Friday, August 15, 2014 in real octopus moms...echidnas & more on NatGeo!

It looks like a cross between a shrew and a bath brush, but could an echidna actually hurt you? Plus reader questions about the octopus mom who set a record of guarding eggs for more than four years, fish behavior and how species get classified as endangered in my column, Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Venomous Mammals, Octopus Mothers, on National Geographic. 

I'm happy to answer your questions, too! Just sign in to NatGeo and post your questions in the comments or tweet me at @LizLangley

Friday, August 8, 2014

NatGeo: Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Purple Frogs, Taming Zebras

This week in National Geographic's Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Purple Frogs, Taming Zebras I got to talk to Fiona Marshall, expert in animal domestication about why the ancestor of the donkey, the African wild ass or dibokali, ended up a domestic animal instead of the zebra and talk to Ariadne Angulo of the IUCN Redlist about how species are declared endangered. Great stuff! If you have a weird animal question, click the column and leave it in the comments or tweet me!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: “Stiletto” Snakes, Cat Purrs

Been so busy it's been hard to keep up with blogger lately, but I can't forego documenting this installment of my NatGeo column because the stiletto snake is really something special. As if snakes don't have enough elements of surprise going for them, this one doesn't have to open its mouth to bite you.

In addition there's info on cat purrs and why there are no insects in the sea - great questions this week in Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: “Stiletto” Snakes, Cat Purrs on National Geographic.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Liz on NatGeo: Surprising Animals That Sport Mustaches

Mustaches are everywhere - on sunglassesrings, even on your baby. They're also on lots of animals.

     This is one of my favorite NatGeo stories ever: Surprising Animals That Sport Mustaches. I've done many since but this is a favorite not just because I learned about some new animals (bearded pig, anyone?) but because I think the fun of writing it gets passed on to the reader. I hope so! Enjoy. 
                                          What did you do in the war, Colonel Fluffy Face?

Liz in Alternet: Why Wait for Sex?

When I say I’ve found the connection between pumpkins and sex, please don’t take it to mean anything involving their simultaneous use.
Yes, Beavis, we can all imagine the possibilities. But this isn’t about gourd eroticism. This is about waiting. 

Pumpkin is seasonal; you have to wait for it in as much as you have to wait for anything in modern America, besides Downton Abbey or a kidney. 
Well, you don’t have to wait.  You can have pumpkin pie on July 4th…it’s just better around the fireplace than the swimming pool. Timing matters.

And that’s what pumpkin and sex have in common. You can jump right in but if you hold off for a just-right moment it can be that much better. I’m so proud of this story on Alternet, A Surprising Way to Amp Up Sexual Satisfaction, that talks about how age and experience have given me the ability to take my time in a way that my younger, scared-to-miss-anything self wasn’t so great at. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Here Kitty Kitty! Your Weird Cat Questions on NatGeo!

Last week I definitely felt like a freelance blogger for CatGeo...after getting one cat question I asked if you had any others and was happy to get a wealth of responses. Working on the rest now but here are some on NatGeo's Weird & Wild blog: Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: The Truth About Your Cats

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Swarms Decoded

Look at this guy! Cute as a bug, right?

Now imagine about 20 million of them, pissed off after having been in a truck accident. It happened.

How do you handle swarms of angry bees? Why do gnats bug you when you're bleeding? And what do you call a a group of sharks besides "I'm gettin' outta here?"

Find out on Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Swarms Decoded and please send me your Weird Animal Questions on Twitter and Facebook!