The "ninja" slug is a recently discovered, long tailed slug found in the mountains in Malaysia. It shoots "love darts" at potential mates which pierce & inject the proper hormones that increase its chance of catching the eye, and/or successful reproduction
/r/AwwducationalAtlas moths are one of the largest lepidopterans in the world with an average wingspan of 25 cm.
/r/AwwducationalBumblebees can solve a simple problem; pulling string to get food. They can pick this skill up even quicker by watching other bees perform the task first!
/r/AwwducationalThe pygmy marmoset is one of the world's smallest primates, and is the smallest true monkey, with a head-body length ranging from 117 to 152 mm (4.6 to 6.0 in) and a tail of 172 to 229 mm (6.8 to 9.0 in)
/r/AwwducationalAdult discus produce a secretion through their skin, which the larvae live off during their first four weeks
/r/AwwducationalAn adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away. A lion can roar as loud as 114 decibels, about 25 times louder than a gas-powered lawn mower.
/r/AwwducationalCuvier’s beaked whales are the world’s deepest-diving mammals. Their deep dives average about 1,400 meters, lasting about an hour, while they are feeding near the seafloor.
/r/AwwducationalClearwing butterflies give both sperm *and* poison to the female when mating... this protects her from predators and goes on to protect their eggs too.
/r/AwwducationalThe vibrations and pulses that male fiddler crabs produce when they are trying to lure females into their burrows serve as a type of "Morse code". This tells females about the size and stamina of their suitors.
/r/AwwducationalSeals can be differentiated from Sea lions by a variety of Factors including the lack of external Ears
/r/AwwducationalThe golden snub-nosed monkey is is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. It is an endangered species due to habitat loss: today, its population Population estimates range from 8,000 to 15,000
/r/AwwducationalPisttacosaurus might have had babysitters. The babies also would have walked on all four because their front legs would grow quicker than their back legs, this is all well known knowledge of Psittacosaurus because we have many fossil recordings of the Psittacosaurus.
/r/AwwducationalMictyris longicarpus, the light-blue soldier crab are called like this because they form into large "armies" which traverse the beach at low tide, before the crabs dig into the sand to wait for the next low tide
/r/AwwducationalFrogs will vomit out their entire stomach, use their feet to clean the toxins from it, and then swallow it whole once finished.
/r/AwwducationalWarthogs living in Uganda have learned to rid themselves of annoying ticks by seeking out the grooming services of some accommodating neighbors: a group of mongooses looking for snacks
/r/AwwducationalPraying Mantis have five eyes. The two large compound eyes are for detecting movement. The other three in the middle of their head help detect light
/r/AwwducationalDolphins regularly eat things as small as minnows and shrimp
/r/AwwducationalAn excellent climber, the Alpine Ibex's preferred habitat is the rocky region along the snow line above alpine forests, where it occupies steep, rough terrain at elevations of 1,800 to 3,300 metres
/r/AwwducationalSome snakes, like the boa constrictor, give live birth and their young come into the world in an amniotic sac
/r/AwwducationalGeckos "drink" from their eyes. In fact most geckos cannot blink, but they often lick their eyes to keep them clean and moist. They have a fixed lens within each iris that enlarges in darkness to let in more light
/r/AwwducationalAs funny as it may look, this is actually an act of aggression used to intimidate its foes. A skunk does this to appear larger and show off its bold markings – basically acting as a last warning before it sprays its notorious musk
/r/AwwducationalBaby hippos can weigh up to 100 pounds at birth, and are able suckle from mama underwater. Even though they spend an average of 16 hours submerged in water, hippos (both baby and adult) can't swim in the traditional sense of the word. Instead, they push off the bottom and 'float' around!
/r/AwwducationalWhale milk is some of the richest milk available to any mammal. A baby whale will drink 150 gallons of it a day to sustain its dramatic growth
/r/AwwducationalGalagos also called bush babies spend a large portion of their play engaging in “following-play”. During following-play, two bush babies will chase each other through the trees. The younger ones stay in constant contact with each other.
/r/AwwducationalDid you know? Elephants have 2,000 genes dedicated to smell—more than twice the number of olfactory genes in domestic dogs and five times more than humans.
/r/AwwducationalOwls bob and weave their heads to improve their depth perception. An owl’s eyes are in fact fixed in position. The owl’s varied head movements help it judge the position and distance of things around it — essentially, to triangulate on objects
/r/AwwducationalAny love for baby coral? These are being transplanted en masse via a sea-robot to repair the Great Barrier Reef. They grow slow, 0.5-1 inch per year on average. It can take 10,000 years to grow into a reef.
/r/AwwducationalThe climbing ability of the Alpine ibex is such that it has been observed standing on the sheer face of a dam, where it licks the stonework to obtain mineral salts
/r/AwwducationalIn honor of Super Owl Day: Screech owls in Texas have been spotted taking a species of small, blind snake into their nest, and keeping them as 'pets'. They do this during nesting season, so the snake can eat the parasites and insects that might harm the chicks.
/r/AwwducationalCheetah cubs in the wild have a very high mortality rate . Original photo taken last July in The Mara , Kenya.