Xplor More: Whoa, Baby!

By MDC | March 1, 2022
From Xplor: March/April 2022

It takes about five years for a young bald eagle to grow the white head and tail feathers of an adult. Baby paddlefish hatch without their namesake snouts. And mountain lion cubs, which are born with spots, don't get solid tan fur until they're about 9 months old.

Most baby animals change as they grow up. But some little critters start life looking nothing like their parents.

Can you match these more familiar moms and pops to their bizarre babies?

  • Giant swallowtail
  • Western ratsnake
  • Pied-billed grebe
  • Aquatic beetle
  • Dragonfly
  • Regal moth
  • Caddisfly
  • American coot
  • Eastern yellow-bellied racer

This Issue's Staff

Artist - Alexis (AJ) Joyce
Photographer – Noppadol Paothong
Photographer – David Stonner
Designer – Marci Porter
Designer – Les Fortenberry
Art Director – Cliff White
Editor – Matt Seek
Subscriptions – Laura Scheuler
Magazine Manager – Stephanie Thurber