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Habitats can be anything and animals are notoriously anywhere – even in our clean-swept streets and well-kept suburban lawns. These articles explore the more amazing, strange, rare, exotic and endangered species of the world as well as the places they live, from far-flung forests to right down the road.

9 Strange Animal Self-Defense Mechanisms

Bizarre animals defense mechanisms of the potato beetle, opossum, skunk, bombardier beetle, hairy frog, horned lizard, hagfish, sea cucumber, and exploding ant.

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Rare Endangered Plants Flowers and Trees

Unusual rotten meat corpse flowers, endangered plants, rare trees, unusual cactus and other bizarre flora threatened by global warming and deforestation.

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8 Majestic but Critically Endangered Mammals

An astonishing 1 in 4 mammals worldwide are in critical danger (either threatened or endangered). Here are some of the particularly beautiful species that are on the list.

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Creative Dog, Cat and Other Pet Furniture

See odd pet furniture including bizarre dog houses, luxury pet furniture, aquariums, unusual cat furniture and more.

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25 Chilling HDR Water, Snow and Ice Photos

This collection shows off the myriad properties of water - the reflectivity of pools, the transparency of ice, amazing color ranges and other curiously variable properties.

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8 Land Disasters: Earthquakes & Landslides

Some of the most famous and devastating natural disasters of human history, from deadly earthquakes and catastrophic landslides to devastating and massive sinkholes.

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25 Vibrant HDR Pet and Animal Nature Photos

Depending upon how the pictures are shot, HDR animal photography can bring out the best and brightest or darkest and most terrifying sides of domestic and wild animals.

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6 of the Deadliest Killer Insects

The effects of their bites range from painful to deadly for humans, and they inject their prey with lethal salivary secretions that immobilize them and ease ingestion and digestion.

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Animal Magnetism: Earth's Magnetic Field Effects

From cows aligning on a North-South axis to baby turtles using built-in GPS to navigate oceans, animals are affected by terrestrial magnetism in amazing ways.

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20 Beautiful but Critically Endangered Forests

From the odd forest of Chile to the stretches of icy Northern rainforest to bizarre cork woods in Europe, here are the most wondrous, odd threatened forests.

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6 Magnificent but Endangered Primates

Many primates have amazingly complex social structures, long evolutionary histories - but many are endangered in part due to the most infamous primates of all: us.

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17 Captivating Examples of Fractals in Nature

Fractals are a wonder - too irregular for geometry; seemingly infinite. They turn up in food, germs, plants, mountains and more. Here are 18 stunning fractals.

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The Uncanny Exploding Animal Phenomenon

Some animals have been known to explode naturally, others intentionally, still others accidentally and some even self-destruct as part of a natural defense mechanism.

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Incredible Fainting Goats

You've seen goats that scream like a man, goats that can climb trees but ... goats that faint at the slightest spook?

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Creatively Awesome Recycled Marine Habitats

Adaptive reuse is usually used to refer to buildlings that are converted for humans ... but what about ones that are made into new homes for marine life?

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