At first glance, this turtle may appear to be something straight from Jurassic World, but upon closer inspection, you'll see that it's just an alligator snapping turtle. The prehistoric-looking creature is the largest species of turtle in the world, thanks to its spiked shell, beaklike jaws, and scaled tail. You'll normally find it in the rivers and lakes of the southeastern United States and spend most of their lives in the water. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Velda's Floating Fish Dome is a must-have for all pond owners, and it's basically a 31-inch dome that your koi need to experience life outside the grind of swimming around the pond all day. Do your fish continue meandering to and fro, pondering the existential significance of their life beneath the waters? If so, then this interesting device will give them a whole new outlook on life, literally. Continue reading for a video and more information. Get it here
The orchid mantis, also known as the hymenopus coronatus, is characterized by brilliant coloring and a structure finely adapted for camouflage, mimicking parts of the orchid flower. The four walking legs resemble flower petals, the toothed front pair being used as in other mantises for grasping prey. First stage nymphs mimic bugs of the family Reduviidae, which have a powerful bite and are foul tasting. The mantis can change its colour between pink and brown, according to the color of the background. Continue reading for more.
While cat love sleeping in boxes, dogs can snooze just about anywhere, but there are the few who might've been humans in past lives and absolutely prefer human beds over smaller ones. "The idea that dogs should never be allowed on the bed comes from old dominance theories which many of us ignore with no ill effects. Dogs are highly social, but they are also very flexible. They will prefer to be with the members of their social group, whether it is other dogs, cats, children, or adults. Where they prefer to sleep indicates who they consider their BFFs," according to The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading for more.
When a GoPro Fetch dog harness gets strapped onto a feisty golden retriever who loves the beach, rest assured that you'll capture a spirited dash towards the water. In this case, the dog is named Walter and his owner lives in the beautiful city of Siracusa in Sicily, Italy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you're about to see, Walter bounds down a hill, darts in between beachgoers and hurls himself into the waves, and we get to experience his journey in first person view to boot. Continue reading to watch.
There are real tales of human reincarnation, and then these animals, who are experts at posing for the camera. These photographers must've sensed their model-like qualities and decided to show the world what they're about, starting with this cheeky kitten. Unfortunately, there are currently no official fashion shows or posing competition for animals, but with more of these images surfacing online, that may change very soon, or so we think. Continue reading for more.
This isn't the first time we've featured split shots, but Australian photographer Matthew Smith's series "Over / Under," is definitely worth a look, as he simultaneously captures life both above and below water. Some of the best split shots are made in shallow water, and if you can stand, even better. The best case scenario would be a white sand beach with a nice shallow portion teeming with ocean life. Continue reading for more breathtaking shots.
If Grumpy Cat was a frog, it'd probably be a black rain frog whose natural habitats are temperate forests and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. Unfortunately, this species threatened by habitat loss. That is just one of the many bizarre frogs you won't believe actually exist in the wild, and some of the others include: camouflaged toads, a Cuban tree frog eating a light bulb, a species that look like moss and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.
Not just any hoodie, the Mewgaroo, created by Japanese pet supply company Uninhabitat, boasts an integrated cat pouch up front specifically for feline snuggling. If you're worried about the cat hair / balls, the pouch has a washable liner that can be easily removed for washing. Have a tiny dog? They'll also be glad to spend some quality time with their owner in the cozy pouch. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
Anyone who lives in or has visited Great Britain knows that the weather is unpredictable, so when photographer Max Ellis spotted a squirrel in his garden in Teddington one rainy afternoon, giving it a mini toy umbrella to shield itself was a no brainer. Getting this shot was quite tricky, as the umbrella was coated in sunflower seeds and peanut butter before being put on fishing line. Ellis says: "I considered building a covered walkway from their tree because I was getting cramp crouching behind the camera. Fortunately this one popped out and hung around exploring for about six minutes. As the rain got heavier, he was able to shelter for a bit but eventually gave up and headed off home." Continue reading for more pictures.