Liz Langley

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Jumping Spiders, Angry Cats

Dogs are known for their outstanding scenting and trailing abilities. Dogs can also detect diverse odors like explosives and narcotics. Can elephants do the same? —Liselle S., Philippines  “They do. They track each other,” said John Lenhardt of the National ...

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Venomous Mammals, Octopus Mothers

Do echidnas have venomous spines similar to a platypus that can be used in defense? —John McMillan, Metung, Victoria There are two echidna species—the long-beaked echidna, which lives on the island of New Guinea (map), and the short-beaked, which ...

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Purple Frogs, Taming Zebras

I have always wondered why we have not domesticated [zebras] for riding, like horses? —CeeCee Hall, California Historically, it’s a matter of circumstance that zebras weren’t domesticated—not necessarily because the equines are aggressive, as is commonly thought, ...

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Winged Creatures

 Ask Your Weird Animal Questions flies right into facts about our winged brethren this week. I love watching the frigatebirds in the skies above Key West—so elegant and it seems like they stay “afloat” forever. How high can they ...

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Animal Eyes

From cats to clams, the animal kingdom literally has many different ways of seeing things—including some we may not think of as having eyes at all. This week on Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, we’re taking a visionary ...

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Reptiles

Reptiles may not be as cuddly as cats or as dutiful as dogs, but reptile people love their lizards, snakes, and turtles. This week Ask Your Weird Animal Questions slithers into the world of reptiles, starting with one reader who ...