Scientists call Hawaiian monk seals “living fossils” because their anatomy, behavior, and physiology are only slightly different from seals that lived 14-16 million years ago. Hawaiians refer to the seal as `Ilio holo I ka uaua, which means, "dog that runs in rough water."
The Komodo dragon can eat up to 80% of its own body weight at one time. Their saliva contains over 50 types of bacteria, as well as venom, which can cause a fatal infection to their prey.
The Gharial has between 106 - 110 teeth in its elongated snout. Male Gharials have a bulbous growth at the end of their snouts that is used to make bubbles and sounds to attract females during courtship. Gharials have the largest eggs of any crocodilian species.
Despite their name, Harlequin Frogs are actually true toads and belong to the Bufonidae family. The bright colors of the Harlequin Frog serve as a warning to predators of its toxicity.
Florida panthers do not roar, but they do make sounds. These include chirps, peeps, whistles, moans, screams, growls, hisses and (like domestic cats), purrs. The Florida panther is the last subspecies of Puma still surviving in the eastern United States. Only about 100 of these rare creatures remain in the wild.
Green tree frogs have skin that produces several useful anti-bacterial and anti-viral compounds and scientists are studying them to develop advances in medicine. Some scientists believe that green tree frogs can control how much water is evaporated through the skin, and thus have ability to control their body temperature.