Category Archives: mammals

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Nilou visited the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve to see the breeding Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), which I also saw when I was in Oahu. Here are three pictures of these gorgeous beasts in situ. A downy chick inspected by adults: Reader Kevin Elskin sent some photos from Arkansas; his notes are indented: First, […]

Mongoose vs. mamba: no contest!

Here we have a fight to the death between a slender mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) and the deadly black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis), one of the most venomous snakes in the world. For some reason these YouTube battles of mongoose vs. snake always end with the snake losing, but of course there’s been strong natural selection for […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

We’re running a bit low on photos, at least sufficiently low that I’m getting nervous. I may have to suspend this feature in a week or so unless we get some good readers’ photos.  If you have ’em, please send ’em. And remember to give the Latin binomial and to try to limit each submission […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your wildlife photos if you have good ones! Thanks. Reader Joe Dickinson sent some animal photos from California; his notes are indented: Here are some photos from a recent trip down to Cambria on the California central  coast. Knowing your fondness for squirrels, I’ll start with a couple of California ground squirrels […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

It’s been a while since we’ve had photos from Jamie Blilie, the 14-year-old son of James Blilie, but today we have several nice photos—as well as some videos. His dad’s notes are indented, and the first photo needs an ID. Here are a few more photos from my 14-year old son Jamie. This is some […]

Wir haben einen Erfolg—we have a reading!

by Greg Mayer Thanks to the many WEIT readers who have tried their hand (or eyes) at reading the German handwriting on the side of a deer’s jaw, we have arrived at what I believe is a correct reading. Special thanks to Aldo Matteucci, who immediately recognized the second word as “hirsch” (meaning deer), Michael […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I saw a photo of a coyote (Canis latrans) on Stephen Barnard’s Facebook page, and asked him if I could use it. He said yes, but told me that I may have published one or more of these several years ago. So be it; I don’t remember, and I bet most readers either don’t or […]

Once again: Why do zebras have stripes? (And once again the answer: it’s the flies, stupid!)

Over the past three years I’ve written about research, mostly by Tim Caro’s group, dealing with the perpetual question: “Why do zebras have stripes?” (See earlier posts here, here, and here.) There used to be lots of hypotheses, including confusing predators like lions, aiding thermoregulation, camouflaging these equids, keeping groups together, and so on, but […]

Can you read difficult German handwriting?

by Greg Mayer WEIT readers are a fairly polyglot bunch, and so I’m calling upon readers to help with a problem. It involves difficult German handwriting—difficult in the sense that the writer was writing in pencil over an irregularly curved and hard surface. The writing is on the outside of the mandible of a Red […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Be sure to think of this site (and the readers!) when you have some good wildlife photos to send. I have a decent backlog, but, you know, posting once every day exhausts that pretty quickly. We have mixed media today, starting with the photos of Stephen Barnard in Idaho. There are DUCKS! Everyone’s comments are […]