How mammals hibernate
By: Effie Moore Salem
Hibernating mammals such as black and brown bears, the brown bats, marmots, woodchucks, arctic ground squirrels survive the cold winter by lowering their body temperatures and snoozing away the frigid time in Alaska, say Elizabeth Manning in her online article "The Long Sleep: Which animals...
Why marsupials are confined to Australia and South America
By: Janet Grischy
When people think of marsupials, they think of the cute koala and the bouncy kangaroo of Australia. They may, if they are more knowledgeable, think of the many opossum species found in South America. But marsupials are not actually confined to Australia and South America...
Tiger beetles: Tiny terrors
By: Laureen Manera
Tiger beetles (order Coleptera) are a diverse group. They are found in most parts of the world, with the exception of only some of the most remote regions. In America alone, there are at least 100 different species- 36 different species can be found in...
By: Lee Templar
The Giant Panda is familiar to us all - a black and white, bear-like animal, that eats bamboo and is famous for its sad place as one of the most endangered animals on the planet. There are in fact two species of panda, and the...
Giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands
By: Karen Ellis
Can you imagine living 150 to 200 years as the giant Galapagos tortoise. These are the largest tortoises in the world and they weigh up to 660 pounds and four feet in length. Originally there were thirteen subspecies of this tortoise (Geochelone nigra) living on...
By: Don Green
Ethology is the study of animals in their natural environment. Studying how and why animals behave the way they do can help us give them the proper living conditions for healthy living. Looking at their behavior in natural settings tells us why they act as...
By: Ashe Hope
The Giant Panda is one of the most loved animals on the planet. Black and white, cute and cuddly, it is almost becoming extinct. Also known as the Panda bear, or Bamboo bear, its scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca, which simply means Black and white...
Pandas: The giant cat bear
By: Effie Moore Salem
Pandas, native to China, are known to the Giant cat bear. They are so named because in their actions they behave as cats. At least in some of their actions. The one that wins for them this alternative name is their ability to shinny up...
How mammals hibernate
By: Karen Ellis
For many animals hibernations is an instinctual survival technique used during winter months when there is a scarcity of food and colder weather. It is characterized by a lower metabolism, minimal activity, reduced body temperature and restrained breathing. Depending on the animal, hibernation can last...
Tiger beetles: Tiny terrors
By: AKA
Tiger beetles are part of the "Cicindelidae"family and are recognized for their predatory habits, swift actions,large pointed mandibles and long spindly legs. There are 2000 species of tiger beetles worldwide and over 100 are found in North America.These species are very active and...

 

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