Habitat: Throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific Status: Not Listed Starfish. When you hear the word you probably harken back to your childhood, running along the beach plucking these darling little creatures from their stone homes. Well, I’m about to shatter that idyllic image of the starfish. Enter the Egyptian Starfish, Gomophia egyptiaca or, as I like to call it, the Demonic Starfish. Of course there’s nothing “more demonic” about this guy than your ordinary starfish. It still eats by spitting its entire stomach out of its mouth onto its prey, beginning to dissolve the squirming creature on impact. And, like other starfish,...Read More
Author: Carly Brooke
Habitat: South Pacific basin, from Australia to the Society Islands. Status: No Conservation Concerns With a wingspan of only 30mm in length, you’d think it would be hard to impose your judgement on someone. However, the moth Grammodes oculicola is able to achieve a new level of judginess with its too-real-for-comfort eyespots. Of course, the whole point of having eyespots is to frighten the predator away, so this moth has certainly done its job. One look at those wings and I’d hightail it out of there for sure! I wonder if they follow you as you move… you know, like...Read More
Habitat: Australia Status: No Conservation Concerns This is one of the most gorgeous beetles I’ve ever seen. It’s the Rainbow Stag Beetle (Phalacrognathus muelleri) and its metallic exoskeleton looks like its been handcarved from gold, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. It’s so breathtakingly beautiful that a lot of people keep these guys as pets, just so that they can constantly admire this wonderful creature. The males even grow pretty large at just under 3 inches in length and can live up to four years. Like other stag beetles, the Rainbow Stag Beetle uses its formidable jaws to fend off other...Read More
Nature’s a cruel and unforgiving place, and animals do what they have to do to survive. We get that. But there are some creatures out there that resort to tactics that just seem downright cruel and unusual. These animals are so tricky, so sneaky, so conniving that it’s simply shocking. It’s probably unfair to judge these animals from a human perspective, but some of the behaviors below really seem to cross the line right into being just plain mean. 1: Black Herons Make Daytime Night These African waterbirds have an unique and dastardly predation tactic called canopy feeding. They...Read More
Tonight is the night that I become a catvocate for felines across the nation. The premiere of Startup-U on ABC Family airs at 10pm/9c. I’m one of 10 entrepreneurs launching their own businesses … and of course, mine has to do with animals. Pretty Litter is an early detection, diagnostic kitty litter that changes color when illness is detected before symptoms show. Hence, it’s pretty incredible. I had the idea after one of my cats, Nico, came down with an awful bladder infection that my vet told me could had been prevented had we detected it sooner. So, I...Read More
Researchers are thrilled to have discovered the first known venomous frogs in the world. One of them is not so thrilled, however, with how they found out one of the frogs was venomous. When Carlos Jared of the Butantan Institute in São Paulo, Brazil, picked up a Brazilian hylid frog (Corythomantis greeningi, pictured) while doing fieldwork in a jungle in the Goytacazes National Forest near the southwest coast of Brazil, the frog swept the spines hidden within its upper lip across his hand. For the next 5 hours he experienced agonizing pain coursing through his arm. It was later determined that...Read More
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