Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Mixed Animals for Kids
Bald eagle. Fortunately, the bald eagle has gotten off of the endangered list.
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None. Tigers aren't native to Africa. They live in Asia!
|People are trying to create "hybrids," which are mixes between different types of animals. Which is not a hybrid?||Kids' Animal Enrichment Quiz
bull elephant. A bull elephant is just a name for a male elephant.
Cephalopod. The word cephalopod comes from the Greek words meaning "head" and "foot". Cephalopods have large heads and many tentacles. An octopus has eight tentacles.
They are not!. Bats can see. They just need to rely on their sense of hearing because they hunt in the dark. Maybe people think bats are blind because of their strange motions in the air. That's really the bat catching insects.
Puffins lay eggs in holes.. There are many birds that do not fly, as you should know. The hummingbird is DEFINITELY NOT ONE OF THEM! Hummingbirds are wonderful fliers, and THEY are the ones who can fly backwards.
an amphibian. A caecilian is a strange creature. However it may seem like a rainforest worm, a snake, or perhaps an eel, it is more like a salamander because it lives near, and is born in, water.
It isn't. They're only dangerous in large numbers.. It's true that piranhas can take down large animals, but notice that letter S following the fish's name. Just one can't hurt you much. In fact, some people have even bathed with them!
The Sperm Whale. Adult male sperm whales can grow up to 60 feet long and weigh 40 tons (80,000 pounds!). Males are usually about twice as large as the females. They live up to 70 years. Sperm whales have been found living in every ocean in the world. The sperm whale is born without teeth. They drink milk from their mother's mammary glands, just like baby people do. Their favorite food is squid. Sometimes they even eat giant squids.
Bonus question: You've been such a dear. What is the largest kind of deer? Did you say the moose? You're right!
The Gorilla. Gorillas reach 5 foot 9 inches tall and weigh up to 360 pounds. Gorillas, chimps, gibbons, and orangutans are the four species of 'great apes'. They are not monkeys. There are many differences between apes and monkeys, for example, monkeys have tails, apes don't have tails. Gorillas and chimps are found in Africa. Orangutans are found in Asia. Gibbons are found in both, Asia and Africa.
|If you've got your head in the clouds you might be able to see eye to eye with this lovely creature. What is the tallest animal on land?||The Biggest Animals for Kids!
The Giraffe. Giraffes, which can grow to a height of 18 feet, are the tallest land animals. Large males weigh more than 4,000 pounds. They live in Africa.
|I hear something loud. Something's coming this way. And the ground is shaking! What is the largest (heaviest) land animal?||The Biggest Animals for Kids!
The Elephant. African elephants are the heaviest and second tallest land animals. Large bulls (males) weigh more than 13,000 pounds and are 12 feet tall at the shoulder.
The Giant Squid. Giant squid, reaching lengths of 43 feet, are the largest invertebrates. They also have the largest eyes (about the size of a human head). The largest giant squid ever measured was 59 feet long.
Worms, insects, starfish, squids and many other creatures are invertebrates. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish are vertebrates. They have skeletons and backbones. Do you think there are more invertebrates in the world or vertebrates? Did you say invertebrates? Correct. Guess what? You're a vertebrate! Tell your Dad at dinner that you're a vertebrate. See what he says!
Ostrich. The largest bird is the North African Ostrich. Male examples of this species have been recorded up to 9 feet tall and weighing 345 pounds. The ostrich is also the fastest bird on land - it can run up to 45 miles per hour. The ostrich is a flightless bird. That means it can't fly. Other birds that can't fly are the penguin and kiwi. Do you know what the largest flying bird is? The Andean condor of South America is the largest with a wing span of over 10 feet. The California condor is the largest flying land bird in North America. It can have a wingspan of 9½ feet and weigh up to 23 pounds.
The Kodiak Bear. The Kodiak bear is a kind of Brown bear which lives in Alaska. The largest ever recorded was one that weighed 2500 pounds. They can grow to 10 feet long. That's unbearable!
The Siberian Tiger. The largest cat on record was a Siberian tiger that weighed 845 pounds (384 kg). Siberian tigers can grow to 12 feet in length. Do you think tigers can swim? Well, tigers are excellent swimmers and can cross rivers and lakes that are miles across.
The Whale Shark. The Whale shark is the largest shark and the largest fish. It can grow to 40 feet long. Whale sharks have no teeth. They eat small sea creatures like plankton. If you're swimming in the ocean and you see a Whale shark don't worry. You can even pet him. The largest shark with teeth is the dangerous Great White shark. Don't pet him!
The Blue Whale. The bull (male) Blue whale can grow to 100 feet long and weigh over 100 tons. That makes it the largest animal that ever lived; larger even, than dinosaurs. Blue Whales have no teeth. They eat small sea creatures such as shrimp and krill.
Rabbit and parrot. Imagine a rabbit and a parrot facing away from each other and watching each other at the same time. Or two rabbits. Or two parrots. How about four rabbits in a row, the two in the middle look like they're facing each other but really they're looking away from each other at the two on the ends. Or three rabbits and a parrot or four parrots, or... oh skip it.
Did you know that there are many kinds of parrots? One kind is called the African Grey. African Greys are the best imitators of speech of all the parrots in the world.
Rabbits are not rodents. They are lagomorphs, and are more closely related to horses than they are to rats or mice. A male rabbit is called a 'buck' and a female is called a 'doe'.
Let's all be kind to animals. Don't bother them or throw things at them. Have you decided which animal you'd be if you could choose? Which is it?!
The insect's wings.. Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings. By the way, do you know what is the fastest animal on six legs? The cockroach is the fastest animal on six legs covering a meter a second.
|I know of an animal called a Legless Lizard. It's a lizard with no legs. Why isn't it called a snake?||Animal Fun Facts For Kids
It has eyelids like lizards. Snakes have no eyelids.. If an animal has a head like one animal and a body like another, its classification (type) goes after the head. The head is more important than the body in terms of classification.
|People are considered smarter than animals because people use tools. Hey! I know an animal that uses a rock to break open a shell for food. What's the name of this smart animal that uses a tool?||Animal Fun Facts For Kids
Otter. An otter will lie on its back in the water with a shell on its stomach and pound the shell with a rock until it's open. Lunch! Chimpanzees also use tools. They'll put a stick in a termite's nest and pull it out when it's all covered with termites and eat them. Yumm!
|A hedgehog has hard pointy quills all over its body. When it's born why don't the quills hurt the mother when she gives birth to the baby?||Animal Fun Facts For Kids
The quills are soft when the baby is born.. As the baby grows, the quills get harder and harder. The quills make it hard for an enemy to eat it.
|Chimney Swifts are a kind of bird. They build nests made of sticks. What does the mother use to hold the sticks together when she builds the nest?||Animal Fun Facts For Kids
Her own saliva.. I'm glad my bed isn't held together that way. Or is it?
In the Far East there is a special dish that many people like to eat called "Bird's Nest Soup". It's made from the nest of the swift. I'm not making this up.
|Baby armadillos always have brothers and sisters to play with since they are never born alone. How many armadillos are always born at once?||Animal Fun Facts For Kids
Four. Do you know what four born at once is called? Quadruplets. Identical quadruplets. That's a lot of fun.
Armadillos have shells, made of true bone, that cover their backs. They are built to dig. They have short, strong legs that are well suited to rapid digging, either for food or for shelter. Like their cousins, the sloth and anteater, armadillos have strong claws. They use them to help in digging, or to tear apart rotting wood to find food.
Blue. Jaguars are the largest cats in North and South America. The Puma (mountain lion) is the second biggest. All the other great cats live in Asia or Africa.
|These small, cuddly creatures are loved by everyone. They rarely drink water, because the special leaves they eat provide water for them. What is the name of this animal?||Australian Animals for Kids
Koala. Koalas are often thought of as bears, but they aren't bears at all. They are marsupials and they are herbivores, which means they only eat plants. They can be found in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria. Eucalyptus leaves are the only things koalas eat. They are almost always up trees and they sleep for up to 18 hours every day!
|This bird is famous for its territorial cry, which makes it sound like it's laughing. What is this loud bird named?||Australian Animals for Kids
Kookaburra. The indigenous people of Australia believed that if a child insulted a kookaburra, they would grow an extra tooth. They also believed that the kookaburra was told by one of their gods to laugh during the sunrise so that mankind would not miss it. Kookaburras are from the kingfisher family and they eat snakes, insects, small reptiles and the young of other birds. They are dark-brown with spots of white. They sometimes fly into farms and eat one of the baby ducklings or chicks, which farmers don't like.
|This reptile is an Australian icon. When it is frightened, its famous frill pops out from around its head. What is this animal?||Australian Animals for Kids
Frilled Neck Lizard. The frilled neck lizard lives in hot places of Australia, which means they live all over northern Australia. The frill is to make it seem bigger and to scare off predators. It is a very fast runner and it runs on two legs. A frilled neck lizard appeared on the Australian 2 cent coin, before they stopped making them. They eat all types of small insects and they lay about 15 eggs.
|This marsupial digs burrows to live in. Their pouch faces backwards so that when they are digging the babies don't get dirt all over them. What is this animal?||Australian Animals for Kids
Wombat. Wombats are short legged creatures that are strong enough to knock an adult human to the ground. Early settlers used to call them badgers because of the size and habitat of this creature. They have quite a large brain, unlike most Australian marsupials. There are three different types of wombat, the common wombat, the northern hairy-nosed wombat and the southern hairy-nosed wombat. Despite being cute and cuddly, they would not make good pets.
|This curious creature looks like an anteater with spikes on its back. These animals are monotremes, which means they are mammals that lay eggs. What is this animal?||Australian Animals for Kids
Echidna. Echidnas are small, spiny creatures which are named after a monster in Greek mythology. They can also be found in New Guinea. They eat ants and termites, which they catch using their long, sticky tongue. Their spines act as protecting from the creatures that try to eat them. When it feels it is in danger, it curls up into a ball with the spines facing outwards. There are many different types of echidna, such as the western long-beaked echidna and the Sir David's long-beaked echidna.