Animal Myths: WATER

In this last installment of our Animal Myths series, we’ll be diving in to tackle misconceptions about the wet and wild critters that live underwater! If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the first two parts of this series which examine myths pertaining to creatures of the Air and Land. 1. Sharks are man-eaters This first,…

Animal Myths: LAND

Welcome back to our Animal Myth series, where we strive to debunk common animal misconceptions. In this post, we focus on animals that share our most familiar habitat: land. Note: If you haven’t already, check out the other Animal Myths posts on creatures of the sky and sea! 1. Camels use their humps to store water While this “fact” isn’t entirely true,…

Animal Myths: AIR

Everyone loves a fun animal fact (check out our Fun Facts here for some examples), but sometimes these “facts” contain more fiction than truth. As scientists, part of our objective is to bring truth to the forefront, so we are tackling some of the most common animal myths and misconceptions. We solicited some help from…

Fun Fact Friday: Butterflies Taste with their Feet!

Butterflies and moths have smell receptors all along their antennae, legs, and many other body parts! Their feet also have taste organs that help them to be able to taste the sugars in nectar on flowers.

Fun Fact Friday! Venomous Lizards

There are two species of lizard with specialized venom in North America: the Mexican beaded lizard and the Gila monster. These lethal lizards contain venom in their saliva, and administer it into their prey when chewing.

Fun Fact Friday: Unihemispheric Sleep

Some species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), like the boto, sleep with only half their brain at a time! This adaptation, called unihemispheric sleep, allows them to surface in order to breathe.  For more on other animals that also practice unihemispheric sleep and the reasons why, take a gander at this article.

Fun Fact Friday: Tarantulas

If provided with water, tarantulas can survive for up to 2 years without food! Source: Baerg WJ. (1958). The Tarantula. University of Kansas Press, Lawrence, KS.

Fun Fact Friday

When you google image search “baby crow,” the first picture that pops up of an adorable, fluffy bird is not actually a crow!  It’s a buff-banded rail, a species not even closely related to the crow.  Real baby crows are born altricial, meaning they are under-developed, unable to feed themselves, and featherless.  The buff-banded rail,…

Fun Fact Friday: Albatross Migration

Gray-headed albatrosses make journeys of up to 7,767 miles at a rate of 590 miles per day. Source: Croxall et al. (2005) Science 307: 249-250