The amazing peacock spider, Maratus speciosus, performs a lively and entertaining dance for the camera…

More on this species:
Amusing Planet
Live Science

Peacock Spider Dance

Killdeers are so well known that they almost need no introduction. These medium-sized plovers are well-known for their unique “kill-DEER, kill-DEER!” call and their distracting display, pretending to have a broken wing to lure potential predators away from its nest on the ground. Find out something new about this species or other bird species using the links below — and let this post serve as a gateway for all your bird species wonderings. The last 7 are great for learning about all types of nature topics! 😀

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Audubon Guide to N Amer Birds
Cornell’s All About Birds
WhatBird
BirdWeb
Beauty of Birds

eNature
National Geographic
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
ARKive
BioKIDS
Nature Works

The hot springs snake (Thermophis baileyi) lives higher up in the mountains than any other snake in the world!

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Click the pic or links above or below to learn more about
this awesome snake!
Arkive
Excellent article by a snake ecologist

This crazy frog from the Amazon has a mouth that is one and a half times the length of its body!

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Learn more about this species:
Encyclopedia of Life (more pics!)
Animal Diversity Web
National Geographic

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Perameles gunnii, is a small endangered species in Australia. It has one of the shortest gestation periods (pregnancy) of all mammals — it gives birth after only 12 to 13 days! This fun video from an Australian zoo will tell you more, as will the links below it (more pics, too!).

Wildscreen ARKive
Werribee Zoo (Australia)

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia spp) have flowers that look like cascading fireworks… The shorter, red-petaled object in the pic.

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Smilax species are shrubby vines that can climb up trees using curly tendrils and hooked thorns. Many are evergreen, and 20 species are found in North America north of Mexico. Of these, the most common are catbriers or greenbriers. Sarsaparilla is a medicinal plant native to Mexico. Its common name means “little bramble vine”. Click the links below to learn more about this useful species.

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Wikipedia
iNaturalist
Tropical Plant Database

The Eurasian harvest mouse, Micromys minutus, is not only Europe’s smallest rodent, but it is also the continent’s only animal with a prehensile (grasping) tail. The nest this tiny one weaves also takes the prize for the most complex of any European mammal. The little harvest mouse splits and bends stalks of grass, eventually forming a spherical structure about 4 or 5 inches wide. These tiny rodents live only about 6 months, and even in captivity 18 months is the record.

More pics & info on Encyclopedia of Life
More pics & video on ARKive

Europe’s Smallest Rodent

North Side, South Side

They SAY that moss usually grows on the north side of trees, but this is just because the north side tends to be out of the sun during the most drying part of the day — leaving more moisture behind for mosses to grow.

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The Starfish Fungus, a type of stinkhorn, is just one of many interesting mushrooms of Hawaii.

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Find out more:
First Nature
Mushroom Expert
Rogers Mushrooms

This interesting little European wildflower, Arum maculatum, is known by somewhere around 100 different names! Find out just some of these by clicking the picture and links below!

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Wildscreen ARKive
A Modern Herbal
Easy Wildflowers
Wildflower Finder
Gardening Know-How

My Evening Primrose

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I feel very blessed to have a personal knowledge of this lowly little plant. It was one of the first wildflowers I got to know when I moved here to Texas, and it shows up in abundance in both my … Continue reading

Cup fungi can be black and long-stemmed!

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Plectania nanfeldtii on Sitka Photos

This furry little cup fungi is only about 1/4 inch wide, on a stem only 1mm wide. It grows on partially buried twigs of oak trees in Asia and North America.

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Microstoma floccosum

Up in the rugged, unforgiving mountains of Scotland, can any wildlife make a living? This BBC free full-length documentary film is presented on YouTube by AnimalLife. In these Scottish hills, we see that red deer and pine martens join many hardy bird species such as black-throated divers, hooded crows, ptarmigans, and reintroduced sea eagles. Follow a family of divers from a late second laying to the fledging and beyond. And follow the migration of salmon to the highest points in the river. At the end of the film is an entertaining filming diary.

The parasitic Cytinus hypocistis plant appears as a tiny red and yellow flaming bunches beneath rockrose (Cistis) bushes in the Mediterranean, including coastal France and Corsica.

 
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MORE pics — including habitat (host plant)!

Hornbill Nest Video

The Hooded Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia minor, is a carnivorous plant native to SE USA.

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Botanical Society: Hooded Pitcher Plant
Wildflower Center: Sarracenia minor
Carnivorous Plant FAQs

How Geysers Erupt

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Do you know what makes geysers erupt? Continue reading

An old animal classic on YouTube

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