Monday, November 30, 2009
The red kangaroo is the largest marsupial. Females have one baby at a time, which at birth is smaller than a tennis ball. The infant immediately climbs into its mother's pouch and does not emerge for two months. A baby kangaroo is called a joey. Eventually, the joey will stick it's arms and head out of its mom's pouch. Red kangaroos hop on their back that are legs full of muscle. Female red kangaroos are smaller,lighter and faster. Male kangaroos are much more powerful. They have very sharp claws on their feet and use them to fight enemies. Red kangaroos are being hunted for their fur and meat. Kangaroo meat is becoming popular in some countries.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Lynxes are very cool carnivores.Lynx eat mice,squirrels,and birds but their favorite meal are Snowshoe Hare.Lynx breed in early spring or late winter and about two months later the female gives birth to a litter of 1-4.Lynxes are mammals so that means their young do not hatch from an egg. Lynx hunt at night so they are rarely seen by humans.The lynx is a cat that hunts the northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Very little lynx survive in Europe but when they do lynx are mostly bigger than the ones that live in North America. Lynx have very good hearing thanks to their tufts on their ears.The tufts act as hearing aids to help them hear.Not only do lynx have great hearing but also they have very keen eyesight.They can see a mouse from about 250 feet away. Lynx are endangered because hunters hunt them for their beautiful fur.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Even though the Black rhino is called the black rhino it is more of a brownish color not black. About 3600 black rhinos live today. Hopefully that number will go up. The most fascinating part to me is the rhinos horns.They have two horns on the skull that are made of keratin with the larger front horn typically 50 cm (20 in) long, exceptionally up to 140 cm (55 in). The longest known horn measured nearly 1.5 m (4.9 ft) in length. That is taller than me. The black rhino is a herbivore so it eats leafy plants,thorny bushes,branches,shoots, and fruit.
The Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly has been the Maryland state insect since 1973. Very little people know about the checkerspot because they are close to extinction.Like other butterflies, the Baltimore Checkerspot searches for a host plant, which is the White Turtlehead. The problem is that the deer in the checkerspots habitat like to eat the turtlehead.Its body or thorax is dark brown, a color which extends to its wings, spotted white and then orange on their edges. As part of the family Nymphalidae,it has hairy forelegs not long enough for walking. The prominent knobs on its antennae also are a trait of this butterfly family.
Friday, August 7, 2009
The jaguar is an amazing animal. Their design is really cool. They are endangered so there are not many jaguars left.They are hunted for their fur.Their average lifespan in the wild is 12-15 years. They are a mammal. They are also carnivores. That means they eat meat. Different from other cats jaguar like rivers because that's were some of there prey lives. They aren't bad swimmers. They usually have 1-4 cubs. When a cub is born they are blind so their mom has to defend them from danger that may come.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Hippos spend most of their time under water. They are very dangerous if encountered in the wild. They are herbivores. So that means they eat plants. They live in Africa. They live near Rivers and swamps. They are the third biggest land animal. The only animals bigger are elephants and white rhinos. Their predators are Poachers, Lions, and crocodiles. They weigh 3 and a half tons. Their hide alone can weigh 1 and a half tons. There are two types of hippos in Africa the Pigmy and regular hippo. They are very aggressive animals.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Alligator gar are very smart animals. They barely are seen. They sometimes attack humans if they see them in the water. They only come up to take a breath about every 30 minutes . If your trying to catch one you must be a very skilled fisherman. They are very prehistoric animals. They are around 170 pounds. They have very sharp teeth. Even a baby alligator gar could bite you hard enough to make you bleed and need stitches. They are found in rivers in North and Central America.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Gobies are very cool fish. They are dazzling in color. Some have stripes some have spots. There are good things and bad things about gobies. Lets start with the good news. They eat a lot of things that you may not want in your tank like algae and invertebrates that may do harm to your tank. Also, they are not aggressive at all they get along well with other fish in your tank. They do not need a lot of space to live in they are often kept in small tanks. Now we are onto the bad news. If you want to get a goby there favorite meal is copepods which take a while to develop in your tank. It usually takes sadly 4 to 6 months. Also they spend about 60% of their time behind rocks. Which means you don't see their beautiful designs a lot.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The grizzly bear is a large predator that is different from black bears due to a distinctive hump on its shoulders. Grizzly bears have concave faces and long claws about the length of a human finger. Their coloration is usually darkish brown but can vary from very light cream to black. The long guard hairs on their backs and shoulders often have white tips and give the bears a "grizzled" appearance, hence the name "grizzly." The correct scientific name for the species is “brown bear”, but only coastal bears in Alaska and Canada are referred to as such, while inland bears and those found in the lower 48 states are called grizzly bears. Their top speed is 35 mp. Their life span is 20-25 years.
The Bicolor Blenny is also known as the Two-colored Blenny. The Bicolor is so-named because the anterior half is blue to dull brown, and the posterior half is dull orange. Males are generally larger than females and experience a succession of color changes, including blue, when breeding. These Blennies exhibit great personality in the aquarium.
Generally found amid crevices and rocks on the bottom of its environment, the Bicolor Blenny needs a tank of at least 30 gallons with scattered rocks for perching and hiding. Opinions are mixed as to whether the Bicolor Blenny is a peaceful tank member and safe for invertebrates.
This fish's body is a brilliant flaming red color, has a contrasting black band on its back, black bands around the eyes, and grows to about 4 inches. The recommended tank size is 20 gallons.The Flame Hawkfish is a carnivore with a diet preference for small crustaceans, some sessile as well as motile invertebrates. It will eat feather dusters and ornamental shrimps, as well as may pick hermit crabs and snails right out of their shells! Even though fish are not a preferred food source, they may try and eat smaller fish if the opportunity arises.
Friday, December 5, 2008
A bearded dragons are great pets. They're lifespan is about 10 years on average. They eat Crickets, mealworms, superworms also eat Mixed vegitables. They dont get too big. They get from 13 to 24 inches. They are mostly found in Australia. To tell if a bearded dragon is a boy they should have a bigger head and darker beards.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A gazelles scientific name is Gazella thomsonii. Its life span is 10 and a half years. They are herbivores. There habitat has open plains and grasslands. The predators that live there are Cheetahs, lions, leopards, hunting dogs, hyenas. They cross rivers with zebras and wildebeest to get to a feeding spot.
Gorillas are really really strong.It walks on all fours.Their lifespan is about 30 years.They live in groups from 10 to 30. Gorillas make platforms for its shelter it uses branches and makes its nest. There is a gorilla that can do sign language his name is Koko. Gorillas are herbivores. That means they only eat plants.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
A sand shark spends most of its time buried under sand. Sand sharks usually grow 5 to 9 feet. Like most sharks sand sharks have gills so they don't have to come up for air. Sand sharks eat small fish, squid, lobsters, and crabs. A baby sand shark is called a pup. The female shark usually has 2 pups each time the shark gives birth.
Monday, September 29, 2008
A Labrador retriever is a very smart dog. Out of all retrievers Labradors are the best swimmers. Labs are very friendly when other pets are around them. Labs live for about 10 to 12 years. Labs have such big appetites they eat so much! They have so much energy and they always want to play. Labs come in black,brown,and yellow. Labs do shed and have a double coat.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
California sea lions grow to 300 kg (660 lb) and 2.4 meters (8 ft) long.A sea lion's blubber helps them keep heat so they can stay warm . They live in the waters near California, British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. They mostly eat seaweed, salmon anchovies and squid. Sea World and some other parks have sea lions and people can watch sea lions do tricks like balancing a ball on their nose. It is very fun to watch. The mom and dad sea lions get very aggressive when its breeding season and they are very careful with their babies.
Hammerhead sharks grow up to 20 feet, and weigh up to 1000 pounds. They are carnivores so that means that they eat meat. Hammerhead sharks usually like eating stingrays. Stingrays bury themselves under the sand so it is hard for other animals to see them. They can detect slight movement of an animal moving. Their lifespan is around 25 years.
Friday, February 8, 2008
The Siberian husky usually has blue or brown eyes. They can even have one eye blue and one eye brown. Their life span is 12 to 15 years. They usually have 1 to 7 puppies. The Siberian husky is sometimes used for dog sledding. here are names for the Siberian husky Sibe and Siberian.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A baracuda is atracted to anything shiny. So when you go swimming in the ocean don't wear any thing shiny. Baracudas are very fast and agile when it comes to swimming. There is about two baracuda attacks a week. They are very good at hunting. This fish hunts by grabing its prey, swallowing small prey whole while larger prey is ripped into pieces to get swallowed separately. Sometimes after a barracuda eats it leaves pieces around and seagulls eat the chunks.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Two tiger cubs have been found dead in a fridge and were illegally slaughtered this was found out on Tuesday. The tigers were skinned and their legs and head have been cut off. Siberian tigers one of the world's most endangered animals. Of the 400 estimated left remaining in the wild, only 10 to 17 live in China.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Fruit bats drink by swooping into the water then go to a tree and lick their fur. Fruit bats mainly eat fruits and nuts. Like all bats fruit bats sleep upsidedown. When bats fly they usually fly in groups. Some people provide bat boxes so they can use them as rest stops on trips.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Sunday, December 30, 2007
When a penguins walk they move side to side which is called waddling . Penguins are excellent swimmers but can not fly. Polar bears do not live with penguins. Penguins live on Africa's beaches , the North pole and the South Pole. When penguins need to move their egg they put the egg in between both of their feet and start to waddle. Penguins are mostly scared of sea lions and killer whales.
The oldest orangutan named Nonja has died at the age of 55 at the Miami zoo. Everyone was sad. Orangutans are the closest relatives to humans. Nonja was born on an Indonesian island and came to Miami zoo in 1983. Nonja was found dead Saturday morning. A usual lifespan for Sumatran orangutans is 40 -50 years. Nonja slowed down each year because of oldness.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
A couple days ago a tiger at the San Fransisco zoo escaped from its cage and killed 1 person and also hurt 2 people. Sumatran tigers are put in cages with 16 foot cement walls around the cage. This was not expected to happen because the tiger must have climbed out. It was unclear how the tiger escaped or how long it was on the loose. The approximately 300-pound female Siberian tiger, named Tatiana, attacked a zoo keeper last December during a public feeding. I think that the San Fransisco zoo will try to make the walls higher so another tiger wont escape and hurt or kill someone.
Friday, December 28, 2007
The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is the official Maryland bird. The baltimore oriel has a bright orange body and a black head. In 1894, Baltimore's major league baseball team was named after the bird. Maryland made special provisions to protect the Baltimore Oriole in 1882.
Chinchillas have very soft fur. My sister has one she plays with him every day! A chinchilla's teeth are healthy if they are orange. Their teeth grow longer all the time so they have to have something to chew on. The only bad thing about chinchillas is that they poop a lot. I think it's horrible that it takes 200 chinchillas to make a fur coat. And that's and that's the reason they are endangered. When exploring their surroundings, chinchillas stand on their hind legs and sniff around. Chinchillas enjoy eating hay, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dolphins are one of the smartest animals in the world. They are known to be the most popular sea creature. Dolphin like creatures were alive around 65 million years ago. The river dolphin is one of the few kinds of dolphins that live in a river. I went to Atlantis and swam with a dolphins they are really social creatures. If it was somone's birthday the dolphin would go get a rock to give them a present. Some people believe that dolphins can scare away sharks by hitting them with their head.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Hyena's can make 12 different sounds. They are sneaky scavengers for food. They steal other animal's food. Hyenas are nocturnal. That means that they are mostly going to be up at night and not very active during the day. Hyenas are moderately large terrestrial carnivores native to Africa, Arabia, Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
African elephants are the tallest land animal.Some male elephants can grow to be thirteen feet tall! That's more than twice as tall as many human adults. Elephants can weigh as much as a school bus—between ten and fourteen thousand pounds! Elephants smell, drink, eat, and wash themselves with their long trunks. They have tusks that help them get food and carry heavy objects. They poop 80 pounds in one day. They can run about 24mph for short distances.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
A giraffe makes a low pitched sound thats called a bleat. Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. No two giraffes have the same pattern. The giraffe most often seen in zoos is the reticulated giraffe, which has large, liver colored spots outlined by white. This giraffe is seen in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Giraffes are vegetarians they eat leafs of trees. A male giraffe is known as a bull and a female as a cow. The baby giraffe is called a calf.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
The stripes of a zebra may make it difficult for predators to identify a single animal from a running herd and distort distance at dawn and dusk. Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another. Plains (Burchell's) zebras are the most common species. They live in small family groups consisting of a male, several females, and their young. These units may combine with others to form awe-inspiring herds thousands of head strong, but family members will remain together in the herd. Zebras must be constantly wary of lions and hyenas. A herd has many eyes alert to danger. If an animal is attacked, its family will come to its defense, circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Their scientific name is Pharomachrus mocinno. The resplendent quetzal is an aptly named bird that many consider among the world's most beautiful. These vibrantly colored animals live in the mountainous, tropical forests of Central America where they eat fruit, insects, lizards, and other small creatures. During mating season, male quetzals grow twin tail feathers that form an amazing train up to three feet (one meter) long. Females do not have long trains, but they do share the brilliant blue, green, and red coloring of their mates. Male colors tend to be more vibrant.
These beautiful gray leopards live in the mountains of Central Asia. They are insulated by thick hair, and their wide, fur-covered feet act as natural snowshoes. These cats have powerful legs and are tremendous leapers, able to jump as far as 50 feet (15 meters). Snow leopards use their long tails for balance and as blankets to cover sensitive body parts against the severe mountain chill. Snow leopards prey upon the blue sheep (bharal) of Tibet and the Himalayas, and mountain ibex found over most of the rest of their range. Though these powerful predators can kill animals three times their weight, they also eat smaller fare, such as marmots, hares, and game birds. Their scientific name is Panthera uncia.
Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent—a hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray. A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. To employ this scent bomb, a skunk turns around and blasts its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet (three meters).There are many different kinds of skunks. They vary in size (most are housecat-sized) and appear in a variety of striped, spotted, and swirled patterns—but all are a vivid black and white that makes them easily identifiable and may alert predators to their pungent potential.Skunks usually nest in burrows constructed by other animals, but they also live in hollow logs or even abandoned buildings.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The scientific name for the red eyed tree frog is Agalychnis callidryas. These iconic rain-forest amphibians sleep by day stuck to leaf-bottoms with their eyes closed and body markings covered. When disturbed, they flash their bulging red eyes and reveal their huge, webbed orange feet and bright blue-and-yellow flanks. This technique, called startle coloration, may give a bird or snake pause, offering a precious instant for the frog to spring to safety.They are found in tropical lowlands from southern Mexico, throughout Central America, and in northern South America.They eat crickets, flies, and moths with their long, sticky tongues.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Howler monkeys can make a loud roar.Howlers are New World monkeys found in tropical Central and South America. Male monkeys have large throats and specialized, shell-like vocal chambers that help to turn up the volume on their distinctive call. The noise sends a clear message to other monkeys: This territory is already occupied by a troop. Howler monkeys have beards and long, thick hair which may be black, brown, or red. The red howler species is the most common, but it is often targeted by hunters eager for bushmeat. Other species of howler monkey may be critically endangered over sections of their ranges.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human. Chimpanzees fascinate humans and are favorites both in zoos and the wild. Chimps are mainly found in rain forests and wet savannas. While they spend equal time on land and in trees, they do most of their feeding and sleeping in trees. After descending from their night nests they hungrily feed on fruits, their principal diet, and on leaves, buds and blossoms. After a while their feeding becomes more selective, and they will choose only the ripest fruit. They usually pick fruit with their hands, but they eat berries and seeds directly off the stem with their lips. Their diet consists of up to 80 different plant foods. The number of chimps in the wild is steadily decreasing.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Spectacled bears wear shaggy fur that is black, brown, or sometimes reddish. They are so named for the whitish to yellowish rings that encircle their eyes, resembling large eyeglasses. These lines, however, don't always fully encircle the eyes, and some individuals lack the markings altogether. Spectacled bears, also called Andean bears, are among the smallest members of the family Ursidae.Females rarely weigh more than 180 pounds (82 kilograms). The diminutive spectacled bear makes its home in the dense Andean jungles of South America, and it has the distinction of being the continent’s only bear. Population data are sketchy, but some estimates suggest fewer than 3,000 spectacled bears may remain in the wild today.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Blue marlin are the most tropical of all marlins but are distributed throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans; a single stock is assumed for each ocean. In the Atlantic, blue marlin range from New England to Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Uruguay; in the Pacific, the are seen from southern California (rarely) to Chile and Hawaii. In common with striped marlin, they are rarely encountered in shallow nearshore waters, preferring blue, oceanic waters. The blue marlin is the largest of the marlins, common to 11 feet, and known to exceed 2,000 pounds. Blue marlin feed primarily on tunas and other pelagic fishes and to a lesser extent on young reef fishes and squid. It is difficult to find a blue marlin over 10 years old, however they are believed to live up to 15 years.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wolves are the largest members of the dog family. Adaptable gray wolves are by far the most common and were once found all over the Northern Hemisphere. Though they almost never attack humans, wolves are considered one of the animal world's most fearsome natural villains. They do attack domestic animals, and countless wolves have been shot, trapped, and poisoned because of this tendency. In the lower 48 states, gray wolves were hunted to near extinction, though some populations survived and others have since been reintroduced. Few gray wolves survive in Europe, though many live in Alaska, Canada, and Asia. Red wolves actually got extinct in the wild in 1980. Today, perhaps 100 red wolves survive in the wild. They live 6 to 8 years in the wild.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Their natural habitat is the Ituri Forest, a dense rain forest in central Africa.They live about 33 years in captivity. They have 1 baby and about 35 lb when born. Their gestation period is 427 to 491. They eat Buds, shoots of trees, grass, ferns, fruit, fungi and manioc. Okapis have large, dark eyes, big ears, and a long black tongue which they use to strip leaves from branches. The okapi is related to giraffes.it is believed that there are currently about 25,000 okapis in the wild. They look as if they were related to zebras. But the stripes are very good camouflage. Adult males can travel up to 2.5 miles a day.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Leatherback sea turtles are among the most endangered animals on the planet. These reptilian relics, part of a family of turtles that lived over 100 million years ago, are the only remaining representatives of their genus. They survived the demise of the dinosaurs and now teeter on the brink of extinction themselves. Leatherbacks are the largest turtles on Earth, growing up to 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) in length and exceeding 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms). They may live 45 years or more. The worldwide population is estimated at about 26,000 to 43,000 nesting females annually.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses. This eclectic lineage is an ancient one—and so is the tapir itself. Scientists believe that these animals have changed little over tens of millions of years. Tapirs have a short prehensile (gripping) trunk, which is really an extended nose and upper lip. They use this trunk to grab branches and clean them of leaves or to help pluck tasty fruit. Tapirs feed each morning and evening. During these hours they follow tunnel-like paths, worn through the heavy brush by many a tapir footstep, to reach water holes and lush feeding grounds. As they roam and defecate they deposit the seeds they have consumed and promote future plant growth. New World tapirs generally live in the forests and grasslands of Central and South America. A notable exception is the mountain (or woolly), tapir, which lives high in the Andes Mountains. Woolly tapirs, named for their warm and protective coat, are the smallest of all tapirs. They are herbivores. They live for 25 to 30 years.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in North America. Some reach 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length and weigh up to 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms). These stout-bodied pit vipers generally live in the dry, pine flatwoods, sandy woodlands, and coastal scrub habitats from southern North Carolina to Florida and west to Louisiana. Their pattern of yellow-bordered, light-centered black diamonds makes them among the most strikingly adorned of all North American reptiles. They are natural exterminators, surviving on such household pests as rats and mice, as well as squirrels and birds.Feared as deadly and aggressive, diamondbacks are actually highly averse to human contact and only attack in defense. Most bites occur when humans taunt or try to capture or kill a rattlesnake. They can accurately strike at up to one-third their body length.Did you know? Baby rattlers can actually be more dangerous than adults because they have less control over the amount of venom they inject. They live 10 to 20 years. They are carnivores.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The Toco toucan is at home in South America's tropical forests but recognized everywhere. The toucan's oversized, colorful bill has made it one of the world's most popular birds. The 7.5-inch-long (19-centimeter-long) bill may be seen as a desirable mating trait, but if so, it is one that both male and female toucans possess. In fact, both sexes use their bills to catch tasty morsels and pitch them to one another during a mating ritual fruit toss.As a weapon, the bill is a bit more show than substance. It is a honeycomb of bone that actually contains a lot of air. While its size may deter predators, it is of little use in combating them.The birds use them to reach fruit on branches that are too small to support their weight, and also to skin their pickings. In addition to fruit, Toco toucans eat insects and, sometimes, young birds, eggs, or lizards. They nest in tree holes. They are omnivores.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Twice the size of the average housecat, the ocelot is a sleek animal with a gorgeous dappled coat. These largely nocturnal cats use keen sight and hearing to hunt rabbits, rodents, iguanas, fish, and frogs. They also take to the trees and stalk monkeys or birds. Unlike many cats, they do not avoid water and can swim well.ke other cats, ocelots are adapted for eating meat. They have pointed fangs used to deliver a killing bite, and sharp back teeth that can tear food like scissors. Ocelots do not have teeth appropriate for chewing, so they tear their food to pieces and swallow it whole. Their raspy tongues can clean a bone of every last tasty morsel.Many ocelots live under the leafy canopies of South American rain forests, but they also inhabit brushlands and can be found as far north as Texas. They are mammals.They are carnivores.
The basilisk has a amazing ability it can run on top of water. It is a reptile. It is a omnivore meaning it eats meat and plants. Did you know? Basilisk lizards are very good swimmers and are capable of staying underwater for up to 30 min. Abundant in the tropical rain forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to Panama, green basilisks spend much of their time in the trees and are never far from a body of water. When threatened, they can drop from a tree into the water and sprint, upright, about 5 feet (1.5 meters) per second across the surface. Part of the iguana family, green basilisks grow to about 2 feet (61 centimeters) in length, including their long, whip-like tail. Males have distinctive, high crests on their heads and backs, which they use to impress females. They lay their eggs in shallow trenches and lay up to 20 eggs. Hatchlings are born with the ability to run (on land and water), climb, and swim. Size relative to a 6ft (2m) man: