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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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What's the difference between a snake and a legless lizard?

That slithery, snakelike form that just darted past might not be a snake after all. It could be legless lizard, an animal that evolved from an entirely different line.

Can I Survive a Shark Attack by Gouging Out Its Eyes?

A shark is coming at you. It opens its mouth wide, baring teeth. Will you be able to reach around and poke it in the eyes without losing an arm?

Can playing dead help save me from a shark attack?

If it works for bears, can it work for sharks? If you're swimming alone, it might not be the best idea. But if you're surrounded by scores of thrashing swimmers, playing dead might help you escape the shark's notice.

Can wearing magnets really repel sharks?

Sharks scare us to death. What scares them? Magnets. Researchers have tossed magnets in the water and watched the sharks dart away. But what could be so repugnant about a magnet?

Could ancient Aztecs have held the secret to fending off shark attacks?

Burning ghost peppers is known to ward off elephants. Could chili peppers stave off sharks? The Aztecs thought so and dragged the peppers from strings through the ocean water.

How strong is a shark's bite?

It's scary enough to imagine a shark's toothy jaw snapping at your half-submerged body in the ocean. But the actual impact of its massive mouth clamping down? Surprisingly wimpy.

What's a shark's "yummy hum"?

If your ears picked up on a 40-hertz signal, you might wonder what the annoying sound was all about. But if you're a shark and you hear this "yummy hum," it might mean it's dinner time.

Does light attract sharks?

Scuba divers, leave your bling at home. Don't wear yellow when you swim in the ocean. We hear all sorts of advice designed to keep sharks at bay. But is it legit?

Can flapping fish really attract sharks?

If you want to attract someone's attention, you wave. But sometimes, wildly flailing about can bring the wrong kind of interest. Do flapping fish beckon to hungry sharks?

Are dogs a shark's favorite meal?

Perhaps you prefer a nice filet mignon with a red wine reduction, but according to one source, dogs are a shark's favorite meal. Where do they find pups in the deep?

How Whale Sharks Work

The biggest shark in the world is longer than a school bus. But taking people to sea to swim with these giants has become a big industry.

10 Most Dangerous Places for Shark Attacks

You've heard the stat. You're more likely to be struck by lightning than be attacked by a shark. Still, wouldn't it be nice to know that your next aquatic destination doesn't fall on this list?

How Pygmy Sharks Work

Not all sharks are the gigantic fish we see in popular fiction. The spined pygmy shark gets no larger than 9 inches long. Why don't we know much about them?

How Colony Collapse Disorder Works

Wonder what would happen if everyone you knew disappeared? Don't call the authorities yet. A mysterious condition called Colony Collapse Disorder affects beehives, causing some bee populations to vanish and possibly die.

Will a Shark Drown if It Stops Moving?

Even the most maniacally energetic people can appreciate crashing on the couch occasionally. Can sharks take the same break without dying?

The 10 Most Dangerous Sharks

The most dangerous shark is the one speeding toward you, right? But if you had to pick a shark to swim with, it wouldn't be one of these bad boys.

How Hammerhead Sharks Work

Hammerheads have itty-bitty mouths, a tall dorsal fin and an impressively odd noggin. Why do these creatures of the deep look so strange?

How Angel Sharks Work

You probably keep an eye out for that telltale fin swimming toward you when you hit the beach. Did you ever think that there might be sharks on the ocean floor, too?

Why are goblin sharks called that?

The good news is, you're not likely to meet with one of these creatures on your next beach vacation. If you did, it wouldn't be a pretty sight.

Why are cookiecutter sharks called that?

They look harmlessly small for a shark. But their teeth carve bites out of seals, dolphins and even larger sharks. Guess what shape that bite leaves in the victim?

Ostrich Facts

A large, flightless bird that lives in the dry grasslands of Africa, the ostrich is raised for its feathers and skin in South Africa, Egypt and California. Ostriches form the single remaining species in an ancient, primitive order of birds.

Spider Facts

Studies have shown that you're never more than ten feet away from a spider is and one estimate puts you as close as three feet. Check out some more spider facts.

Flying Fish

A flying fish is a fish with large fins that help it to glide through the air. Most flying fish live in tropical and subtropical areas of the ocean.

Venomous Snakes

The fear of snakes, ophidiophobia, is one of the most widespread phobias in the world. There are many types of harmless snakes, but the venom from some poisonous varieties can kill a person

Hummingbird Facts

When early Spanish explorers first encountered hummingbirds in the New World, they called them joyas voladoras--or "flying jewels." Learn more about hummingbirds and their amazing bodily feats.

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