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.
They're weird-looking and mild-mannered, but Asian and African markets can't get enough illegal pangolin scales.
They're the cutest and most curious masked mammals around. But they also have a reputation for being a nuisance. Here's everything you need to know about the raccoon.
Sea otters are adorable, back from the brink of extinction and will totally bite you.
Move over Dracula. These fish, birds and bats really are the vampires of the animal world — and they do need to eat (or suck) blood to sustain life.
The largest eagle in the world has a claw the size of a grizzly bear's, a leg the size of a human's and a very disapproving gaze.
When the Congolese giant toad feels threatened, it can ward off predators by transforming itself into what looks like a super-venomous Gaboon viper.
Whether used in fashion or complicated mating rituals, peacock feathers drive the ladies crazy. But, what happens when a peacock loses his last feather? Will he become a fashion-don't?
Manatees can weigh up to 1,200 pounds and reach 10 feet in length, but they're so gentle and sweet they'll break your heart.
What sea creature looks like a spiny pincushion and is considered a delicacy to gastronomes around the world? Yep, the sea urchin.
They both sting painfully and hate to be disturbed. But is one more aggressive than the other?
The sting of a tarantula hawk is so painful you are advised to lie on the ground as soon as you're stung to avoid falling.
These modern rat snakes have an affinity for barns (and the rodents that live in them). But the myriad of colors makes them a reptile hobbyist's dream.
From ancient times until today, people have been captivated by these iconic, mysterious birds. What is it about owls that makes them the enduring subject of myth and superstition?
It turns out that bobcats do just fine if not actively hunted by humans.
These saltwater clams are the largest on the planet, and some can live as long as 100 years. And despite their, well, looks, they're pretty darn tasty.
The wars between mink species and humans quietly rage worldwide.
Though ol' Wile E. never did catch the Road Runner, coyotes are some of the most ingenious and adaptable animals on the planet.
These impressive and intimidating animals have an illustrious past that helped them wend their way through America and settle in the heartland of the South.
Wolverines, also known as "stink bears" because of the powerful smell they emit, are the ultimate cold weather survivors — cagey, smart and omnivorous.
Groundhogs don't actually make great weathermen, but they are pretty cool in every other respect.
Kinkajous, or honey bears, are generally docile creatures, but they definitely don't mix well with humans.
Black soldier fly larvae will eat almost anything and they taste pretty good themselves, too.
Jackals, formidable members of the canine family, are often portrayed in traditional world folklore as wily tricksters, up to no good. They are actually brilliant survivalists.
They're swimming in water all day so how could they ever get thirsty? The answer might surprise you.
These adorable marsupials look as sweet as their name. But what, exactly, are sugar gliders?
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