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10 Transfixing Truths of Taxonomy

10 Transfixing Truths of Taxonomy

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Taxonomy involves the scientific mapping of the genetic family tree of all living species. Thanks to the detective work of scientists, we’re still in the process of uncovering the sometimes shocking facts about species. In this perception-altering list, we’ll learn that our dogs are more closely related to seals than to cats; explore the humble barnacle’s surprising identity; and discover why seed-eating parrots have a tooth designed to break vertebrae: North and South America are inhabited by a massive predatory cat known as the cougar, or mountain lion. Weighing in at more than two hundred pounds, and growing to a length of more than nine feet, the cat aggressively hunts down prey as large as cattle and wild horses. But genetically . . . well, the proud predators wo...
8 Examples of Evolution in Action

8 Examples of Evolution in Action

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Evolution is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Armed with the knowledge of the interconnectedness of all life on earth, biologists have made startling discoveries. There is so much evidence in favor of evolution, that arguing against it is like denying that there is a moon in the sky. Yet people do still actively deny evolution occurs. Speciation, the formation of a new species from an ancestor species, takes a very long time yet there are evolutionary steps which can be observed. Here are eight examples, amongst many, of evolution in action. I’ll start this list with a classic example of evolution which can be found in many textbooks. Originally, the vast majority of peppered moths (Biston betularia) had a light, mottled coloring which was a good camouflage ...
10 Fascinating Battle Strategies In The Animal Kingdom

10 Fascinating Battle Strategies In The Animal Kingdom

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A lot of animals should feel lucky that their species doesn’t have an ethics committee. These creatures employ some mighty bizarre, shrewd, and sometimes despicable “battle strategies” to capture their prey. 10The Sea Star’s Extendable Stomach Strategy Sea stars—once known as starfish—can’t see their prey, but they can detect and follow the chemical scents that it leaves behind. Once a sea star smells a clam, it uses hundreds of suction cup-like tube feet on the back of its arms to track down the clam and crawl onto its closed shell. The star then uses its feet to turn the clam around until the crack between its two shells is aligned with the star’s mouth. This crack is very small—roughly 0.65 centimeters (0.25 in) in diameter—bu...
11 Cool Facts About Polar Bears

11 Cool Facts About Polar Bears

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Polar bears are some of the most iconic and popular animals on the planet. They show up everywhere—from soda commercials to fantasy novels, from documentaries to disappointing TV shows. And while they might be the most politicized animal of the 21st century, the consensus is bipartisan: Polar bears are awesome. In fact, they might be the coolest bears on Earth (pun intended). 11 They Performed In Ancient Rome The ancient Romans had a thing for blood sport.  While the gladiator games are the best-known Roman pastime, the mob enjoyed watching animals die as well.  These gory shows (venationes) usually involved hunters (venatores) facing off against a wide array of deadly animals.  However, to spice things up a bit, the Romans would also pit beast against beast in a real-life versio
10 Surprisingly Human Traits Found In Insects

10 Surprisingly Human Traits Found In Insects

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It’s easy to think of insects as simple creatures that operate entirely on instinct. While it’s true that they’re simpler than vertebrates in many ways, we’re finding that they have a lot of traits that make them more like us than we’d have thought. You may know that ants farm, or that bees communicate via dance. Yet there are some less-expected ways that these little invertebrates, which represent up to 90 percent of multicellular life on Earth, are more like us than we realize. 10 Hitching A Ride Riding on the back of another animal for getting around is something we’ve been good at for quite some time. Sitting yourself on another creature purely for transport is known as phoresy, and it’s pretty rare. Yet there are a lot of examples aside from humans on horseback. One unique case is th
Top 10 Mass Extinctions

Top 10 Mass Extinctions

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Life is a struggle for survival. Animals live under constant stress to obtain enough food to eat by being as well adapted to their environments as they can. Animals who are poorly adapted will, in times of hardship, starve, fail to reproduce, and eventually die out completely. Throughout Earth’s history, life has constantly been taking new forms which are immediately tested for survival. When the climate or environment changes drastically, many animals who are poorly adapted for their new situation become extinct. Mass extinctions are when a substantial proportion of Earth’s life has vanished completely, leaving no further fossils or descendants. These events have been occurring since nearly the first appearance of life itself. All the animals alive today are merely the descend...
15 Terrifying and Little Known Prehistoric Monsters

15 Terrifying and Little Known Prehistoric Monsters

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Who hasn’t heard of a tyrannosaurus Rex or a velociraptor thanks to movies like Jurassic Park? When we think of dinosaurs, we almost all think of a very small subset of these giant creatures from history. But perhaps more interesting are those which are far less familiar to us all. This list is just a small selection of monstrous or weird-looking creatures from ancient times, most of which are little known to the public. They don’t make animals like this anymore. Estemmenosuchus is one of the most bizarre-looking prehistoric monsters; it belonged to the group of the dinocephalians, and despite their dinosaur-like appearance, they were actually more closely related to mammals… including us! Estemmenosuchus was the size of a rhinoceros, and it too had a horn on its nose...
Top 10 Deadliest Animals

Top 10 Deadliest Animals

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Danger and especially dangerous creatures fascinate us. The subject has appeared on more than one occasion on Listverse for this reason. Today’s list is a little different than the others though, in that it examines ten different criteria for what makes an animal deadly. Many more criteria are still out there. Feel free to add other deadly creatures to the comments. The king of the jungle is a title that still misleadingly belongs to the elephant, not the lion. Neither of them lives in any jungle in Africa. The African elephant is the largest land animal on Earth and has zero natural predators (man doesn’t count as natural). The ones you’ve seen in zoos are simply not the same as those in the wild. In zoos, elephants know humans are no threat; in the wild, any animal...
9 Truly Bizarre Ways Animals Work for Humans

9 Truly Bizarre Ways Animals Work for Humans

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Since the beginnings of human civilization, a range of animal species have made the transition from competing with man to becoming man’s assistants and working companions. The dog, horse and water buffalo are famously helpful, but a range of rather obscure, unlikely and bizarre animals continue to be recruited by man to serve in an equally incredible, even preposterous, range of roles. 9Fishing Cormorants Just as wolves became assistants in the hunt rather than a threat to early humans, Asian & Mediterranean fishermen have long recruited ocean cormorants as rather unorthodox hunting assistants. In a bizarre aquatic version of falconry, these relatives of the pelican with a serpentine neck and razor-sharp bill are taught to capture and return fish for a reward. After being hand-tamed
Top 10 Dogs for Lazy Owners

Top 10 Dogs for Lazy Owners

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Too many people decide that they wanted a cutesy, wootsie little dog to love and then spend a ton of time and money picking out a perfect pooch. Then these people proceed to ignore the dog after a couple of months when the novelty wears off and they realize that a dog is work. I want to shake those people and scream: “A dog is not a lawn ornament or a household decoration!” In addition to the basics—water, food and shelter—a dog needs attention, affection, mental stimulation, grooming and physical activity. So for those who insist on dog companionship but have no intention of taking 30-minute walks daily, spending weeks, or money, for training, or taking the dog to the groomers bi-weekly, I offer this list of low-maintenance dogs. (I know, some people really aren’t physically able to wal
10 Truly Awful Ways To Be Killed By An Animal

10 Truly Awful Ways To Be Killed By An Animal

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Nature is beautiful, but it can also be deadly, and sometimes, just downright nasty. Here’s a list of ten horrible ways in which animals can kill you. There are many more, but I’m sure these would be enough to give anyone nightmares. Electric eels are elongated, fresh water fish, native to the Amazon and Orinoco rivers in South America. They are not really eels, but a kind of knifefish (and related to catfish). They are among the deadliest denizens of the South American rivers. It has not one, but three specialized organs to produce electric currents strong enough (600 volts, sometimes more) to stun or kill an adult human. It is believed that many “unexplained” disappearances of people while swimming in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, could be due to them being ...
Top 20 World-Famous Animals

Top 20 World-Famous Animals

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There is a special bond that exists between animal and human. Studies have shown that human to animal contact will reduce characteristics of stress and lower levels of blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, anxiety, and tension. People will not tolerate animal cruelty or abuse. In the last 150 years, a large number of animals have made their mark on history. In times of war, humans and animals have worked together to defeat a common enemy. This article will examine twenty world famous animals. It was difficult to highlight only 20 animals with so many options. There are literally thousands of creatures that could have been used. Some honorable mentions include Adwaita, who was a male Aldabra giant tortoise that lived in the Alipore Zoological Gardens until he died in 2006. A...
10 Bizarre Facts About Reptiles

10 Bizarre Facts About Reptiles

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Reptiles are often stereotyped as cold-blooded, emotionless, and dangerous. But there’s more than meets the eye with our scaly friends, and upon further examination, they aren’t always what they appear. 10 The Dancing Caiman We generally imagine reptile breeding to be a relatively dull affair—those of us who consider the subject at all. The concept of hierarchy or any type of a social life may also be a foreign thought to the budding reptile admirer. But a brief look at the Yacare caiman will soon correct that. Yacare caimans are small crocodilians that inhabit open rivers in the Amazon region. During the breeding season, male caimans engage in complex dance routines in the river. These water aerobics serve to establish dominance and order. 9 The Harmless Toothy Giant...
10 Unusual and Amazing Snakes

10 Unusual and Amazing Snakes

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There are about 3,000 species of snakes in the world; since their appearance during the age of dinosaurs they have adapted to many different lifestyles and evolved into many different and often bizarre appearances. I give you ten of the most amazing and unusual snakes in the world. This weird snake is found mostly in Indonesia, although some close relatives are also found in Australia. It gets its name from its unusual skin, which is wrinkled and baggy, and gives the impression of being several sizes too large for the snake. The scales are also unusual; they are large and knobby, hence the snake’s alternate common name, ”warty snake”. They can grow up to 2.5 meters long. Elephant trunk snakes are completely aquatic, and are practically helpless on land; they can’t slither because
10 Terrifying Prehistoric Relatives of Normal Animals

10 Terrifying Prehistoric Relatives of Normal Animals

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Today, man is the dominant predator on the planet. Yet we have occupied this position for a relatively short period of time—the earliest known man, Homo habilis, first appeared around 2.3 million years ago. Although we dominate the animals of today, many of these animals have extinct relatives that were a lot larger and more vicious than what we’re familiar with. These animal ancestors look like creatures straight out of our worst nightmares. The frightening aspect is that if mankind vanishes—or merely loses its dominance—these creatures, or something like them, could potentially return again to existence. Today, sloths are tree-climbing, slow, and non-threatening animals that reside in the Amazon. Their ancestors were the complete opposite. During the Pliocene ...
10 Debated Acts of Animal Cruelty

10 Debated Acts of Animal Cruelty

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Animal rights are widely known and accepted in western culture but despite this there are topics and events which happen every year that often cause much debate and controversy on the public and media forums. From high profile support from celebrities, outspoken models from the fashion world and animal campaigners, animal rights is an issue that has sparked outrage and even government debate. This is a list of 10 widely discussed topics of animal use that some support openly, while others refuse to accept them under any circumstances.?? ?Worldwide it’s estimated that 40-50 million animals are killed every year for their fur, including raccoon dogs, rabbits, foxes, mink, and chinchillas. The fur trade has gathered much protest from campaigners for the inhumane way the animals are reared
10 Common Misconceptions About Animals

10 Common Misconceptions About Animals

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There are certain animal facts that everybody seems to know. Cows can sleep standing up, goats have four stomachs; that sort of thing. But there are a lot of widely-believed animal facts that are actually not very factual at all. We’re talking about ideas like: If there’s one thing everyone knows about sheep, it’s how stupid they are. After all: if one sheep starts moving quickly, the rest of the flock will follow rather blindly. They’re generally perceived to have almost no individual instincts or motivation, and many people would rank them next to rocks in intelligence Animal scientists, on the other hand, would rank sheep just below pigs, rodents, and monkeys. In some tests, they even come close to humans. Recent studies have found that they’re of f...
10 Incredible Albino Animals

10 Incredible Albino Animals

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This list is intriguing, yet colorless by necessity. We are familiar with white lab rats, but this unprecedented survey explores the incredible profiles of some rather unusual albino animals, as well as the stranger facets of biological pigmentation. These creatures have ended up with a lack of pigment through genetic mutations that affect melanin production. But albinism helps us catch bizarre glimpses into the animal world, without the obscuring effect of pigment. 10 Ghost Moose No, it isn’t a ghost of a Christmas past. The moose is the world’s largest deer, and it can be very dangerous to humans. Normally, this ungulate blends in by having a very dark coat that makes it next to invisible among the dark timbers of its forest home. However, this rare albino blends in perfec...
10 Reasons Snakes Are Even Creepier Than You Thought

10 Reasons Snakes Are Even Creepier Than You Thought

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We all know snakes aren’t evil, but a lot of people find them incredibly creepy. Thanks to their tongues, teeth, and legless bodies, serpents are often portrayed as villains in bad Syfy movies and novels featuring noseless wizards. True, snakes keep the rodent population under control, but due to eerie facts like these, plenty of people still think they’re awfully freaky. 10Snake House Ben and Amber Sessions thought they were getting a great deal. Their five-bedroom house in the country cost only $180,000. If only they’d watched more horror movies, they would’ve known something was up, especially once the realtor started talking about the “previous family.” Evidently, that family hadn’t wanted to pay their mortgage, so they’d made up a tall tale about a snake infestation. Of cours
10 Rare Animals With Bizarre Adaptations

10 Rare Animals With Bizarre Adaptations

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Nature, as the saying goes, finds a way to survive. No matter what adverse conditions may threaten the survival of a creature, individual species will eventually adapt to better survive in their environment—it’s either that, or die. Every animal on this planet has had to grow and change over the course of millennia to become what it is today. And sometimes, that change manifests in truly bizarre ways. These ten rare animals are fantastic examples of the inherent adaptability that is present in all creatures, even if the end result is something completely unexpected. The maned wolf, or Chrysocyon brachyurus, is a member of the canid family, which includes dogs wolves, and foxes. With its reddish fur and erect ears, the maned wolf looks a lot like your typical red fox, with one glar
Top 10 Dumbest Pet Products

Top 10 Dumbest Pet Products

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Humans have kept animals as pets since the dawn of time. They make loyal and loving companions. But we’ve come far from the days when man and beast would sleep on the ground beneath the stars together. Our pets have recently become exceedingly pampered and fawned over. The products sold in specialty pet stores are evidence to this trend. Here are ten of the most ridiculous, useless and just plain stupid pet products. 10. Clothing There’s no better way to irritate your furry friend than to press them to the floor and forcibly clothe them. You’ll get the satisfaction of seeing your costumed pet stare perplexedly at you for a few seconds, and then commence removing/ripping/soiling his or her new outfit. 9. Pet Stroller “Hey do you wanna go for a walk around the neighborhood?” “Yeah sure! B
10 Huge Prehistoric Cats

10 Huge Prehistoric Cats

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Before man became a hunter and made his way to the top of the food chain, the Felidae, or cats, were the most successful, powerful predators in most of the world. Even today, big cats such as tigers, lions, jaguars and leopards keep causing admiration and fear, but these magnificent beasts are dwarfed by some of their extinct relatives. I give you ten of prehistory’s largest, mightiest cats, some of which were seen by humans only a few thousand years ago. The Giant Cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis), belonged to the same genus as our modern day Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), and probably looked very similar, but it was much bigger. At around 120-150 kgs (265-331lbs), it was as large as an African lioness, and was able to take on larger prey than its delicate modern day counterpart. The...
Top 10 Rare Dog Breeds

Top 10 Rare Dog Breeds

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Ah, our canine counterpart. Where would man be without the domestic dog? (Canis familiaris). I think we’d all be still scavenging off the land, with no form of government or civilization. But, that’s a list for another day! By selective breeding practices and geographic isolation, hundreds of dog breeds have been created to do man’s bidding. Some breeds never came into vogue, others never had large population numbers, and more have had their livelihoods phased out, and are now considered rare. 10. Catalburun This breed is a Turkish Pointer, and is readily identified by its “split-nose”. This may be the result of severe inbreeding, or because the local hunters prized the fabled hunting prowess of split-nosed dogs over pointers with normal appearing noses. Either way, they are virtually un
Top 10 Badass Living Creatures

Top 10 Badass Living Creatures

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We have covered many animal topics on Listverse before, but this is our first list of badass animals. These are not necessarily dangerous or scary creatures – but they do all have one thing in common: they are very unique. The criteria for this list: the animal must be alive (ie, no dinosaurs), and it must be awesome. Without further ado, the ten most badass living creatures. The komodo dragon is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb). Their unusual size is attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live. Although attacks are very rare, Komodo dragons have been known to attack humans; five people have...
10 Sadistic Killers Of The Natural World

10 Sadistic Killers Of The Natural World

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In nature, predators come in many shapes and sizes. There is a recent trend among nature documentary producers to glorify the efficiency of certain predators (often referring to apex predators such as sharks, lions or crocodiles as “perfect killing machines” or “nature’s most efficient killer” etc.), but this is largely based on how fast an animal manages to kill its prey. This list, on the other hand, focuses on a number of predators that employ diabolical methods of killing that are cruel and sadistic. 10 The Praying Mantis The mantis is famous because the female often eats the male during intercourse, the latter being easily overpowered by his mate, but hardwired to proceed with the mating process. The sadistic part is that mantises do not bother to kill their prey before eating them:
9 More Curious Facts About Bears

9 More Curious Facts About Bears

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Throughout history, bears have played many roles to mankind. They’ve been ruthless killers to be feared and fought. At other times, we’ve worshiped them. And sometimes we’ve just thought they were cuddly, captured them, and forced them to do tricks. But what do we really know about them, beyond the fact that they’re furry, strong, and enjoy sleeping through the winter? Well… 9They Can Use Tools The sheer size of many bears can make them seem like lumbering brutes, but they are actually quite smart. Experts put their intelligence on par with most great apes, and some even say bears are as intelligent as three-year-old humans. There is certainly some evidence to support the fact that bears are pretty bright and may actually be even cleverer than we previously thought. In
10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

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Even to wildlife devotees, the riches of the animal kingdom are a constant surprise. The world is still full of fabulous and peculiar creatures with fascinating habits and, often, extraordinary exotic names. Here are ten that most people have never heard of, in no particular order. An African mammal that looks like a slender yellow-grey hyena, but in fact lives almost entirely on insects such as termites. The name means ‘earth wolf’, because it inhabits burrows. No doubt it would have been better known if it hadn’t just missed (by one letter) being the first entry in the dictionary. That honour goes to another burrow-dweller, the African aardvark (‘earth pig’). The largest wild sheep (up to 120 cm. tall), with large, curling horns. Native to central As...
10 Surprising Ways Animals Use Tools

10 Surprising Ways Animals Use Tools

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What is it that separates humans from the rest of the animals on the planet? It’s not our thumbs, or our tendency to wage wars, or the way we pass on knowledge and culture to younger generations. If anything, we just have a few million years head start on some of the more important things. But as researchers are discovering, a lot of species in the animal kingdom are starting to catch up. These ten animals have started using tools as a way to manipulate their environment in some very surprising ways. As a note, we tried to avoid using primates as much as possible, just because monkeys are doing some incredible stuff all over the place and it’s almost not surprising anymore. Crows have been seen crafting tools and using moving cars to help them get to food. Some birds use wa...
10 Lesser Known Extinct Species

10 Lesser Known Extinct Species

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Extinction, no matter how you see it, is natural. But just because it is natural, doesn’t deny the fact that biodiversity is needed in the world. Humans are usually to blame for the disappearance of many species and although this is true, it is never just the one factor. Here are 10 species of extinct animals you most probably haven’t heard of that once roamed this very earth. An odd looking mammal, the Sivathere had the appearance of a giraffe mixed with a horse and in fact its line of descendants were an offshoot branch of the giraffe family. The largest ever discovered measured at 2.2 meters and like the giraffe, it was a herbivore. Its skull however was very heavy which required strong neck muscles. Its horns can again strike resemblance to that of the giraffe but much m...
10 Bizarre Extreme Record-Breaking Birds

10 Bizarre Extreme Record-Breaking Birds

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Extremes, especially those of a bizarre nature are a subject of great interest to man. While many spectacular accounts detail human sports achievements or abilities, we will turn to the avian world to look at the most incredible traits, abilities and superpowers of the most extreme birds on Earth. In this fascinating account, we learn about the bird that can outperform a submarine, the fastest raptor on the planet, and the bird that can do a full barrel roll in flight. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest predator on the planet, bar none. Peregrine eyes are over 12 times as powerful as a human eye, and can spot a small bird up to 5 miles away. Once a bird is sighted, the peregrine folds its wings and enters an angle swoop in which speeds of over 300 kilometers per hour are reached. Unli...
Top 10 Unnervingly Large Invertebrates

Top 10 Unnervingly Large Invertebrates

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Coming from a country where the worst creature I have to face is an earwig (why must they live in the vegetable patch!?), whenever I go abroad I am always startled by insects, bugs and all manner of other invertebrates that the world has to offer. Coming from Britain I instinctively think of invertebrates as small and innocuous, but the more you study biology, the more this is proved to be false. This list is fairly personal as the term ‘unnerving’ is very subjective, but I hope there are some entries on this list which are new to you. Here is a list of the top ten startlingly large invertebrates in the world. What most unnerves me about the giant isopod is its resemblance to the common woodlouse, to which they are related. The giant isopod lives in the ocean at a depth of 2...
10 Scary Animals With An Adorable Family Life

10 Scary Animals With An Adorable Family Life

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It’s easy for us humans to stereotype some animals as ruthless, mindless, and cruel, but even the most ravenous killers and slimiest parasites can be gentle and nurturing when they need to be. Families really do come in every shape, size, and color you can imagine. 10Cockroaches Cockroaches are among the most loathed of all animals in human culture. To be fair, only a handful of the nearly 5,000 documented cockroach species show any interest in sharing their habitat so closely with humans. While not nearly so colonial as ants or bees, roaches do tend to form close-knit circles of family members and “friends,” foraging together and even suffering “isolation syndrome” if separated from the roaches they know best. Many cockroach species also demonstrate active p...
10 Formidable Predatory Insects

10 Formidable Predatory Insects

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Warning: ugly bugs We are used to seeing insects as prey animals; everyone eats them, from birds and spiders, to humans. But there are predators among insects as well, and some of them are among Nature’s most perfect killers. I give you ten of the most formidable predatory insects… and be grateful that they don’t come in large sizes! We are all familiar with the house fly, which feeds on decaying organic matter (among other disgusting things), and is pretty much harmless to other insects. However, there are around 120,000 species of flies in the world (many are yet to be discovered) and some of them are accomplished predators. Robber flies are among these; they have extremely sharp eyesight and can fly at high speed, catching other insects in mid air. They have stabbin...
10 More Terrifying Killer Fish

10 More Terrifying Killer Fish

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This shocking list is the sequel to the popular list 10 Terrifying Killer Fish. While that list explored the lesser known terrors of the deep including man-eating European Catfish and Giant Gars, this new list takes the fear factor to an entirely new level with even stranger and more terrifying killers. Dangers of the most unexpected, yet worst kind lurk in the lakes, rivers and coastlines across this watery planet. Prepare to never again enter the water as we look at the 23 foot long Giant Sawfish, Vampire Characins, Snakehead and the horrific Pacu. We are familiar with the horror stories of shark attacks, but there are far more terrifying and bizarre ways to be killed by a fish. The Pacu is a three foot, 55 pound fish with a horrifying set of strangely human like teeth that may be put...
10 Unusual Animal Senses

10 Unusual Animal Senses

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The only way we know the world is via our senses. Therefore the senses that we have are fundamental to our thinking and understanding. Children are often told they have five senses but in reality humans have at least nine and perhaps many more, depending on our definition of sense. The animal world puts humans to shame though. Some animals have senses humans also possess, but to a far higher acuity, or sense the world in entirely different ways. Here are ten of the most interesting senses of the animal kingdom. When the Platypus was first reported to scientists in Europe the description of a mammal with a bill like a duck which lays eggs was considered to be a hoax. Just what is the purpose of the absurd looking bill? The platypus hunts for small invertebrates at the bottom of rivers an...
10 Cryptids That Were Proven False

10 Cryptids That Were Proven False

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A cryptic is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by scientific consensus and often regarded as highly unlikely. Many of them are still debated today, such as sasquatch and chupacabra. Meanwhile, some has been proven to exist, such as the okapi and kangaroo. Unfortunately, some has been proven to be merely a hoax or a misidentification. We will look at 10 cryptids that have been proven not to exist. Note: I only included those that have been fully disproven and considered by the cryptozoological community to be non-existent. Because of these, bigfoot and aliens are not included. Rods (sometimes known as “sky fish” or “solar entities”) are elongated artifacts produced by cameras that inadvertently capture several of a flying ...
10 Most Downright Ferocious Or Ill Tempered Animals

10 Most Downright Ferocious Or Ill Tempered Animals

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A series of accounts of the more dangerous creatures on the planet, including the animals with the worst claws or teeth imaginable, have gripped Listverse readers. However, persona and character can play an even greater role in assessing the danger posed by an animal. In this unsettling account, we take a new perspective on animal danger by reviewing the species with the worst personalities and greatest predilections towards absolutely ferocious behavior. We discover the most bloodthirsty carnivore, Earth’s most hostile snake species, and learn why “Taming the Shrew” is doomed to fail. 10 Sun Bear Bears possess some of the most disagreeable personalities in the animal kingdom. While the Grizzly Bear immediately comes to mind as the most ferocious and dangerous bruin, it is actually a gen
10 Deadly Tricksters of the Animal World

10 Deadly Tricksters of the Animal World

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Being a predator is not easy. Many of them have to chase after their prey; they succeed only once in a while, and often waste valuable energies in the process. They may even risk being injured or killed by potential prey. Some predators, however, have developed special, and often incredible, techniques and adaptations that allow them to trick their prey so that they never suspect any danger until it is too late. I give you 10 of these deadly tricksters of the animal world. Found in Mexico and Central America, this snake belongs to the pitviper subfamily, and is closely related to the cottonmouth and copperhead vipers from the southern United States. They are highly venomous; their bite causes necrosis, hemorrhage and even renal failure; victims who don’t receive any medical atten...
10 Recently Extinct Animals

10 Recently Extinct Animals

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Mankind has the honor of quite possibly being the most destructive force to ever hit mother nature. This list looks at some of the more recent, probably lesser known extinctions that humans have lent a helping hand to. Whether by over hunting or over population, driving a species to extinction is nothing to be proud of and it’s certainly not slowing down. Commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. Virtually wiped out in the wild due to constant hunting (they were thought to be a threat to sheep and other small farm animals) and the encroachment of humans on their already limited habitat the Thylacine was finally recognized as being in danger of becoming extinct in 1936, too little, too late as that same year ...
10 Fascinating Dwarf Animals

10 Fascinating Dwarf Animals

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Many of the larger creatures that have roamed the earth are seen as grand and powerful. However, evolution moves in strange directions at times. Often as a result of living in isolation and without predators, an animal can begin to lose the need for its vast size, and each generation grows slightly smaller. Dwarf versions of huge animals are as entertaining as they are fascinating. Here are ten for you to enjoy. Upon many of the islands in the Mediterranean Sea are fossils of tiny elephants. These are known as dwarf elephants, and represent several distinct species which grew smaller after being isolated. This is known as insular dwarfism, an effect where a large animal which migrates to an island finds a lack of need for its size, and in each generation the smaller offspring are more s...
10 American Animals You Don’t Know

10 American Animals You Don’t Know

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When tourists think of American wildlife, certain national treasures come to mind. American Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). American Bison (Bison bison). Bluegill Fish(Lepomis macrochirus). But here are 10 North American animals I’ll bet you are less familiar with. The amazing thing is, I have met people who live in the areas that these animals also live in, and they have no idea they existed!!! 10. Ringtail Cat Bassariscus astutus Now isn’t this animal a Disney creation? Big dark eyes, ring tail, nocturnal, and crunches up pesky mice and can be tamed? (Only if possession of one is legal to possess in your state!) Check out the cuteness factor… it’s at 11! These little guys were known as “miner’s cats” and early miners did use them as rodent exterminators. T
10 Adorable Animals That Have A Tough Start In Life

10 Adorable Animals That Have A Tough Start In Life

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As humans, we can either thank our massively oversized brains or our massively undersized pelvic bones for the fact that we are completely vulnerable and useless at birth. But not all animals have the luxury of starting their life with an extended vacation; some extraordinary ones use their amazing abilities to weather the storm. One thing is for sure: they’re safe from any predator that has a soft spot for cuteness. Fewer than five infant seahorses in every 1,000 survive to adulthood, and it’s no wonder. Seahorses don’t have stomachs, and because of this they need to constantly eat. From the moment they are born, they are terrible swimmers that are forced to fill a need for constant food while avoiding their natural predators like crabs, rays, skates and even fellow f...
Top 10 Formidable Birds of Prey

Top 10 Formidable Birds of Prey

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There is something about birds of prey that make us pay attention – maybe it is the inherent fear we all have that one will attack us – or perhaps it is just because they are seldom seen by most westerners. Regardless, birds of prey are fascinating to all and so we present this list of some of the largest, mightiest and most spectacular raptors from around the world. The Martial Eagle is Africa’s largest eagle, having a wingspan of 2.6 meters and weighing up to 6.2 kgs. It is easily recognized by its spotted undersides. A very aggressive predator, the Martial Eagle feeds on whatever it can catch, from Guinea fowl and other birds, to baboons, lion cubs, and even antelopes! Although capable of killing animals much larger than itself, it rarely does so, simply because...
10 Amazing Color Mutations In Animals

10 Amazing Color Mutations In Animals

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Penguins are black and white. So are pandas. Elephants are grey, and tigers are orange with black stripes. Everyone knows all this—in fact, for some people, it may be the only thing they know about those animals. And yet exceptions exist to every rule about the color of animals. Every so often, a specimen gets a mutation that changes its whole appearance. The creature may stand as a weird anomaly or may even go on to form a whole new subspecies. 10 Brown Panda Bears The great panda has just one subspecies, and that’s the brown panda bear. It’s also known as the Qinling bear after its home in China’s Qinling mountains. Qinlings have dark brown fur where most pandas have black fur, and lighter tan fur where most pandas are white. Scientists say that these different...
Top 10 Fratricidal Baby Animals

Top 10 Fratricidal Baby Animals

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Life in the wild can be so brutal, that sometimes animals are forced to do terrible things to ensure survival. Cannibalism and infanticide are well known in many species, but perhaps the most disturbing cases are those of baby animals killing their siblings, sometimes moments after they are born! This is a list of ten species that start their lives as ruthless fratricides. Like most large birds of prey, Golden Eagles breed rarely, and usually lay only two eggs per nest. Often, one of the eggs hatches with a few days of advantage, and the firstborn chick starts being fed before its sibling is even born. Due to this, the firstborn grows bigger and stronger than the younger chick, and usually wins most squabbles for food. If food is very scarce, the younger chick can eventually become wea...
Top 10 Ugliest Creatures

Top 10 Ugliest Creatures

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In this list I am talking about physical ugliness, not internal, so don’t even bother mentioning your most hated left or right wing politician or celebrity in the comments (I know you want to). The list does not include insects – they are a whole other level of ugliness! So, from the least ugly to the most revolting, natures 10 ugliest creatures. 10. Mata Mata The mata mata is a freshwater turtle found predominantly in South America, notably in the Amazon and Orinoco basins. The animal’s peculiar physical aspect distinguishes it from other members of its order. It is an animal highly skilled in hunting techniques. French naturalist, Pierre Barrère described it thus: “large land turtle with spiky and ridged scales”. The mata mata is quite visually distinct
10 Extinct Animals That Science Could Bring Back From The Dead

10 Extinct Animals That Science Could Bring Back From The Dead

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In early 2000, a tree landed on the last living Pyrenean ibex, turning that proud creature into just one more statistic on an ever-growing list of extinct species. Then, in 2009, a goat gave birth to a cloned Pyrenean ibex in a government-funded miracle that marked the first time any species had been brought back from extinction. Seven minutes later, the baby clone died, and the Pyrenean ibex was granted the further distinction of being the only species that had managed to go extinct twice. But the precedent was set, and now we’re looking at a whole new lineup of animals that just might be heading down the path of the Pyrenean ibex. That is, we’re totally going to bring them back to life. 10 Gastric Brooding Frogs It’s a shame when any species goes extinct, but it’...
10 Amazing Big Cats

10 Amazing Big Cats

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No one can deny the amazing beauty and abilities of the big cats of the world. Because so many are sought after for their fur, their numbers are in decline. This is a list (which is by no means exhaustive) of 10 amazing big cats. The ten cats were selected because they either have a creative way of hunting, an amazing coat pattern, or are simply awe inspiring. The bobcat is a North American member of the big cat family. As a predator, it inhabits wooded areas, desert edges, semi desert edges, and swampland environments. The bobcat’s diet consists of: rabbits, hares, deer, small rodents, and even insects. Similar to many other big cats, the bobcat is a solitary hunter. Each bobcat will use a single method to mark its territory. Although bobcats are hunted by humans, for both sport and
10 More Repulsive Parasites

10 More Repulsive Parasites

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Our planet is filled with beautiful, complex life-forms. However, as many people can attest, many life-forms are very far from beautiful. Some are deadly; others are simply downright disgusting. Many of these organisms are known as “parasites”. Parasites are the biological “moochers” of the animal kingdom, feeding off the life-blood (and other fluids) that our systems have to offer. Here are 10 (as well as one [Dis]honorable Mention) of the worst offenders (Note: A lot of this stuff is repugnant; be prepared, if you are squeamish), in order from least to most disgusting (if one could rate “digusting-ness”): Cancer, in and of itself, is one of the most terrifying illnesses ever discovered and endured. But…what if it was contagious? Well, it is fo...
10 Hilarious Things People Used To Believe About Iconic Animals

10 Hilarious Things People Used To Believe About Iconic Animals

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It’s easy to take the amount of information we have at our fingertips for granted. For example, everyone reading this could describe the Mona Lisa even if they have never seen it, thanks to the Internet and TV. But imagine going back in time and trying to describe something like a lion or an elephant to someone who’d never seen one. Here are 10 examples of people from history mistaking famous animals for mythical beasts, weird hybrids, or creatures pulled from their own twisted imaginations. 10 The Cyclops Myth Started With Elephant Skulls We rarely think about what animals look like underneath all that fur and skin. For example, did you know that an elephant’s skull has a huge hole right in the middle? It’s easy for us, as people who know what an elephant looks...
10 Harsh Animal Parenting Techniques

10 Harsh Animal Parenting Techniques

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We often hold animals up as examples of dedicated and selfless parenting. Animal mothers ferociously protect their young, sometimes standing up to predators much stronger than themselves. That’s not to say that all animals are gentle parents. In fact, some have pretty harsh parenting styles. 10 Burying Beetle A burying beetle’s diet consists of the rotting carcasses of birds and small rodents. Once a carcass is found, a number of beetles will wage war over who gets to keep it. The strongest couple will usually prevail. They then bury the carcass and the female lays 10–30 eggs in the soil above it. Burying beetles are among the few insect types where both parents take care of their young. This requires careful food rationing. The larvae are usually able to feed themselves but will of
10 Comparisons Between Chimps and Humans

10 Comparisons Between Chimps and Humans

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Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, and yet they were unknown to most of the world until Charles Darwin wrote about and popularized them in 1859. Much about them has only been discovered recently, and misconceptions abound due to the exaggerations and artistic license used in works of fiction. Nevertheless, our similarities and differences are not what many people think. By learning about our relatives we can better understand ourselves. Chimpanzees are often incorrectly called monkeys, but they are actually in the great ape family just like us. The other great apes are orangutans and gorillas. There is only one species of human alive at present: homo sapiens. In the past, many scientists tried to argue that there were several species of human, and would often hasten to add th...
10 Animal Adaptations To Hostile Environments

10 Animal Adaptations To Hostile Environments

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Mother Nature is a very stubborn character. She always tries to conquer whatever harsh environment the relentless forces of our planet have managed to create, and it is in such extreme conditions where the ingenuity of the natural world can be admired most. More than often, Nature seems more intelligent than any scientist, inventing means of survival that act as an inspiration for man’s desire to conquer harsh environments. Here are ten outstanding adaptations of animals to extreme temperatures and other hostile conditions: Fish are poikilothermic organisms, or in simpler terms, cold-blooded animals, which means that the lower the temperature of their surroundings is, the harder it is for them to maintain their metabolic functions. Furthermore, as temperatures go lower, ice crystals can
10 Animals With The Strangest Body Features

10 Animals With The Strangest Body Features

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When you look outside, you might see a squirrel run up a tree, a snake slither across the lawn, or the occasional bees’ nest near your house. There are much more interesting creatures in the world beyond your yard, however. Here, we bring you those exotic animals, from a hummingbird impostor to a sneezing Michael Jackson monkey. 10Bald Uakari The bald uakari is a species of monkey native to Brazil and Peru that is known for its bright red face. A pack of these monkeys is called a troop, and they prefer to live in high trees, away from the constant flooding that plagues their habitat. Scientists believe that the monkey’s colorful face is the result of having no pigment on its head, which allows the blood vessels’ red color to show through the skin. It’s actually a disadv
10 Horrifying Zoo Accidents

10 Horrifying Zoo Accidents

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With a little common sense and adherence to regulation, most zoos are safe. Indeed, they play host to millions of visitors every year, many of them children. But it would be hubris to think it perfectly secure to imprison hundreds of carnivores, serpents, and ten ton megafauna in cages without incident. Below are ten reasons why lions, tigers, and bears might just belong in the wild. I have made a conscious decision to try to spread the events out between different species, but this list constitutes only a sliver of the multiple horror stories that unfold every year throughout the world. Australian tourist Kathryn Warburton got far more than she bargained for when she scaled two safety fences to get a photo of Binky, a 1,200lb polar bear. The bear promptly stuck his head through the bar...
10 Fascinating Pet Facts

10 Fascinating Pet Facts

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Pets are an important part of the human experience for many of us. Sharing our lives with other species connects us with nature and provides companionship. Yet there are a host of myths that are pervasive in the pet scene, and some facts that even the most experienced pet owners may not be familiar with. 10 Frog Bites Can Be Serious Frogs are generally thought of as the most harmless of animals, perhaps with the exception of the extremely poisonous dart frogs found in tropical rain forests. Frogs are also widely kept as interesting alternative pets. However, one of the most popular and comical-looking pet frog species has a dark secret. So-called Pacman frogs pack a truly ferocious bite. Known properly as the Argentine horned frog, the creature grows to over 16 centimeters (6.3 in) in len...
Top 10 Extreme Insect Species

Top 10 Extreme Insect Species

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Insects represent more than eighty percent of all species. Currently, there are around 900 thousand different kinds of insects known to science, with estimates of at least a million still waiting to be discovered. Many of us find them disgusting or scary, while others are fascinated by their huge variety, as they have colonized most terrestrial environments in the most surprising and fascinating ways. This list reveals ten insect superlatives ranging from the smallest to the most dangerous to the most daring of these creatures: The giant weta native to the Little Barrier Island of New Zealand (Deinacrida heteracantha) proudly bears the name of the heaviest and largest adult insect in the world, the record weight for one being of 71 grammes or 2.5 oz and more than 8.5 centimeters or 3.4 ...
Top 10 Facts About Elephants

Top 10 Facts About Elephants

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Elephants are a huge part of popular culture and show up as metaphors across all media. They form a part of religious beliefs and are often associated with wisdom or altruism. However, many people who live outside the normal range of elephants are unfamiliar with the many interesting facts about them. This list gives an overview of ten interesting areas about elephants. In English, when we say ‘elephant,’ we are actually referring to several different species. Until 2010, only 2 species of elephant were scientifically recognized. However, genetic testing has revealed that there are at least 3 species. These are the Asian elephant alphas maximus, the African bush elephant loxodonta Africana (also called the savannah elephant), and the African forest elephant loxodonta cyclone...
Top 10 Strangest Animals

Top 10 Strangest Animals

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This list doesn’t focus on an animal’s ‘ugliness’, but on their strange and unusual characteristics. Some have been around for hundreds or even thousands of years, but they may be new to you. Of course, it’s hard to choose just ten of the world’s bedazzling and bewildering beasts to turn the spotlight on, so be sure to mention your favorites in the comments. 10. Frill-necked Lizard Wikipedia The Frill-necked Lizard, also known as the Frilled Dragon, is so called because of the large ruff of skin which usually lies folded back against its head and neck. Long spines of cartilage support the neck frill, and when the lizard is frightened, it opens its mouth showing a bright pink or yellow lining, and the frill flares out, displaying bright orange and red scales. They often walk on
Top 10 Animal Bites that will Completely Destroy You

Top 10 Animal Bites that will Completely Destroy You

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Here is the list of the ten animals with the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom. There are animals which have been excluded who could probably make it here but there is a lack of research on their bite, since it is hard and expensive to measure. A notable exception will be the Great White Shark, but I was unable to find a number that was not theoretical. The Tasmanian devil seems to have the most powerful bite relative to its body size of any living animal tested, at 200 psi followed closely by the African Painted Dogs (that killed a two year old boy who fell into their pit in the Pittsburgh Zoo yesterday). Each animals bite is measured in PSI or pounds per square inch. A surprise placing for the “king of the jungle” (though it has never lived in a jungle). Lions are the only soc
10 Terrifying Facts About Professional Dog Breeding

10 Terrifying Facts About Professional Dog Breeding

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Dog breeding can be a sensitive issue, so let’s be clear here: I’m not going out of my way to be controversial. I support animal rights, but not to the extent that I, say, don’t enjoy a good steak every once in a while. There are practices I agree with—and many that I don’t agree with—but the point of this article isn’t to be political. On the contrary, this list aims to present certain facts about breeding dogs—particularly breeding dogs for show—which I happen to find unsettling. You might disagree with my point of view—and that’s what the comments section is for, after all. The facts themselves, however, are objective. Here are ten of them: The process of natural selection is the means by which organisms naturally evolve
Top 10 Cute Animals With Disgusting Toilet Habits

Top 10 Cute Animals With Disgusting Toilet Habits

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Some animals have great PR departments. We love to love them. They’re soft, and round, and cuddly. They have sweet little waddle walks and cute, smiley faces. We read about them in children’s stories. Unlike most of the rest of the animal world, they don’t want to eat, sting, poison or crush us. They’re our little friends who can’t answer back. Don’t be fooled. Off the public stage, some of the cutest animals you know have habits worse than your college roommate. People have been known to use some strange ingredients in perfumes and colognes, but goat urine isn’t one of them. Mr. Billy Goat Gruff, however, begs to differ on the subject of how sexy his pee smells. In C. Dwyer’s hints on Sheep and Goat Behavior, published by the Centre for A...
Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes

Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes

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If you are a long time reader of Listverse you will remember that we have previously had two lists on snakes: 10 lesser known venomous snakes and 10 unusual and amazing snakes. Surprisingly, we have not published a list of the most venomous snakes – and so, today, we fill that void with the following list. This is probably also a good time to point out (which we have done on a previous list) that something is venomous when it injects you with venom, and something is poisonous when it harms you through touch or eating. The only snake from the Americas on the list, the Rattlesnake is easily identifiable by the tell tale rattle on the end of its tail. They are actually a part of the Pit Viper family, and are capable of striking at up to 2/3rd their body length. The Eastern Diamondb...
10 Animals With Incredible Eyes

10 Animals With Incredible Eyes

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According to scientists, eyes evolved around 540 million years ago as simple light detecting organs. Today, vision is the most important sense for many animals, humans included, and they have became incredibly varied and complex. Take a look at some of the strangest and most incredible eyes in the animal kingdom. The tarsier is a small (about squirrel sized) nocturnal primate, found in the rainforests of South Eastern Asia. It is the only fully predatory primate in the world, feeding on lizards and insects and is even known to catch birds in mid flight. It’s most remarkable feature; however, are its enormous eyes, the largest of any mammal, relative to body size. If your eyes were proportionally as big as those of the tarsier, they would be the size of grapefruits. These enormous ...
10 Human Attributes Found in Animals

10 Human Attributes Found in Animals

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As humans, we are not the fastest or the strongest animal. Even our senses are outmatched by many creatures. Birds see better than us, dogs smell better, and many animals have senses that we do not have at all. Sharks feel magnetic fields, turtles sense electricity, and bees see ultra-violet radiation. Elephants can sense a lack of salt in their bodies in much the same way that we feel thirsty. The humble tortoise can outlive us by a hundred years or more. Basic medicine is used by woolly spider monkeys who eat certain plants for birth control and parrots who eat specific clays to cure poison. So what makes us special? Here we look at ten human attributes of which we are rightly proud, and briefly consider which animals share our abilities. Perhaps what makes us special is not any single f...
10 Bizarre Facts About The Duck-Billed Platypus

10 Bizarre Facts About The Duck-Billed Platypus

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The duck-billed platypus has long enjoyed a role as nature’s jester. We all know this animal is funny-looking, but the bizarre facts of this strange creature’s life go far beyond its appearance. The platypus has some of the strangest attributes, habits, and anatomy of any animal. Clearly, the platypus was a practical joke played on us by God—and He’s still laughing. 10 Venom Spur On top of all the other strange things that make up this patchwork creation is a poison spur that the platypus can use for self-defense or aggression. This spur can easily kill small animals, including rival platypuses for mating, but it can also cause incredibly intense pain to fully grown human beings. Scientific understanding of platypus venom isn’t concrete. We have no evidence tha
Top 10 Badass Guard Dogs

Top 10 Badass Guard Dogs

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In the last decade the pitbull was seen as the badest, meanest breed of dog. Wrong! There are dogs that will wipe the floor with any breed of pitbull you can get. But that’s not the point here. A 30 kgs pitbull can be easily put down by a man who doesn’t fear dogs… but how about a 100 kg Caucasian Shepherd? So, if you want your home defended, here is a list of the Top 10 Badass guard dogs. 10 The German Shepherd This breed has a personality marked by direct, fearless willingness to protect human children. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as a companion and watchd
10 Amazing Animal Facts

10 Amazing Animal Facts

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The animal kingdom has long been a mysterious one for humans and every day we learn something new about it. This is a list of ten little known facts about animals. 10. Crocodiles Eat Stones The stomach of a crocodile is a rocky place to be, for more than one reason. To begin with, a croc’s digestive system encounters everything from turtles, fish and birds to giraffes, buffaloes, lions and even (when defending territory) other crocodiles. In addition to that bellyful-o’-ecosystem, rocks show up too. The reptiles swallow large stones that stay permanently in their bellies. It’s been suggested these are used for ballast in diving. 9. Whale Milk is 50% Fat Nursing a newborn is no “small” feat for the whale, whose calf emerges, after 10 to 12 months in the wo...

Top 10 Banned Dog Breeds

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In the late 1980s, an epidemic of attacks by Pit Bull type dogs, and other related breeds, led to widespread bans. In 1991, the Parliament of the United Kingdom banned the ownership of Japanese Tosa Inus, Argentine Dogos, Fila Brasilieros and Pit Bulls, with many other countries following suit soon after. Even in areas where having such dogs is legal, it can be nearly impossible for homeowners to get liability insurance if they own one of the breeds below. Banned in Denmark, Singapore and various municipalities, the American Bulldog’s origins are in the deep south, where it was used as a farm dog. Its specialty is catching feral hogs, which can weigh several hundred pounds and wield savage tusks. When cornered, these razorbacks are nasty fighters, requiring a dog of great strength and a
10 Unexpected Animal Love Lives

10 Unexpected Animal Love Lives

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As we all know, sex has a big influence on the lives of humans. It can dictate a lot of our behaviors: what we buy, what we wear, and who we choose to spend our lives with. But who knew animals were also so susceptible to sex? All sorts of members of the animal kingdom have strange stories to tell—not quite 50 Shades of Grey but far more risqué than our tame expectations. 10 Homosexuality Research has shown that homosexuality, something still going through the process of being accepted by human society, is not only very common among animals, it is vital to some species’ survival. One example is the dwarf chimpanzee, a species that is a close relative of us humans. All dwarf chimpanzees are bisexual, which is a quality very important to acting as a distraction from their viole
10 Completely Bizarre Bird Facts

10 Completely Bizarre Bird Facts

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Birds are everywhere, but their lives are sometimes exceedingly unusual. Birds should never be taken for granted, and closer observation reveals just how odd they really are. Among birds we find some of the most surprising, weird, or even human-like traits in the animal kingdom. 10Bassian Thrush Feeds By Flatulence Thrushes, including robins, are among the most average-looking birds. They are also among the world’s most widely distributed and successful birds. These midsize songbirds are found on lawns and in parks worldwide, looking (and not listening, as is commonly believed) for worms with a cocked head. There is a species of thrush from Australia that feeds by using flatulence to flush out worms. The bassian thrush actually directs a stream of flatulence toward the site of a ...
10 Weird Self-Inflating Animal Species

10 Weird Self-Inflating Animal Species

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Animals have many strange ways of behaving and communicating. In this unique account, we examine 10 remarkable inflatable animal species. Just like party balloons, these creatures use air sacs, throat pouches, or their entire bodies to fill themselves with air. Their bizarre displays may feature in mating displays, amplify vocal messages to rivals, or, in the case of one otherwise well-known species, simply keep it afloat while sleeping. 10 Frigatebirds Frigatebirds are large seabirds that belong to the same order as pelicans. With wingspans measuring over two meters (7 ft) across, forked tails, and long, hook-tipped bills, frigatebirds attack smaller seabirds and force them to drop their meals in midair. The birds appear rather drab in flight, but their spectacular, balloon-like throat p...