his is the shocking moment a crocodile tries to devour another helpless croc. Photographer Anne-Marie Scheepers, 52, took the pictures while visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa. The photos show a crocodile clamping its teeth down and shaking the smaller croc. The attack happened over the space of two hours. Scheepers, from Johannesburg, said […]
4 Things About Red-Eared Slider Turtles You Likely Haven’t Heard Of
There are over two hundred different species of sliders, and most of them reside in the Americas. These turtles are recognizably different from one another, with some having red or orange markings on their shells and heads. In this blog post, we will explore four things you likely haven’t heard of about red-eared sliders. From […]
In Nepal, a turtle that rose from the dead makes another grand entrance
KATHMANDU — In 2002, the black softshell turtle was declared extinct in the wild — not a difficult assessment to make, given that, back then, the only known population of the species was in a pond at a Sufi shrine in Bangladesh. It beat that rap when, that same year, researchers found the animals in […]
Earth’s Wildlife Is In Trouble, But How Bad Is It?
Our planet’s wildlife is in danger. Each year, hundreds of species go extinct. But those are just the species we know about. Scientists don’t know exactly how dire the situation is for all life on Earth. Most countries lack national monitoring systems, making it difficult to reach a comprehensive figure. So, it’s difficult to count […]
‘You can’t control what beavers do or how they do it!’ Could rewilding help England fight droughts?
In the midst of the UK’s worst drought in living memory, a host of unfamiliar experiences assault our senses in a Devon valley. Before us is a field of lush green grass. To one side is a bush of blackberries swollen huge by perfect growing conditions. Squelch, squelch go our feet through the grass. There’s […]
‘Generally ignored’ species face twice the extinction threat, warns study
Plants and animals that do not have enough data to be properly assessed appear to be at twice the risk of extinction as those that have been evaluated, meaning more species may face being wiped off the planet than previously thought, a study has warned. Researchers looked at the extinction risk of species assessed on […]
Appetite for frogs’ legs in France and Belgium ‘driving species to extinction’
A voracious appetite for frogs’ legs among the French and Belgians is driving species in Indonesia, Turkey and Albania to the brink of extinction, according to a report. Europe imports as many as 200 million mostly wild frogs every year, contributing to a serious depletion of native species abroad. Scientists estimate that the Anatolian water […]
Hoards of terrestrial toads found living in dormouse nest boxes high in the trees
Toads sleeping in their nest boxes high in the trees have astonished scientists searching for dormice. For the first time, a study has shown how frequently common toads breed and build their nests in trees. There have been reports of 50 toads living in dormouse nest boxes, which are nests that are up to three […]