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Category Archive: Animals

Parrot – brightly colored bird

Parrot – brightly colored bird

Parrot – brightly colored bird


Most of the birds of the parrot family are known for their colorful feathers, noisy calls, and curved beaks. They are among the world’s most popular pet birds.
The tiniest parrot is the pygmy parrot, which is only 8 centimeters long. The largest member of the family is a type of macaw that can be as much as 100 centimeters long.
Their unusual feet help them climb trees and grasp their food. Parrots eat mainly seeds, nuts, and fruits.
Parrots are found in most tropical regions of the world, especially in rainforests. These birds can live for 30 to 50 years.
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Amphibians – Land-and-Water Dwellers

Amphibians - Land-and-Water Dwellers

Amphibians – Land-and-Water Dwellers


Millions of years ago, a group of fish began to breathe both in and out of the water. Later they began to develop legs. These animals became amphibians, the ancestors of all reptiles, birds, and mammals. They first ventured out on land some 370 million years ago.
The word “amphibian” comes from the Greek words amphi, which means “both,” and bios, which means “life.” Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates that live both in freshwater and on land. Their body temperature generally matches the temperature around them and to warm up, amphibians often bask in the sun.
There are three main groups of amphibians. The largest group includes the true frogs, tree frogs, and toads. The second group is the salamanders. The third group is the caecilians, wormlike creatures.
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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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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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Jackal – golden wolf

Jackal - golden wolf

Jackal – golden wolf


Jackals are wolflike animals that are related to dogs. There are three species of jackal. The golden jackal is found from eastern Europe and North Africa to southern Asia. The black-backed jackal and the side-striped jackal are found in southern and eastern Africa. Jackals live in grasslands.
An adult jackal is about one meter long, including the tail. It weighs about 7—11 kilogram.
Jackals live alone, in pairs, or in groups called packs. Living in packs of 10-30 individuals, they have a good social organization. Like other members of the canine family, the muscular legs of jackals are perfectly adapted for fast running. Life in the packs helps them, as they can hunt larger animals, such as gazelles, and protect each other during attacks.
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