Katie Melynn Wood
Author for A-Z Animals

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Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie teaches creative writing with the Apex Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. You can follow Katie @katiemelynnwriter.


The Patagonian Desert Picture

The Patagonia region is well-known as a wild and beautiful place full of mountainous landscapes, wildlife, and hiking trails. Within this large area is the Patagonian Desert, an arid part… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Snowflake Eel Picture

If you've ever wanted an eel for a pet, a Snowflake Eel may be perfect. They thrive in aquariums, spend their evenings feasting on tasty crustaceans, and love the perfect… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Atlantic Sturgeon Picture

If you want to see an 800-pound fish, just look for an Atlantic Sturgeon. These giant fish are living fossils and look just like fossilized specimens that have been discovered.… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Mullet Fish Picture

Mullet Fish clean up the sea, feasting on small plant matter and other detritus in the water. A popular fish for anglers, these fast-growing fish are common in warm, tropical… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Elephant Beetle Picture

It may not be as big as an elephant or have a trunk, but the Elephant Beetle shares some interesting features with its namesake. While these beetles are not as… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Triggerfish Picture

Triggerfish can lock the spines of their fins, then unlock like a "trigger." If it is a Triggerfish, chances are they came from a tropical reef. These fish exhibit interesting… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Opah Picture

The opah is a large, colorful fish that makes a prize catch and a tasty meal. Opah are a family of large, circular fish that live mostly in tropical waters.… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Scarab Beetle Picture

Did you know that the ancient Egyptians revered a beetle that ate poop? There are many species of Scarab beetles, and these hard-shelled beetles are both diverse and interesting. Some… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Goby Fish Picture

Can you imagine a fish family reunion with over 2,000 members? That's what a Goby Fish family gathering might look like. As one of the largest scientific families in the… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Yellow Tang Picture

You may be familiar with the popular Blue Tang thanks to the beloved Dory character in Finding Nemo, but did you know that Dori has a yellow relative? The Yellow… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


If you like penguins, you'll love the now-extinct Waimanu. These birds lived during the Paleocene epoch and were the ancestors of modern-day penguins. Like their descendants, they were not able… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Jewel Beetle  Picture

These iridescent beetles are named for the jewels that they resemble. The Jewel beetle family is a large grouping of beetles that live all over the world. Some are large… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago


Pyjama Shark Picture

This striped Pyjama shark is native to the shallow coastal waters of South Africa. The stripes of the Pyjama Shark give them the appearance of striped pajamas. They are still… Read More

By Katie Melynn Wood 2 years ago