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Flea – interesting parasite

Flea – interesting parasite

Flea – interesting parasite


Fleas are insects that live as parasites on birds and mammals, including humans. They depend on the animal they live on for food. Fleas bite the animal and feed on its blood. They can spread diseases. There are about 1,600 species of flea. The largest individual is only about 1 centimeter long. Fleas are excellent jumpers.
A flea has four stages of life: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. A female flea can lay more than 20 eggs every day. Adult fleas live for a few weeks to about a year.
Fleas commonly spend a great deal of time off their hosts, for example, in vegetation or on the ground. They can generally survive for a long time without feeding.
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Bean – great source of protein

Bean – great source of protein

Bean – great source of protein


Beans are excellent source of protein and are used in many dishes. The scientific family includes peas, peanuts, lentils and beans.
Beans come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. They can be white, green, yellow, tan, pink, red, brown, purple, and black. Beans grow inside pods, which are usually 7 to 20 centimeters long.
One of the most useful beans is the soybean. Many chemical products, including paint, are made from soybean oil. They are used to make soy milk, soy sauce, and tofu.
Beans have numerous associations with various spirits. The early Aryans valued beans highly as a food offering to the dead.
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Goat – Surefooted Mountain Climber

Goat - Surefooted Mountain Climber

Goat – Surefooted Mountain Climber


Goats are horned mammals closely related to sheep. People raise goats for their milk, hair, and meat. In many countries, people make butter, cheese and even ice cream from goat’s milk. In Spain, goats are the main source of milk.
A domestic goat usually weighs about 45 to 54 kilograms. Both male and female goats may have horns. Most males also grow beards.
Goats eat grass and shrubs.
Wild goats are animals of the mountains. Most wild goats live in herds of 5 to 20 animals. There are several types of wild goats – the ibex, the markhor, the tahr, and the goral.
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Sloth – slow-moving mammal

Sloth - slow-moving mammal

Sloth – slow-moving mammal


Sloths are slow-moving mammals that spend most of their lives in trees. They live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. They belong to order Edentata, which means “without teeth.” However, they have molars, chewing teeth, that have no roots and continue to grow throughout their lives. They are related to armadillos and anteaters.
Sloths can grow up to 69 centimeters long and weigh only about 4 kg. Sloths have flat faces on round heads, with round eyes, a round snout, and round nostrils. The fur is usually grayish brown or tan. They often have a greenish tint because of algae on their fur. This helps sloths to blend in with tree leaves. Their toes have long, curved claws, which the animal uses to grasp branches.
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Puma – beautiful wild cat

Puma – beautiful wild cat

Puma – beautiful wild cat


The puma is a large cat of North and South America. It is also commonly called a mountain lion, cougar, or panther. Probably puma is the only animal on the planet which has so many names. Puma is even in the Guinness Book of Records as an animal with a large number of names. Its scientific name is Puma concolor.
Pumas can be up to 1.8 meters long, without the tail. They stand about 0.6 to 0.9 meter tall at the shoulder and weigh about 36 to 100 kilograms. They may be yellowish tan, reddish brown, bluish gray, or some other color.
They are great jumpers and can jump to heights of more than 5.5 meters.
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Tanzania – Land of Natural Wonders

Tanzania - Land of Natural Wonders

Tanzania – Land of Natural Wonders


Tanzania shares borders with Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. Its area is 945,087 square kilometers. The official name is the United Republic of Tanzania.
Tanzania is known for its stunning natural features. It has the tallest African peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the world’s largest volcano crater, Ngorongoro Crater. Along Tanzania’s borders are three large lakes: Lake Nyasa, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake, after Lake Superior in North America.
There are several national parks to protect the country’s animals. The Serengeti National Park is the most famous. The name Serengeti comes from a Masai word that means “endless plains”.
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Peanut – when nut not nut

Peanut – when nut not nut

Peanut – when nut not nut

Peanuts look and taste like nuts, have shells and skins. But they’re not nuts. Nuts grow mostly on trees or bushes. But peanuts grow underground and in some places they are called “groundnuts”. The scientific name is Arachis hypogaea. It belongs to the pea family, which also includes peas, beans, and clovers.
The peanut pod is a spongy shell covered with tiny dimples. Inside the shell you will usually find two peanuts.
Peanuts grow in warm sandy places. The peanut plant is a low bush. Small yellow flowers grow on the lower part of the plant. The cycle of growing peanuts from the moment of planting to harvesting takes 5 months.
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