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Adorable Primate Does an Impressive Impression of a Cobra

Matt Soniak

The Invasive Species That Couldn’t Invade

Matt Soniak

The red shiner is just a few inches long, and has no big scary fangs, no claws, no stinger and no poisonous spines.

A Tiny Spider’s Secret to Taking Down Big Prey

Matt Soniak

At first glance, the pin head-sized spider Zodarion cyrenaicum seems like its on a suicide mission every time it hunts for a meal.

Frogs Use Storm Drains for Better Mating Calls

Matt Soniak

As humans take up ever more space and urbanize the untamed wilderness, the animals that call these places home have a tough choice to make: move on to someplace else or adapt to their new surroundings

Extinct Snakes Lead to Better Fakes

Matt Soniak

In North Carolina, a scientist finds snakes dressed as their long-gone neighbors.

This Assassin Only Kills If Its Victim Strikes First

Matt Soniak

Letting your opponent land the first blow usually isn’t a surefire strategy for winning a fight, but for one insect predator, it’s the only way to come out on top.

Gulls Turn Cannibal on Sundays

Matt Soniak

Ah Sunday. The day of rest. A day for sleeping in, having a big brunch and watching bad action movies on basic cable. A day for murdering your own children and consuming their bodies.

Four Different Species Use the Same Odor to Exploit Each Other

Matt Soniak

Chemical warfare. Hijacked communications. Stowaways. Eavesdropping. Sounds like the makings of a spy movie, but it’s just another day in nature.

Galapagos Birds Beat Bloodsuckers with Pesticide-Lined Homes

Matt Soniak

In the 1990s, the fly Philornis downsi was accidentally introduced to the Galapagos Islands, probably in a shipment of fruit.

A Treasure Trove of Parasitic Wasps

Matt Soniak

For the last three decades, scientists in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), a roughly one-thousand-square-kilometer chunk of forest in northwestern Costa Rica, have been inventorying and rear

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