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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The Brown Recluse Spider: Its Reputation Is Worse Than Its Bite

Ninety percent of brown recluse bites don't have any effect at all — but the mythology around these creatures and their bites is legendary.

Rules for Keeping a Pet Chinchilla

These adorable little rodents are popular as pets, but they require some special care.

Will the Real Banana Spider Please Stand Up?

Is the "banana spider" you're looking at the one that sits around harmlessly catching flies, or could its bite kill a small child? If we rely solely on common names, this question is complicated.

6 Reasons Monkeys Should Never Be Pets

It may seem like just the cutest thing in the world to you, but owning a pet monkey is a really bad idea. Here's why.

How Did Weasels Get Such a Bad Rap?

These little critters are super cute, so why do they have a reputation for being one of the worst of the mammal world?

Alpacas Are Totally Not Llamas

Alpacas are highly intelligent and they're not pets. They require a lot of research and specialized knowledge if you plan to bring a few home.

That Blob on the Beach Is Sea Pork

Is that a dolphin pancreas? Some extremely firm manatee vomit? Nope, it's sea pork!

Honey Badgers Don't Care Because They're Ferocious

Because most of what we know about honey badgers comes from a three-minute comedy video, there are a lot of misconceptions about these wily weasels.

Coconut Crabs: Crustaceans on Steroids

The biggest land-dwelling arthropod can crack into everything from coconuts to carcasses, but they're also really vulnerable.

Don't Get Bitten by the Kissing Bug

These nasty little bugs have been reported in 28 U.S. states and can cause an illness called Chagas disease.

Camel Spiders: Murderous Speed Demons of the Desert

These arachnids are aggressive, unbelievably fast and love to murder ants for no reason, but don't worry — they're harmless.

How Many Legs Does a Millipede Really Have?

If you think the answer is 1,000, you're way way off.

Don't Be Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders might find their way into your house and can look threatening, but they're really harmless.

Hedgehogs: Adorable, But Not Good Pets

Sure, hedgehogs are cute as heck, but do you think one really wants to live in your house?

Blobfish: World's Ugliest Animal or Someone's Grandpa?

The blobfish is actually pretty average looking in its normal habitat.

The Great Squirrel Debate: To Feed or Not to Feed?

There doesn't seem to be much of a gray area. Most people are a hard yes or yard no.

Opossums: So Darn Ugly They're Adorable

Sure, opossums eat out of your trashcan, but they're also strange little superheroes.

Hummingbirds: What to Feed Them and a Springtime Q&A

There's a lot of conversation around what we should be feeding our backyard hummingbird visitors, so we threw the question, along with others, to an expert.

Monarch Butterfly Population Blooms This Year

After years in decline, monarchs made a spectacular comeback in 2019. Why's that — and will it continue?

How Did Snakes Lose Their Legs?

Snakes and lizards share a common ancestor, and snakes still have the genetic coding for legs and feet. So where did those appendages go?

Why Is Cashmere So Expensive?

Your favorite cashmere sweater is super-soft and luxurious. It probably cost you an arm and leg, too. Here's why.

Wallace's Giant Bee, World's Largest, Rediscovered

The world's largest bee, lost to science for 38 years, has been rediscovered on a remote island in Indonesia.

Golden Snub-nosed Monkeys Share Nursing of Young

A group of researchers in Shennongjia National Nature Reserve discovered that these female monkeys are essentially happy to feed each other's offspring.

Flying Squirrels Glow Hot Pink in UV Light

Perhaps it's a mating signal. Or meant to confuse owls and other predators. Or maybe it's just for looks.

Why Flies Prefer Honey to Vinegar

There's an old saying that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. Scientists have now found out why sour tastes are so repellent to flies.


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