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Animal Curiosities!

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1: The included information has been researched by some Form 3 Biology Students. Teacher: Ms N Scerri

2: It is a type of salamander native to Mexico. It lives all its life under water. Its lifespan is around 10 - 15 years. It can grow up to 30 cm, and weighs up to 227 g. It is usually brown in colour, but can also be albino. If its limbs get damaged, the axolotl can regenerate its own limbs! Sources: http://www.google.com.mt http://www.factzoo.com http://www.plantedtank.net http://www.treknature.com | Axolotl

3: Birds have ears but they do not have ear flaps: The reason is so that they will not hear any wind noises while flying. Birds have no teeth, but they have a beak: Most birds do not chew their food but swallow it as a whole. | Birds | Sources: http://www.themodernapprentice.com/ear.htm http://michelesphlog. blogspot.com http://en.wikipedia.org http://birds-pic.blogspot.com

4: Dolphins | Source: http://www. bablotech.com

5: Only half of their brain sleeps at a time. They manage to sleep 8 hours per day in this manner! | Dolphins need to be conscious to breathe. | Dolphins never go into a full deep sleep, because otherwise they would suffocate. | Dolphins breathe voluntary rather than automatically like humans. If knocked unconscious they stop breathing! | Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk, http://hitchhikers.wikia.com

6: This butterfly is named so because of its transparent wings. Such wings help the butterfly to hide itself from predators. The wings span up to 6 cm. Sources: http://www.rense.com http://www.arkinspace. com http://quigleyscabinet. blogspot.com | Glasswing Butterfly

7: Unlike other mammals, the Platypus lays eggs. It lays 1 to 2 eggs every season, which it incubates for about 2 weeks. When a young platypus is born, it feeds from milk that ends up on its mother’s coat after she has got it from large glands under the skin. | Platypus | Sources: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com http://en.wikipedia.org http://edwindwianto.wordpress. com

8: Sources: http://www.shoarns.com http://fmpoetry.wordpress.com http://www.trekearth.com | springtime | Each and every zebra has a different set of stripes. When Zebras are being chased by a predator they will often run close together, making it difficult for the predator since all it would see is a confusing arrangement of black and white stripes all blending in together. | Zebras

9: Why do cats have whiskers? Whiskers help a cat feel its way around. When a cat is angry or feels defensive, its whiskers will be pulled back. Whiskers help a cat judge whether or not it will fit through an opening. Never cut a cat's whiskers! | Sources: http://www.cat-health-detective.com http://www.petsugar.com http://gijoh.com

10: They have 2 long legs so that they can stand in deep water. | Flamingos | Flamingos hatch with a grey plumage, but this turns into a light pink to a bright red colour as they grow older. This is due to the pigments found in the food they eat. The brighter the colour of the feathers, the healthier the flamingo is! | Sources: http://magicofnature.weebly.com http://sciencecastle.com

11: Giraffes | Giraffa camelopardalis | They are the tallest land animals. A new-born giraffe will be around 180cm long. The adult's neck is around 180cm long!! The tongue of a giraffe is blue-black in colour, to avoid sunburn and can be as long as 46cm. | Sources: http://uktv.co.uk http://www.giraffes.org http://gouk.about.com http://www.123rf.com

12: Blue Whales are the largest recorded mammals on earth. There are less than 12,000 blue whales left worldwide. The Killer Whale is one of the world's most powerful predators. They are known to grab seals right off the ice. They also eat fish, squid, and seabirds. Mothers give birth every three to ten years, after a 17-month pregnancy. | Whales | Sources: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com http://true-wildlife.blogspot.com http://www.travelblog.org

13: The lion is the second biggest cat in the world. An adult lion can weigh up to 240kg. Its life span is around 15 years. | A lion can run up to a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour. Pregnancy in lions lasts around 100 - 119 days. Sources: http://www.honoluluzoo.org http://www.facts-about.org.uk http://animals.nationalgeographic.com http://animal.discovery.com http://ipadvibe.com http://www.maasai-association.org | Lions

14: Snakes have fangs. These are sharp, pointed teeth attached to sacs found behind their eyes. These sacs produce a poisonous liquid called venom. When a snake bites, venom is released and starts to work immediately to kill or paralyze the prey. If the snake breaks or loses one of its fangs, it will build another. | Snakes | Sources: http://www.kidzone.ws http://www.topnews.in http://jennatwilightlover.wordpress.com

15: How do pearls end up inside oysters? Pearls start to be produced when foreign particles become trapped inside the oyster's shell. It produces nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl. | Sources: http://lhsvirtualzoo.wikispaces.com http://www.rreinc.com http://andredanisphoto.com http://www.buzzle.com http://www.globalgourmet.com | Oysters & Pearls

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  • What I did not know about some animals
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