Tag: animals

Hedgehog

Animal Corner–Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are more than just the inspiration for one of the most popular video-game characters of all time. Despite their name, they are not actually pigs. They get their name from the sound they make when they move through hedges looking for food. As for their diet, hedgehogs are carnivores. Since they only grow up to about 30 centimeters, they eat smaller animals like lizards, eggs, snails, and small snakes.…

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Animal Corner – Sulcata Tortoise

The Sulcata Tortoise is indigenous to areas in northern Africa, which is why it is also sometimes called African Spurred Tortoises. These are the third-largest species of tortoise in the world, able to grow up to 200 pounds! This is pretty amazing considering they start out life as hatchlings that are just about three inches in size! This animal is an herbivore and basically consists of various plants and grasses.…

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Animal Corner – Alpacas

Alpacas belong to the camel family. They are native to the mountainous areas of South America such as the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador and northern Chile. An Alpaca can reach up to 99 cm at the shoulder and weigh up to 180 pounds. They have thick, long hair which is considered to be of very high quality. Alpaca hair, called fiber, is prized for making clothing and…

Black Bears

Animal Corner – Black Bears

Did you know that  in spite of their names, black bears can also be brown, blue or grey and even cinnamon? These are the most common bears in America, in fact, they can be found in nearly any forested area but also live in mountains and swamps. Black bears mostly eat berries, grasses and roots, but they are omnivores so they also eat fish and nearly anything they can find.…

Shedding

Animal Corner – Summer Shedding

It's that time of year when animals are shedding their fur. To prepare for summer, animals shed their extra warm layer of fur from the winter. This occurs largely due to hormonal changes triggered to reflect the season. The new thin coat helps the animal adapt to the higher temperatures. You can see the fur shedding when you visit any park or zoo, and this can sometimes be worrisome. Don't fret--this is a…

Animal Corner – Adaptations

Winter is upon us and most of the nation has already had its first taste of frost, freezing rain or snow.  While this is coat and sweater weather for us, how do animals make it through the harsh weather? Animals have special adaptations, these are special traits or behaviors that animals use to deal with the environment around them. These adaptations help animals deal with both cold and warm weather…

Animal Corner – Gopher Tortoise

Gopher Tortoises hail from North America and can be found in areas around Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. They are one of the oldest living species dating back 60 million years. They are considered an important species because they dig long burrows that eventually provide shelter for many other animals, like mice, foxes and skunks. The Gopher Tortoise can reach about 12 inches long and has a…

Animal Corner – Yak

[caption id="attachment_5750" align="alignleft" width="300"] Wild Yak in the Himalayas[/caption] The Yak is an interesting animal that is important to indigenous people of Tibet and the Himalayan area. Wild Yaks are very large and found throughout the Himalayan area of Central Asia. In the wild they can weigh over 2,000 pounds and stretch up to 11 feet from head to rear. The males are larger than their female counterparts. Domestic Yaks…

Animal Corner – The Red Brahma

The Red Brahma,which is also called the Brahman, originally came from India. In the early 1800's they came to the United States and are the result of breeding 4 different Indian Zebu breeds.The Brahman is one of the most popular cattle breeds around the world as they are very hardy and do well even under adverse conditions, even in tropical environments. Red Brahma have short, dense coats and a hump…

Animal Corner -Leopard Geckos

Leopard geckos were first described in 1854. They are native to grasslands and desert regions in south Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of India and Iran. When they live in areas that get very cold, they can actually go into a form of hibernation by burrowing underground. An adult Leopard gecko can be up to 11 inches long and weigh up to 65 grams. They eat things like crickets, roaches,…