Category archives for poison

Cuddle-less Cuttlefish

by Katie the lowly intern Just when you started to feel comforted by the surge of popular culture embracing cephalopods on TV, apparel and porn, scientists spoon out a dose of brutal reality. Researchers from University of Melbourne, University of Brussels and Museum Victoria have revealed another terrifying fact about octopuses. It’s not enough that…

You Are What You Eat?

A team of Florida International University zoologists studying poison arrow frogs in South America have identified the source of the colorful critters’ toxicity. Researchers have long known that the amphibians do not produce the toxic compounds, alkaloids, themselves, but were uncertain of their origins. The FIU team discovered that the frogs were eating tiny oribatid…