What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

An invasive species is one whose introduction to an area threatens the environment, public health, and/or the economy. Invasive species are organisms (animals, plants, diseases, parasites, etc.) non-native to the area they are introduced. Examples include the Burmese python, West Nile, and chestnut blight. Burmese pythons are a serious problem in southern Florida. But, how … Continue reading What Are Invasive Species? – A Look at Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades

The Crowned Eagle – Predatory Birds’ Strongest Member

Only two species of eagles are native to North America: the bald and golden eagle. The crowned eagle is native to Africa. The crowned eagle gets its name from the crown-like appearance on its head. The feathers tend to stick out in a way that resembles a crown. Beauty is often among the first attributes … Continue reading The Crowned Eagle – Predatory Birds’ Strongest Member

Gorillas – The Largest and Strongest of Primates

Primates are the closest, known relatives to humans. Nevertheless, a gorilla’s strength is unmatched compared to a man/woman. Most people will inaccurately guess how strong a gorilla is, either severely underestimating or vastly overestimating. Here, you will discover the true strength of one of the world’s strongest animals. Look at those pecs! Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/547891110887859165/?nic_v1=1bz6YCZjQlsL3OrNcq8Rml7FQCUCYPs4Y2SHB%2Fxq1h1d%2BZN3KIwxIcOQV4TMBpis2IContinue reading Gorillas – The Largest and Strongest of Primates

Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

In the previous lesson, I explained how animals are classified using the 8 hierarchical categories of classification: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. In addition to those, an animal may have a suborder, subfamily, and/or subspecies. Here, we will walk through the full classification of three different species: King Cobra, Lion, and … Continue reading Animal Classification: King Cobra, Lion, and Hammerhead Shark

What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

You may or may not be living under a rock if you have not seen or heard of Tiger King. I am late to the party, but began watching the new, short Netflix series last week. The documentary follows three exotic animal keepers, Joe Exotic, “Doc” Antle, and Carole Baskin, and their personal connection to … Continue reading What Is an Exotic Animal? – Are They Legal or Illegal to Keep in the USA

A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear

There are 8 groups of classification: DomainKingdomPhylumClassOrderFamilyGenus Species Animals in each group share similar characteristics. Each subsequent group continues to add more specific characteristics on top of the existing ones. Thus, eliminating animals who do not meet the criteria, until you are left with one animal! To better understand each group and their characteristics, let … Continue reading A Lesson on How Animals Are Classified: American Black Bear

Odds of Being Fatally Attacked by a Shark?

The good news is the chance of being killed by a shark is low, extremely low. 1 in 3.75 million, worldwide!* Being struck by lightning is 242 times more likely to happen in your lifetime. Great White (Photo credit: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/shark-attack-great-white-shark-16894821) But, let’s say you so happened to be attacked by a shark. What kind of … Continue reading Odds of Being Fatally Attacked by a Shark?

The Gaboon Viper: Longest Fangs of Any Snake

Meet the Gaboon viper! With fangs up to 2 inches in length, it has the longest fangs of any snake on the planet. Found only in a handful of countries in Africa, it is also the heaviest venomous snake on the continent. The viper can weigh up to 18 pounds, and grow to be 7 … Continue reading The Gaboon Viper: Longest Fangs of Any Snake

A True Man-Eater. What Kind of Animal Has Killed the Most Humans, Singlehandedly?

Often, I used to ask myself this question. There are many animals I thought it could be. But, without doing a little research, I could never be certain. I was not surprised by the answer, but had not considered this animal: The Bengal Tiger. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Champawat Tiger was … Continue reading A True Man-Eater. What Kind of Animal Has Killed the Most Humans, Singlehandedly?

Fear the Surface: Five Crocodile Horror Stories

Bone-chilling. I cannot imagine being in any one of these situations. Since I was young, crocodiles have been at the top of my “Most Feared” list. Prayers to the family members and friends. Click the link below: https://shadowreports.com/2011/04/13/eaten-alive-five-killer-croc-attacks-part-one-22-hours-in-hell/