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Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Cute little hamsters

Hamsters are small mammals that belong to the rodent family. They have dense fur, a short tail, and large cheek pouches to carry food. Like other rodents, they have large front teeth. Hamsters are among the few animals born with developed teeth. They have good senses of smell and hearing but poor eyesight. There are about 16 species of hamsters.
In the wild, hamsters live in dry areas in central Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They dig burrows, or underground tunnel systems.
The common or black-bellied hamster is an aggressive, solitary, burrowing animal. They live in grassy steppes and cultivated areas in Europe and western Asia south to Iraq. Its body length is about 30 cm. The winter burrows of the common hamster contain separate storage chambers for each type of food. In winter the common hamster blocks up the entrances to its burrow, and sleeps in a bed of straw.
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Barracuda – fierce fish

Barracuda - fierce fish

Barracuda – fierce fish

Barracuda is one of the fiercest fish in tropical waters. They circle around groups of smaller fish until the fish huddle together in fear. The barracudas then dive in and slash the fish with their teeth. The great barracuda sometimes even attacks human swimmers.
Barracudas live in warmer parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, including the Caribbean Sea. There are about 20 species and some of them can be poisonous.
It is a long, cylindrical, silvery fish. Their silver coloring and elongated bodies make them difficult for prey to detect. Barracudas have long mouths filled with large, knifelike teeth. They have two fins on the back and small scales on the body. These fish are average about 1 meter in length. The great barracuda can reach a length of 2 meters and weighs more than 50 kg, and it is an aggressive fearsome predator of other fish. The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) can change color to match its background environment. Specifically, it is found in the west Atlantic from Brazil to New England and in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Interesting facts about sparrows

Interesting facts about sparrows

Interesting facts about sparrows

Sparrows are small, brownish or grayish songbirds. They are among the best-known birds in the world. They live in cities, farms, grasslands, woodlands, and marshes. These birds eat mostly seeds and insects.
The house sparrow is about 12 to 15 centimeters long. The song sparrow is about the same size or slightly larger.
There are two main groups of sparrows: Old World sparrows and New World sparrows. Old World sparrows come from Europe, Asia, and Africa. New World sparrows are found in North America and South America.
They are highly territorial during their breeding season, proclaiming their territory by singing, which in many species is quite loud, rich, and musical.
Some species of sparrows are fairly easy to keep in captivity, and they are kept as pet cagebirds.
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Opossum – Playing Dead to Stay Alive

Opossum - Playing Dead to Stay Alive

Opossum – Playing Dead to Stay Alive

Most opossums live in forests of Central and South America. The Virginia, or common, opossum is the only marsupial found in North America. Opossums are the oldest marsupial mammals. The ancestors of these animals have appeared at the end of the Cretaceous period, which ended about 66 million years ago. Possums were first described by Spanish chronicler of South America Pedro Cieza de Leon in 1553.
Opossums can have a body length as great as 50 cm, plus a tail (almost naked and prehensile) of up to 54 cm. They have a long, pointy white face and beady little eyes. Possums have 50 teeth. They have coarse fur that can be grayish white or nearly black. These animals live in hollow trees or under stumps and roots.
They are solitary animals, coming together only to mate.
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Cute guinea pigs

Cute guinea pigs

Cute guinea pigs

Guinea pigs are about 20 species of rodents in the family Caviidae. Guinea pigs naturally live in South America, from Colombia and Venezuela in the north, to Brazil and northern Argentina. These animals live in rocky habitats, savannas, forest edges, and swamps. Guinea pigs have a stout body, with a relatively large head, short limbs and ears, and a short tail. The front feet have four toes and the back feet have three. Each toe ends in a sharp claw.
Guinea pigs weigh 450-700 g and have a body length of 22-36 cm.
The fur of wild guinea pigs is coarse, long, dense, and generally brown or grayish. Some domestic guinea pigs are a combination of colors.
Wild guinea pigs spend the day in burrows and at night they come out to eat grass and leaves. They live in small groups of several to ten individuals.
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Donkey – Beast of Burden

Donkey - Beast of Burden

Donkey – Beast of Burden

Donkeys were among the first animals to be tamed by humans. The first donkeys probably came from Asia. People ride donkeys and use them to carry heavy loads, or burdens. The donkey is a member of the horse family.
Donkeys have long ears. They are usually white, gray, or black or shades in between. They usually have a dark stripe from the mane to the tail and a crosswise stripe on the shoulders. The mane is short and upright, and the tail has long hair only at the end.
Donkey is a domesticated or tamed animal, and ass is a wild animal.
Donkeys can survive on almost any kind of plant matter, but usually they eat hay or grass.
Sometimes people crossbreed a donkey and a horse. When the father is a donkey and the mother is a horse, the baby is called a mule.
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Wonderful Corals and Coral reefs

Wonderful Corals and Coral reefs

Wonderful Corals and Coral reefs

Coral reefs represent some of the oldest and most complex communities of plants and animals on Earth. The primary structure of a coral reef is a calcareous skeleton formed by marine invertebrate organisms known as cnidarians, which are relatives of sea anemones.
There are essentially three types of coral reefs – fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls. Fringing reefs form borders along the shoreline. Barrier reefs also parallel the shoreline but are found further offshore and are separated from the coast by a lagoon. The atoll is typically a ring-shaped reef.
About 33% of all of the fishes of the world live and depend on coral reefs. Within the reef, there are hiding places for fish and other marine organisms.
The largest coral reef in the world is the Great Barrier Reef near Australia. It is more than 1,250 miles long.
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