Animals

  • East coast frogs dying by the thousands

    Frogs are vanishing in numbers along the east coast, and we’re not entirely sure why – but locals...

    In early to mid-June, a few reports started coming into Dr Jodi Rowley, reptile and amphibian curator at the Australi...

    Animals September 3, 2021
  • Crashlanding geckos rely on their tails to get a grip

    High-speed cameras reveal the extraordinary dynamics of gecko flight – and landing.

    Crash landings are quite normal for geckos – it is their habit to launch themselves into leaps between trees to trave...

    Animals September 3, 2021
  • Wanted: Spotted skunks doing handstands

    Researchers call for skunk specimens with an arresting poster, and discover new species.

    These posters don’t show wanted criminals. They call for the capture of handstanding spotted skunks – and it’s all in...

    Animals September 1, 2021
  • Conversation

    Human progress is no excuse to destroy nature

    A push to make ‘ecocide’ a global crime must recognise this fundamental truth.

    By Anthony Burke, UNSW and Danielle Celermajer, University of Sydney Scientists recently confirmed the Amazon ...

    Animals September 1, 2021
  • Rhino diversity: the horns of a dilemma

    Lack of genetic diversity has been a problem for millions of years.

    Researchers analysing the genomes of living and extinct rhino species have made several findings about the ancestry a...

    Animals August 25, 2021
  • Giant centipedes devour thousands of seabird chicks every year

    Foot-long centipedes are the apex predators on a South Pacific Island.

    Hot on the heels of revelations about murderous tortoises comes a new study about equally deadly centipedes that hunt...

    Animals August 24, 2021
  • World first: Watch a deadly tortoise murdering a baby bird

    Is this a contender for the slowest hunt ever?

    Filmed in the woodlands of Frégate Island in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, this is the first documented eviden...

    Animals August 24, 2021
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    Sleepy sheep have better sex For rams, the greatest aphrodisiac might be melatonin, according to a study published...

    Animals August 23, 2021
  • Illegal reptiles smuggled into Australia after US popularity

    The popularity of certain species predicts the patterns of illegal importations into Australia.

    When it comes to importing illegal reptiles, Australia’s trade closely follows US trends, according to an analysis pu...

    Animals August 18, 2021
  • Mouse mothers tutor new mums

    Training of hormone triggers could be the key to maternal care, finds study.

    Mice learn how to mother through observation, and experienced mouse mothers tutor inexperienced female mice in the pr...

    Animals August 12, 2021
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    Animals August 9, 2021
  • These acrobatic squirrels deserve a gold medal

    How the study of secret squirrel movements can take robotics to the top of the tree.

    It might seem like these acrobatic squirrels are practising for their Olympic long jump debut, but they are really pa...

    Animals August 6, 2021
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