Animals Archive
24 February 2014, 02:13 PM ET
The black-tailed antechinus is a shrew-like marsupial that gives its life for sex. Males of the new species, discovered in southeastern Australia, have sex for hours and exhaust themselves in hope of siring many offspring.
24 February 2014, 01:58 PM ET
An aquatic salamander feared to have disappeared from Mexico's lakes, its only-known natural habitat in the wild, has been spotted again. Researchers sighted two of the salamanders, known as an axolotls, but did not capture any.
22 February 2014, 03:50 AM ET
The cottonmouth snake, also know as water moccasin, is North America's only poisonous water snake.
21 February 2014, 09:52 PM ET
Contrary to the film of DreamWorks' imagining, Madagascar is not ruled by King Julien and his colony of lemurs. In fact the status of the lemurs on the island – the only place on earth that they exist – is a very precarious one.
21 February 2014, 03:06 PM ET
Lemurs have captured the public imagination in movies such as "Madagascar," but these adorable primates are on the brink of extinction, conservationists say.
21 February 2014, 03:05 AM ET
The black mamba is one of the fastest and deadliest snakes in the world. Two drops of its venom can kill a person.
21 February 2014, 02:20 AM ET
New research finds that ants’ strength lies in their neck joints.
20 February 2014, 05:49 PM ET
Tadpoles choose to eat other tadpoles when alternative food sources are scarce, but otherwise try to avoid eating their own kin, a new study shows
20 February 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Human and dog brains process sounds in similar ways, and this may allow the two species to understand each other's emotions, new research shows.
20 February 2014, 02:29 PM ET
Scattered dots of red and yellow decorate what appears to be an icy, blue terrain in this award-winning microscope photo.
20 February 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Resourceful ants know what to do during a flood: They build a raft and stick the queen right in the middle of it.
19 February 2014, 10:38 PM ET
Calves deserve the same humane protections as cows and bulls.
19 February 2014, 01:11 PM ET
Various authors at the Humane Society contribute to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed and Insights.
19 February 2014, 01:08 PM ET
A scuba diver captured a video of a brief tussle between a rare giant octopus and his diving partner.
18 February 2014, 11:45 PM ET
Law enforcement and animal rights go hand in hand.
18 February 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Your cat's bizarre antics may be more than just feline folly. He may be seeing things that human eyes can't. The human eye only sees the world in visible light, but many animals also see in ultraviolet.
18 February 2014, 07:01 PM ET
Black bears and grizzly families are shown using highway underpasses and overpasses to get across the road.
18 February 2014, 07:01 PM ET
As more and more roads cut across the territories of wild animals, wildlife crossings are being built to bridge these barriers. But there has been little evidence that animals actually use the crossings.
18 February 2014, 05:30 PM ET
A video montage of bears crossing the Trans-Canada Highway.
18 February 2014, 04:30 PM ET
Officials at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station in Southern California are investigating a strange problem at their facility: dead birds with singed or burned feathers.
18 February 2014, 11:18 AM ET
Asian elephants have been observed consoling and reassuring others who are in distress by using touch and vocalizations. This behavior is thought to be rare in the animal kingdom.
18 February 2014, 07:11 AM ET
Asian elephants may touch each other and "talk" to each other during times of distress, which suggests the animals are capable of empathy and reassurance, according to new research.
18 February 2014, 12:45 AM ET
Animals have much to teach about compassion, lessons that resonate behind prison walls.
14 February 2014, 09:55 PM ET
If foods are protein-rich, ants can't tell solid morsels from liquid.
14 February 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The rising ocean temperatures that may come with climate change pose a threat to fish that live near the equator, a new study from Australia suggests.
14 February 2014, 03:10 PM ET
"Zoothanasia" is not euthanasia — there is nothing merciful about it.
14 February 2014, 10:02 AM ET
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show you care, and zookeepers got into the spirit by showering their animals with special gifts and treats. Here are some of the ways animals won hearts on Valentine's Day.
13 February 2014, 09:41 PM ET
Let's face it – without a face no-one would recognise us, nor would we be able to guess what others might be thinking or feeling.
13 February 2014, 02:56 PM ET
In the luscious, green forests of the Ecuadorian Andes, researchers have discovered a new plant species that turned out to be a biodiversity hotspot.
13 February 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Crazy Ants, named for their erratic movements, are taking over fire ant populations in the U.S. South.
13 February 2014, 02:00 PM ET
All over the southern United States, miniature foes are engaging in fierce battle. Invasive "crazy ants" have been displacing fire ants, and the crazy ants' defensive strategy may be behind their bold takeover.
12 February 2014, 05:12 PM ET
In the first clip, crazy ants and fire ants fight over a grasshopper carcass. The crazy ants are able to clean themselves with a secretion that detoxifies the fire ants' potent bite. The second clips show this cleaning behavior more clearly.