Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

To some, species such as nudibranchs, sweat bees, tarantulas, and red-legged frogs are lumped into the great wide world of creepy-crawlies. But these underfoot and underwater animals can be surprisingly interesting, albeit sometimes obscure. The sense of wonder and curiosity that these species spark is a reminder of wildlife’s inherent value, no matter the size or number of legs.

Latest from Wildlife: Invertebrates, Reptiles, Amphibians

How can you tell male vs female lizards?

July 07, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Q: Is there a way to tell the difference between male vs female lizards? How do they attract their mates?

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Happy 4th! Nature’s fireworks are on display

July 03, 2013 by Constance Taylor

As you scan the skies for pyrotechnic eye-candy, remember that nature makes its own quite impressive displays.

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Oakland’s bug guy wants you to like bugs too

June 19, 2013 by Constance Taylor

Eddie Dunbar has helped make Oakland a bit friendlier towards the Bay Area’s creepy-crawlies.

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It’s rattlesnake season – beware!

May 22, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Summer is upon us, and the rattlers are out. Or rather, you are. Which makes you much more vulnerable to running into one.

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The Bay Area mothers around you

May 11, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Happy Mother’s Day. Perhaps we can learn a thing or two from the mothers around you.

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Butterflies in bloom

May 09, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Have you ever seen a butterfly emerge from its pupa? Now’s your chance.

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What’s a tiger swallowtail doing in downtown San Francisco?

May 02, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

This riparian butterfly species finds suitable habitat in the tall buildings and wide spaces of Market Street. Advocates aim to keep them there.

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How do barnacles make baby barnacles?

April 03, 2013 by Michael Ellis

Barnacles are hermaphroditic – they contain both male and female sex organs. You’re thinking, “Well, they always have a date on Saturday night.” No, it’s a really bad idea to self-fertilize: Inbreeding results in little genetic diversity. Worms, slugs, snails – slow-moving animals with low rates of encounter – are all hermaphroditic. And you could not get any slower than an adult barnacle!

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Springing Forward into Nature

February 14, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

One constant of Cindy Spring’s ever-changing life path has been her commitment to live her values. A one-time news broadcaster

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Valentine’s Day tales from nature, guaranteed to make you blush

February 13, 2013 by Kristen Martz

It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ve got some stories to share with you about how Bay Area species do it.

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