Special Sub-Topic: All Shook Up: Animal Anagrams
|The largest land mammal on the PLANET, HE is easy to recognize because of his large ears and trunk.|
Elephant. Elephants live on the continents of Africa and Asia. Their trunks contain about 100,000 muscles, and are used for activities like smelling, picking things up, and trumpeting. People who train and take care of elephants are called mahouts.
|Let's try to find out where the small salamander WENT.|
Newt. The warty newt, also called the great crested newt, lives in Europe. The females can grow up to seven inches long. Warty newts are nocturnal (active at night), and carnivorous (they eat meat).
|Head to the land down under, and maybe you'll find out what this wild dog is DOING.|
Dingo. Dingoes are usually associated with Australia (nicknamed "The Land Down Under"), but they also live in Asia. Dingoes likely came to Australia from Asia about 3,000 years ago.
|Say HI to the big African mammal, he always likes it when we POP by for a visit at his home in the river.|
Hippo. Hippopotamuses (hippos, for short) spend most of their day in the rivers and lakes of Africa. A hippo's eyes, nose, and ears are on top of its head, so that it can still use them when the rest of its body is underwater. In Greek, the name "hippopotamus" means "river horse."
|Beautiful insects like this one get around BY giving a FLUTTER of their wings.|
Butterfly. Monarch butterflies have bright orange wings, with black and white markings. Each winter, millions of monarch butterflies in Canada and the northern U.S. leave their homes to fly south, towards a warmer climate.
|Could our brightly colored, feathered friend really be PART of a pirate gang, OR is he just chatting it up?|
Parrot. Parrots (which include species such as macaws, cockatoos, and parakeets) like warm climates, and one place they can be found is South America. Parrots are also popular as pets. They are sometimes pictured sitting on a pirate's shoulder, saying, "Polly want a cracker?"
|This very tall animal will surely FARE well in his efforts to reach the top of the FIG tree.|
Giraffe. You are most likely to find a giraffe, the tallest animal in the world, grazing out on the African savannah (grasslands). Since it's hard for the 18-foot-tall animal to get up if it lies down, giraffes sleep standing up!
|HE is sure to laugh ANY time he hears something funny.|
Hyena. Hyenas are good hunters, and they are also scavengers (meaning that they make their meal out of creatures already dead). Hyenas may look like dogs, but they are actually related to cats!
|Look over there, it is a PA, ma, AND baby bear munching on bamboo.|
Panda. Giant pandas live in the mountainous bamboo forests of China, where they eat bamboo for 12 hours out of every day. Very sadly, pandas are an endangered species; there are only 1,000 of them living in the wild.
|This dainty flyer pauses MID HUM, and asks you to BRING her some sweet nectar.|
Hummingbird. The humming sound made by hummingbirds is actually the sound of their wings beating very quickly. The ruby-throated hummingbird can beat its wings up to 53 times in a single second!
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