Brazilian Black Tarantula

Like many other tarantulas, the Brazilian black is nocturnal. It leaves its hiding place to hunt and forage for food at dawn or dusk and uses its senses to detect the vibrations of nearby prey. Instead of spinning webs, it burrows tunnels and holes in the ground where it hides. Hunting involves quietly positioning itself […]

Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern Fox Snake

Eastern fox snakes are often mistaken for rattlesnakes, as they “rattle” their tails when disturbed. When threatened, these non-venomous, docile snakes may also give off a stinky musk from glands near their tail. This musk has an odor like that of the red fox, hence the “fox” in their name. They’re found in every county […]

Black Tree Monitor

Black Tree Monitor

Black tree monitors have prehensile tails that are two-thirds the size of their bodies. Their tail acts like a fifth leg and helps them balance in the trees, while sharp claws enable them to grip onto branches. Like other monitor lizards, they’re highly intelligent and demonstrate complex problem-solving abilities, fine motor coordination, and skilled forelimb […]

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog

The green and black dart frog is one of more than 100 species of poison dart frogs. In the wild, their skin oozes some of the most toxic poison in the world. Native tribes of South America extract toxins from these frogs to tip their darts and arrowheads with when hunting. Most frogs lay hundreds of […]

Hellbender

Hellbender

Hellbenders are the largest salamanders in North America. They have lungs that are largely non-functional. Instead, hellbenders breathe using several loose flaps of thick wrinkled skin running along their sides. They are nocturnal animals, seeking cover by day under large rocks and logs and becoming active at night to hunt. Hellbenders depend on smell and […]

Arapaima

Arapaima

Arapaima, also known as pirarucu, can only stay underwater for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. They tend to stay near the water’s surface before coming up to breathe, using a modified swim bladder that opens into the fish’s mouth and acts as a lung. The noisy, distinctive gulp it makes sounds like a […]

Giant Pacific Octopus

Giant Pacific Octopus

The giant Pacific octopus is curious and smart, known to unscrew jars and solve puzzles. They are made up of 90% muscle and frequently lose arms to predators — although they grow back. Octopods can change their skin color and texture, enabling them to blend into their surroundings.

Silver Dollar Fish

Silver Dollar Fish

These fish are closely related to the pacu and piranha, and they typically live in schools of four or more fish. Silver dollar fish reside in tropical climates, on the sides of weedy rivers.

Silver Arowana

Silver Arowana

The silver Arowana is a primitive, prehistoric fish that emerged in the the Jurassic Age and has changed little in the last 150 million years. They’re also called “monkey fish” due to their ability to jump out of the water (up to 6 feet!) and capture prey. They have a unique predatory behavior, staying close […]

False Water Cobra

False Water Cobra

This species is named for its ability to flatten its neck to appear larger, giving the appearance of a cobra. However, unlike a true cobra, the false water cobra doesn’t prop itself up vertically but maintains a horizontal position. They hunt by grabbing and partially coiling their bodies around prey, then swallowing it live.