Flamingos are a tall, wading bird that can be found in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. There are four species of flamingo that are native to the Americans and two other species that are found throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. They are usually associated with exotic, tropical environments, but some species of flamingo prefer temperate conditions. Flamingos are very social birds and will often live in large colonies that can number into the thousands. Two common characteristic of the flamingo are its pink coloring and its ability to stand for long periods of time on one leg. So, why are Flamingos pink? Read this article to discover the answer.
Chimpanzees are members of the great ape family. There are actually two living species of chimpanzees called the Common Chimpanzee and Bonobo. Both species are known for their high level of intelligence and were once used in many animal research projects for this reason. Chimps are of a similar size to humans, but are generally shorter and lighter. If you want to know where these magnificent apes live, keep reading to find out.
A crab is a crustacean with an exoskeleton. They can live both in water and on land. Crabs have four to six legs and two large pincher claws. They are scavengers and will eat dead plant and animal matter. Crabs are found in all the oceans of the world and there are also approximately 850 species of freshwater crab. Crabs can be found hiding in rocky crevices and even under the sand or mud. When moving, crabs tend to walk sideways rather than forwards or backwards. Have you ever wondered why crabs walk sideways? Read this article to find out.
A cat is a small domesticated animal that are commonly kept as pets. There are many types of cats and they range in size and color. Cats are found almost everywhere in the world and were once thought to have originated in Egypt. However, recent evidence has been found to show that they in fact came from African wildcats. Cats have very quick reflexes and incredible balance and it is well known that a falling cat will almost always land on its feet. Cats are also excellent climbers and will climb many different things. It is a common part of folklore and stories for cats to be rescued from trees by well meaning people. Read on to find out, why cats climb trees?
Opossums are a marsupials, which means that they are a species that give birth to undeveloped young which then live in the mother’s pouch until fully developed. There are about 100 species of opossums and most are quite small. The largest opossum is slightly larger size of a large cat and the smallest are no bigger than a small mouse. Many species travel in trees, but some are solely ground animals. Their most unique characteristic is their ability to “play possum.” This is an involuntary response when they are threatened and they appear, and smell, dead to deter predators. Let’s take a look at where these unique creatures live.
It is common to see large groups of birds sitting together on power lines. These birds happily hop and jump from one line to another without any indication of discomfort or electrocution. We are aware that if we were to touch or sit on power lines that we would be electrocuted by the current flowing through the line. We are taught to be careful with kites and when cutting down tree branches near power lines. How is it that these birds suffer no ill effects from their time on the power lines? Why don’t birds get electrocuted? Read this article to find out.
Fish are a group of animals that are aquatic and have gills to breath oxygen from the water. They come in many different shapes, sizes and varieties and can be found in both fresh and salt water. Fish are cold-blooded and have no digits. Most fish use large fins and a specially shaped tail to navigate through the water. There are approximately 32,000 species of fish around the world.
Polar bears are found in some of the coldest regions on the planet. Their distribution extends throughout the Arctic Circle where they commonly encounter temperatures below -30 °C (-22 °F) during the winter months. Fortunately, polar bears are able to survive in this environment thanks to some unique characteristics. Let’s take a look at how a polar bear stays warm when the temperature drops below freezing.
Chimpanzees are an extremely intelligent animal and member of the great ape family, along with gorillas and orangutans. There are two separate species of chimpanzees that are both found in Africa. The Common Chimpanzee is found in West and Central Africa and the Bonobo is found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The population of chimpanzees has declined significantly and both species are now listed as endangered animals. Let’s take a look at why the existence of this magnificent animal is under threat.
Chicken eggs are a popular food throughout much of the world. They are a good source of protein and supply all the essential amino acids. They also contain many important vitamins and minerals. One thing that most people notice about chicken eggs is that they are not always the same color. Let’s take a look at the reason that chicken eggs are different colors.