Halloween Greetings

Halloween Greetings

Boo and happy All Hallows’ Eve to you! As a naturalist, Halloween is my favorite holiday and my favorite place to spend it is deep in a rainforest jungle where there’s certainly no shortage of Halloween-themed wildlife, from cave centipedes and their...
Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

What Are Carnivorous Plants? Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants; their diversity, ecology, and distribution, then watch a video I made about my favorite species from Malaysia! Carnivorous plants are species that attract, catch and digest animal prey....
Batty About Bats!

Batty About Bats!

Celebrating International Bat Week It’s International Bat Week from October 24-31, so here are some spooky, but true, facts about bats of the world! •Flying foxes (seen above and below) are the world’s largest bats, with a wingspan of up to 6 feet! Though...
Colorful Dart Frogs

Colorful Dart Frogs

Spooky Facts About Poisonous Frogs Poison dart frogs are a fascinating group of amphibians with extremely toxic skin secretions. In fact, one species – the golden poison dart frog – is the most toxic land animal in the world. It has enough venom to kill 10 adult men!...
Wildlife Dressed for Halloween

Wildlife Dressed for Halloween

Orange and Black Wildlife Have you ever wondered why so many animals follow a Halloween-themed dress code of orange and black? From the American Redstart to the Monarch Butterfly, and thousands of species in between, this is indeed a common color combination.  ...
In Celebration of Vultures

In Celebration of Vultures

Spooky Facts About Vultures The vulture has few predators. Its most common defensive tactic is to hurl projectile vomit at his adversary and fly away. Vultures can digest meat in any stage of decay, and withstand diseases that would kill any other creature. Vultures...
Spooky Nature Facts: The Darlingtonia Midge

Spooky Nature Facts: The Darlingtonia Midge

The Darlingtonia Midge & Its Murderous Accomplice Who would believe that an insect and an insect-eating plant could have a mutually beneficial relationship?  Surprisingly, that’s exactly the case in the unlikely union between the mosquito-like midge and the...
Spooky Nature Facts: Fascinating Literature

Spooky Nature Facts: Fascinating Literature

Halloween may conjure up thoughts of ghost stories, horror movies, and chilling tales, but nothing can compare to how truly bizarre and intriguing nature can be. What could be more peculiar, more frightening, than the strange and ghastly realities stories found in the...
The Diminutive but Deadly Sundew

The Diminutive but Deadly Sundew

The sundew is a diminutive but deadly insectivorous cousin of the Venus flytrap. Its genus name, Drosera, comes from the Greek word meaning ‘dewy’, a reference to the plant’s glistening droplets of sticky liquid mounted at the tips of touch-sensitive...
Spooky Nature Facts: Skeletons and Bones

Spooky Nature Facts: Skeletons and Bones

What would the Halloween season be without stories of skeletons and bones? So, without further ado, here are some fun (and spooky) facts about them. Fun Facts about Animal Bones Rodents crave gnawing on bones, which mammalogists believe serves the dual purposes of...