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Which bird is this?

Found this today in my neighborhood, my mom says it's a baby vulture and she has seen many during her childhood (in 1970's) while she lived in a small town around 200kms away from our city. However I ...
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What could these animal tracks be?

I live in a small town in the keweenaw Peninsula and found these giant tracks in front of my house. They look like a rabbit but it also looks like 3 hind legs? There are giant gaps between them also. ...
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ANyone ever heard of a Cat Stacking small rocks?

Our 6th or 8th generation Savanah Cat has been taking the 1.5 - 2" out of our path and placing them in our yard in a small circle, atleast placed next to each other. We couldn't figure out how they ...
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What is this insect? (Location: Hong Kong; size: 8 mm long, 4 mm wide, 2 mm thick; color: black with some brown at center on the top)

What is this insect? (Location: Hong Kong; size: 8 mm long, 4 mm wide, 2 mm thick; color: black with some brown at center on the top) The insect in the picture was slightly damaged after an ...
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Predatory animal tracking methods

As far as I know, humans are the only animals that use visual references to track prey that is not immediately visible to them. Do any other animals do this? I'm not referring to stalking prey ...
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How do we know how long hermit crabs live in the wild?

This article states that hermit crabs in the wild are extremely difficult to track because they constantly change shells and even gender. Later in the article, they say that hermit crabs can live 4 ...
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Is there an adhesive that could used for larval fish?

I am currently working on an experimental design that requires a larval fish (~ 4mm long) to be affixed on a metal wire tip on its dorsal side. Now, I was thinking of a glue or adhesive to do the job, ...
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What is this hard shelled insect in my house?

I moved to a new city in west India last year and I've since, on several occasions, seen this insect on walls and it's usually climbing using its head. It has a greyish long shell and moves in a very ...
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is there any kind of paw/pads lines or paw muscle anatomy in animal hands?

just like in the title my question is, is there any kind of paw/pads lines or paw muscle anatomy in animal hands? or its pretty much random? example like mammary lines as bilateral structure that ...
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Characteristics of a giant squid’s skin

Is the skin of a giant squid/colossal squid similar to the common squid? Does it possess chromatophores to change color? Or did it lose that ability because of the depth at which it resides or due to ...
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How much does Scolopendra gigantea weigh?

For somewhat understandable reasons, most references I've found related to "size" of Scolopendra gigantea, and centipedes in general, seem to focus on length. There are numerous sites, blogs, etc., ...
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Can Chilopoda “vocalize” or produce sound for the express purpose of communication, as opposed to sound as a byproduct of other movements?

Is there any species of Chilopoda that can "vocalize" or or otherwise produce sound for the express purpose of communication, as opposed to sounds it might create as a byproduct of other movements ...
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Why can't geese regurgitate food?

I saw this harrowing video on how barnacle goslings have to jump off very high cliffs because the parent's can't feed them. The death rate seems high. Why did natural selection come to favor jumping ...
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Why do komodo dragons have covered teeth?

Apparently komodo dragons have a layer of gum over their teeth and often bleed from the mouths because of this layer being lacerated when they bite. Does this layer of gum serve any evolutionary ...
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Can someone explain this phenomena?

So many parakeets sitting on a tree with no leaves ?
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Which fishes produce alarm signals to warn other group members about in coming predators

Atlantic Goliath Groupers are fishes which produce unique low frequency sounds to mate and when approached by predatory fish . The sounds produced when approached by a predator (or even a scuba diver) ...
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How can cats' claw grow sharper without replacing the claw?

I cut my cat's claws once a month. The claws always have pointed and sharp tip even though I had cut them last month. I assumed cats cannot change the shape of the claw by growing new keratin at the ...
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Identify this insect (looks like part of a tree)?

I found this insect and thought it was part of a tree at first, then it moved and so I knew it was an insect. I've never seen it before though so I am posting here hoping someone knows what it is. ...
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What are the chemical constituents of Spongilla fluviatilis

It's is fresh water sponge of Phyllum porifera, class- demospongiae, order -spongillida, family- spongillidae, genus- ephydatia.It's zoological name is Spongilla fluviatilis, it's synonym is ...
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Are these termites

Found a large number of these trapped between my window and the window frame. Are they termites? Location: Eastern Massachusetts, USA
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Where can I find extensive information on animal blood types and transfusions?

I'm interested in doing research on different animal blood types, including blood transfusion across different species. What are some resources you could recommend for me?
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What is a false crocodile?

On the wikipedia page about crocodiles crocodiles are called true crocodiles. Does this mean there are (or where) false crocodiles as well? Crocodiles (subfamily Crocodylinae) or true crocodiles ...
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Snake with strange head

This snake was killed in graveyard Peshawar (Pakistan). I just wonder what is this? Is it a snake? Baby crying sounds were reportedly heard from graveyard in Peshawar after months of search the sounds ...
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Recognise this thing found in beach?

Kindly help me identify this thing found in beach Chennai, India . Size would be just 1.5 cm in diameter..across maximum size. It's shelled and has something inside it. It make a small noise when it ...
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What type of guppy is this?

This is a guppy I recently bought from a local pet shop. They don't exactly know which type of guppy it is. I hope to get info about it's type.
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Can anyone please identify this?

We saw this leech like worm in Kerala, India. Can anyone identify it for us? I saw it today, 10th September. It's about 6 to 7 centimeters long. It was very still, didn't move while we went close and ...
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Can a certain snake kill human by 'drinking' his breaths? [closed]

In Rajasthan in India, locals know a snake called peevna in the local language. Many of my relatives live there in villages in open deserts. They see many kinds of snakes every day. The word peevna ...
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Cormorant vs eel possible feeding?

I recently saw a cormorant at our local park. It dove pretty quickly, soon after it came up struggling with a large green eel. The thick 2' eel seemed quite determined to escape by thrashing and even ...
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Do animals like Seals feel cold on their skin?

Whenever there is a documentary about animals and you get to the colder regions, you will hear about Seals and their layer of blubber keeping them warm. But the skin is on top of the blubber, in ...
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Can anyone help me identify the size of a mantis shrimp club?

The mantis shrimp punches with it's club to destroy its prey's shell. I found on the internet that its body size is around 4 inches. What's the size of it's club?
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How many teeth do sharks grow and lose?

Even though sharks are not classified as mammals, they do seem to have great many teeth. Around how many teeth do sharks grow and lose over the course of their underwater life?
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What kind of skull is this-I found it on the beach in Cape May

I am hoping someone can help identify this skull! We found it on the beach in Cape May. The skull size is about 4 inch in length. Thank you.
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What kind of fish is this white blue-stained fish?

This fish has been spotted at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns (Queensland). I put a big effort to find it via Google but never could encounter anything similar. I have also made an attempt to find ...
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How fast do hummingbirds fly?

Hhhmz! A hummingbirds flew past me while I was in the garden and yet, it still managed to halt perfectly in front of a blooming flower nearest to me. Just as soon I began to wonder, how fast do ...
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What are some examples of animals who return to their group when threatened?

Based on my (limited) understanding, some types of animals use the power of numbers for protection. I assume, then, some species instinctively respond to threat by immediately seeking out and joining ...
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How do feral pigs get their tusks back?

Domestic pigs and wild boars are the same animal. There's virtually no genetic difference between the pigs kept on farms and those roaming in the wild. As I understand it we have selectively bred our ...
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Which other sense organs aside of eyes/ocelli do Tardigrades have?

Tardigrades have eyes/ocelli as sense organs. How about the other senses? Do they have some organ for hearing? Do they have some organ for smelling or tasting?
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What is this African bug?

This is an arthropod I found in an apparently abandoned mongoose burrow in the Maasai Mara game reserve, Kenya: That was the best photo I could get of it. From what I could tell, it had six legs and ...
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How do Joeys of different ages safely share a pouch?

I recently learned that female kangaroos typically rear multiple young at once, even producing different types of milk for neonatal joeys and older joeys. I've read that the older joey can enter and ...
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What is that? Dry brown fungus? See photo please

It has appeared two days in a row on my balcony, at exactly the same place. There's nothing near that can give me a hint of what it is. The birds can access the place easily. It's an inch in size, it'...
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Do male skunks have teats?

Simple question. Do male skunks (striped skunk, eastern US/Canada if it matters) have teats? Occasionally want to identify road-kill, but don't know if teats are diagnostic for females. I believe ...
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What is the function of spongin in sea sponges?

Sea sponges (Porifera) use different types of skeletons to support their structures. Some skeletons are built from minerals, some are built from proteins like spongin, and some use both. My question ...
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Anybody know of any sources/papers on wild animals identifying birds by their calls/sounds?

I'm doing a literature review about identifying birds, and was hoping to find some examples of animals being able to identify birds by sound (eg a mouse knowing the normal call of a sparrow is not the ...
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Knee directions

art student with very little knowledge of biology here. I was thinking about the designs of mythical creatures and I got stuck on the topic of knee directions, and couldn't work out the appropriate ...
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(How) do horizontal pupils dialate?

I was looking at mongoose eyes in particular, but my understanding is: Circular (human-like) pupils simply get larger/smaller depending on light levels, no change in "shape" Vertical slit (cat-like) ...
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Is it safe to feed the squirrels?

I hope this question fits here, I haven't found another community where it would fit. Two years ago I was in a hotel in Sri Lanka (south-western coast) and in the hotel gardens there were a lot of ...
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Reptiles are a paraphyletic group because?

Here is a question I am trying to find the answer to Reptiles are a paraphyletic group because... ? A) They include worm lizards, which have no limbs B) The group doesn’t include birds ...
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Larva of Halyomorpha halys?

I just found these small insects on a Saponaria. After search, it could be Halyomorpha halys, but I am really not sure. Can anyone confirm? If so, should I kill them as they are considered as ...
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Why do leeches lose septae due to parasitism?

So I found this piece of information in my textbook without a proper explanation, and I can't seem to find the relation between the two.
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Inbreeding depression in Gouldian Finches

I currently breed Gouldian finches, including the yellow mutation. I was lucky to breed 6 youngsters including pure yellow and yellow split. How far can I interbreed the offspring (i.e step brothers/...