25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’ve Never Heard

Despite numerous rainforest facts that fill science textbooks and warn about the dangers of deforestation, these sacred spaces continue to disappear at an alarming rate. Learn more about how these forests are protecting Earth and sustaining thousands of year old ecosystems by reading the 25 rainforest facts featured below.

1. Rainforests keep the world’s weather in check—they regulate both temperatures and weather patterns.

2. Forest loss can contribute as much to greenhouse gas emissions (12-15 percent) as all of the world’s planes, trains and automobiles (13.5 percent).

3. Many bird species migrate to rainforests each winter, some travelling more than 3,000 miles to get there.

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7 Petrifying Insects That Will Give You Nightmares

Collection of Insects

Source: UC Riverside

From venomous caterpillars to a bizarre scorpion-inspired creature, we’ve compiled the freakiest insects nature has to offer. Be warned—these seven creepy insects are sure to make your skin crawl:

Petrifying Insects: The Botfly

Read this description of the human botfly’s growth cycle, and you’ll know why it made our list of the creepiest insects. The human botfly (Dermatobia hominis) lays its eggs on a mosquito. When the mosquito eventually feeds on a host (ie. you), those botfly eggs hatch. Then, the larva must grow and mature, a process that takes about six to eight weeks, all of which happens beneath the skin. Yes, these creepy insects actually hatch and grow within the body, then pop out through the skin to survive.

While it’s not hard to kill the larvae (one must only cut off their air supply by covering the skin with nail polish or petroleum jelly), after death the larvae must then be extracted from the person’s body. Check out this creepy compilation of people pulling the botfly larvae from the body. Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart.

Meet Jumpy, The Dog Who Does Parkour

He skateboards, he leaps, he shoots up trees and wears an awesome flat bill hat. He’s your best self. He’s also, you know, a dog. Watch in awe as Jumpy and his trainer Alex Duong spend the afternoon parkour-ing in the park.

The Most Fascinatingly Bizarre Footage Of A Tarantula Molting

In order to grow, tarantulas must shed their exoskeletons every one to two years–and even more so when they are younger. Like most humans who are about to undergo a major and often uncomfortable change, before molting tarantulas tend to appear sluggish and refuse food. The process can last anywhere from 45 minutes to over 12 hours. In this video, though, it happens in under five minutes.

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