Did you know that there are no snakes, either native or introduced, in New Zealand? It’s true! It should be said, more specifically, that there are no land snakes in New Zealand. Due to New Zealand being an island, the commonly held explanation is that there was no way for land snakes to get there.
Did you know that chickens actually store away gravel inside their bodies to aid in the digestive process? Chickens (and other birds) have a special organ called a gizzard. When chickens eat, they ingest bits of gravel and stones. These stones (called gastroliths) are stored away inside the gizzard, and help to grind the harder
Did you know that the mantis shrimp has claws with such an incredibly fast and powerful strike, that some are able to break aquarium glass with one swing? It’s a fact! The mantis shrimp, also known as “stomatopod”, has claws that can launch with the velocity of a bullet. This makes the mantis shrimp a
You may have seen the internet’s ubiquitous frowning cat on Facebook, or on Reddit, or maybe even at South by Southwest (aka SXSW, the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin) where Grumpy Cat recently made a special appearance, but did you know that Grumpy Cat isn’t actually grumpy? Grumpy Cat,
Did you know that the capybara is the largest rodent in the world? Capybaras live in South America. They have webbed feet and are excellent swimmers. On land, they can run as fast as a horse, but they can weigh up to 150 pounds. They are social animals, and tend to stay in groups. Capybaras
Did you know that research has been done to prove, once and for all, whether a duck’s quack produces an echo? It’s true! There’s an old wive’s tale that states that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo. Acoustics researcher Jonathan Hargreaves, at the University of Salford in England, conducted complex experiments to determine the truth of