Amazing Pictures of Camouflaged Animals

Many animals use camouflage to hide from predators or ambush prey. This is basic, elementary life science. But there is more to camouflage than the revelations of a grade-school textbook. … Continue reading Amazing Pictures of Camouflaged Animals

What is the Difference Between a Centipede and a Millipede?

2021 Edit: Narceus americanus is not the largest millipede in North America, but it is among the largest on the continent. I love bugs, but I am afraid I haven’t … Continue reading What is the Difference Between a Centipede and a Millipede?

The Magnificent Artwork of John James Audubon

2021 Edit: The print Oiseaux of the two ibises below is not by Alexander Wilson. The glossy ibis on the left is by Pierre-Joseph Redoute. The white one on the … Continue reading The Magnificent Artwork of John James Audubon

8 Cool Clownfish Facts

Thanks to the popular Disney/Pixar film Finding Nemo, clownfish are among the world’s most popular fish. Scuba divers hope to encounter them, and aquarists hope to own them. But what’s … Continue reading 8 Cool Clownfish Facts

Walking with Dinosaurs: The Cassowaries of Etty Bay

In my travels, I’ve encountered many strange critters. But, in September 2013, about a month after my Mudskipper blog post (my last blog post for well over a year), I encountered a … Continue reading Walking with Dinosaurs: The Cassowaries of Etty Bay

The Loud, Smart, and Beautiful Cockatoos of Australia

Looking more like stars of a 1980s punk band, cockatoos are loud, wacky parrots. If you don’t own one yourself, you’ve probably seen one in a pet store or dancing … Continue reading The Loud, Smart, and Beautiful Cockatoos of Australia

Do Fish Sleep?

Have you ever watched fish swimming around in an aquarium and wondered if they needed sleep? Surely, they have to rest sometimes, right? Well, yes, they do, but it’s not … Continue reading Do Fish Sleep?

Mudskippers: Fish That Can Walk on Land

This is a mudskipper: Adorable little gremlin, isn’t it? These odd fish are members of the goby family, but they’re different from other gobies in a variety of ways. First, … Continue reading Mudskippers: Fish That Can Walk on Land