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Oh, the Places You'll (Never) Go!

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said.

Snakes, Snakes. Everywhere, Snakes.

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

Who knew this could even happen? Snakes! Inside the house. What could possibly be worse?

Making Nice: A Battle Cry for Biological Diversity

Lisa Novick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Green
Lisa Novick

This reluctance to actively consider something that causes cognitive dissonance or necessitates reappraisal of our actions is reprehensible. This reluctance is the death knell of countless species and ecosystems on Earth that we have come to love and are loathe to imagine the world without.

These Baby Chameleons Will Provide Your Daily Dose Of Squee

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.12.2015 | Green

Who knew baby chameleons were so adorable? Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, just welcomed more than 20 baby Veiled Chameleons to the zoo's family...

The Freaky Science Behind How Chameleons Change Color

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.11.2015 | Science

Everyone knows that chameleons are the kings of camouflage. But as to the exact process by which these familiar lizards change color to match their en...

Evolution of Darwin From Thrill-Seeking to Thought-Provoking

Christine Negroni | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Its no secret; Australia is a country infested with things that will kill you. Or as humorist and Australiaphile Bill Bryson put it, "If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles."

Reptiles May Be More Like Us Than You Ever Thought

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.02.2014 | Science

They may not be the brightest bulbs in the terrarium, but surprising new research shows for the first time ever that reptiles are able to learn by wat...

I'm With Stupid: When Will the Reptile Abuse Finally End?

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

On the surface, this would seem to be a clear-cut case of animal cruelty. Those geckos are dead because of the actions of some humans. But I think this case actually resides in more of a gray area because I think the geckos were willing participants.

What To Do When You Find A Small Green Turtle In A Red Plastic Cup On Your Porch

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green

Greg Guthrie and his family recently came home to Washington, D.C. from a long weekend away to find an unexpected visitor on their porch: a very small...

So, Crocodiles Can Climb Trees Now

Posted 02.13.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Bryan Nelson: If you thought that climbing a tree was a prudent way to escape a crocodile, think again. New research s...

Did Scientists Have Dino Feathers All Wrong?

natureheader | Matt Kaplan | Posted 12.27.2013 | Science

Birds evolved from dinosaurs, and dinosaur fossils are often covered with impressions of feathers, which made some palaeontologists speculate whether ...

Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Pet

Humane Society of New York | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Humane Society of New York

Picking the right pet can be tough. It goes beyond just getting "the cute one." You need to ask yourself some important questions before deciding. I...

Gators, Crocs Are Smarter Than We Thought

| Erik Stokstad | Posted 12.08.2013 | Science

As predators go, there are lots of reasons to respect alligators and crocodiles. They hide patiently for hours, then launch a sudden attack with the s...

EXPLAINED: Huge Snake's Extreme Eating Ability

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The first complete sequence of any snake genome reveals that Burmese pythons evolved rapidly to be able to eat prey as big as their own bodies. The p...

Pet Snakes Are Constricting Our Public Safety

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

In the summer of 2013 alone, deadly pet snakes were on the loose in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wisconsin after escaping from their owners. The statistics speak for themselves. When will the public listen?

WATCH: Big Lizard Decomposes In Gruesome Time-Lapse

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science

What happens to an animal's body after it dies? Find out in the Earth Unplugged video above, an amazing time-lapse from Sam Hume and Simon Baxter t...

It's Not Easy Being Green: Frogs (and Many of Our Other Slimy Friends) Need Help

Collette Adkins Giese | Posted 11.19.2013 | Green
Collette Adkins Giese

Protecting our amphibians and reptiles will always be a good way not only to protect these animals but to protect the environments we share with them, and the jobs, of all kinds, provided by their delicate, irreplaceable ecosystems.

Godzilla vs. T. Rex: An Epic Showdown

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.13.2013 | Green

Let the suspense consume you as you wonder who will win this battle. Will the great and mighty Godzilla (aka someone's pet iguana) outwit the stro...

Bearded Dragons Say What's Up

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.14.2013 | Comedy

Why, hello over there. You're a bearded dragon too? Fancy that. How's it goin? OK, so waving behavior in bearded dragons is actually pretty common...

Snakes Alive! 6 Standout Serpentariums

MiniTime | Posted 10.20.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Snakes get a bad rap for being ugly and slimy, but they play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our planet. If you've got a budding herpetologist in your family, visit one of these six serpentariums.

REVEALED: Secret Lives Of Baby Snakes

LiveScience | Douglas Main | Posted 08.08.2013 | Science

By implanting baby northern pine snakes with tracking devices, scientists are revealing previously unknown details about the little reptiles' lives. ...

Will New Reptile Study End Old Dinosaur Debate?

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 07.21.2013 | Science

Call it the latest salvo in the not-so-heated debate over whether dinosaurs were hot- or cold-blooded. A new paper published in the journal PLoS O...

REVEALED: Weird Way Odd Mammal Keeps Its Sex Organs Hot

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 07.17.2013 | Science

An unusual mammal in Madagascar has gobs of a special type of fat called brown fat packed around its sex organs, according to a new study. Brown fa...

On Overcoming a Debilitating Fear... of Turtles

Ani Vrabel | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Ani Vrabel

It's not a great exaggeration to say that last weekend, I walked into my own worst nightmare: the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society's annual Turtle and Tortoise Show. I had decided it was time to kick my ridiculous phobia -- and I figured an unconventional fear deserved an unconventional attempt to beat it.

New Species Of Prehistoric Predator Found In Transylvania

Posted 02.06.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon Published: 02/05/2013 11:56 AM EST on LiveScience Scientists say they've discovered the fossilized bones of a new type of pterosa...