Researchers discover site of 15 gloomy octopus, a species that has previously been known for being reclusive.

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?

Entire colonies of half a million venomous ants are one scary threat following serious flooding.

Today, horses have one huge toe on each leg — but they weren't always that way. Why the single digit now?

Scientists have long known that much of the world's farmed salmon was deaf. Now they know why.

Scientists have known for a long time that goldfish make their own alcohol. Now, they've just discovered how they do it.

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.

How giant squid process visual information has long been a mystery, but a new study finds their visual processing is surprisingly uncomplicated.

Thanks to the excesses of narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar, Colombian waterways now house a population of these invasive African giants.

Sure, these mammals may be cute and cuddly. But that doesn't mean their bite can't pack a punch.

Michael Phelps is racing a shark for TV glory. But does he have a fighting (or swimming) chance?

If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.

Spider silk adds another notch to its belt of amazing properties.

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.

Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.

Eating wild turtles may sound like an easy catch for survival, but it's a bad idea for several reasons.

By frightening top predators, the fear of humans may be distorting ecosystem processes even more than previously imagined.

A new scientific study reveals that the smells unique to meerkat communities aren't produced by the meerkats themselves.

And it's amazing to see if you can finagle a spot at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park viewing in late spring.