Category Archives: animals

A fish with hips

by Greg Mayer The four-legged land vertebrates– amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, collectively known as tetrapods— get around, at least mostly, on their four legs. Their front and hind limbs are attached, respectively, to their pectoral and pelvic girdles, bones that attach or closely adhere to the axial skeleton. The pectoral girdle consists of the […]

A three-eared cat?

by Greg Mayer The BBC reports on an abandoned cat with “three ears” found in Norfolk. Shelter staff at Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling have named him “Brian”*. [JAC: several readers also sent this to me.] I can’t recall ever seeing such a cat, and neither could the shelter’s vet, though Jerry had […]

Spot the snakes!

by Greg Mayer Late this past summer, I caught a brown snake (Storeria dekayi) at the Root River Environmental Center in Racine, Wisconsin, so that the REC (as it’s known) could put it on display in a terrarium for visitors to see. Although I did not realize it, it was a pregnant female, and she […]

Who’s that bug?

by Greg Mayer As Jerry is about to, or has just completed, a trip from Europe over the Atlantic to North America, I thought I’d share a photo of a fellow traveler– this hemipteran, or “true bug”, that arrived today at a furniture store in Racine, Wisconsin, in a shipment of furniture from Norway. Although […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

WEIT stalwart Stephen Barnard sent Jerry some more gorgeous photos from Idaho with his comments. Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). The first two photos show the difference in size between the female and the male. That’s Desi on the left and Lucy on the right. This American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) has been patrolling my backyard. It likes to […]

The anurans of autumn

by Greg Mayer In a previous post here at WEIT, I’d reported on some toads and a painted turtle that I’d rescued from stair and window wells, and then released back into the wild last spring. I’d mentioned at the time that I periodically check these places, especially a deep (ca. 20 feet down) window […]

Spot the toads

by Greg Mayer A further salientian post is coming, but since people seemed to have such fun finding the frogs, I thought I’d add a quick post on spotting the toads.These are American toads, part of the same “rescue” as the green frogs featured yesterday. I think getting the count right on this one is […]

The marine toad

by Greg Mayer Jerry had us spot the toad a few posts ago (I earlier posted an easier ‘spot the frog‘), and in the comments some readers mentioned the marine toad, Bufo (Rhinella) marinus, also known as the cane toad (especially in Australia) or the giant toad. This species, native from south Texas to central […]

Big ancient animals

This is a palliative to the Christian nonsense of the last video. This one’s an NPR video—on a channel run by “Skunkbear”—that tells us about ancient huge animals—and in rhyme. You can see all the creatures together here. I’m fascinated by the “megapenguin,” which was taller than most humans, and you can read about it […]

Armadillo 1 : Trigger happy fool 0

by Grania In Texas, of course. Because when an armadillo crosses your path, the first thing a Texan thinks of is: shoot it three times. CBCNews has a story on a man  who had to be airlifted to hospital after he fired a .38 revolver at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to […]