Meet the Persian horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides). The snake, which lives in the western portions of Iran, is commonly referred to as the spider-tailed viper because of the strange spider-like structure attached to its rear end. By shifting its tail back and forth, the snake is able to create an incredibly realistic illusion of a spider moving around. The viper uses this unique adaptation to lure in creatures like birds that see a spider as a tasty snack. When the unsuspecting victim moves in to
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On Thursday (6/18), German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks announced that the country would be turning 62 former military bases into protected nature preserves that will provide sanctuaries for some of the country’s rarest birds. According to Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, the protected areas will also provide critical habitat for a number of threatened species, including beetles, bats, woodpeckers and eagles. In total, the newly protected area will cover 76,000 acres of land, from forests and meadows to moors and marshes. The new additions represent
The worldwide population of tigers has been devastated over the past century, dropping by a staggering 97%. Today, only about 3,200 tigers remain in the wild. There is one place where tigers are thriving though: the United States. With roughly 5,000 tigers living in captivity, the U.S. has the single largest population of captive tigers in the world. You might assume that most of these tigers are living in zoos or nature preserves, but that is simply not the case.
If you ever find yourself in the rainforest of Australia between the months of June and August, you might come across one of the most unique courtship displays you’ve ever seen. During this peak mating season, male lyrebirds pull out all the stops to try to attract females. After finding a good open spot for their courtship performance, the males fan out their impressive tail plumage and begin singing. What does a male lyrebird’s song sound like? Well, that depends on what other birds he’s
An image surfaced on Reddit last week of a fish with a unique contraption attached to it. The image was posted by Reddit user leability with a caption reading… “Goldfish “wheelchair” for a fish that had trouble staying upright.” The somewhat odd yet inspirational image quickly gained attention, and many people began wondering why the fish was having trouble swimming on its own in the first place and if the device was really helping. A few theories have surfaced, according to Bored
A sea turtle who injured his beak in a boat propeller accident has just been fitted with a metal replacement jawbone that was crafted using a 3-D printer. According to Fox News… “Staff at the Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center at Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey, nursed the injured 99-pound sea turtle back to health, but they realized the reptile would need a new beak if it was ever going to be self-sufficient at sea, as its jaws had been
Researchers have discovered fossilized remains of a new species of bird that’s challenging much of what we know about the origin of modern birds. From Time… “The Archaeornithura meemannae lived roughly 130.7 million years ago in northeastern China, about 6 million years before the previously thought origin of modern birds, according to the researchers who published their findings in Nature Communications.” The fossil has more in common with modern birds than any other found from this era. The new species belongs to the evolutionary branch Ornithuromorpha, which
Researchers in Britain have estimated that a tortoise named Jonathon is at least 182 years old, making him the oldest known land creature alive in the world today. According to The Telegraph… “Born in 1832 at the latest, he has plodded through two world wars and numerous revolutions, outlasting all his human companions. He was even photographed, looking rather elderly, with a prisoner during the Boer War, which ended in 1902.” The tortoise was brought to his current home, the British territory of St.
There’s few things in this world that can ruin your day faster than a fresh pile of dog crap. Besides the grossness factor, dogs’ fecal matter also carries harmful bacteria and parasites that can make people (especially children) very sick. One London borough has had enough of people failing to clean up after their pooches. The borough of Barking and Dagenham — yes, that’s it real name — has announced plans to begin fining the irresponsible owners. To do this, the borough is partnering with a U.S.-based
Jaguars are typically known for hunting prey in the dense jungle. However, unlike most cats, jaguars are also rather good swimmers, and will often take to the water to hunt aquatic prey like fish, turtles and even caiman crocodiles. Last week, a video emerged online that shows a jaguar swimming and feeding underwater. According to The Telegraph… “The video, which was originally uploaded to image-sharing site Imgur, quickly racked up more than 2 million views.” Like many others, Vince Pinto — the YouTube user