A collection of bizarre creatures and facts about their kind.
The bongo is the largest and heaviest species of forest antelope.
When adult male ribbon eels reach full size, they begin to transition to females and their color changes to yellow.
Hawaiian monk seals are known for getting eels stuck in their nose. Scientists aren’t sure why.
Margays are the only cats with ankle joints that can rotate well enough to climb headfirst down vertical trees.
African painted wolves (aka wild dogs) only allow the alpha female to breed. All pack members, related or not, help raise the puppies.
The American woodcock has a funny walk that tricks earthworms (their prey) into thinking it is about to rain, which makes them come to the surface.
Clingfish got their name due to their ability to firmly attach themselves to surfaces.
Axolotls can regenerate parts of their limbs, brains, and spinal cords.
Certain types of caterpillars march toward their pupation site. This is where they bury themselves on the soil and form cocoons.
The distinctive ‘horn’ on Narwhals are actually tusks that are a form of modified tooth in the upper left side of the jaw.
Hawaiian monk seals are the only seal endemic (native to/only found) on the islands.
Rats let out a high-pitched giggle if they’re tickled and happy.
Flamingos are a whitish gray when they are younger, and gradually turn pink as they age due to their diet.
The grasshopper mouse hunts scorpions, and can turn the venom into a painkiller. They howl like wolves when laying claim to their territory.
British Columbia wolves are also called ‘sea wolves’ because 90% of their food comes from the sea. The wolves swim several miles every day to catch their prey.
The Indian giant squirrel is known for its purple and orange markings. Unlike ground squirrels, they store food high up in treetops.
The bat-eared fox (aka Otocyon megalotis) is a type of fox found in Africa. The species is named after it’s large ears, which are used for thermoregulation.
Ring neck snakes grow up to 15 inches long. They are mildly venomous to humans.
The tiger quoll is a carnivorous marsupial native to Australia. They have the second most powerful bite relative to body size of all living mammalian carnivores. The first is the Tasmanian devil.
Kangaroo pregnancies are technically 28 days long. This is the shortest pregnancy period of all mammals.
The incredibly colorful pink-necked pigeon disperses fruit and seeds into forests and contributes to the growth of plant species in the area.
The Luzon bleeding-heart birds are a species of ground dove that basically look like they’ve just been shot in the chest.