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Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Alligators and Regenerators

How long can alligators live out of the water? Are there more animals out there that can re-grow body parts? Read this week’s Ask Your Weird Animal Questions.

The Shocking Truth About Electric Animals

Electricity is a way of life for many animals, turning hornets into little generators and the enlarged chins on fish into navigation tools.

Amazing Animals That Walk on Water

A surprising study reveals ants can walk on water—find out what other animals can also accomplish this incredible feat.

Weird Purple Frog Seduces Females From Underground

Males calls to females from beneath a thin layer of soil—the only frog known to have such an odd behavior, a new study says.

Beware in the Bayou: Alligators and Crocodiles Can Climb

You might think of crocodiles lurking in the water or perhaps sunning themselves on a riverbank, but it turns out these toothy reptiles’ domain extends to the upper branches of trees.

Leapin’ Lizards! Crocodiles Can Climb Trees

New research shows crocodiles frequently make their way up trees to bask in the sun and keep an eye on their environment. You might think of crocodiles as being at home in the water — but it turns out these toothy reptiles are also quite comfortable scaling trees. A new study  documents the surprisingly common…

Extinct “Devil Frog” Sported Spikes, Body Armor

Sporting elaborate spikes and body armor, the extinct amphibian was even more terrifying than previously thought, a new study says.

Repurposed Private Parts: 5 Unexpected Ways Animals Use Their Genitals

From “sword” fights to singing to sonar jamming, here are five of the more unusual ways animals employ their genitals.

Beaver Butts Emit Goo Used for Vanilla Flavoring

Just in time for holiday cookie season, we’ve discovered that the vanilla flavoring in your baked goods and candy could come from the anal excretions of beavers.

New Electric Fish Found, Are Wired Differently

Researchers were shocked to discover that the two Amazon-dwelling fish are wired much differently, a new study says.

What Can Sexy Robot Frogs Teach Us About Evolution?

Researchers use sexy robot frogs to gain insight into the evolution of complex behaviors.

Ancient Embrace: Amphibian, Mammal Ancestor Buried Together

An injured amphibian and a sleeping mammal ancestor shared a home before a flash flood trapped them 250 million years ago, a new study says.

American Eels: Freshwater Species of the Week

  We recently wrote about European eels for freshwater species of the week, but now we take a look back across the pond at our homegrown version. American eels (Anguilla rostrata) are equally intriguing. As Water Currents’ Brian Richter told us via email, “I’ve always been fascinated by the life cycle of the American eel  —…