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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Honey Bees Beard to Beat the Heat

Bees "beard" together, sometimes to swarm, but usually to keep the hive cool during hot summer weather.

Stinging 'Sea Lice' Invading Atlantic Beaches

Sea lice aren't actually lice — they're jellyfish — but they're no fun when they get in your bathing suit.

Swamp Sparrow: Singing the Same Tune for Generations

The American swamp sparrow has created an oral tradition that's lasted more than a millennium.

Dolphins and Porpoises: They're Different!

Breaking news: Dolphins and porpoises don't actually look very much alike.

Sloths Only Poop Once a Week — But They Make It a Good One

Once a week or so, sloths climb down from their trees and poop on the ground. It feels so good, they do a little dance. But this time of pleasure is also a time of peril.

Chippy, Sniggy and Tiggy: Cutest Goblin Spiders Ever?

The newest goblin spiders hail from Sri Lanka, and they're named after fanciful and fictional goblins and brownies.

Why Mockingbirds Mock

What benefit does one bird get from copying another bird's calls?

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.


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