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Category: Animals

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Plants and animals in deserts; how do they survive?

Are there plants and animals in the desert? How do plants and animals survive in deserts? The plants and animals living in hot deserts have all developed ways of conserving or storing water. Cactuses and other succulent plants store water in swollen stems and leaves. Other desert plants have tiny leaves that reduce water loss…
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What is the largest animal in the world?

The blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived on Earth. It is also the loudest animal on Earth. These enormous mammals eat tiny organisms, like plankton and krill, which they sift through baleen (a thorny substance attached to the upper jaw). They live in pods (small groups). These grey-blue whales have 2 blowholes…
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How to get rid of snails from your garden

Large numbers of snails in a garden or farmland can quickly become a serious problem. Snails are nocturnal. They look for sources of food during the night or during the early hours of the morning. They consume more food at the colder months. This is so they can store up fat reserves to live on…
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How to go about choosing a pet

Pets are fun, but they also do work. Animals can be useful to have around. That’s why wild animals got tamed as pets. Dogs generally offer total and unquestioning love. Most dogs are loyal friends and great playmates. Dogs also require a lot of attention. They need to be walked and played with. They need…
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Really big animals on earth

Are there really big animals on earth? What are the biggest animals on earth? Where do the biggest animals on earth live? What is the biggest animals on earth? There are really big animals on earth both on land and in water. The biggest of them all resides in the water and enjoys several fresh…
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Why does wolves and dogs look so much alike?

From a distance you might not be able to tell a wolf from a dog. Wolves look very much like some dogs, such as German shepherds. The main difference is size. Wolves are bigger. They can be 6 feet (2 meters) long and weigh 200 pounds (90 kilograms). Wolves and dogs come from a common ancestor. Dogs were tamed…
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CAN WE SAVE ENDANGERED ANIMALS?

You can see still see blue whales, giant pandas, and tigers. But these animals are in danger of becoming extinct. There aren’t many of them left. Blue whales, giant pandas, and tigers are some of the endangered animals on Earth. There are thousands of others. WHY DO ANIMALS GO EXTINCT? Different kinds of animals have appeared and disappeared…
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Understanding the physiology of cats

The body of a domestic cat is extremely flexible; its skeleton contains more than 230 bones (the human skeleton, although much larger, contains 206 bones), and its pelvis and shoulders are more loosely attached to its spine than in most other quadrupeds. The cat’s great leaping ability and speed are due in part to its…
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How to care for your cats

Cats are known for their ability to fend for themselves in the wild, but household pets, dependent on human beings for care and feeding, require considerable attention. Educational materials on the care of cats and responsible cat ownership are available through bookstores and local humane societies. General care Although cats have a reputation for being…
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How did fish and mammals evolve?

Fossils show that the first fish occurred in the Ordovician Period which began about 460,000,000 years ago. These fish were jawless, and the most primitive of all. Their mouths were a simple opening, suited to feeding on the tiny animals that lay hidden in the mud. Next came fish with jaws. Jaws allowed fish to…
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Why do birds migrate around the world?

Man has been fascinated by the migration of birds since the very beginning of history. The migration of birds is the movement of birds south in the autumn and north in the spring, or moving from lowlands to highlands, or from inland to the coast. Some birds migrate to warmer climates because they couldn’t survive…
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Why can’t fish survive outside water?

Have you ever wondered why fish cannot survive outside water? Fish are specially adapted so that they can breathe under the water. They have special organs called gills. Gills are bars of tissue at each side of the fish’s head. They carry masses of finger like projections that contain tiny blood vessels. The fish gulp…
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Why do fleas live on cats and dogs?

Dogs were probably the first animals to be domesticated, perhaps to help with hunting. By domesticating goats, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, humans have been able to ensure that food is always available. Horses, mules and camels have been used to carry people and goods over long distances. Pets provide companionship but can also be…
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Why are male birds brighter than female?

WHY IS A MALE BIRD BRIGHTER THAN A FEMALE? Why male birds are brighter than the female birds is similar to why flowers comes in different colors. But this time it is about birds. One reason the male bird has brighter colors than a female is that they help to attract the female during the…
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Why are some apes so humanlike?

The great apes are the nearest living relative to man. There are four species of great ape: the orangutan, chimpanzee, gorilla and the gibbon. Chimpanzees are particularly brainy and are one of the few animals to actually use tools. Apes generally walk on all fours but are able to stand and walk on two feet…
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What makes dog go mad?

Dogs go mad because of rabies, a viral infection. This virus infects the brain and the spinal cord. Rabies does infect not only dogs, it infects many other warm-blooded animals as well. Dogs are the only animal that can spread this deadly disease to man through bite. A bite causes the virus in the dog’s…
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Why is the lion so called the king of the jungle?

Throughout history, the lion has been considered the symbol of strength. In courts all over the world, the lion was used on shields and crests and banners to indicate power. Even the biblical Jesus was called ‘the lion of the tribe of Judah’.   The lion’s voice is called a growl, preferably a roar. The…
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HOW FAST CAN BIRDS FLY?

It is easy to assess the speed of horses and people in races because there is a start and a finish line, but it is much harder to measure the speed of a bird in flight. Many figures have been published about the speed in flight of various birds but most authorities doubt these statistics.…
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HOW LONG CAN A CAMEL GO WITHOUT WATER

The most important part of the camel is its hump. When that hump is empty, it loses its firm shape and flops to one side. The purpose of the hump is to serve as a storage place for food. The camel can also take its own water supply along. The camel has three stomachs. It…
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Do ants sleep?

Queen ants dozily dream, while worker ants are forced to get by taking power naps, the first study of the sleeping habits of ants has revealed. Queen fire ants fall into relatively long, deep sleeps and kip for an average of nine hours every day. By contrast, workers sleep just half as much and get…
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Meet other birds that can talk better than parrot

There are a great number of birds which can be taught to say a few words. But the real ‘talking birds’ can be taught to say long sentences. The best talking birds are parrots, mynas, crows, ravens, jackdaws, and certain jays. According to experts, the best bird talkers in the world are the African parrot…
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How are snakes able to move on their belly

How are snakes able to move on their belly? Snakes have several ways of moving about. The most common way is to throw their body into loops and move forward by pressing against anything solid. Another way in which a snake moves is by contracting its muscles, which pushes the body along rather like a…
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How do spiders construct their webs

How do you view a spider web? Do you agree with me that it is a pretty design, neatly woven around; but unfortunately it is now of a trap than a home for spiders. Spiders spin their web from silk which is pumped out from tiny nozzles at the back of the abdomen, called spinnerets.…
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