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A flash of red from the fire bellied toad warns predators of potent poisons.  During the day, males feast.  They need all the energy they can get, because at night, they go looking for love in all the wrong places.  The horny toads will hump anything: floating twigs; fish; even human fingers.  Competition is stiff. Males out number females 15 to one.

A flash of red from the fire bellied toad warns predators of potent poisons.  During the day, males feast.  They need all the energy they can get, because at night, they go looking for love in all the wrong places.  The horny toads will hump anything: floating twigs; fish; even human fingers.  Competition is stiff. Males out number females 15 to one. (View larger version)

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  • In short bursts, komodo dragons can run up to 11 miles per hour.

  • The female praying mantis sometimes eats her mate just after, or during, mating.

  • A praying mantis finds its prey by lying in ambush or patiently stalking its victim.

  • The mouth of an angler fish is so big and their bodies so pliable that they can swallow prey up to twice their own size.

  • The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest carnivorous marsupial. Although its size varies widely depending on its specific range and the availability of food, a devil can be as long as 30 inches and weigh up to 26 pounds.

  • A Tasmanian devil can deliver, pound for pound, one of the most powerful bites of any mammal.

  • Red-sided garter snakes in south-central Manitoba, Canada undergo a time of winter dormancy for about 8 months each year. This dormancy is followed by an early-spring mating season that lasts 4 to 5 weeks.

  • Male marsupial mice die at 11 months old. Their death occurs after a single, brief mating season.

  • Like many sea creatures, cuttlefish have sophisticated camouflage strategies they use at night. Each cuttlefish, though, has a unique camouflage pattern for the particular microhabitat that it settles in.

  • Cuttlefish match their various surroundings in total darkness. They can assess the color, contrast—and even the texture—of their surroundings and emulate it in just seconds.

  • As many as 15 male fire-bellied toads may mate with 1 female—all at once.

  • It’s estimated that lions copulate 3,000 times for every cub that survives over one year.

  • The average length of a bonobo’s life is 40 years.

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