12/10/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Giant Banjo Frog, also known as the Great Bullfrog, is an amphibian found in Southern Australia. At a body length of around 9cm, it is the largest Frog in Victoria.As adults, Giant Banjo Frogs spend most of their time in underground burrows that
12/09/2013 16:00:00 PM
Oreamnos americanusThe Mountain Goat is a large ungulate found only in North America. They are the only species in their genus, but belong to the same subfamily as True Goats and Sheep, Musk Oxen, and Takin.Mountain Goats live in the Rocky and Cascad
12/06/2013 16:00:00 PM
Siren lacertinaWhile it looks like an Eel, today's animal is actually an amphibian-- related to frogs, toads, and salamanders. The Greater Siren is its common name, and it is one of three water-living, practically leg-less Siren species.The legs are
12/05/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Florida Gar is a large freshwater fish found in the waters of the southern United States, especially in Florida and Georgia. They can grow to lengths of 3-4ft, and can be identified by their blotchy dark spots that cover the body and fins.Florida
12/04/2013 16:00:00 PM
Taphozous mauritianusThough named for the island of Mauritius, the Mauritian Tomb Bat is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar. They live in open habitats, including dry-scrub areas where there is little moisture, though they prefer area
12/03/2013 16:00:00 PM
Ceryle rudisThe Pied Kingfisher is one of the most common Kingfishers in the world. You'll find them throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, where they live in lowland regions near bodies of water.Pied Kingfishers are very distinctive in appearance.
12/02/2013 16:00:00 PM
Canis lupus baileyiThe Mexican Wolf is a subspecies of Grey Wolf-- and the most rare subspecies at that. They are listed as Critically Endangered. On top of being close to extinction, they are the smallest (about the size of a German Shepherd), most
11/27/2013 16:00:00 PM
Ready for a history lesson? Alaunt is the name given to a now-extinct breed of dog that lived for hundreds, if not thousands of years before vanishing during the 17th century.The Alaunt originated in Central Asia, being bred by the Alani tribes that
11/26/2013 16:00:00 PM
Sargocentron xantherythrumMeet the Hawaiian Squirrelfish, a species that is found only around the Hawaiian Islands. They, and all other Squirrelfish, get their name from the defensive sounds that they make-- they sounds like chattering Squirrels!Hawa
11/25/2013 16:00:00 PM
Triceratops is one of those iconic Dinosaurs, everyone recognizes it! These four-legged herbivores were discovered by Othniel Charles Marsh during the famous late 19th century "Bone Wars," and their fossils have been found in various deposits in west
11/22/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Ox Beetle is a species of Rhinoceros Beetle that can be found in North, Central, and South America. They are medium-sized for their subfamily-- only growing to about 4cm in length, as opposed to their largest cousins which can be half a foot long
11/21/2013 16:00:00 PM
Meet the most venomous snake on the planet-- the Inland Taipan. This 6ft long Australian Snake has enough venom in its bite to kill 100 men!
Thankfully, very few bites on humans have ever occurred, as this snake lives in th
11/20/2013 17:24:00 PM
The Sardinian Pika was one of a kind-- the only member of its genus to survive till modern times. These cousins to the modern Pikas (themselves relatives to Rabbits and Hares, not rodents) lived on the islands of Sardinia and Corsica
11/19/2013 16:00:00 PM
Gundis are rodents that live in the dry regions of Northern Africa. There are five species total, including today's animal the Common Gundi.Common Gundis have very compact bodies, with short legs, tan fur, and very large eyes. They can grow to be 8in
11/18/2013 16:00:00 PM
Mimus gilvusThe Tropical Mockingbird is a creature than can be found in South and Central America, as well as on a handful of Caribbean Islands. They are residents in there locations-- meaning they do not generally migrate. These birds live in open h
11/15/2013 16:00:00 PM
Passer ammodendriThe Saxual Sparrow, named for a plant whose seeds it often eats, is a relative to the Common House Sparrow. It is found in remote areas of Central Asia, and because of its range it is little studied.Saxual Sparrows are relatively lar
11/14/2013 16:00:00 PM
Tupinambis merianaeTegus are lizards that fill the same ecological niche of the Monitor Lizards, despite not being related... or even living on the same continent.Of all these South American lizards, the appropriately named Argentine Giant Tegu is th
11/13/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Parasitic Jaeger, sometimes refereed to as the Arctic or Parasitic Skua, is a seabird that spends half its time in Northern Europe and Asia, as well as in the high latitudes of North America. They breed during the summertime, and during the winte
11/12/2013 16:00:00 PM
Meet one of the tiniest Hummingbirds on Earth-- the Esmeraldas Woodstar. These itty bitty birds are only a few centimeters long!
These Hummingbirds aren't just small, they are pretty rare too. They are found in only a tiny portion of coastal Ecuador
11/11/2013 16:00:00 PM
Ursus inopinatus may have just been a hybrid between
a Grizzly Bear (pictured) and a Polar Bear
Today's animal is a confusing creature-- we don't really know if it actually ever existed!
The story goes that back in 1864, Inuit hunters killed a larg
11/08/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Eld's Deer is an endangered mammal that lives in only three isolated populations in south and southeast Asia. These three groups are distinct enough to be considered different subspecies, and all three face dangers from hunting, ha
11/07/2013 15:00:00 PM
Some newly discovered fossils have been all the rage this week-- gigantic extinct Platypus! The modern Platypus is a strange enough creature, but this prehistoric version takes it to a new level!
As you may know, the Platy
11/06/2013 16:00:00 PM
The New Zealand Grebe, or Weweia, is a small, dark waterbird found only on it's namesake islands.
These Grebe are wonderful swimmers, and are very well adapted to the water. They have movable webbed toes that are great for
11/05/2013 16:00:00 PM
A couple million years ago there were all sorts of gigantic mammals living in North and South America, including the Toxodon. This beat, which weighed over 3000lbs, and measured up to 9ft in length, inhabited the South American plains until
11/04/2013 16:00:00 PM
Meet the Dark Sword-grass, a moth that can be found in temperate regions all around the world, and which also happens to be quite the pest while in its larval stage.
Many moth species stick to a specific plant-type while in their larval stage. Not s
11/01/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Julia Butterfly is an insect with a very large range that spreads from the southern United States all the way down to Brazil. They are residents in most of their range, though in the U.S. they sometimes move north to Midwestern states during the
10/31/2013 15:00:00 PM
Happy Halloween everyone! I figured that, in the spirit of the holiday, we would learn about one of the iconic animals associated with it-- the Vampire Bat!
Now, there are actually three different species of Vampire Bat, all of which below to their
10/30/2013 16:00:00 PM
Today's animal is one of those creatures that is probably extinct... but we don't 100% know for sure. It is the Glaucous Macaw, a tropical Parrot related to both the Hyacinth and Lear's Macaws. It hasn't been reliably sighted s
10/29/2013 16:00:00 PM
Today we'll learn about the largest, and the most widespread of the Duiker species-- the Yellow-backed Duiker. Identifiable from the patch of yellow fur on their otherwise brown backs, these Antelope can weigh over 100lbs-- t
10/28/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Northern Hawk-Owl has a range that spreads across North America, Europe, and Asia, yet they are one of the least studied birds-of-prey out there. They live only in the far north, in remote areas, and a single bird can live quite far
10/25/2013 16:00:00 PM
New Zealand Sea Lions, also sometimes called Hooker's Sea Lions, are the rarest and most vulnerable Sea Lions in the world. It is estimated that only 10,000 still remain, no thanks to decades of human hunting, being scooped up as bycatch for the comm
10/24/2013 16:00:00 PM
Indo-Pacific Humpbacked Dolphins have a large range that stretches along the coasts of the Indian Ocean, as well as around Australia and the Western Pacific. They prefer shallow waters, usually sticking around depths of 60ft.
10/23/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur is an amazingly fascinating Primate. Despite living in the tropics, it actually hibernates, and is the only primate, and only tropical-dwelling mammal to do so!
As with all Lemurs, these little guys ar
10/22/2013 14:00:00 PM
The Magnificent Riflebird is actually a Bird-of-Paradise, and belongs to the family Paradisaeidae. Like all members of that family, it lives in New Guinea and parts of northern Australia. It inhabits the lowland rainforests that are found there.
10/21/2013 15:00:00 PM
Common Collared Lizards are colorful reptiles that are found in the western United States. Their name comes from the black stripe that circles their neck, giving them a collar and (in males) dividing up their body colors.
Only the males of the speci
10/18/2013 14:00:00 PM
Madagascar Tree Boas are snakes that are endemic to the African island that gives them their name. They actually come in two different color variations, based on their location. In the east, the snakes are grey and green, wh
10/17/2013 16:00:00 PM
Meet the Autralasian Gannet, a large white, black, and yellow seabird that lives around Australia, New Zealand, and a handful of other nearby islands. They breed in massive coastal colonies, with the largest groups forming in New Zeal
10/16/2013 14:00:00 PM
Today's animal goes by two different names, depending on who you ask. Either it is the Hawaiian Butterflyfish (named for its location), or it is Tinker's Butterflyfish (named for the man who discovered it). So choose which one you like!
10/15/2013 15:00:00 PM
80 different Dinosaurs were discovered by Othniel Charles Marsh during the "Bone Wars" and Barosaurus was one of them.
This relative to the more famous Diplodocus lived during the Upper Jurassic, between 155 and 145 millions years go. Its fossils we
10/14/2013 14:00:00 PM
Meet the Golden Jackal, one of the most widespread dog species on the planet!
Jackals are usually associated with the Continent of Africa, but did you know they live in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as well?
10/11/2013 12:00:00 PM
Today's animal, the Northern Bat, has a tremendous range. These winged mammals are found throughout northern Europe and Asia, stretching from England all the way over to Japan!
Since they come from cold northern climates, these
10/10/2013 14:00:00 PM
There are three different species that are known as Banana Slugs, and all belong to the genus Ariolimax. All three also happen to live near the Pacific Coast of North America, inhabiting the rainy coniferous forests that run from Alas
10/09/2013 15:00:00 PM
Today's animal is the Bawean Deer, which is also sometimes referred to as the Bawean Hog Deer or Kuhl's Deer. These ungulates are found on only one small Indoneasian island, Bawean, and are at a very high conservation risk.
10/08/2013 15:30:00 PM
Today's animal has been in the news lately, due to a recent discovery relating to its fossils. But mor eon that in a bit. Jeholornis is one of the most ancient birds that we known off-- it lived more than 120 million years ago. Its fossil
10/07/2013 16:00:00 PM
The Iago Sparrow is a small bird that is endemic to the Cape Verde islands, which are located in the Atlantic Ocean off of the western coast of Africa. They live in many different habitats, including urban areas and farms, as well a
10/04/2013 16:29:00 PM
Today we are going to talk about an entire Subclass of animals known as Ammonites. These shelled sea creatures lived for millions of years before going extinct along with the Dinosaurs during the late Cretaceous.
10/03/2013 15:00:00 PM
Bajaichthys elegans is known only from a single juvenile fossil that was discovered back in 1987. But the fossil is enough to tell us that this interesting looking creature is a relative to the modern-day Oarfish.
Monte Bolca, n
10/02/2013 15:00:00 PM
It isn't tough to figure out how this bird got it's common name-- just look at this picture! These birds, native to the Amazon, have sleek black bodies feathers, blue skin around the eyes, large colorful beaks, and brilliant white throats.
10/01/2013 13:00:00 PM
The Ciscaucasian Hamster is also known as the Georgian Hamster, as it is only found in the country of Georgia, and in parts of Russia.
These Hamsters are not your average pet Hamsters! They can grow to nearly 1ft in length! The
09/30/2013 13:00:00 PM
The Black Squirrel Monkey has the smallest geographic range of all the South American primates. They are found exclusively in a patch of Northern Brazil, near the convergence of the Japura and Amazon rivers. Altogether, this range
09/27/2013 09:04:00 AM
The Purple-striped Jelly is a large Jellyfish that is named for the violet radial strip
es that cover its bell. They can be found off of the coast of California, primarily in the Monterey Bay area.
These Jellies can grow to a pre
09/26/2013 13:00:00 PM
The Dibatag is sometimes called "Clarke's Gazelle," though that name is misleading as they are not true Gazelles at all. They actually belong to their own genus entirely.
You've probably never heard of this Antelope (I know I had
09/25/2013 13:00:00 PM
See that skeletal reconstruction? That nearly 10foot tall, monstrously sized creature?
That's a sloth.
An extinct Ground Sloth to be exact. Meet Paramylodon, a distant cousin to the slow tree dwellers we know today. (And by dis
09/24/2013 15:00:00 PM
The Grey Junglefowl is a wild chicken that is closely related to the Red Junglefowl-- the bird from which domesticated chickens descend from.
Like its cousin, the Grey Junglefowl lives in southern Asia, specifically in India, wher
09/23/2013 14:00:00 PM
The world of the Silurian period was very different from the world of today. Most noticeably, there were no land animals. All of the living animals could be found underwater, populating the oceans that covered many of our present cont
09/20/2013 11:00:00 AM
Today's animal is the Royal Starfish, an Echinoderm that gets its name from it's royal purple coloration. These five armed creatures sport bright orange marginal plates, with a deep blue or purple interior. Quite the color co
09/19/2013 13:00:00 PM
Every year on September 19th, we learn about a Badger. We've talked about the American Badger, Honey Badger, and Japanese Badger-- so now comes time for the iconic European Badger.
This critter lives everywhere
09/18/2013 15:00:00 PM
The Carnotaurus is a popular Dinosaur due to its large size (up to 30ft long) and interesting appearance. They had very straight, muscular bodies that allowed them to run quickly, as well as distinctive horns over their eyes.
09/17/2013 12:00:00 PM
Meet the Papuan Eagle, a large bird of prey that happens to be the only member of its genus, Harpyopsis. They do actually belong to a subfamily that contains three other birds, including the South American Hapry Eagle, and th
09/16/2013 13:00:00 PM
If spiders make you squeamish, you might not want to read much further (though I hope you do!). This spider is... well... really, really big. Like, the size of your hand big.
Goliath Birdeaters have legspans that can reach nearly
09/13/2013 13:00:00 PM
Meet the Chartreux, an old and rare cat breed from France that has popped up in writings and art for the last 500 years.
As with many breeds, its origins are mysterious. We know they were in France by the 16th century, but before that it is unknown.
09/12/2013 17:36:00 PM
There are six identified species within the Tylosaurus genus, but
09/11/2013 17:59:00 PM
There are a handful of Cicacads known as "periodicals," and the 17 Year is the largest and most northern living of the group.
These insects get their name from their long and unusual life cycle. For seventeen years you will n
09/10/2013 13:00:00 PM
Meet the Palm-nut Vulture, an interesting creature that is both like its Vulture relatives, and quite different at the same time!
There aren't many Birds-of-Prey that consume vegetation on a regular basis, but the Palm-nut Vulture does! More than ha
09/09/2013 11:00:00 AM
So today's animal goes by many names -- the Angler, the Sea-devil, the Frog-fish. All of these monikers refer to Lophius piscatorius, a deep sea fish native to the north Atlantic and Mediterranean.
The Angler has a very large he
09/06/2013 13:00:00 PM
We've read here many times about all of the different island bird species that went extinct after modern humans settled in their homelands. But did you know that many mammals were affected as well? The Dusicyon, also known as the
09/05/2013 15:00:00 PM
The Siberian Blue Robins (unsurprisingly) live in Siberia... though they call other east and southeast Asian locations home as well, including islands in Japan and Indonesia. They are found in forested areas and tend to breed near rivers or woodland
09/04/2013 13:00:00 PM
Male members of the Bird-of-paradise family are known for having strange plumage and delightful courtship displays. Today's bird is no exception.
Found in New Guinea and Indonesia, the Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise is a sexually dimorphic species wh
09/03/2013 13:00:00 PM
There are four species of Lynx in the world,
08/30/2013 11:00:00 AM
Meet the Double-striped Thick-knee, a wading bird native to South and Central America. During the day it is very difficult to spot them, as they have striped, patterned plumage that allows them to blend in will with tall grasses.
08/29/2013 13:00:00 PM
The Northern Snakehead is a fish that is originally found in China, Russia, North Korea, and South Korea. However, in the past decade or so they have also made their way over to the United States and Canada, where they are considered to
08/28/2013 11:00:00 AM
The Purple Frog is an incredibly fascinating amphibian-- not only are they one of the most recent frogs to be discovered by science, but they are also members of a family that has lasted for over 130 million years!
08/27/2013 11:00:00 AM
Unsurprisingly, the Greater Kestrel is one of the largest Kestrel Species (though they are still small overall when compared to other birds of prey.) These members of the Falcon family measure jsut over 1ft in length, and have a w
08/26/2013 11:00:00 AM
Welcome back everyone! I hope you're ready and set to learn about all kinds of cool animals again!
Today's creature is the American Black Bear, the smallest of the North American Bear species. These mammals can be found all over th
08/19/2013 08:09:00 AM
Life ended up being a little bit nuttier than anticipated, so new posts have been pushed back a tad. But don't worry-- it's only a week!
Starting Monday, August 26th, Animal A Day will be back with new creatures on a M-F schedule.
As always, thanks
05/17/2013 09:00:00 AM
After 3 years and over 1,100 featured critters, Animal A Day is taking its very first break.
As some of you may know, I am the only person who does the writing and updating for the site. With weddings (including my own), vacations, and
05/16/2013 12:00:00 PM
The Crested Guineafowl is a bird with a serious hairdo! They have an incredibly distinctive mop of
05/15/2013 12:30:00 PM
The Porbeagle is a large shark that is found in the cooler and
05/14/2013 12:00:00 PM
Today's animal is one of those creatures that is sometimes referred to as a "Living Fossil." You see, these Rabbits have evolved in
05/13/2013 17:00:00 PM
Timema is the genus name for a group of 20-odd stick insects that are all found within the western United States. Most of these species live in the state of California, and a few others are found in neighboring states.
Like all Sti
05/12/2013 11:00:00 AM
Today is Mother's Day, so I thought it might be appropriate to talk about an animal that has one of the longest gestational periods on the planet. Nope, it's not a large mammal like a Giraffe, Whale, or Elephant-- it's a 5in long Amp
05/11/2013 16:34:00 PM
The Birman is a breed of cat that should not be confused with the Burmese (which has a similar name) or the Siamese (which has similar coloration). These cats are a breed all their own, and have been recognized as such since 1925.
Birman Cats have a
05/10/2013 12:00:00 PM
Allow me to introduce you to the Booted Eagle, a much smaller bird of prey than many of the more famous
05/09/2013 12:00:00 PM
Today's animal, the Bull Ray, is a very large
05/08/2013 12:00:00 PM
Meet the Siberian Weasel, also known as the Kolonok! These Mustelids have a huge range that spans across not just Siberia, but China, Mongolia, India, and several other east and central Asian countries as well. They have also been i
05/07/2013 12:00:00 PM
The Round Island Boa, found on the islands of Mauritius, is now the only living member of its entire family, and is one of the rarest snakes on the planet. Only one other species had even
05/06/2013 17:30:00 PM
Of all the Spoonbills in the world, only the Black-faced Spoonbill is considered to be Endangered. It is estimed that there are around 2,700 of these wading birds left in the world, and they
breed only on a handful of islands off the
05/05/2013 20:18:00 PM
Despite the name, the Common Pillbug is not a bug at all. It is actually a Crustacean! They live on land (unlike many of their more well known
05/04/2013 18:19:00 PM
Today was the Kentucky Derby, the first of the races that form that American Triple Crown. The elusive award has only been won 11 times, with the last
05/03/2013 12:00:00 PM
Today's animal is a Zebra Dove, a bird that is native to Southeast Asia, but that has found it's way to various Pacific Islands as well due to introduction. Like many Dove and Pigeon species they have adapted to multiple habitat typ
05/02/2013 11:00:00 AM
The common name of today's animal actually can be applied to all three species within the genus Acherontia. One of the three lives in Europe and Africa, while the other two call Asia their home. All are very similar in size and a
05/01/2013 13:00:00 PM
Crocuta crocuta spelaea
Tens of thousands of years ago the Cave Hyena could be found all across Europe and Asia, hunting the massive Pleistocene mammals that live there. A subspecies of the extant Spotted Hyena, the Cave Hyenas were larger (weighed
04/30/2013 12:00:00 PM
04/29/2013 16:00:00 PM
Crocodylus suchus mummy
The Sacred Crocodile
04/28/2013 10:53:00 AM
The James's Flamingo is a small South American species that lives high up in the plateaus of the Andean Mountains. They feed off of different algae
04/27/2013 13:57:00 PM
Happy 3 years of animals everybody! Wow, it's weird
04/26/2013 11:00:00 AM
Today is the birthday of famed painter and naturalist John James Audubon, a man who is especially notable for his work The Birds of America, which was made between 1827
04/25/2013 11:00:00 AM
Would you be shocked to hear that today's bird is a relative of the Crows and Ravens? This bright, colorful creature belongs to the very same family as those often-darker birds, an example of how brilliant things can be in other part
04/24/2013 18:12:00 PM
The Barasingha is a medium-large Deer that is found in the swamps, marshlands, and grasslands of southern Asia. In fact, they are sometimes referred to as "Swamp Deer."
On average, the Barasingha live in groups of around 10-20 d
04/23/2013 11:30:00 AM
Guillemots, Puffins, Murrelets, and Auks all belong to the same family-- Alcidae. They are like the Northern Hemisphere's answer to Penguins (black & white, live in cold waters, dive for fish)... only they can actually fly!