Scientific classification is a system used by scientists to classify life into orderly groups. It seems confusing, until you read this.
The lowly earthworm, they’re given such short shrift. We should be celebrating them. They quietly work magic right under our very feet.
An old superstition warns that earwigs crawl into people’s ears and burrow into their brains to lay eggs — the reason they’re called earwigs.
Beetles comprise 30 percent of all insects and about 30 percent of all other animal species. And millions more yet to be discovered!
Most of us call any turtle a “turtle.” Environmentalists and researchers, however, make a distinction between “turtle,” “tortoise” and “terrapin.’
When we can set aside our fears, we find that snakes are fascinating animals who deserve respect as beneficial predators of rodents, other pests.
There is no scientific distinction between frogs and toads; they just belong to different families. A few visible differences, however, distinguish them.
Wildlife need to feel safe in your yard: Dense shrubs, brush piles, stacked firewood, tall grasses, trees, and for some animals, water. Plus more.
Wildlife need places for resting, birthing and raising offspring. The more options you offer, the safer and more welcoming your yard will be.