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Ocelots, also known by the name dwarf leopards, are a wild species of cat. They are similar in appearance to a domestic cat, with a distinctive spotted pattern on their coat. Ocelots are larger than a house cat and can grow up to 100 cm (39 in) in length and reach a weight of 18 kg (40 lbs). Ocelots are nocturnal animals (most commonly active during the night) and will hunt in a range of about 18 square kilometers (6.9 sq mi). They are solitary and fiercely territorial animals and they usually live in areas that do not overlap, unless it is breeding season. A male ocelot can have a territory as large as 46 square kilometers (18 sq mi), while the territory of females rarely exceeds 15 square kilometers (5.8 sq mi). Let’s find out where these animals live.
Alligators are large reptiles that are related to the crocodile. They share many of the same features, characteristics and behavior, which sometimes causes confusion regarding their identification. There are two species of alligators: the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. The American alligator is the largest of the two and can reach 4 m (13ft) long and weigh up to 360 kg (800 lbs). The Chinese alligator is much smaller and doesn’t usually grow past 2 m (6.5 ft) in length. Like some species of crocodiles, alligators are often considered to be a danger to humans. However, alligators are far less aggressive than the big crocodile species and any attacks on humans are usually due to mistaken identity in cloudy water. Let’s find out where alligators live.
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional football team that compete in the Western Division of the National Football Conference in the National Football League. The Cardinals were established in Chicago in 1898 and were an original member of the NFL in 1920. This makes the club the oldest continually run professional football team in the United States. The team was moved to St. Louis in 1960 until 1988 when they began playing in Arizona. The Cardinals won 2 NFL Championships while in Chicago (1925 and 1947), but have been much less successful since this time. The team has only made the Super Bowl on one occasion, in 2008 when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let’s find out where the Cardinals play their home games.
The walrus is a large marine animal best known for their large size, tusks and whiskers. They are similar in appearance to a seal, which they are sometimes classified as, and share many traits with these relatives. They are a cold water species and spend most of their time on the sea ice which they use as a diving platform in the search for bivalve mollusks, which are their favorite food. They have long been an important species in the regions that they inhabit because they provide a food source and a source of blubber. There are two subspecies of walruses (although a third is also sometimes debated), the Atlantic walrus and the Pacific walrus. Let’s find out where these subspecies live.
The Denver Nuggets are a professional basketball team that compete in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference as a part of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Nuggets were established in 1967 as the Denver Larks (this was changed to Rockets before they played a game) as a member of the American Basketball Association (ABA). They became the Nuggets prior to the ABA-NBA merger in 1974 and joined the NBA after the merger occurred. The Nuggets have had some success since this time, including making the playoffs for a number of consecutive seasons, but they have never won a championship title. Let’s find out where the Denver Nuggets play their home games.
Beets are a plant best known for producing the root vegetable that share the same name. There are a number of different varieties of beets, including the popular vegetable known as beetroot and the sugar beet, which is used to produce table sugar. The roots of these plants are edible and are usually red-purple in color, although other colors are also available. The beets are usually round in shape and are commonly eaten pickled, steamed, roasted or raw. The above ground portion of the plant, known as beet tops or beet greens are also edible and are similar to spinach. Let’s find out where beets originated and how the spread to the rest of the world.
Pelicans are large aquatic birds with a scoop like bill that is used to filter their food from the water. There are 8 living species of pelicans and they are found from tropical to temperate regions. Pelicans most commonly have pale feathers, but a number of species are darker in color. They do not have any feathers on their face, bill or legs and these areas change color during breeding seasons. Pelicans often hunt in groups and live in colonies. Let’s find out where these large birds live.
Peaches are a juicy, sweet fruit with white or yellow flesh that grow on a tree of the same name. A similar fruit known as nectarines are also members of the same species. Peaches and nectarines are members of the stone fruit family and are related to plums, cherries, apricots and almonds. The peach tree can reach 10 m (33 ft) tall and 15 cm (6 in) in diameter. The botanical name for the peach is Prunus persica, which comes from Persia. This might give us a clue where peaches come from.
Chickpeas are a small edible legume that grow on the chickpea plant. This plant grows best in a tropical or subtropical climate with a large amount of annual rain. It is a relatively small plant and grows to a maximum of 50cm (20 in) in height. The chickpeas are small edible seeds that grow inside a seedpod on the plant. These seeds can be used for a variety of recipes, including the popular dip hummus, and can even be ground into flour, called gram or besan flour. There are two main varieties of chickpeas, desi and kabul, and both of these are a good source of protein, zinc, and folate, and are very low in fat. Chickpeas are available in raw or pre-cooked forms at most grocery stores. Let’s find out where chickpeas come from and where they are grown today.
The Dallas Mavericks, commonly called the Mavs, are a professional basketball team that compete in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association. The team is based in Dallas, Texas, where they were established in 1980. The team quickly became popular and in 2012 was named the fourth most valuable franchise in the league. The Mavs have found some success during their relatively short time in the league, including one NBA Championship in 2011. The Mavericks played their first home game at Reunion Arena in downtown Dallas, but this was demolished in 2009. Let’s find out where the Mavs play their home games today.