Quirks & Quarks

July 31 - Best of Quirks: Evolution at its finest

Surfing remoras use physics to travel, beautiful rats comb poison into their fur, lizards build underground condos, snakes tie themselves in knots to climb poles, and more.

Surfing remoras, rats stealing poison, lizards building condos, snakes using 'lasso locomotion' and more.

The African crested rat is the only mammal known to sequester lethal plant toxins. During this study researchers were also surprised to discover the animals snuggling together, when they were previously believed to be solitary animals. (Stephanie Higgins)