Fluffy rats with poison fur have a snuggly social side

crested rats

Crested rats don’t just chew tree bark that’s poisonous enough to kill an elephant. The rabbit-sized rodents dribble and lick the toxic drool into their long rat fluff for a weaponized hairdo. Yet these dangerous rats, which scientists assumed were loners, turn out to have a close and cuddly family life. They even purr. Chewing […]

Deadly centipede ‘king’ rules over a poison hellscape cave

A venomous centipede is the top predator in a pitch-black poison cave that hasn’t seen daylight in more than 5.5 million years.  Located in Romania, Movile Cave is over 65 feet (20 meters) below the surface, and its warm, moist air is low in oxygen and thick with toxic gasses, which feed chemosynthetic bacteria. Yet […]