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Kinkajous as Pets

Hey, Defenders! After reading that kinkajou fact sheet I bet I know what you’re thinking. “Oh my goodness, kinkajous are so CUTE! I want one!” Well, they are cute, that is true. However, being cute doesn’t necessarily make an ideal pet. Despite being one of the most fascinating animals of the rainforest, the average family…

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Burmese Pythons: Masters of Constriction

The Burmese python is the epitome of the word “constrictor.” With its tremendous girth, it doesn’t take much to imagine one of these gargantuan serpents enveloping someone in their coils and crushing them like a soda can.  Such scenes have been engrained in popular imagine thanks to science fiction movies like Anaconda, but is this…

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Fantastic Feet

With the exception of snakes, all terrestrial vertebrates get around using their feet. Feet are truly remarkable organs. They can adapt to any sort of habitat and allow animals to move in all sorts of different ways: walking, running, jumping, climbing, digging, swimming. A lot can be said about an animal’s lifestyle and evolutionary history…

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The Pelican

Three-quarters of our planet is covered in ocean. It should come as no surprise that many terrestrial species have evolved to exploit this rich resource. No more dramatic example can be found than the numerous species of waterbirds, amazing avians that have had to master three separate elements, air, land, and water. Of all the…

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Happy Thanksgiving: Fun Facts About Turkeys

Many holidays have animals associated with them. Christmas has its reindeer, Easter its rabbits, and Halloween lays claim to a variety of creepy critters. However, no holiday is more dependent on an animal than Thanksgiving. After all, what Thanksgiving is complete without turkey? While most of us don’t really think about turkeys much beyond eating…

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