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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.

Human-Like: 5 Animal Behaviors That Parallel People

When it comes to intelligence, memory, discipline, pain and grieving, animals like guinea pigs, horses, chimps, bonobos and mice are more human than we realize.

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The Secrets behind 5 Super Animal Protection Mechanisms

The secret is out on copepods, frogs, spitting cobras, elephants and many underwater sea creatures that utilize astounding self-defense mechanisms.

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Happy Mother's Day: Honoring 10 Caring Animal Moms

On Mother's Day, animal moms that care greatly for their young -- including cheetahs, orangutans, octopuses, frogs, alligators and more -- are celebrated.

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Trashed Planet: Our Global Pollution Hangover

As these photographs prove, subsisting on a decades-long diet of trash has made Mother Nature rough around the edges & in desperate need of a hardcore makeover

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Well Red: 10 Amazing Red Animals

Red animals are rarely retiring - their brilliant crimson, scarlet and vermillion hues dare others to notice them and often remind them to keep their distance.

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Virtual Exploration: 14 Amazing Google Earth Finds

Did Google Earth find Atlantis? Maybe not - but it did help locate a new human ancestor, an illegal drug farm, a heart-shaped island and more.

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Feats of Strength: 6 Amazing/Surprising Animal Superpowers

From daredevil damselfish to borneo ninja slugs to really strong dung beetles, some animals surprise with incredible feats reminiscent of fictional superpowers.

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Perpetually Petrified Bodies : 60+ Invasive Plastination Creations

Traveling cadaver exhibitions featuring permanently plasticized humans enable us to take a creepy peek in the mirror to understand what lurks beneath our skin.

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Butter Living: 10 Amazing Yellow Animals

Yellow: the color of sunshine, lemons, bananas, and a surprising variety of animals who find 'butter living' to be better living.

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Signs of Life: 7 New Animals to Emerge This Spring

With spring in the air, old animals reemerge while new animals like color-changing frogs, amphibious insects, big-toothed leeches and more make grand entrances.

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Emerald Kitty: 10 Amazing Green Animals

For these 10 amazing animals, "going green" is more than just a trendy phrase... it's a lifestyle!

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Critical Condition: 12 Very Rare and Endangered Animals

The Cuban crocodile, Florida bonneted bat, Grenada dove and green-eyed frog are just some animals on a recent list of critically endangered animals.

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Seed Bomb Vending Machines Sowing Covert Green Thumbs

Answering the call of your guerrilla gardening green thumb just got easier with convenient vending machines that dispense pre-made seed bombs.

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Architecture of a Recession: Abandoned Developments

The homebuilding business is always particularly hard-hit by an economic downturn. These developments were abandoned to return to nature when the money ran out.

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Grape Friends: 10 Amazing Purple Animals

Purple animals - their rich hue is as beautiful as it is rare. Color them lavender, mauve or violet, purple animals add a distinctive tone to nature's palette.

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