Mary Bates

Fish Changes Color in a Flash, Scientists Discover

Chameleons and octopuses are known for their rapid color changes, but fish? It turns out that at least one species of fish—the rockpool goby—is a quick-change artist, too. There have been anecdotal reports of gobies and other tidepool ...

Watch: Sneaky Octopus Dismantles Camera

A sneaky octopus tried to literally steal the show when he recently took apart a camera off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida.  Joe Kistel, an underwater videographer for the marine-conservation nonprofit TISIRI, was filming at an artificial reef on July 6 ...

Amazing Animals That Walk on Water

It’s no miracle: More than 1,200 species of animals have evolved the ability to walk on water, from tiny insects and spiders to larger animals such as birds, reptiles, and even mammals. Ants are not known for their swimming skills, ...

How Catfish Stalk Prey in the Dark

Japanese sea catfish hunt at night, using an array of senses to peer through the dark water and find their prey. Now scientists have discovered an additional way that the fish find food: Detecting slight chemical changes in the water ...

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of super-speedy praying mantises that roam Central and South America, a new study says. The insects belong to a group called bark mantises, which are flatter and broader than the more commonly known mantis. “...

19 New Species of Speedy Praying Mantises Found

A scientist has discovered 19 new species of super-speedy praying mantises that roam Central and South America, a new study says. The insects belong to a group called bark mantises, which are flatter and broader than the more commonly known mantis. “...

Your Shot Pictures: More Albino and Oddly White Animals

Readers went wild for our recent post “Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals,” offering more than a hundred comments about their own sightings and interactions. Eric Rose from Kentucky let us know about two albino alligators named Snowball and Snowflake ...

Your Shot Pictures: More Albino and Oddly White Animals

Readers went wild for our recent post “Special Albinos and Unusually White Animals,” offering more than a hundred comments about their own sightings and interactions. Eric Rose from Kentucky let us know about two albino alligators named Snowball and Snowflake ...

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground

Meet the Indian purple frog, also known as the pig-nosed frog. Only formally discovered in 2003, the colorful amphibian is an endangered species native to the mountains of India’s Western Ghats. With a chubby, purple body and pointed, piglike snout, ...

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground

Meet the Indian purple frog, also known as the pig-nosed frog. Only formally discovered in 2003, the colorful amphibian is an endangered species native to the mountains of India’s Western Ghats. With a chubby, purple body and pointed, piglike snout, ...

Beware in the Bayou: Alligators and Crocodiles Can Climb

  You might think of crocodiles lurking in the water or perhaps sunning themselves on a riverbank, but it turns out these toothy reptiles’ domain extends to the upper branches of trees. A new study in Herpetology Notes documents the ...

Beware in the Bayou: Alligators and Crocodiles Can Climb

  You might think of crocodiles lurking in the water or perhaps sunning themselves on a riverbank, but it turns out these toothy reptiles’ domain extends to the upper branches of trees. A new study in Herpetology Notes documents the ...

Leapin’ Lizards! Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

New research shows crocodiles frequently make their way up trees to bask in the sun and keep an eye on their environment. You might think of crocodiles as being at home in the water — but it turns out these toothy ...

Leapin’ Lizards! Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

New research shows crocodiles frequently make their way up trees to bask in the sun and keep an eye on their environment. You might think of crocodiles as being at home in the water — but it turns out these toothy ...