True story time.
The National Zoo is weird. It doesn’t so much have hours of business so much the animals have hours for which they work. Since the zoo is, in some ways, a National Park, it is functionally open really early to really late. It’s just that if you get there early, the buildings are closed, but the grounds are open. Basically, all the animals are still having their morning coffee and reading the comics, so you don’t get to see much.
However, the sea lions don’t really go “home” for the night, so they’re out (in as much as sea lions get an “out”). They’re also extremely bored. Now, I’m not crazy enough to throw anything into the pool for them (seriously, don’t do that). However, what I did do was set my hat down on the ground up near the glass and this little guy had all sorts of fun trying to bite it or bubble it away. In the process, I got a decent little portrait here, but feel free to click through and see the other “playing with my hat” photos.
Do you think snakes can be right- or left-tongued?
Scorpions begin to ripen from the stinger end.
Lady Deathstrike’s powers seem remarkably unwieldy, but it does mean that she need not carry sharpies to keep track of Silence sightings.
The invention of the cotton gin not only increased production of cotton, but it saved lives by reducing the number of people required to harvest cotton from the mouthes of these snakes.
To hunt at night, many snakes have evolved the ability to sense heat via infrared radiation. However, those that lack this capability have learned to tie lanterns to their heads to aid in nighttime hunting. Sadly, they have found that the string either chafe their mouths or prevent them from opening their jaws to their full capacity.
Thus, a small number of snakes have evolved protuberences on the front of their faces to which they may attach their lanterns without reducing their predatory efficacy.
This salamander is offended at your photos, political posts, games invites, friends’ comments or shear quantity of posts. There is a reason that salamanders did not invent the Internet.
Turns out all frogs aren’t smooth and smiley.
Back when these creatures were discovered, someone looked at them and thought “slipper!”.
Exploratory biologists got rather homesick at times.
Rapunzel has been awaiting her rescuer for quite some time and is starting to think that she might have to rescue herself.
Kiwi have evolved a tripod structure for maximal species stability.
Tonight on the Nightly New(t)s, this emperor newt explores an economic environment in which television networks make their money by selling shows about poor people to other poor people, making the first group of poor people ever richer the poorer they can get them to act.
Fortunately he concludes his analysis with the observation that, though such a system would make the network quite rich, it is too transparent and cruel of a ploy for anyone to really fall for.
Though normally quite meticulous, you can when frog painters are working on a Friday afternoon.
When making a shrimp, you pretty much just poke a bunch of little sticks into the body until it doesn’t look like a shrimp anymore. Then you take that last one out and call it done.
“Yo pretty snakiess ’round the worldss
Got a weird thingss to show yass
So tell all the lil snakeletss
Tell your brothersss, your sistersss and your mammasss too
‘Cause we’re about to go downss
And youss knows just whatss to do
Wave your tonguesss in the air like yousss don’t care
Glide by the peoplesss as they startsss to looksss and staresss
Do your squeezesss, do your squeezesss, do your squeezesss quick mammasss
Come snakeletsss tell me what’s the wordsss
Some frogs will move their young from pond to pond or up trees to small pools of water in bromeliads. They do this by sticking them on their back and carrying them one-by-one to where they need to go.
This process can take a long time, so these frogs don’t see many movies until their brood has grown up.
The peacock mantis shrimp has the most interesting eyes anywhere in the animal kingdom. If you don’t believe me, ask The Oatmeal: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp.
Once they become successful with using two sticks in two hands, they progress with two in one. Then, they practice with smaller and smaller sticks. Eventually, when the sticks become sufficiently small, pandas may begin to to eat rice, greatly expanding their possible range.
Sometimes it can be hard to tell where the frog ends and the pond begins. This is why we have biologists.