Rats giggle when they’re tickled and flatworms fence with their penises. Who knew? Explore the science behind animal behavior and see where we fit in this quirky world.
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For this Halloween edition of Caught in My Web, we check out what the web has to say about creepy animal stories.1. The CDC addresses questions about whether pets can get ebola2. Julie Hecht, the author of Dog Spies at Scientific American blogs explores the love between dogs and their owners from beyond the grave 3. BuzzFeed presents 8 surprisingly creepy animals.4. Dr. Doolittle at ScienceBlogs talks about the eyeless Mexican cavefish 5. Sara Mynott at Saltwater Science, a blog at
By Tawny LiebeImage from Chuck Heston on Flickr.A creature straight from the depths of hell… or at least as close as you can get on this planet. The Texas horned lizard or “horny toad” is found in the deserts of the southwest United States and has an unusual adaptation to deter predation exclusively from a few species of canines. When threatened by coyotes, foxes, and dogs, the horned lizard squirts blood from its eyes to hit targets up to three feet away! A total of six
A female pied flycatcher can't feed herself sufficientlywhile she incubates her eggs and newly-hatchedchicks. Photo by Alejandro Cantarero.I have been blessed with the fortune of not just having two healthy and happy babies, but being able to spend much of the spring and summer nurturing them and watching them develop and grow. But it has not been all roses: their smiles beam through the fog of my sleep deprivation and exhaustion. Their tears are met with my own. Our clothes are stained in a
Cantarero, A., López-Arrabé, J., Palma, A., Redondo, A. & Moreno, J. (2014). Males respond to female begging signals of need: a handicapping experiment in the pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca, Animal Behaviour, 94 167-173. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.05.002