The Golden Wheel Spider escapes parasitic pompilid wasps by flipping onto its side and cartwheeling down sand dunes at speeds of up to 44 turns per second.
/r/AwwducationalGrizzly bear cubs often weigh as little as one pound (or 450 grams) at birth. Female grizzlies delay pregnancy until hibernation, and in preparation for this they can gain approximately 400 pounds (or 180 kg). A typical litter size ranges from 1 to 4 cubs every 3 or more years.
/r/AwwducationalNew World flying squirrels, Glaucomys spp., fluoresce bubblegum pink under UV light. Scientists can only speculate as to why.
/r/AwwducationalThe horns of a deer are a weaponized form of bone cancer (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/06/cancer-genes-help-deer-antlers-grow)
/r/AwwducationalNative to Australia, the echidna has spines like a porcupine, a beak like a bird, a pouch like a kangaroo, and lays eggs like a platypus.
/r/AwwducationalWhen the hedgehog encounters a new scent, it will lick and bite the source, then form a scented froth in its mouth and paste it on its spines with its tongue, possibly to camouflage the hedgehog with the new scent of the area and provides a possible poison on its spines, known as annointing
/r/AwwducationalShrews are almost completely blind, so the babies cling to their mothers tail in a conga line. A "shrew-choo train" if you will
/r/AwwducationalBald eagles are well equipped to deal with extreme temperatures. Their adaptations include lowering their nocturnal body temperature, minimizing movement, or communal roosting.
/r/AwwducationalOctopus Wolfi, the smallest octopus species in the world, is smaller than an inch (2.5 cm) long and weighs less than a gram.
/r/AwwducationalThe red panda is listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List. Their population trend is decreasing, likely due in large part to increased human activity in their habitats.
/r/AwwducationalDespite its size, the Cougar not typically classified among the "big cats" because it cannot roar, lacking the specialized larynx and hyoid apparatus of Panthera
/r/AwwducationalGiraffes spend most of their lives standing up; they even sleep and give birth standing up
/r/AwwducationalRadiolarians often find most of their energy in a symbiotic algae, the Zooxanthellae. Here's their microscopic ℜ𝔬𝔪𝔞𝔫𝔠𝔢.
/r/AwwducationalBower of a Satin Bowerbird. Male Bowerbirds build this to attract the female.
/r/AwwducationalDik diks mark their territory by crying and other cute facts about the Dik diks
/r/AwwducationalThe Panther Chameleons have a long prehensile tail which acts as a ‘fifth limb’ and gives them balance when climbing trees. They also have a tongue approx double the length of their body which hits prey at around 0.0030 seconds!
/r/AwwducationalNudibranchs are grouped with snails and slugs in the class Gastropoda. Their bright colors warn predators of the Nudi’s chemical defenses. They do not secrete these chemicals naturally, but obtain them from their food sources, particularly sponges.
/r/AwwducationalThough often called the koala “bear,” this cuddly animal is not a bear at all; it is a marsupial, or pouched mammal. After giving birth, a female koala carries her baby in her pouch for about six months.
/r/AwwducationalDogs are born with front dew claws. Research suggests that they're the least frequently injured digit and removing it nearly doubles a dog's chance of injuring any of the remaining digits.
/r/AwwducationalSword Billed Hummingbird is the only bird species with a bill length that exceeds the body length.
/r/AwwducationalHovering birds such as kestrels have an accessory optic system that is relatively several times larger than most other birds
/r/AwwducationalGannets have several important adaptations for diving; no external nostrils, air sacs in the face and chest under the skin which act like bubble wrapping, cushioning the impact with the water and forward facing eyes for binocular vision. They dive from 30 m (98 ft) up at speeds of 100 kmph (62 mph).
/r/AwwducationalAlthough it has long been thought that reptiles lack the cognitive complexity to engage in play behavior, recent studies have suggested that reptiles from a wide variety of different taxa may benefit from toys and other environmental enrichment
/r/AwwducationalCheetahs Are So Shy That Zoos Give Them Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”
/r/AwwducationalThis is a Golden Tiger. The colour of their fur coat is result of a extremely rare recessive gene.
/r/AwwducationalRed pandas use their tails as wraparound blankets in the chilly mountain heights.
/r/AwwducationalSquirrels have been observed engaging in “deceptive caching.” This is where a squirrel digs a hole and vigorously covers it up again, but without depositing the nut. It seems this is done to throw off potential food thieves.
/r/AwwducationalOnly 1 in 3000 Calicos Are Male Cats. Despite Popular Myth, There Is No Additional Value To Them Being Male, As They Are Sterile.
/r/AwwducationalManatees aren’t endangered anymore fun fact. In my back yard
/r/AwwducationalWhen an infant koala – called a joey – is born, it immediately climbs up to its mother’s pouch. Blind and earless, a joey uses its strong sense of touch and smell, as well as natural instinct, to find its way.