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What are Birds?

Birds are a diverse group of animals with many distinct traits. Vertebrates (have back bones) Endothermic (warm blooded) Feathers Beak (instead of teeth) Laying of eggs While all modern-day birds have feathers and wings, there are many birds that do not fly. Ostrich (The world’s largest bird that lives on the savannah in Africa) Penguins…

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What does it mean to be Endangered?

An endangered species is when an animal is threatened with extinction (therefore its entire species dying out permanently) Extinction can occur naturally due to a variety of phenomenons Dinosaurs (hypothesized to have been killed by a meteorite ) Prehistoric Mammals (hypothesized to have gone extinct due to climate change) However, many animals that go extinct…

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Swarms! Flocks! Schools!

It’s time for school Defenders! For this school you won’t need a backpack, or have to worry about any homework…all you need is a group of some of your fishy friends! You may have heard of a school of fish before…or a swarm of locusts, or a flock of birds. But what exactly are these…

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What is a Habitat/Biome?

A Habitat is an environment that’s inhabited by a certain type of animal. A habitat is more than just a shelter for the animal, it’s the entire environment the animal lives in and is essential in order for the animal to live and grow. In order for an animal to have a successful habitat, the…

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Blood Suckers

Hey there Defenders…I think it’s about time we had a snack break! I’ve been getting hungry all day, and you know what sounds delicious? A nice big gulp of blood!!! That’s right Defenders, if you guessed that I’m a Mosquito, or a Leech, you’d be correct (or maybe a Vampire)! Those are just a couple…

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What is an amphibian?

Amphibians are a group of animals that might be one of the oldest known species of still living animals in the world! While many amphibians can outwardly resemble different types of reptiles such as snakes and lizards, it’s important to know that amphibians are not related to reptiles any more than you are! Amphibians: Are…

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What is a Mammal?

Mammals are a group of animals with many traits that make them different from other animals. We have laid out the main characteristics of being mammal.  Endothermic (or “warm blooded”) which means they have a set body temperature. Have fur or hair Give birth to their babies alive, as opposed to laying eggs like fish…

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What is Paleontology/Archaeology?

Hey there, Defenders – even though here at Critter Squad we focus on animals and wildlife alive today, the history of our planet includes even more unique creatures than what we have on the planet right now. So who are the people that study animals that existed long ago? Well in short, that’s a Paleontologist!…

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We See You!

For most of us, we use our eyes every single day, and it’s how we make sense of the world. Our vision is an extremely important sense that informs us of our surroundings. We can look and recognize friends from enemies, and food from non-food items.  We rely on this sense more than our other…

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