A snake’s venom can be one of three types: cytotoxic, neurotoxic, or hemotoxic. Each type of venom affects the body differently. Most snakes do not carry venom, but the ones that do are called venomous. If you stumble upon a snake and do not know what species it is, treat it as if it is … Continue reading What Are the Different Types of Snake Venoms?
On the continent of Africa, in the muddy current of the Ruzizi River to the blue water of Lake Tanganyika lies a man-eating monster. Burundi natives fear him for he has allegedly killed over 300 people. The monster is an enormous Nile crocodile, and his name is Gustave. The people of Burundi have spoke of … Continue reading Gustave the Crocodile – a Legend and a Killer
Growing up to lengths of 21 feet and weighing up to 5,000 plus pounds, the great white shark is the largest predatory fish on earth. Not only are they impressive in size, but also in appearance, speed, and power. It is no wonder why this majestic species is one of the most feared predators in … Continue reading The Great White Shark – Largest Predatory Fish
https://www.bornfreeusa.org/ maintains a database of exotic animal incidents that occur in the United States. Such incidents include but are not limited to: animal escapes, human injuries, human fatalities, and injuries to animals. The database has records from 1990 to present day, and include incidents from accredited and non-accredited zoos, circuses, and pet owners. After examining … Continue reading What Exotic Animals Are the Most Dangerous to Keep? – Attack/Death Statistics
Unless climate change causes sharknadoes to form, the possibility of being attacked by a shark only exists if you are in a body of water inhabited by sharks. Chances of an unprovoked attack are extremely low (read: https://the-worlds-deadliest.com/2020/04/05/odds-of-being-fatally-attacked-by-a-shark/), but do happen. However, preventative measures can be taken to minimize the risk of a shark attack. … Continue reading How to Prevent a Shark Attack – Minimizing the Risk
The mosquito. Severely underestimated, these deadly insects kill approximately 725,000 people annually (worldwide), which is about the population of Seattle, Washington. Only female mosquitoes bite because they require blood to mature their eggs. Males, and sometimes females, feed on plant juices, such as nectar. A female mosquito can consume enough blood to equal three times … Continue reading What Animal Is Responsible for the Most Deaths per Year?
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
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
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%2BZN3KIwxIcOQV4TMBpis2I … Continue reading Gorillas – The Largest and Strongest of Primates
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