Animals & Nature

White goat with blue sky. Farm animal
Which Animal Is the Smartest?

Determining the most intelligent animals can lead to debate—and some surprises.

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bird. pigeon. carrier pigeon or messenger pigeon, dove
Fightin’ Fauna: 6 Animals of War

If one really wants to stand out in the crowded field of militarized fauna, you need to get a bit exotic.


Editor's Picks

Fish. Lionfish. Lion-fish. Turkey fish. Fire-fish. Red lionfish. Pterois volitans. Venomous fin spines. Coral reefs. Underwater. Ocean. Red lionfish swims by seaweed.
10 of the World’s Most Dangerous Fish
Don’t let their innocent fishy faces fool you.
Leaves are silhouetted against an orange and yellow sky with twilight. (plants, petioles, nature)
Do Plants Emit Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide at Night?
Most plants release only one gas at night, but there are exceptions.
Scorpion, (order Scorpiones or Scorpionida), any of approximately 1,500 elongated arachnid species characterized by a segmented curved tail tipped with a venomous stinger at the rear of the body and a pair of grasping pincers at the front. Although scorpions are most common and diverse in deserts,
Pine cones of a Sugar Pine (Pinus lambertiana) longest cone of any conifer on a pine tree, June 9, 2003. pine cone.
The 7 Best Pinecones (Really!)
Not just for glitter or birdseed.
redback spider
Redback, (Latrodectus hasselti), species of comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) that is native to Australia, the females of which are venomous and distinguished by an orange or red stripe on the back of the abdomen. The body colour of males and females typically is brownish or black, and both
Mosquito on human skin.
10 Deadly Animals that Fit in a Breadbox
Tiny terrors of the animal kingdom.
Female meadow adder snake (Vipera ursinii) Also called meadow viper or Ursini's viper. Reptile venomous poisonous tongue
What’s the Difference Between Venomous and Poisonous?
Why eating snakes is generally safer than eating frogs.

Spotlight: Brown Bears

These shaggy-haired bears, native to Europe, Asia, and North America, include species such as the Grizzly and the Kodiak bear, which weighs up to 720kg (1,600 pounds) and is often considered the world's largest carnivore. 


Lion (panthera leo)
Deadliest Animals Quiz
Do you know which species of shark is most likely to attack a human? Or what animal has the strongest bite?
Sunflowers growing in a field
Name That Flower!
Can you tell the difference between a lilac and a hyacinth?
Red and yellow cherry tomatoes, some forming a question mark, against a light blue background. (organic, fruits, vegetables)
Fruit or Vegetable? A Quiz
How to be a smarty-pants in the produce aisle.
The cheetah is the fastest land animal over short distances. It has become an endangered species in Africa, and is almost extinct in Asia. Cheetah mother with young. Cheetah cubs
Moms of the Animal Kingdom Quiz
The mother of all animal quizzes.


Consider what makes the Komodo dragon's bite lethal and explore its Indonesian habitat
Consider what makes the Komodo dragon's bite lethal and explore its Indonesian habitat
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