The great horned owl is an avian apex predator. Possibly this bird is the finest predator to have ever lived.
Meet Zoe, the only Golden Zebra know to be in captivity today. Zoe is not an albino, she has a condition called amelanism. Read more about Zoe, the rare golden zebra.
Common Snapping Turtles are perfectly adapted to their environment. Their ecology has worked successfully for them for 40 million years.
The arctic wolves are the least understood or studied wolves out of all the species of wolf on the planet. Living in only the most remote and extreme environments, these predators brave the cold.
The common chameleon is the only species of chameleon that lives in Europe and it can be found in Portugal and Spain. It lives in the Algarve area of Portugal but is threatened by habitat loss.
What snakes live in Indiana? Are any of them venomous and/or dangerous? There are nearly 40 different species and subspecies of snakes that can be found in the Hoosier state. Although three out of the four front-fanged venomous snakes are endangered (Timber Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake) and hard to find, the Copperhead is not. Although many Hoosier snakes are rear-fanged venomous, their venoms don't pose a significant threat to people.
Learn all about the beautiful endangered species that is the Red Wolf, and where you can still see them.
All the essential facts about Southern Black Racers that you might want to know. These snakes are nonvenomous and common throughout the Southeastern USA.
Living in America's Midwest, you may encounter these venomous snakes on your travels. Learn more about these creatures and what to do if you encounter them!
Blow flies are attractive insects that feed on dead and decaying animal matter. Some blow fly maggots, or larvae, are used to help heal human wounds.
Wild horses live in many different parts of the US and Canada. They form herds, eat, and live just like they did in the past. Finding them is easy - protecting them is getting more difficult.
The green tree frog is a southeastern species, yet apparently it is here in upstate New York, at least in this locale.
Learn all about the Black-capped Chickadee, the brave and spunky little backyard songbird who wears a mask!
The black vulture and the turkey vulture are often called "Buzzards." These birds are anything but Buzzards. Buzzards are European birds related to Eagles. Vultures and condors differ from buzzards.
Snow leopards are currently endangered due to various threats, but efforts are being made to save the species.
The Cape buffalo, also known as the "Black Death" or "widowmaker," kills about 200 people per year. However, two people have shown that it is possible to befriend this animal.
The Swan is thought of as a beautiful aquatic bird, that is white. What about the black swan? The black swan bears a completely different color than it's white relative and is just as impressive.
A first in a series of hubs profiling the remarkable and wonderful birds that inhabit the British Isles. This particular hub explores the divers- sometimes known as loons and the magnificently plumaged grebes...
The complete guide to British birds continues with a look at the various species of dabbling ducks that inhabit the British Isles. A dabbling duck is basically a surface feeding duck.
Many animals take to the air to fly or glide. Some 'balloon' thousands of miles on the wind. This page explores the most impressive examples...
Also known as the guigna, the kodkod is the smallest wildcat in South America and perhaps the world. Learn about this fascinating animal and how to tell it apart from its neighbor, the Geoffroy's cat.
Every year tens of thousands of new species of animals are cataloged on this planet, and recent years have been no different. From presidential moths to literary crabs, here are a few of my favorites.
What different species of animals can interbreed and how is it possible? From mules to ligers learn all about hybrids in this comprehensive article.
A guide to the best places in the world to see wild tigers, such as Bengal tigers in India's national parks or Sumatran tigers in Indonesia.
While in flight, at the nectar feeder, fending off intruders, or enjoying a rain shower on a hot summer day, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds constantly communicate and vocalize. Read about these ‘songs’ and you will begin to hear your hummers with different ears.
Once on the brink of extinction, the Eurasian lynx numbers have increased but they still remain critically endangered in certain areas.
Birds are among the most beautiful creatures on Earth. They're also some of the weirdest! Check out these crazy-but-true interesting and fun facts about our feathered friends...you'll be amazed!
The bird family Alcidae evokes images of cold, windswept, ocean escarpments or upwellings miles out to sea. The Pigeon Guillemot, however, is the "Easy" Alcid of tourist traps and public beaches.
Did you know that the peacock actually refers only to the male of the species known as the peafowl. Additionally, the peacock's train is used to attract mates and makes up more than 50% of the peacock's size. Learn more great facts about the peacock in this article.
Photographs of and information about red-bellied woodpeckers in southeastern Louisiana are featured in this article. They are permanent residents of our habitat and we have photographed them throughout the year.
The grey wolf is a longtime foe of mankind, and yet, the grey wolf is also responsible for providing to us our dearest animal friend - the domestic dog. Some people love them as much as others do not.
Svalbard reindeer live on an archipelago near mainland Norway. They are the smallest subspecies of reindeer. Research indicates that they are shrinking in size.
Fishing cats are wild animals that feed primarily on fish and are at ease in water. Unfortunately, their population is in trouble due to habitat destruction.
Elizabeth Kolbert's "The Sixth Extinction" won the 2015 Pulitzer for non-fiction, deservedly, for its blend of places, people, creatures and science. Get the gist in this lavishly illustrated Hub.
IUCN has declared 418 animal species in the Philippines to be either vulnerable or endangered. This article lists the top 50 critically endangered animals in the Philippines.
Evolution has produced a multitude of predators down the ages, but which were the deadliest of all time?
Moray eels and wolf eels have elongated bodies and live on the ocean bottom. They have each developed some very interesting and unusual body features and behaviours.
What separates human language from that of other animals. Can animal communication exhibit some of the qualities, such as displacement and dual patterning, which are said to set human language apart?
Caracal - Adaptations and Facts - The caracal has a number of anatomical and behavioral adaptations that ensure its success in a diverse variety of habitats.
Some of my favorite unusual birds in North Carolina. When you live in NC you don't have to go far to the find the exotic and unusual.
Learn why some birds fly south for the winter while others do not migrate, plus find out how they navigate such long distances and where they go.
The common raven is an intelligent and interesting bird that plays an important role in folklore. The bird is found in many countries and habitats.
Cape Buffalo are known as Black Death and feared and sought after by hunters. Can you tame a Buffalo? Read about my own encounter and learn more about these majectic beasts.
Australia has a reputation for being home to many of the world's most dangerous animals. Here is a top ten list of the most deadly.
Earwigs have a fearsome image but aren't dangerous. They sometimes become garden pests. Natural control methods can be very helpful in dealing with the insects.
There are four species of owls native to North Carolina. These owls and their distinctive calls are captivating creatures.
The Ethiopian wolf lives in Africa at high elevations. It's the most endangered member of the dog family, or the Canidae. The animal faces some serious threats.
Wikimedia Commons A black widow is one of those creepy, crawly pests that you want to pretend does not exist. You have heard all about their reclusive nature, their poisonous bite and the potentially deadly venom from a multitude of sources--but you...
Northern Cardinal birds inhabit most of North America. Photos of the mating and nesting behavior of this striking red bird.
The rapid development of land for use by humans all over Asia poses a serious threat to many animal species, and many Asian governments do too little too late to protect their own environments.
We should be less concerned with being for or against wolves and more concerned with how humans and wolves can better coexist.
Everyone seems to love hummingbirds and are happy to see them when they come to visit - especially these great photographers who have captured them in some stunning pictures.
Exploring the phenomenon of people thinking animals are "sad" in zoos because of the expression on their faces. Can you read an animal's mind by looking at it?
Although an enduring symbol of the American southwest, the roadrunner isn't as common as you might think. If you haven't had the good fortune to have one run across your path, here's an introduction.
The green and the gray tree frog live in the forests and fields of south Louisiana. We have been fortunate to take photographs of both juvenile and adult tree frogs.
The Surinam toad has a strange, flattened body. During reproduction, the female’s skin absorbs the fertilized eggs and the young toads develop under her skin.
Learn some facts about the American Robin and its migration and behaviors, plus view pictures of this early bird of spring.
Cougars and an unidentified large black cougar-like cat have been sighted in North East North Carolina as recently and September 2011.
A fascinating look at the amazing hummingbird, one of nature's most beautiful creatures. The four most common hummingbirds found in Las Vegas and in the Mojave Desert.
The Tasmanian devil is an endangered animal whose population is decreasing. The main reason for the decrease is devil facial tumor disease. Immunotherapy may one day be used to treat the condition.
A look at the diversity of Arizona's Coconino National Forest and some of the wildlife that makes its home there, in the northern part of the state, including the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff
The cheetah is one of the most iconic animals in the world. The cheetah doesn't get the respect or media attention the lion does, but there are only ten thousand left in this world. Save the cheetah.
It might be easy to overlook Dark-Eyed Juncos because of their gray and brown colorations. But it is impossible to overlook their helpful and voracious weed seed and insect-eating appetite. Come discover more about the number one feeder bird in the US!
In this article, I list and give essential facts on the 6 most dangerous snakes in Florida, all of which are venomous and can deliver potentially fatal snakebites. My list includes the Southern Copperhead, Eastern Diamondback, and the Cottonmouth.
Parthenogenesis is the development of an egg into a complete organism without the need for fertilization by a male. This process is responsible for "virgin births" in the animal world and has been recorded in several insect, amphibian, and reptilian species.
What is a snake? Which snake is the most venomous or the longest? How can I identify venomous snakes in the US? These frequently asked questions (faqs) about snakes (and many more) are answered here.
Titanoboa may be the world's largest snake of all time. Let's see if this monstrous beast could still exist in places such as the South American rainforest.
The fact that frogs are amphibians, and go through a fully aquatic tadpole stage, is well known. But did you know that some poison dart frogs feed their tadpoles unfertilised eggs?
The Woodpecker's amazing physical characteristics make it nature's working physical machine. The more you learn about the woodpecker, the more amazed you will be.
In winter, the Narcisse Snake Dens contain the world's largest concentration of red-sided garter snakes. The snakes are non-venomous and are sometimes kept as pets.
The Eastern Wolf is especially rare, found only in and around Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. This article includes facts, photos, and chilling video of an Algonquin Park public wolf howl.
Long before either Abel Tasman or Captain Cook ever set eyes on Australia. The ancestors of today's Aborigines made a tricky sea voyage to an astonishing world full of weird and mighty beasts. This was a world crawling with monstrous marsupials, giant reptiles and huge flightless birds.
Komodo, bearded, and frilled dragons are lizards. They are impressive animals which have features that remind people of the dragons of myth and literature.
The American crow though intelligent, mischievous and resourceful, many people love to hate this bird. Learn why?
Puffins are lovable, cute and clever birds. This article contains lots of fun facts about puffins for kids, and includes some surprises!
Did you know that only 6000 snow leopards are surviving in the wild today? Read more than 50 facts about this amazing creature...
What are the world's rarest and most endangered butterflies? This quick and easy guide tells you all about these beautiful and critically imperiled insects.
Whenever we take a trip into the wilder areas of our planet, we potentially put our lives at risk, often by travelling without taking the time to learn how to deal with dangerous wild animals. This hub gives you all the facts you need to know...
My list of the most dangerous animals in the USA, where I name the animals which are most capable of injuring and, in rare circumstances, killing people.
This article features photos of some of the world's most beautiful and unique birds along with interesting facts about each one!
Different snakes may contain different types of venom compounds, with small-scale shifts in venom composition possible within an individual snake due to age, diet, environment/captivity, and season.
The Malayan tapir is an unusual animal with an extensible and mobile proboscis, or mini-trunk. Despite its size and bulk, this endangered animal can move fast.
False killer whales are slender black or grey dolphin relatives. They are social and acrobatic animals. A stranded calf was rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium in 2014.
Learn interesting facts about the behavior of the blue jay, view pictures, and learn how to keep this bully away from your bird feeder.
Among all the birds there is none to rival the peregrine falcon in its powers of flight and its devastating speed. Even when stationary on a high perch, it seems to embody the essence of freedom.
Snakes are fascinating reptiles that have a wide variety of appearances and behaviors. Some snake characteristics are both strange and surprising.
Some animals absorb chloroplasts or algal cells, which make food inside the animal's body. At least one kind of animal can make electricity from solar energy.
See roadrunner run and catch butterflies to eat. Close up pictures and facts about real roadrunners and how they live.
Southern California's wild parrot population is growing, raising worries that they might be threatening the survival of native birds.
Located in Northern Ontario, Algonquin Park is home to over 2000 black bears. We'll learn about black bears facts, habitat and bust some myths surrounding the black bear.
Many people believe snakes are slippery, sneaky creatures that will strike when you least expect them and, well, those folks are right. But snakes can also have an unusual grace and exotic allure.
Being somewhat of a country boy, from the time I could walk I was being taught how to tell the difference between the 'dangerous' and 'not so dangerous snakes' in the wild. When I was a young child my family lived in a very rural area in Southern...
We might not be able to clone dinosaurs but did you know we are looking into "reverse engineering" them? And cloning more recently extinct animals?
I have been away from HubPages for a while now. My article earlier aticle was followed by surgery, new jobs and a big move. Migrating birders need a plan. Use this checklist when changing flyways.
All about hummingbirds and hummingbird symbolism. The hummingbird is a fascinating little creature, and they are a symbol of joy, hope and happiness among other things. Delve deeper into the mystery of the hummingbird...
Scolopendra cingulata is the name of a particularly dangerous centipede that lives in Europe, around the Mediterranean basin. Be very wary if you spot one, because they can bite and leave a nasty reaction.
Varanus salvator, the Asian water monitor, is one of the most accessible large lizards on Earth. If you know where to look, one can get up close and personal with these giants of the reptilian world
Lions declared endangered in 2015. Read about African conservationist Kevin Richardson and who the main culprits are for the demise of the endangered African lion population.
Rhinos were once widespread in parts of Africa and Asia, but now they are considered to be endangered.
Cooperative behaviour is common and varied among animals. It is traditionally thought that cooperation is carried out to benefit others but recent studies show that it has very selfish roots
Russia's domesticated silver fox experiment gives genetic clues to the process of animal domestication. Wild foxes from fur farms have been domesticated and made available for the pet trade.
Due to the threats encountered by mountain gorillas, it was once thought that they might be extinct by the end of the 20th century. Conservation efforts are helping the species to recover.
I have always wondered, do ducks eat fish? I mean they do float in the pond most of the day, right? Well, it turns out ducks, being the omnivorous foragers that they are, eat just about anything.
Polar bears are a very popular animal, but in spite of this people know so little about them. Here then are some interesting facts about these wonderful bears.
This will answer some questions on the Common Raven, and you will see what a great looking bird this is. Come and enjoy.
Goldfish are interesting fish that have some surprising features. The animals are popular pets. They are found in the wild, where they may become very large.
Some of the most majestic endangered species are the big cats. There are many different cats that are endangered, including: ocelots, jaguars, bengal tigers, and sumatran tigers.
The lion is a multi-cultural symbol of power and strength. But how much do we really know about them? Among the things we know well about them, is their hunting ability. This Hub explores the hunting behaviour of the lion in-depth...
Tadpoles are very different from adult frogs and, after a period of growth, undergo metamorphosis. To change into the adult form, they must develop limbs, lose their tail and gills and remodel their guts and head to change into an amphibian that can live on land.
1. Gorillas are 98.67% human: This one speaks for itself – humans and gorillas share a strikingly similar genetic code. 2. Gorillas maintain families: A gorilla family averages ten members and contains a number of females, children and usually...
Members of the finch family represent all the colors of the rainbow, and more. These seed- and fruit-loving birds literally come in each of the five colors, plus white and black!
Barn swallows are dive-bombing insect eaters that can be both a benefit and a problem. Learn how you can coexist with this common bird.
The American bald eagle is the most majestic and revered of all birds of prey across North America. Honored by Native Americans for centuries, this beautiful bird is perhaps the most famous of all birds of prey.
Top 10 Most Beautiful Animals In The World--These unusual species and wonders of evolution are illustrated with pictures and facts.
Sometimes animals have rather unusual names. Below is a list of some amusing animal names. The list contains their names as males, females, babies and groups. I really found this rather interesting and sometimes really funny.
Learn about the different species of alligators including the only two known living species that exist today: The American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator.
Mole and worm lizards are very unusual reptiles. They have elongated bodies that resemble those of earthworms and have one pair of legs or none at all.
At least 1000 types of fish—and probably many more—produce sounds. These sounds include pops, clicks, purrs, grunts, hums, hoots, rattles, and tinkles.
Magpies currently harbour a reputation as killers of 'innocent' nestlings. But is it a reputation that is deserved? Or is there more to the magpie than meets the eye...
Naked mole-rats have a strange appearance and some very unusual features. Studying the rodents might help researchers to understand and treat human health problems.
The average zoo visitor may wonder what it is that tigers eat in zoos. It is the same as in the wild...meat. In the zoo however the fare varies as does the preparation and presentation.
Blue Jays are not only clever mimics, but highly intelligent birds that love day old bread. They have the reputation for being bully birds, and rightly so. But I don't think there's a prettier sight in the middle of winter than blue jays and cardinals in the snow!
Learn some facts about common songbirds of Pennsylvania and view pictures to help you identify and attract the birds in your backyard.
Have you ever discovered a snake in the wilds of Indiana and wanted to be able to identify it? Use this dichotomous key, which includes the most common physical characteristics of adult snakes.
Many songbirds are known for their colours and sweet melodies. Listen to the songs of beautiful songbirds and learn how these melodies function in courtship and registering territorial presence.
Eurasian Eagle Owls have made a comeback in the UK. Discover some interesting facts about the Eagle Owl; behavior, reproduction, habitat and why the Eurasian may become threatened again.
This contains facts and information about the world’s most deadly animals on land, water, and air. Some are able to live symbiotically with humans while others are better left in the wild.
Have you ever wondering how large the largest birds are? Listed in this article are 5 of the largest birds of prey in Canada, and they are large!
Because of human destruction of their habitats, species whose geographical range is small are at the greatest risk of being endangered. Here you'll find a list of ten of the most endangered animals.
There are many endangered species, including the Siberian Tiger, elephants, leather-back sea turtles, snow leopards,
The Columbian ground squirrel is an interesting animal that is very entertaining to watch. A large population can be found in Manning Park, British Columbia.
Puffins are most people’s favourite sea bird, and Scotland has plenty of great places to view them. Whether you are a visitor or native to Scotland, this article shows you where to go. And it’s filled with cute photos!
The orangutan is one of our closest relatives, and yet we know comparatively little about them. They are an animal, that we need to learn more about, because maybe knowing more about them will helps us understand ourselves better. Hopefully, we can do this before it's too late...
In this guide you will learn easy ways anyone can get started in bird watching and become a birder, even if they are a total beginner!
Just recently my family and I discovered a family of owls living in the oak tree in our backyard. We had seen the father owl perched upon a ladder in our neighbor's backyard the weekend prior to when my husband noticed the whole family hanging out on a branch the following weekend. We both were immediately fascinated by these wise, majestic creatures and so I've been inspired to write a hub about the different types of owls in Florida.
Have you ever wondered why some birds have iridescent patches; or why Northern Cardinals are red; or what makes Blue Jays blue? How dull would life be without the colors that punctuate our lives? Everywhere you look Mother Nature has given us a huge paint box full of colors; and she reserves her most diverse color palette for our backyard birds.
We often run across photos of animals we would like to see out in the wild, and lemurs are some of our favorites. They are endemic to Madagascar, a small island off the coast of Africa.
Part two is finally here! This one has lots of pretty moths, beautiful butterflies, blue birds and the occasional crane thrown in too. Read on to discover even more pretty creatures...
The Carolina Wren is an iconic bird of North Carolina backyards. The small birds make one of the biggest sounds in the birding world.
Saola, a rare species to sight and one of the most critically endangered species in the world, with very little information available about their behaviour and the number of individuals existing
Originally from Africa, the Guinea fowl has been become popular in many countries, not only as a food source but for some of their unusual and quirky habits.
The stripes on that fuzzy caterpillar scurrying across your path may be able to tell you something about the weather.
Do front- and rear-fanged snakes simply differ based on the location of their fangs? No, there are a few other morphological differences related to their venom delivery systems as well.
There's a lot to know about chipmunks—the cute little animals that people love to watch and photograph, but hate when they start digging up a garden or burrowing holes near a house's foundation.
Indigo Buntings are common from southern Canada to Florida and westward to almost California. Their beauty is uncommon. Read below for more information.
While Australia is home to the most animals who will kill you, Japan seems to be home to the most animals that will make you go "d'awww". Here are my top ten favorite wild animals of Japan.
The Copperhead is a dangerous pit viper found throughout the Southern United States. It is the smallest and least deadly of pit viper snakes, and should be avoided, but not killed for no reason.
What do you know about invasive spiders, scorpions and slugs? Introduced species cause big problems in the UK, so find out how the arrived and the effects they have on native species and ecosystems
A brief overview of the Everglades National Park and a look at some of the common, and not so common, bird species found there.
Asian and African golden cats are beautiful animals whose populations are near threatened. The cats are in trouble because of human activity in their habitat.
Surfing the web affords us the opportunity to learn about things that we may be confused about, such as leucistic and albino animals. Some mistakenly assume all white animals have albinism.
Here's a (non-comprehensive) list of ocean animals in alphabetical order. There's always more to explore!
See pictures to help you identify the male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, plus learn facts about its migration and behavior.
The anatomy of the European Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera) is truly amazing, from its hairy eyes to its clawed feet to its barbed stinger. Powerful jaws, two stomachs, 24 "knees," and more.
Large and fascinating birds, American black vultures live in the southern USA and are common in Central and South America.
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds make their home in a backyard nesting box. Photos of bluebirds, bluebird nests and baby bluebirds included. Tips on attracting bluebirds to your backyard.
Here's a look at the Oklahoma state bird, the Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, along with Deb Hirt's one of a kind photos. Come take a walk with her into the world of this beautiful bird.
Some of the coolest, most fascinating organisms are just now being discovered by scientists, and not only at the bottom of the ocean, either.
Tigers are beautiful and amazing animals and their numbers are dropping in the wild. There are only two species of tigers left in the world and several others that have already been extinct.
Most venomous snakes can be quickly distinguished from other non-venomous snakes with a practiced eye. They share characteristics that will readily stand out once you've come to recognize them.