Hamsters weren’t always spinning on the wheel: There are 26 species of wild hamster, including the Syrian, which was first found near the city of Aleppo.
In this week’s column, we tackle the diet of giant centipedes and the life spans of saltwater crocodiles.
Get behind the scenes of the show and find out why Dr. Pol says he will “die with his hand up the back of a cow.”
Louisiana’s official crustacean? Crayfish. New Mexico’s honored amphibian? The spadefoot toad. See what other states have quirky symbols to show their pride.
What is a honey badger, really? How do spiders not get stuck to their webs? See answers to these questions and more in our weekly Q&A column.
The brutal U.S. winter is killing off the invasive Asian stinkbug, a new experiment shows.
Feeling blue? Check out our gallery of blue-booted boobies and other colorful creatures.
Miley’s tongue has nothing on the animal world when it comes to waggle and weirdness. Get a taste of nature’s coolest tongues.
See an albino bat, wallaby, deer, and more in our roundup of photos submitted by National Geographic readers.
In our inaugural column of Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, we tell you how a new species of tapir hid in plain sight and investigate a sighting of a two-horned lizard.
When in danger, flood ants use their buoyant babies as flotation devices because it results in fewer deaths, a new study says.
Males calls to females from beneath a thin layer of soil—the only frog known to have such an odd behavior, a new study says.
A new photography exhibit shows scientific images of fish in stunning detail.
It’s a finding fit for Valentine’s Day: Coquerel’s sifakas that have mated and produced offspring alter their natural scents to smell alike, a new study says.
Flatworms that fence with their penises and male fish that literally latch onto their mates are among nature’s most odd and risky mating rituals.