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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Dik-dik: The Tiny Antelope With the Embarrassing Name

The name dik-dik comes from the repetitive 'dik' sound the tiny female dik-dik makes when she feels threatened.

What's the Difference Between a Newt and Salamander?

These two amphibians look similar and are often confused for each other. So how many traits do they share?

The Lemon Shark Is a (Relatively) Friendly Shark

The lemon shark isn't as aggressive as some other sharks and it isn't quite as yellow as its name suggests.

The Serval Stands Tall and Jumps Like A Champion

Servals have long legs and necks, which allow them to spot prey over the tall grasses of the savanna, but their huge ears give them their best weapon — an acute sense of hearing.

Socially Distancing When Ill Is Natural; Just Look at Vampire Bats

Vampire bats do it and so should we: socially distance when ill, that is. That's what a new study found.

9 Enormous Facts About Sperm Whales, Gigantic Creatures of the Sea

Sperm whales are one of the largest creatures in the ocean. And they have the biggest brain on the planet. So are they also the smartest? We'll tell you.

Hognose Snakes Play Dead Like Opossums

These snakes are some of the best reptilian actors you'll ever meet, but don't let the act fool you.

A Greenland Shark Living Today Could Have Been Alive in 1620

This denizen of the frigid deep not only lives a crazy long life, it also can grow up to 24 feet in length and eating its flesh can make humans "shark drunk."

Even Poisonous Sea Creatures Can't Escape the Bobbit Worm's Jaws

Yes, this terrifying worm was named after the infamous Bobbitt case. And with good reason.

Yes, Female Praying Mantises Do Eat Their Mates

The praying mantis is a powerful predator, and not as robotic (or as romantic!) as it seems.

The Blue-footed Booby Dance Gets the Girl Every Time

The blue-footed booby is known as much for its comical mating dance as for its intensely colored blue feet.

The Caracal's Got Super Jumping Game and Satellite Dish Ears

Caracals have really cool ears and can also jump 10 feet in the air from a seated position.

What's the Difference Between a Brown Bear and a Black Bear?

Yes, the obvious fur color seems like a dead giveaway, but you can't always judge a bear by the color of its fur.

Are Mules, Burros and Jackasses All Donkeys?

Are these strong and dependable animals all the same? If so, why the different names? If not, what makes them different?

6 Facts About the Majestic Snowy Owl

From the fictional Hedwig in the Harry Potter series, to those that live wild and free, the snowy owl is one of the most captivating species of owl in the world.

Are Dingoes Dangerous (and Did One Really Eat a Baby)?

These wily canines are probably best known because of the phrase "a dingo ate my baby." But come on. Did a dingo really eat a baby? And do they even attack humans?

Why Does the Kookaburra Laugh?

There's more to Australia's kookaburra than the cheery song you learned as a kid, but what is it that makes the kookaburra laugh?

'Flying' Snakes Are Actually Legless Gliders

To some, the thought of snakes flying through the air is the scariest thought imaginable, but, as we'll explain, flying snakes don't actually fly, they "fall with style."

Yes, Macaws Can Talk (and Say Bad Words!)

Macaws mate for life, can speak human words and have even been known to blush when delighted.

What's the Difference Between a Dugong and a Manatee?

Their mamas may be the only ones who can tell them apart, but there are major differences between these cousins, one being the type of water in which they can survive.

From the Rhino to the Corn: 10 Facts From the Wide World of Rat Snakes

Despite their name, rat snakes don't eat just rodents. This huge family of snakes, which lives on every continent except Antarctica, also eats lizards and amphibians.

The Echidna Is One of the World's Strangest Mammals

From the four-headed male reproductive organ to hosting the world's largest flea and sporting a body covered in spiny hairs, this cute little creature takes the cake for mammalian weirdness.

The Deep-ocean Anglerfish Catches Prey With the Lure on Its Head

Most species of the rarely seen anglerfish live up to a mile beneath the ocean, where the females lure prey with a head-dangling hook appendage and permanently fuse with male suitors. It doesn't get much stranger than that.

Can a Black Widow Spider Kill You?

Black widow spider venom can be deadly but how likely are you to be bitten? It might surprise you that these arachnids are on the shy side.

Don't Mess With the Black Mamba, One of the Deadliest Snakes Alive

One of the most venomous snakes alive, the black mamba warns off encroachment with a fearsome hiss and the ominous flaring of its two cobra-like neck flaps.