Pet Week: Freshwater Myths

It’s the last week of the month, and that means it’s pet week here on the blog! This week we’re going to take a look at some of the myths surrounding freshwater fish tanks and their finned occupants.   Myth One: Fish are stupid This myth comes up all the time, especially when it comes…

Bats: Are They Scary?

Well, the answer should be obvious, right? Any animal that is associated so heavily with the spooky scary holiday of Halloween must deserve that reputation. And besides, there’s such a thing as vampire bats, that alone is scary! Bats are terrifying! Spooky! Truthfully, though, bats are incredibly not scary. They’re actually kind of cute, and…

Frogs Can Breathe Through Their Skin

Have you ever wondered why when something might be contaminating the waterways one of the first things environmentalists ask is “how are the frogs?” It seems weird when you think about it, why do frogs matter in the long run? Wouldn’t fish make more sense to check if you’re worried about the water? Or plants?…

Can Ravens talk?

The answer to this question is surprisingly difficult to answer, but it’s one that we’re going to try to tackle this week. The easy answer is yes, they are able to mimic sounds well enough that they sound like human words, which is why they feature in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. And I’ll just…

Pet Week: Colorful Leopard Geckos

When I ask you which pets are the most colorful, the odds are high that you’re going to either tell me fish or birds, right? You’re not wrong, certainly, but I bet most of you don’t think of reptiles at all. They’re all brown and grays, aren’t they? If they’re meant to camouflage themselves in…