Bull Shark

Carcharhinus leucas Inside Anniston Museum of Natural History’s changing exhibit hall hangs a large, intimidating bull shark. It is one of the many creatures featured in Bites, Pinches, Poisons, and Stings, Anniston Museum’s current temporary exhibit. Aside from the reptile specimens, the bull shark is one of the most misunderstood creatures featured. Sharks are the …

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Poison Hemlock

Poison Hemlock Conium maculatum Poison hemlock is a poisonous plant in the carrot family. Purple or red shoots are seen in the stalks and the leaves are spread in a fern-like way. Clusters of small white flowers top the stalks. Hemlock favors sunny, open areas and may be seen on roadsides, in open fields or …

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Iron Cross Blister Beetle

The iron cross blister beetle (Tegrodera aloga) is a medium-sized beetle native to North and Central America. They have bright red heads, yellow-orange bodies, and black legs. Their name comes from the dark cross-shaped markings on their wings, and the peculiar way they defend themselves. When disturbed, these beetles can crack a joint in their …

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