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What is a marsupial?

Even if you don’t know what a marsupial is, you’ve probably heard of them. These animals include many well-known species Koalas Kangaroos Opossums Despite their unique traits, marsupials are mammals: Have fur Warm blooded (endothermic) Give birth to their babies alive However, marsupials have many different traits that make them unique from the average mammal…

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What is a Rodent?

Rodents are a diverse group of mammals that make up almost 40% of the mammal population. With a few exceptions (such as the naked mole-rat) all rodents Are endothermic (warm blooded) Have fur Give live birth to their babies Feed their babies milk They can be found almost everywhere in the world. But what separates…

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What is an arachnid?

Even though animals like spiders and scorpions tend to be categorized as “bugs” it’s important to know that there are many complex differences that separate these arachnids from insects. Arachnids Are invertebrates (they have no backbone) Have eight legs (though some may have additional appendages) Body is made up for two segments the cephalothorax and…

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Endothermic vs. Ectothermic

Endothermic and Ectothermic. While we might normally refer to these as ‘warm-blooded’ and ‘cold-blooded’, this isn’t entirely accurate, and the term “cold blooded” has a negative association with being mean and cruel. Endothermic Is when an animal has a set body temperature that it’s able to maintain regardless of the outside environment In order to…

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Snakes: Venom vs. Constriction

Snakes are complex predator that have unique ways to catch and eat their food. While most people think of snakes as being venomous, only about 20% of all snakes in the word are venomous. Venomous Snakes Store their venom in their fangs, which are hollow. Some snakes have their fangs in the front of their…

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How do Predators Catch Food?

When it comes to animals who’s diet includes or consists of other animals, (be they insects, herbivores, or even its own kind!), there’s many elaborate and diverse ways for an animal to catch food, including traps, speed, and stealth! Webs Spiders can produce silk from glands located at the tip of their abdomen These webs…

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What is Island Gigantism?

There’s an amazing phenomenon in the animal kingdom where certain species of animals that live on islands, become much larger than the same animal that lives on the mainland. This is called Island Gigantism.   The size of the island itself often plays apart in the size of the animal and the rapidness that it…

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Opossums vs. Possums

Even though the names are often used interchangeably, this is incorrect. Despite the names sounding the same, opossums and possums only have one thing in common. They’re both marsupials.   Marsupials Are in the mammal family Warm blooded Feed their babies milk Babies are born very early (the size of a grain of rice) they…

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Types of Snake Teeth

All snakes have teeth, but not all snakes have the same teeth. While there are some similarities (all snakes swallow their food whole, meaning no teeth are used for chewing food) there are many differences. Snake teeth can be categorized into four different groups: Aglyphous Means “lacking in grooves” All teeth are similar in shape…

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Weird Foods!

Animals live in different places around the world and survive by eating all sorts of foods. When we think of foods animals eat, we think of pretty common foods that you or I might eat as well. Fruits Plants Fish However, some animals eat some very strange things you and I would never think of…

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