Tag Archives: Natural History

Rain Posture in Yellow Garden Spider

Photos and video show how a yellow garden spider changes its behavior in a heavy rain. The spider hangs from its web using its back legs, so it is perpendicular to the ground. This might make the body less of a “target” for raindrops. Continue reading

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Shed Snake Skin Identification

I was recently given some shed snake skins that were found at the CWRU Farm in northeast Ohio. These sheds will provide a fun way to teach CWRU herpetology students snake identification skills. Shed snake skins have a number of … Continue reading

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Difference a day makes: Bullfrog Egg Development

Adult Bullfrogs are the largest North American frog, and even their tadpoles can be a handful. But they start their lives at a much smaller size. Here are two photos showing one day’s development of a bullfrog egg. The first … Continue reading

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Photos: Northern Pacific Rattler & Ribbon Snake

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus): This snake was seen one April 2008 afternoon cruising through an open field in Yolo County, California. Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus): This snake was seen slithering near a pond in southeastern Michigan in October … Continue reading

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Mayapple trapped by the past as it grows through leaf

A Mayapple shown growing through an old maple leaf from last year. The dried maple leaf trapped the mayapple, preventing its leaves from spreading. Continue reading

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