Tonight on "Wild Things" Dominic Monaghan travels to Brazil in search of the giant anteater. Along the way he encounters some horrific creepy crawlies and witnesses small crocodiles called caimans attacking capybara--rodents of unusual size. His adventure doesn't stop there, as he gets a taste of Sao Paolo's nightlife and gets stuck herding cattle in an electrical storm.
Male Brazilian torrent frogs perform interesting dance routines using their toes, feet, hands, legs, arms, vocal sacs, head, and body to attract a mate. Researchers say these diverse visual and audio displays are unlike any others they have observed in frogs.
Some parasitic wasp species lay their eggs in the bellies of wolf spiders so that the larva can feed of the vertebrates' blood. While this does not harm the spiders initially, when the larva mature they end up killing their hosts. The recent findings highlight the diverse parasitic relationships among animals.
Three new toad species were recently discovered in a remote area of Brazil. The relatively small and warty critters have distinctive red markings and create a poisonous skin chemical through processes of digestion.
Using three male and three female sand flies from a Brazilian state park, researchers have unveiled a new species of the pesky, disease-carrying bugs.
Hidden within a humid cave in southeastern Brazil, a new eyeless Daddy Longlegs spider species was recently discovered. Researchers have since named the species Smeagol after the Lord of the Rings character.
Although researchers have long believed mouse-eared bats strictly fed on insects, it appears they also consume local fruits. In doing so, they help to disperse seeds that ensures the growth of local fauna.
Supercontinent Pangaea covered most of the Earth 278 million years ago and was home to animals unlike modern species. Researchers from The Field Museum describe several new amphibian species and a reptile that help paint a clearer picture of how diverse these ancient species really were.
Two species of Vultures are causing serious problems in Manaus, Brazil, including airline collisions and congrigating in open populated markets. Scientist's from Brazil's Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) are looking for ways to solve these issues.
A study from the University of Guelph looked at the rivulus fish, which lives among mangroves from Florida to Brazil. It controls its own body temperature in warming water by taking great leaps.
In terms of health benefits from their inherent antioxidants, exotic Ceylon gooseberries are giving blueberries and cranberries a run for their money, a new study shows.
Brazilian authorities regularly publish "blacklists," where they name and shame communities responsible for illegal deforestation. This strategy has increased law enforcement and decreased tree loss experienced in Amazon forests.
Human fossils discovered in a Brazilian cave and dating to 9,000 years ago reveal the earliest known record of human decapitation rituals.
A new lizard species with teeth fused to the top of its jaws has been found in fossilized remains in southern Brazil. It seems that a different path of evolution was taken by these reptiles than previously thought.
The current coffee-farming system, which involves non-shade farming and low prices wrested from poor farmers, is causing problems. These methods have been in place only since the 1970s and 1980s, and a study talks about how they could be changed.