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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Changing Livestock Feed Might Help Save the Planet

Could such a simple change make a major impact? A new study says it's possible.

Toxic Toad Threatens Madagascar's Biodiversity

Watch out if you want a bite of this bad boy. The Asian common toad has been spotted in Madagascar, and conservation ecologists are worried sick about it.

Vampire Squid Don't Actually Suck Blood

You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't tell a squid by its Nosferatu getup.

Sea Spiders Breathe Through Pores in Their Legs

Sea spiders don't do anything by the book, and researchers have just gotten to the bottom of how they breathe.

It's Gardening Season: 5 Tips to Keep Squirrels Out

Once you accept squirrels aren't going anywhere, you can apply a more creative approach to keeping the critters away from your prized tomatoes.

American Crows and Ravens: What's the Difference?

It's easy to mistake a crow for a raven or vice versa. But the two birds are actually pretty different.

Sharks Dig Jazz? Not So Fast

A new study seems to suggest that sharks prefer jazz to classical music but the researchers set us straight.

Eternal Sunshine of the Snail Mind?

Researchers have successfully used RNA to transfer a memory from one sea snail to another.

African Ant GPS Finds Fastest Route Home

African Matabele ants always take the quickest route back to headquarters, which may not be the shortest path.

What the Cluck? How a Hen Turned Into a Rooster

Spontaneous sex reversal in chickens is pretty rare, but it does happen. Find out how Miss Lucille became Mr. Lucille.

Your Bed Has More Poop Than a Chimp's

Think your bed is cleaner than a chimp's? Researchers at North Carolina State University set out to find the answer.

Deadly Chlamydia Threatens Koalas Down Under

Koala populations in Australia are in decline, in part due to the ravages of chlamydia, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.

Toxic Caterpillars Invade London

Oak processionary moth caterpillars can trigger allergic reactions causing everything from eye irritation to anaphylactic shock.

Sea Slugs Go Solar by Stealing From Algae

By incorporating algae into their bodies, these beautiful sea slugs become one of the few animals with the photosynthetic ability of a plant.

How Do Snails Get Their Shells?

Snails can't pick and choose their shells like hermit crabs can. In fact, eviction means death. So how do those hard shells form over snails?

Exploding Ants Kill With Toxic Goo

So-called "exploding ants" protect their colony and its territory by rupturing their bodies and sending out a sticky stream of poisonous gel.

Scientists Closer to Developing a Bee-friendly Pesticide

Scientists have identified a substance responsible for breaking down pesticides in bees, which will help them come up with a bee-friendlier bug spray.

It's a Bird! It's a Spider! It's Pelican Spider!

The pelican spider would just as soon eat another spider as look at one.

A Smart Lemur Is a Popular Lemur

It pays to be brainy when you're a ring-tailed lemur.

She Mates, She Kills — and That's OK With Male Brown Widows

Male brown widow spiders stubbornly court the oldest females they can find, though younger females are more fertile and far less dangerous.

We Need to Know Why the Female Bird Sings

Most of the scientific attention to birdsong has been paid to the male of the species. But many female birds sing too — and scientists are starting to understand how important it is to study them as well.

Platypus Milk: Our Best Hope Against an Antibiotic-Resistant Future

The platypus may look a bit absurd and bizarre, but its milk might hold the secret to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Nutria: River Rats Only a Mother Could Love

Nutria are jumbo-sized rodents that reproduce and eat at a jumbo-sized pace.

Ants Rescue and Treat Wounded Comrades

A species of termite-hunting sub-Saharan ants tend to their wounded.

Cuttlefish, Masters of Camouflage, Have Newly Discovered Super Power

Cuttlefish can avoid detection by holding a disguise for long periods of time.


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