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 fish that are capable of changing colors, but scientists have largely ignored the behavior until recently. A study published October 15…

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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 when he came across the inquisitive invertebrate, which other divers had previously encountered. As Kistel filmed, the octopus…

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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. “They almost look like cockroaches with a narrow front end,” said Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate…

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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 that live at the Newport Aquarium in Ohio. Cul8rAnnieGator of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says her…

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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 that live at the Newport Aquarium in Ohio. Cul8rAnnieGator of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, says her…

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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, it’s unlike any other frog on Earth. Some of the purple frog’s unusual looks are adaptations…

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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 surprisingly common tree-climbing behavior in crocodiles and their close cousins, alligators. Even without any special anatomic adaptations for…

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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 surprisingly common tree-climbing behavior in crocodiles and their close cousins, alligators. Even without any special anatomic adaptations for…

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