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Category Archive: Animals

Ducks – Dabblers, Divers and Perchers

Ducks – Dabblers, Divers and Perchers

Ducks – Dabblers, Divers and Perchers

Ducks are waterbirds that are related to geese and swans. There are about 100 species of duck. They are found almost all over the world. Many types fly south in winter.
Ducks are champion swimmers and are at home almost anywhere near water. There are three kinds of ducks: Dabbling ducks put their heads underwater to eat plants that grow there. They build their nests in hollows near the water. Dabbling ducks can fly very fast. Diving ducks dive deep down into the water to find things to eat. They mostly eat fish. They are very strong swimmers. Perching ducks make nests in trees and hold on to the branches with their long-clawed toes.
On the ground they waddle from side to side, moving slowly in a funny, jerky way.
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Cobra – Reptile Royalty

Cobra - Reptile Royalty

Cobra – Reptile Royalty

Cobras are poisonous snakes that flatten their necks into the shape of a hood when they sense danger. There are several species of cobra. They live in the southern parts of Asia and Africa in grasslands, forests, deserts, or along the shores of lakes.
Cobras are usually a single color or spotted. When a cobra feels threatened, it raises up its head and extends the ribs in its neck. This stretches the skin to create the hood.
They hunt in the evening and at night. Cobras eat mammals, birds, snakes, lizards, frogs, and even fish.
Some types of cobra lay eggs. Others give birth to live young.
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Cunning Fox

Cunning Fox

Cunning Fox

Foxes are mammals that look like small, bushy-tailed dogs. They live all over the world. The red fox likes farmland, the gray fox – forests, the silver fox – cold areas, and the Arctic fox lives around the North Pole.
Foxes are about 81 to 145 centimeters long, including the tail. They usually weigh 3 to 8 kilograms. They have long fur that varies in color: reddish brown, black with gray-tipped hair, brownish, white.
Foxes usually live in dens. Most of them hide by day and hunt by night. They eat almost anything: birds, including chickens, small mammals, and rodents.
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Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguana – interesting reptile

Iguanas are reptiles that belong to a large family of lizards. Most species of iguana live in the Americas. The best-known kind is the common, or green, iguana. It is found from Mexico south to Brazil. Some kinds of iguana live on the Galapagos Islands. The males are larger than females and grow up to 2 meters long and weigh up to 6 kilograms.
Iguanas are well equipped for speed and climbing with four powerful legs, each with five long thin toes tipped with strong claws.
Iguanas eat leaves, fruits, insects, small mammals, and birds. The marine iguana of the Galapagos Islands eats seaweed.
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Amazing Flying Fish

Amazing Flying Fish

Amazing Flying Fish


Flying fish is a unique fish. They do not actually fly by flapping wings, like birds do. Instead, they jump from the water and use their fins to glide through the air. They live in warm seas throughout the world. There are about 40 different species. They are close relatives of the needlefish, halfbeaks, and sauries.
These fishes are usually less than 45 centimeters long and are deep blue on the back and sides and silvery underneath. Their pectoral fins are almost as long as the body and serve as wings. The tail fin may vibrate as rapidly as 50 times per second and by these movements the fish may make several thrusts into the air in rapid succession.
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Antelope – graceful animal

Antelope – graceful animal

Antelope – graceful animal

Antelopes are plant-eating mammals. The impala, the addax, gazelles, gnus, and kudus are all antelopes. They live on the large, grassy plains of Africa and in the central and southwestern regions of Europe and Asia. There are many different kinds of antelope.
They have hooves and are generally about the same size as most goats and deer. Their coats are golden, reddish tan, or gray. Antelopes have excellent senses of smell and hearing. The impala can make leaps as long as 9 meters. Antelopes can run up to 80 kilometers per hour.
They feed on young green leaves, fruit, and buds.
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Bison – Majestic Beast

Bison - Majestic Beast

Bison – Majestic Beast

Bison has a massive body, humped shoulders, and pointed horns. In winter, its coat is dark brown and in the spring it is light-brown. They are the largest land mammals in North America and Europe. There are two species of bison: the American bison and the European bison.
An average bison has a head and body length of 2.1 to 3.8 meters and a shoulder height of 1.5 to 2 meters. It weighs between 320 and 1,000 kilograms.
The American bison is commonly known as the buffalo. European bison is often called wisent, from the German word for bison. They are slightly larger than the American bison. European bison live in forests where they eat tender shoots, twigs, and leaves of trees and bushes.
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