That's a precarious place to catch some Zzzzzzzzs! Red pandas sleep high up in trees on seemingly too-thin branches, helping to keep them safe from predators. (Photo courtesy of CJ Mantilla, Living Eyes Photography, taken at Houston Zoo)
Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar - When the larvae are nearly ready to pupate, they turn a yellow-green color marked by two large black dots with a white highlight. The placement of these dots creates the illusion that the caterpillars are common green snakes which help the caterpillars to ward off predators, specifically birds. (image credit Jay Cossey)
Cheetahs can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a few strides. Their bodies are uniquely designed to run very fast for fairly short distances, allowing them to catch prey that other big cats can’t get.
Limacina helicina, the sea butterfly, is a tiny mollusk that lives inside a dark shell and uses its "ears" as wings. Like its predator, the sea angel, Limacina has evolved wings in place of the normal mollusk foot. Unlike the sea angel, though, Limacina hunts with a big ball of secreted mucous, which it uses to catch tiny arthropods, bacteria and algae. Photo by Alexander Semenov. Story by Nadia Drake, wired.com #Marine_Biology #Sea_Butterfly