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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How Mosquitoes Work

In 2005, there were 3,000 verified cases of West Nile Virus in the U.S. alone, and we can probably expect even more this year. This mosquito-borne disease keeps popping up. Find out all about mosquitoes.

How Bats Work

Think you know what bats are all about? Chances are you're operating under at least a couple of misconceptions. Sort out the facts from the myths and see what makes bats so unique.

Do whales and dolphins sleep?

Do whales and dolphins sleep? I know they have to come to the surface of the water periodically to breathe, so wouldn't they die if they dozed off?

How Do Oysters Make Pearls?

Oysters can create pearls from a single grain of sand. How exactly does an oyster create a pearl, and what is the difference between a natural pearl and a cultured pearl?

How Sharks Work

The oldest shark fossils date from more than 300 million years ago, before the dinosaurs. A few species have kept the same physical characteristics for more than 150 million years. How have they survived so well?

How do flies breathe?

Insect respiration is very different from that of a human. Insects do not have lungs that deliver oxygen to all of the cells in their body. So how exactly do flies and other insects breathe then? Find out the answer to that question in this article.

How do fireflies light up?

When flickering fireflies light up the summer night, they’re not showing off – they’re talking to each other. How do these insects make their abdomens glow?


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