The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
A significant proportion of the food in the deepest ocean falls from discarded giant larvacean houses.
Some gardens grow only the plants mentioned in either the Bible or the works of Shakespeare.
The first camel in Australia shot its owner, the English explorer John Horrocks.
The oldest living rose bush has been growing on the side of Hildesheim Cathedral for several hundred years.
Side-blotched lizards cycle through three different colour patterns and behaviours in an evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors.
The cookiecutter shark is easily the weirdest shark around: it uses bioluminescence to lure large predators, feeds by suction, sheds whole rows of teeth at once and swallows them, and by weight can be more than one third liver.
Genes and proteins have been named after Sonic the Hedgehog, the Smurfs, Spock, Pikachu, and the Tinman from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Sicily and Malta used to be home to a species of dwarf elephant whose remains could have inspired the Greek myth of the cyclops.
Inaccessible Island, in the south Atlantic, is surrounded by steep sea cliffs that make landing and entering the interior nearly impossible.
The Emei music frog of China advertises the size and suitability of their underground burrow through the acoustic properties of their croaks.
The jack jumper ant of south-eastern Australia has a nasty sting, can jump five times its own body length, and has the fewest chromosomes of any living thing.
Up near the Arctic Circle, the best waterproof parkas are made out of guts.
In 1958 Mao Zedong declared war on sparrows. Although he won that battle, China lost the war.
In 1931 Australia, Amy Crocker discovered two worker ants from a new and strange species: Nothomyrmecia macrops. Despite extensive searches, more were not found for another forty-six years.