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Category Archive: Animals

Cockroach – Indestructible Insect

Cockroach - Indestructible Insect

Cockroach – Indestructible Insect

Cockroaches are insects that have lived on Earth for more than 320 million years. There are more than 3,500 types of them.
Cockroaches have a flat, oval body that is black or brown. They have long powerful legs and can run very fast.
They are found nearly everywhere. Some kinds live outside, but others live indoors alongside humans. They like warm dark areas in homes, offices, ships, trains, and even airplanes.
They are related to crickets. These insects use the long antennas on their heads for feeling through dark places.
They are considered among the most hated household pests. Humans get rid of cockroaches with common poisons and traps.
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Aye-aye – amazing living thing

Aye-aye – amazing living thing

Aye-aye – amazing living thing

Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) is an unusual-looking animal. It is a member of a group of primitive primates known as Prosimians, most of which are lemurs. This animal is the only surviving member of the family Daubentoniidae. When it was first encountered by Europeans, it was incorrectly classified as a rodent.
It is covered with a coat of coarse blackish-brown hair. The animal has very large, sensitive ears, sharp, rodent-like teeth and long, claw-like fingers and toes. Aye-aye is 38 to 46 centimeters long and has a bushy tail measures 41 to 56 centimeters long. The animal weighs between 2 and 3 kilograms. Its diet consists of fruit (especially coconuts), wood-boring insect larvae, bamboo shoots, sugarcane, and some small animals. The aye-aye’s large ears allow it to hear insect larvae moving beneath the bark of trees.
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Walrus – Whale Horse

Walrus - Whale Horse

Walrus – Whale Horse

Walrus lives in the cold Arctic seas of Europe, Asia, and North America. Its name is an English version of the Scandinavian word hvalros, meaning “whale horse.” This animal has a stocky body topped by a rounded head. It has small piggy eyes and its mouth is covered with stiff whiskers. Every year, the walrus grows a new set of whiskers. All walruses have long tusks, which they use to fight, cut holes in ice, and pull itself out of water. These animals spend nearly whole life at sea and climb onto ice or rocky islands to rest and to have babies. The walruses swim with the help of flippers and also use them to walk. Their swimming speed is approximately 10 km/h. A thick layer of fat below the skin, called blubber, keeps the walrus warm.
They feed on fish, clams and sometimes young seals. They dig clams from the seafloor with their tusks. They shovel food into the mouth with their whiskers. The walrus usually does not chew its prey, but swallows it whole. Walruses sometimes also capture and eat sea birds.
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Aardvark – amazing animal

Aardvark – amazing animal

Aardvark – amazing animal

Aardvark is an amazing and one of Africa’s strangest animals. It is nocturnal, secretive, termite- and anteating mammal. Although aardvarks look like anteaters, they are actually related to elephants, manatees, and dugongs. It is the only modern representative of Tubulidentata. There are more than 14 species of animals.
These animals were named aardvarks by South Africans in the early 1800s. In the local language, Afrikaans, “aardvark” means “earth pig.” The scientific name of the aardvark is Orycteropus afer.
They live in dry places in Africa south of the Sahara Desert. They are large piglike animals weighing from 88-143 lb (40-65 kg) and measuring nearly 6 ft (1.8 m) from nose to tip of tail. Its head has huge donkeylike ears, a long snout, and drooping eyelids with long lashes. Their legs are powerful and equipped with long, strong claws for digging.
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Misconceptions about animals

Turritopsis nutricula

Turritopsis nutricula


There are no immortal animal
We are born to die.
However, we know that in fact the bacteria never die, unless, of course, they do not become prey or the victims of an accident. Nobody has seen bacterium died of old age. But all of this is hypothetical.
A creature that can truly be called immortal has been recently discovered. This is jellyfish Turritopsis nutricula, inhabiting tropical seas. It is 4-5 millimeters.
Living beings undergo several cycles from birth to death. Usually after reproduction a particular body loses the meaning of its biological existence and dies. But this jellyfish after reproduction process begins to return to its earlier stage of development. From mature individuals they again turn into cubs and repeat the cycle an infinite number of times.
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Misconceptions about fish

Misconceptions about fish

Misconceptions about fish

The fish first came on land
According to the history of the evolution in the biology textbook fish first came to the land. They have somehow learned to breathe atmospheric air and rushed to conquer the expanse of land. Then frogs and reptiles appeared.
But in fact, the insects were pioneers. The first insects came out on the land, were like a scorpion with a shell on the back.

Sharks are the oldest fish
Sharks appeared about 300 million years ago, before the dinosaurs, and had survived them. Of course, they looked quite different. But now there is a fish that is much older than sharks. For a long time, scientists believed that it died out 75 million years ago. This is Latimeria chalumnae, a possible ancestor of the first amphibians, lived 360 million years ago. Throughout its existence, it has not changed much. It currently lives at a depth of about 100 meters near the coast of Africa and Indonesia. Its skull is not monolithic, but consists of two parts connected by special joint. The spine is not solid and is not divided into the vertebrae, it is an elastic tube.
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Misconceptions about birds

Misconceptions about birds

Misconceptions about birds

Parrots do not understand what they say
Many people think that parrots simply reproduce sounds and human speech. In fact it is not true. Those who keep these beautiful birds at home have noticed that sometimes the words spoken by their pets quite accurately correspond to the situation.
Research gave surprising results: African Grey parrot named Alex not only repeats the sounds of human speech, but it uses speech as a tool for communication. His vocabulary consists of over 300 words; he knows how to count to 6, distinguishes color, shape and material.
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