A Baby Echidna. Did you know Echidna’s…

A Baby Echidna. Did you know Echidna’s have a four headed penis and no nipples? 

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Despite this baby’s soft and squishy skin, echidnas grow large spikes that are actually just modified hairs, all over their body, to a length of around 5cm long (excluding the face, legs and underside).

Perhaps the strangest thing about echidna’s is the way they mate. Male echidna’s have a 4-headed penis and, during mating, they shut off one half of these heads, using two heads to enter the female echidna’s two branched reproductive tract. The male’s alternate the two that are used. They also have no nipples, create mating “trains” behind a female and reproduce while hibernating.

Not only that, echidna’s have the lowest body temperature of all mammals at 32C (89F) compared with the 37C of a human, and can fluctuate up to 8C throughout the day – which is more than enough fluctuation to kill a human.

A Molting Cicada, via CSIRO and Wildlife Photo…

A Molting Cicada, via CSIRO and Wildlife Photographer Brad Leue. @bradleuephotography@csirogram 

CSIRO states: “Cicadas spend most of their lives as nymphs underground (some Australian species for as much as 6 -7 years!). Once they’re fully grown they’ve got a lot of work to do and not much time to do it. They dig their way to the surface, shed one last time and mate, all within a few weeks. 

Cicadas are also the loudest insects in the world with some singing as loud as 120 decibels. They sing in groups to repel birds and attract a mate. Fun fact: only the males sing.”

Thank you to CSIRO and Brad Leue for the insight!

A shot of Isabukuru, a protected Gorilla in …

A shot of Isabukuru, a protected Gorilla in Rwanda, and Veronica who is the Fossey Gorilla Fund Senior Advisor. @savinggorillas

Swimming Feather Star. 

Swimming Feather Star. 

Feather Stars are known as ‘unstalked Crinoids’, as other Crinoids have a stalk that attaches them to the sea floor and closely resemble terrestrial plants like ferns or lilies. 

Feather Stars use their feather like arms to capture plankton and other sources of nutrition that drifts throughout the water.

Via Caters Clips and professional diver, Els van den Eijnden, from the Netherlands, who spotted the Feather Star on a dive in Thailand.

A map depicting how territorial wolf packs a…

A map depicting how territorial wolf packs are by utilizing their GPS locations. 

This data is via the Voyageurs Wolf Project, which studies wolves and their prey during the summer around Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota.

Voyageurs Wolf Project explained that: “Each wolf’s collar took locations every 20 min (with the exception of the northernmost pack which took locations every 4 hr starting in October) for the duration of the summer. The last photo of the post shows the name and territory of each pack. There are a few packs that we have had collared in the past 2 years that we were not able to get GPS-collars on this year.”

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