Nature

10 weird little aliens you can find right here on Earth

The strangest creatures already live among us<p>Sure, we'd all love to traipse over to Europa and go hunting for alien lifeforms. But in the meantime, we can enjoy the weirdos that already live right here on Earth. Here are 10 of our favorite Earth-dwelling aliens—organisms so strange they seem …

Wikimedia

Rare 'Snakes from Hell' Lurk Near Petrochemical Plant in Ecuador

A secretive new ground snake gets a mythology-inspired name.

Biological Species

Top 10 Venomous Snakes to Look Out For on a Hunting Trip

Venomous snakes, to me, are what I imagine grizzly bears to be to folks who don’t live in Alaska. Living up here, I can casually traipse through any …

Snakes

If Cicadas Come Out Once Every 17 Years, Why Do You See Them Every Summer?

In certain parts of North America, you can expect it every summer: the constant, droning buzz of cicadas. The periodical variety of the winged …

How long until all species are named after David Attenborough?

A 430m-year-old fossilised shrimp from Herefordshire has become the latest species to be named after the broadcaster, joining the pygmy locust, semi-slug, rubber frog, Amazonian butterfly ...<p>When he was a boy, Sir David Attenborough supposedly had an impressive collection of fossils. These days, …

UK News

These four sharks are on Twitter. And they have some personal info for you

Hilton, Weimar, Savannah and Beaufort are just your average 21st century sharks.<p>Twitter account? Check. Adoring fans? Check.<p>Their claim to relative …

Scuba Diving

Animals Using Tools: Sea Otters Have Been Smart For Millions Of Years

Humans aren’t the only animals that can use tools to get a job done — sea otters have been utilizing tools for possibly millions of years.<p>That’s the …

Biological Species

Rare frog discovery has researchers hopping for joy

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A discovery involving a rare California frog has researchers hopping for joy.<p>Nine egg masses from the California red-legged frog were discovered on March 14 in a creek in the Santa Monica Mountains, which stretch from Los Angeles westward along the Malibu coast into …

Biodiversity

The rapid spread of Australia's cane toad pests

<b>They are toxic invaders that have conquered swathes of northern Australia as they continue their seemingly irrepressible march west towards the Indian Ocean.</b><p>Packed with poison and supremely adaptable, the dreaded cane toad, or Bufo marinus, has few friends in Australia, where a massive scientific …

Biodiversity

Look at These Spectacular Images of the “Underwater Northern Lights” by Amateur Brett Chatwin

Brett Chatwin is an amateur nature photographer based in Tasmania, and he captured these stunning images of a rare phenomenon known as the …

Photography

Meet The Woman Rescuing Millions of Honey Bees

Yesterday, the Trump White House placed the rusty patched bumble bee, one of America’s most important pollinators, on the endangered species list. It becomes the first bumble bee in the United States to receive federal protections. To make things clear, this wasn’t an act of genuine compassion from …

Bees

Inspired by Planet Earth II on BBC America? One tour company is offering you a chance to live it

If watching from the comfort of your own home simply isn’t enough, a tour company has a range of experiences inspired by <i>Planet Earth II</i> and even recruited the help of the BBC to make them.<p>Tauck Travel have a four-year partnership with BBC Earth to create ‘Earth Experiences’, a range of tours giving …

Travel

Congress Votes To Kill Protections For Wolves, Bears On Alaska Refuges

The only thing standing in the way of the GOP-backed measure becoming law is Donald Trump's signature.<p>WASHINGTON — With the stroke of his pen, President Donald Trump could allow for bears, wolves and other predators to once again be hunted in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.<p>Following in the …

Alaska

Outdoors: Bird-watching, nature lessons and the Croaking Chorus Frog Hike

Heading into its fifth anniversary season, Rubber City Shakespeare Company on Friday night announced a name change, new educational programs and its …

Ohio

Endangered elephant in Cambodia electrocuted by power pole

A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the animal.<p>Nup Thet, a ranger at …

Wildlife

Cane toad that may have 'hitchhiked' to Mount Kosciuszko prompts disease fears

National Parks and Wildlife Service says amphibian chytrid fungus could affect endangered frog species<p>The discovery of a cane toad that may have “hitchhiked” to Mount Kosciuszko has prompted concerns about the spread of dangerous diseases to native frog species.<p>The dead cane toad was found by the …

Biodiversity

Sir David Attenborough has shrimp fossil named after him

He has already had a research ship, dinosaur and flightless weevil named after him, and now Sir David Attenborough can add an ancient shrimp to the creatures given his moniker.<p>In honour of the famed broadcaster and naturalist's 90th birthday last year, researchers from the universities of Oxford, …

David Attenborough

Bid to bring beavers to northwest Highlands

<b>A conservation charity wants to reintroduce beavers to the northwest Highlands.</b><p>Findhorn-based Trees for Life said it has been working for more than 25 years on a plan to bring back the once native species to parts of Scotland.<p>In November last year, the Scottish government said beavers already …

Beavers

Great White Sharks Just Want To Nibble You

Great white sharks are the largest predatory sharks on Earth, weighing about 5,000lbs. That doesn't mean they want to eat you. Shark attacks on …

Trump admin returns bumble bee species to endangered list

The creature responsible for pollinating your tomatoes, peppers and cranberries is now back on the endangered species list following a lawsuit …

Bees

Buzz Kill: Bumblebees Listed as Endangered Species

Despite the temporary freeze on new federal regulations enacted by Trump, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services declared the rusty-patched bumblebee a …

Endangered Species

Carleton prof finds evolutionary clues in nature's 'bloopers'

'They actually tell us a lot about the way evolution works,' says Andrew Simons<p>Nature is full of wonders, but it's not perfect.<p>That's where Andrew …

Biology

Keel-Billed Toucan

A wild keel-billed toucan perches on a branch during a rainstorm in Costa Rica. I captured this image during a photography tour of Costa Rica focused …

Photography

The Way of the Wolf: An Interview with 'The Indiana Jones of Birders'

<b>Ornithology, quite simply, is the scientific study of birds.</b> Amateur ornithologists—also known as “birders” or, disparagingly, “bird nerds”—can be …

Biodiversity

The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres

In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living things

Forests

Ancient bloodsucker discovered in British garden

An ancient blood sucking creature with a sucker full of razor teeth for a mouth has been discovered in a British garden.<p>Mom Rachel Kennedy had been …

Lifestyle

How Big Can a Land Animal Get?

Imagine taking a helicopter to an uncharted island, only to be ambushed by a massive ape-like creature standing more than 100 feet tall and weighing …

Whales

Hug-Loving 'Hippie' Monkeys Left Alone in Forest as Epidemic Kills Other Primates

The northern muriqui monkeys of Brazil — popularly known as "hippie" primates — are vegetarians, begin their day with a group hug, and are one of the …

Monkeys

Despite what you’ve heard, peeing on a jellyfish sting won’t make it better

One of the hazards of frolicking in the ocean is encountering some of the wildlife. True ocean lovers are accustomed to sharing the water with …

Health

See the Incredible Changing Colors of 'China's Dead Sea'

VIEW GALLERY | 6 PHOTOS<p>An aerial view of a world-renowned inland salt lake known as the "Dead Sea of China" in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province, on Ma<p>... …

Dead Sea