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The Good Side of Bad Breath

David Mizejewski | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Before you reach for pesticides at the first sight of an insect pest in your garden, you might try breathing on it first and see what happens.

Hellbender Foot Reveals Power of Photography

David Mizejewski | Posted 06.02.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Three Animals That Have Inspired Technology

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

We typically think of the technological world as something completely different from the natural world, even diametrically opposed. But sometimes, technology can become better by following nature's lead.

Newt Kills Frog With Chemical Warfare

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

2011-03-22-Screenshot20110322at6.55.21PM.jpgTurns out that rough-skinned newts have toxins in their skin to which the bullfrogs have no natural defense against.

Two Legged Chihuahua Pups Abandoned

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Salamander Eating Habits

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

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Hormone Crazed Deer Goes Shopping

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

The deer first wandered into Diesel, but apparently it wasn't into urban fashion and decided to smash up a mirror.

Got Bugs? Animal Planet Will Fix It, Film It

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

You may think bed bugs are so 2010, but they still exist, so much so that Animal Planet wants to help New Yorkers by fixing the problem. The catch? Th...

Tiny Chameleons Use a Different Kind of Camouflage

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

This week's Animal Oddity comes from the island nation of Madagascar in Africa. The diminutive chameleons of the genus Brookesia are some of the smallest lizards, and indeed vertebrates, in existence.

City Councilman Threatened Over Pit Bull Ban Stance

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Denver Police are deploying patrols around the home of a city councilman after he received a threatening note over his stance on the city's long-stand...

Fat Eyes Make Opossum a Star

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

2011-01-21-heidi.jpgAs a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, here is what I think is the reason for Heidi's fame-inducing crossed eyes.

Anti-Whaling Group Launches Innovative iPhone App

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

A new iPhone application gives a positive new meaning to the term "armchair activist," offering users the opportunity to take part in Sea Shepherd's high stakes campaign.

Easy on the Eye, Easy on the Planet!

Anna Griffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anna Griffin

One of the more brilliant aspects of my job as Editor in Chief of Coco Eco is meeting amazing and inspiring people who are out there actively engaged ...

Vulture Accused of Being a Spy

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Today's Animal Oddity is the griffon vulture that was detained by officials in Saudi Arabia as an Israeli spy. I know this sounds like something out of the Onion or SNL, but it seems to be true.

Top 20 Animal Oddities of 2010

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

It's been a big year for odd animals. And I've spent a good part of the last twelve months combing the news for odd animals stories, sightings and discoveries. Here are twenty favorites.

'Tis the Season for Sea Shepherd to Defend Whales in Antarctica

Deborah Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Deborah Bassett

Earlier this week I met up with Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew as their flagship vessel embarked on it's annual mission to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary to defend the whales against the illegal hunting spree.

Animal Eyes are Odd

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

This week's Animal Oddities post is all about animal eyes. Recently, Treehugger did a story on the subject and it made me realize how strange-looking...

Animal Oddities: Birds That Eat People

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

For Westerners, the idea of being eaten by an animal is considered the stuff of fantasy and horror films. However, for modern humans of the not-so-distant past, the prospect of being killed and eaten by wild predators was reality.

How to Properly Dispose of an Opossum

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Pink Mama, the lady who channels the spirit of a dead squirrel and offers tips on how to give an opossum a pedicure, is at it again. It's sad new this time.

Turkeys Are True Animal Oddities

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Wild turkeys sometimes show up in odd places. They show up at backyard bird feeders and in some cases the territorial male turkeys have been known to chase people across their front lawns.

Oddest Animal Companions

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

Sometimes animals that wouldn't normally socially interact break the mold and become friends, transcending or ignoring instinct and how science says t...

SWU Brazil: It Really Does Start With You

Anna Griffin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anna Griffin

The Global Sustainability Symposium -- featuring Over 74 global musical acts, including Rage Against the Machine, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Joss Stone, Incubus and Tiësto -- proved to be a powerful and inspiring event.

Snake Gives Virgin Birth to Bizarre Offspring

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

You might be surprised to learn that virgin births occur in nature, not just in religious tradition and mythology. Some insects and other invertebra...

Animals in Odd Places

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

On my Animal Oddities blog I often report on animals that show up in odd places. Here, for your pleasure, are my top ten "animals in odd places" stories.

Paul the Psychic Octopus Is Dead

David Mizejewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Mizejewski

R.I.P. Paul. It's not every day that an animal oddity garners the world's attention!