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Why I Love the Comments Section


If there’s one thing everyone knows, it’s that humans don’t know what they’re talking about. I was reminded of this on Quora the other day when someone asked, “Is there any one thing in the world that all humans agree on?” The most up-voted response went like this: “Yes, Everyone thinks the world has too many idiots. This is a view…

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Palmettos and trees at Palmetto State Park, Texas

State Parks of Texas: Islands of Life


And there goes another successful day of exploring life in the great outdoors. This time, I explored a state park about one hour south of my urban little bubble of Austin, Texas. My last outdoor adventure led to salamanders galore in one of the city parks (western slimy salamanders to be specific, or, “Plethodon albagula“), so I was eager to…

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You’re Surrounded by Living Treasures


I’ve always had a thing for finding elusive critters in the wild. As a kid, I’d often explore our backyard and scan the garden for garter snakes. They’re a rather common species, but they were always so hard to find. If I was lucky, I’d only find one every few weeks or so. That’s what always got me, just, knowing they’re…

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Cobra with an Irula tribesman. Photo: AP/Representational

Snakes for the Sake of Making It


Invasive python species are a big problem in Florida, wreaking havoc on mammal populations like rabbits and deer in the area. While no one knows how many are out there, population estimates range from 30,000 to 300,000 Burmese Pythons, and they can grow to more than 20 feet in length. To combat the problem, biologists have used tracking devices, trained…

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O'brien Bay, Antarctica — Image: Dominic Hall/Australian Antarctic Division

Antarctica: Alive and Full of Color (VIDEO)


Antarctica probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about our planet’s diverse, colorful lifeforms. But if you cut through all that ice and swim to the bottom without freezing to death, you’ll find a scene that looks straight out of a fantastical Dr. Seuss book. Or, you can just outsource the job to a robot,…

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Filtered Nature in the Riviera Maya


A group of tourists ran up to a lanky ball of fur, which was curled up on a sidewalk at our resort in the Riviera Maya. “Look! It’s a monkey!” Phones and cameras took over the scene and snapped away for a few seconds, people shrieked and giggled, and then they continued walking. That same monkey kept showing up, and the…

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Riviera Maya: Seeing it is Just the Start


My wife and I have been married for about a week, and now we’re kicking back on a beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. This vacation has been unlike anything we’ve ever done — mostly because it’s all so … well, turn-key and tourist-ready — far from the off-the-beaten-path adventures we typically seek. The area is dotted with hundreds of resorts,…

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Scrotum Frog (Telmatobius culeus) — Photo by Pete Oxford / Minden Pictures

What Killed 10,000 Endangered ‘Scrotum’ Frogs in Peru?


The most striking part of this headline is not that there’s a real animal that humans decided to call the “scrotum frog.” But there is, so let’s take a moment to acknowledge that. Just look at its saggy skin. Laugh if you’d like; get it out of your system. Okay, now start crying. Scrotum frogs are the world’s largest aquatic…

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Planet Earth II — Here’s a Sneak Peek (TRAILER)


In 2006, the Planet Earth TV series became the most expensive nature documentary series ever made by the BBC. Filmed in high definition and narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough, it revealed a planet of beauty, wonder, and life to audiences around the world. Ten years later, a sequel is finally coming, scheduled for broadcast in October and November…

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Saturday’s March For Elephants and Rhinos


“Extinction is forever!” a loud voice belted through a megaphone. “Stop poaching now!” the mighty crowd of about 65 activists chanted back with fists in the air. We were among the thousands of people who marched through 150 cities around the world to participate in this year’s Global March For Elephants and Rhinos. Why? As I recently wrote, things look…

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