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Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Crested geckos rediscovered in 1994 after thought to be extinct

Originating from a small chain of islands east of Australia known as South Province of New Caledonia, the crested gecko, also referred to as an “eyelash” gecko, was proclaimed extinct during the late 1800’s because there was...

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Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Crayfish burrow during droughts to survive

With it being well distributed throughout the U.S. and other countries, the crayfish, also known as mudbugs, crawdads, crawfish, yabbies or freshwater lobsters, is a commonly seen arthropod that dwells under rocks and debris amongst the bottom...

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Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The robber fly captures prey mid-air

Known for its incredible ability of seizing insects during mid-flight, the robber fly is also called an “assassin fly” or “bee killer.” It has six powerful legs meant for capturing insects such as bees, grasshoppers, beetles, ants,...

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Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Tarantula wasp has second most painful sting in the world

The tarantula wasp or “tarantula hawk,” receives its name because of its ability to take down one of the largest known spiders, the tarantula. This wasp has a stinger that ranks second for the most painful insect...

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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Cabbage White larvae damage crops

From the family of Pieridae (Whites and Sulphurs) and the order Lepidoptera, Cabbage Whites are the common flurries we see amongst our gardens, yards, and countless wildlife habitation. They can be identified by their white or yellowish...

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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Tarantula bites are hardly ever serious

Hunting within the night and living most of their lives inside underground burrows, the tarantulas of North America are exceptionally hard to spot, but can occasionally be seen out in the open during the cool evenings of...

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Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Bull snakes are plentiful in Tooele County

Coming from the order of Squamata, “possessing a body covered with large, imbricate horny scales,” the bull snake is a frequently seen reptile of Utah and is one of largest native snakes of North America. In fact,...

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Orb-weavers recreate their fascinating webs each day

Named after their orbicular- or spiracle-shaped webs, orb-weavers are awe-striking spiders that comprise many shapes, sizes and colors. The number of different species is somewhat controversial and is estimated between 4,000 to more than 10,000 worldwide. Orb-weavers...

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Female squirrels play hard to get when mating

With the brain the size of a walnut, squirrels are both smart and curious and at times are considered a nuisance for their daily rituals and enormous appetites. Consuming its own body weight of food each week,...

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Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Mom protects fawns in unique ways

Among the autumn seasons of North America, white-tailed deer generally give birth six months after mating. Though mothers usually raise one to three youngsters at once, on rare occasions, doe may birth quadruplet fawns. Within 20 minutes...

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