Imagine a creature that can extend its bones through its hands as deadly claws. No, it's not a rip-off of Marvel Comic's superhero Wolverine. We are talking about a true-to-life marvel of nature known as the horror frog. Found in Central Africa, the horror frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is also known as the hairy frog or... Continue Reading →
As improbable as it may sound, a gathering of puffins is known as an “improbability.” Check out this article by our friends at Science Alcove for more improbable-but-true fun facts about this amazing bird. For interesting classifications of other animals, click here.
Cats may not be particularly fond of water, but they are not intimidated by it -- not even salt water. While a person will become more thirsty as a result of drinking seawater, a cat can lap up as much of it as it wants, and its super-efficient kidneys will filter out all of the... Continue Reading →
We all know that passing gas in public sends a message. Usually that message is unwelcome. Among herring, however, communicating through flatulence may not be as fishy as it sounds. A study published in Biology Letters by researchers Ben Wilson, Robert S. Batty, and Lawrence M. Dill determined that herring send messages through bubble emissions from their... Continue Reading →
The tuatara, a New Zealand reptile, stands out in several different ways: They have a third eye on the top center of their heads. They have two rows of teeth on the top of their mouths that overlap the single row of teeth on the bottom. They are able to hear, even though they have no... Continue Reading →
The mantis shrimp may not be the largest creature in the ocean (hey, it's a shrimp, after all), and its appearance can be a bit on the flamboyant side, so you probably wouldn't count on it being much of a prizefighter. Appearances are often deceiving, though. This little guy may be in the lightweight division,... Continue Reading →