Welcome to Animal Hype!
THERE has long been a demand for a nontechnical website about animals that considers such questions as these:
- can toads live for years in solid rock;
- what is the largest animal that ever lived;
- can the horned toad squirt blood from its eyes;
- will sharks attack human beings;
- are lizards poisonous; what is the largest fish;
- could a whale have swallowed Jonah;
- what is the difference between crocodiles and alligators?
So far as I know, there has previously been no online resource that satisfactorily considers even the few questions listed above, and there are few people who know the correct answers.
Yet, children and students are constantly asking questions of this kind. Indeed, such questions frequently occur even to curious adults.
When one considers how difficult it is to find a nontechnical discussion of the unusual features of animals, it is not surprising that so many superstitious and incorrect beliefs are prevalent. Since information on these subjects is scattered throughout biological literature, which is not available to most people, it has seemed worthwhile to assemble the material into this website.
Let us now see how a few terms are used on this website.
Many people use the term animal only for mammals, the group that includes such familiar forms as dogs, cats, horses, lions, elephants, and other similar creatures. Actually, however, the word has a much broader meaning, as a reference to any standard dictionary will show.
Living things are divided into two large groups, the plant kingdom and the animal kingdom, and all creatures included within the animal kingdom may be called animals whether they are fish, birds, snakes, amphibians, or mammals.
AnimalHype is dedicated to educating kids, parents, and teachers about the world’s animals and wildlife, through articles, games, videos, photos, and more. We help students become excited about nature and encourage them to care about the planet.
We’re a community of animal lovers around the world writing about pets, wildlife, and other creatures big and small.
Elise McDonald – 🐾I am the owner of AnimalHype.com. I’m passionate about all things natural and wildlife-related. I help people get closer to wildlife! My work has been featured on the National Wildlife Federation, BBC, and LAD Bible. 🦌🐻🦎🧜🏻♀️
Zea Lyons – 💫 I’m a psychologist with an MSc in Animal Welfare Science. I write at this popular animal blog where I publish research articles.
Winona Caldwell – 🐯 I’m a veterinarian, author at this blog, speaker & pet influencer. 🍀 I’ve done extensive work in animal welfare on the streets of Miami, Florida.
Michael Kemp – I have been working with animals for over 10 years. I have been reviewing and advising on the best pet food, toys, and supplies that you can find on the market today at @AnimalHype. People contact me (the real vet) every day with their pet’s health care problems and questions.
Leigh Hargraves – 🐕 I’m a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) graduate from University of Edinburgh whose goal is to bridge the gap between animal and scientific worlds. Also, I am a big fan of Balkan music and like to sing along while driving. 🎶🐴🌍🛩
Roxanne Fennimore -🚺Hello, I am Roxanne. We are a family of two humans and three dogs currently living in rural Vermont. I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) who continues to work part time at our local animal shelter because of my love for animals and empathy for those that can’t speak out for themselves.
Tracy Greenwood -🐶I’m a veterinarian, speaker, writer and animal activist – I’ve published an article on sea turtles in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (yup)- I own 3 businesses and am currently working on my first book.
Maria Carline -💃I graduated from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. I’m an author, mentor, and consultant in the veterinary space. I’ve written numerous books on pets and veterinary medicine.