The cereal leaf beetle is a small grain pest native to Europe and Asia. The larva have a unique defense mechanism to avoid being eaten – they smear a covering of excrement over their body so they taste bad to predators.
/r/AwwducationalScientists have already observed that rats will voluntarily share food with other rats who are hungry. A new study now suggests that they do so not just based on what the other rat does, but also on how it smells.
/r/AwwducationalThe Long-eared Jerboa has the biggest ears on Earth (relative to it's size) They are two-thirds as long as its body!
/r/AwwducationalMeerkats are part of the mongoose family and can live up to 14 years. Diet includes beetles and scorpions. The also love to relax in the sun.
/r/AwwducationalThe rhinoceros viper (Bitis nasicornis) is found in the forests of West and Central Africa.This colorful viper is considered to be one of the most venomous snakes in Africa, producing both a neurotoxic as well as hemotoxic venom, although very few cases of human envenomation have ever been reported.
/r/AwwducationalLegendary giant squid’s genome revealed - mysterious creature may be hugely intelligent
/r/AwwducationalThe Corvid Family (not to be confused with Covid) is a diverse family of birds that includes magpies, crows, ravens, jackdaws, and even colorful jays.
/r/AwwducationalLike most eagles, the Philippine eagle is monogamous. Once paired, a couple remains together for the rest of their lives. Their egg is incubated for 58 to 68 days after being laid.
/r/AwwducationalIf distressed, the Rinkhals spreads its hood and sprays venom. It is also known to fake death by rolling onto its back with its mouth agape.
/r/AwwducationalCaecilians are animals that resemble earthworms, but are actually limbless amphibians
/r/AwwducationalThe ʻakiapōlāʻau (Hemignathus wilsoni) is a species of honeycreeper endemic to the island of Hawaii, where it inhabits the higher elevation forests to avoid mosquitoes. It is the only bird species on the island to occupy the woodpecker niche, using its long bill to pry away bark to find insects.
/r/AwwducationalThe Scalloped Grass Yellow are fairly small butterflies. Despite their name, none of their caterpillars feed on grasses. The name is derived from the fact that most species are found in disturbed grassy habitats.
/r/AwwducationalSpiky Worm’s Ancient ‘Death March’ Might Be Earliest Known Animal Journey on Earth
/r/AwwducationalThe Okapi's closest realative is the giraffe. Okapis were descovered in 1901. Unfortunately, they are now endangered.
/r/AwwducationalThe Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus), native only to the Mary River in Australia, is known for the algae sprouts that often grow on its body and head. Remarkably, the turtle can breathe out of gill-like glands in its cloaca, used for both mating and excretion, and stay under water up to 3 days.
/r/AwwducationalThe Nicobar pigeon is found on small islands and in coastal regions from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India, east through the Malay Archipelago, to the Solomons and Palau.
/r/AwwducationalThe Arabian sand boa (Eryx jayakari) has eyes positioned on the top of its head rather than on the side so it can still see when buried in the sand
/r/AwwducationalLong-eared hedgehogs (Hemiechinus auritus) are native to the arid deserts and steppes of the Middle East and Central Asia, where they typically live in burrows. Their ears are much larger than those of other species of hedgehogs and are considered an adaptation for heat radiation in desert climates.
/r/AwwducationalThe American woodcock has the largest visual field of not only any bird, but of any terrestrial vertebrate because its large eyes are set far back and high on its head, causing its brain to be flipped upside down. It rocks back and forth while foraging and eats its body weight in worms every day.
/r/AwwducationalThe Common Crow Butterfly has a strong scent that may allow predators to identify it as inedible. It also produces (from chemicals in its food plants) toxins so strong that eating just one butterfly may induce a bird to vomit. However, not all birds are sensitive to the toxins.
/r/AwwducationalThe big-headed turtle of SE Asia has a skull of solid bone that is so large in proportion to its body that it cannot be withdrawn into its shell for protection. It has legs covered with large scales and a tail that is very long and muscular, the longest tail relative to body size of any turtle.
/r/AwwducationalThe "Spider-Man Lizard" or the Mwanza flat-headed rock agama is found in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya. Only the male is so brightly colored: head, neck, and shoulders are bright red, while the body and tail are dark blue. Males are known to have several breeding partners and are highly territorial.
/r/AwwducationalNewborn gorillas only weigh about 3 to 4 pounds. That's about half the average of human babies whose weight is usually around 7 pounds. As adults, gorillas can weigh up to 500 pounds.
/r/AwwducationalA “Lone Wolf” is a misnomer. Grey wolves, in particular, are strong pack animals. They mate for life and have even been known to sacrifice themselves for the pack
/r/AwwducationalThe Stanley crane is the national bird of South Africa. Unlike most cranes, it has a relatively large and unusually shaped head and a proportionately thin neck giving this bird a highly unique appearance. Also called the blue crane, it is listed as vulnerable and has a very restricted range.
/r/AwwducationalThe dragon snake's most notable feature is their unusual skin with 3 rows of enlarged, keeled scales running down its back resembling the backs of some crocodilians. When threatened, this non-venomous snake stiffens its body into a straight line. It is native to SE Asia and subsists mainly on frogs.
/r/AwwducationalDik Diks have a preorbital gland under their eye, which excretes a black sticky liquid. They use this liquid to mark their territory often applying it to grass stems or twigs.
/r/AwwducationalVerreaux's Couas reside in dry euphorbia scrubland within the spiny forest zone on the shores of a single salt lake in southwestern Madagascar. They feed on invertebrates and Cassia fruit. This V. coua appears quite plump (gif) because it has just ruffled its feathers to better tolerate the cold.
/r/AwwducationalBaby American alligators can grow up to 1 foot per year in their early life! That accelerated growth rate helps them turn the tables on predators such as raccoons that make easy meals of helpless hatchlings. Momma gators will also aggressively defend their babies during this early life stage.
/r/AwwducationalThe Blue Banded Eggfly is found in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. It is more likely to be active at night. They can be distinguished by their black hue, vibrant blue band across each wing, a double row of white spots and scalloped edge wings.