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Skinks Defend Themselves by Sticking Their Tongues Out

Skinks Defend Themselves by Sticking Their Tongues Out

These unique reptiles open gaping pink mouths and wag their bright blue tongues to scare away predators — often with astounding success. Blue tongued skinks are native to Australia and persist primarily in...

Snorkeling Turtle is the Weirdest in the World

Snorkeling Turtle is the Weirdest in the World

The mata mata is a peculiar sedentary turtle with a long leaf-like head that hardly moves, snorkels for air, and vacuums up food. Mata-mata turtles are endemic to freshwater streams in South America,...

Boxer Crabs Have an Unusual Relationship With Sea Anemones

Boxer Crabs Have an Unusual Relationship With Sea Anemones

Image: Facebook Boxer crabs feed sea anemones in exchange for defense from danger — serving as a prominent example of symbiosis in the animal kingdom. Lybia tessellata is a tiny crustacean native to...

Humans Wiped Out Timeless Cat From Ages Past

Humans Wiped Out Timeless Cat From Ages Past

The majestic Caspian tiger that once roamed the expansive corridors of Central Asia was recently driven to extinction — and humans are to blame. The Caspian tiger was one of the biggest cats to...

Scientists Help Rare Sawfish Species Give Birth in the Wild

Scientists Help Rare Sawfish Species Give Birth in the Wild

Earlier this week a team of scientists in a protected region of the Bahamas participated in an astounding event — the birth of young sawfish from a rare endangered species. Sawfish are known...

This Kitten-Sized Fox is Both Capable and Captivating

This Kitten-Sized Fox is Both Capable and Captivating

The fennec fox is the world’s smallest canid, but has surprisingly few predators and is adapted to survive in the harshest environmental conditions. Vulpes zerda is an omnivore native to the scorching Sahara...

Invasive Burmese Python Crushes Native Florida Alligator

Invasive Burmese Python Crushes Native Florida Alligator

Burmese pythons may not be native to the Sunshine State, but they are dominating the ecosystem in a major way — killing off many of its smaller predatory species. Burmese pythons are the...

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