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.
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.
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.
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.
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,…
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
Monarch butterflies use the sun to navigate on their long seasonal migrations. Know what body part they use to sense the sun’s location in the sky?