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African Elephant

Photo Credit: Gary M. Stolz Although the African elephant is the largest and most powerful of all living land mammals, it is also amo...

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cuttlefish

Photo Credit: João Carvalho

The cuttlefish is a small-medium sized mollusk that is found throughout the ocean waters of the world. In the same way as their squid and octopus relatives, cuttlefish have a large, elongated body with tentacles surrounding their mouths.

There are 120 known species of cuttlefish found across the globe which vary in size from just 15 cm to the Australian giant cuttlefish which is often half a meter in length (not including its tentacles) and weighs more than 10kg.

The cuttlefish is a carnivorous animal that primarily preys on small crustaceans such as shrimp and crabs, but the cuttlefish also eats alot of fish. The cuttlefish uses its ability to change body colour to hide itself, before catching its prey with the sucker-pads on the end of its long tentacles which bring the prey into the sharp beak of the cuttlefish.

Did you know?
Cuttlefish have green-blue blood and three hearts!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Deer Mouse

Photo Credit: 6th Happiness
The deer mouse is the most wide-ranging native mouse. It varies in body color from a grayish buff to a deep reddish brown and has a tail that is at lease one-third the length of its body.

The ears of the deer mouse are covered with find hair and are relatively large in proportion to the rest of its body. Deer mice are found in a wide variety of habitats such as forests, woodlands, grasslands, and arid tropical areas.

They are mostly nocturnal and are active all year round. They feed on seeds, nuts, berries, fruits, insects and other small invertebrates.

Did you know?
The skin on a deer mouse's tail can slip off so they can escape from predators.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mayfly



Mayflies are aquatic insects. They spend most of their lives in the water as nymphs and then emerge as adults for only a short while. It is there that they mate and the female deposits eggs in the water. Mayflies are found throughout North America and worldwide. Most of the nymphs develop in streams and rivers that are relatively clean.

Despite their name, mayflies are active during the warmer months of the year (not just May). They tend to be grayish, yellowish or brownish and have long, thin abdomens. Mayfly larvae are aquatic and found in nearly all types of water bodies, from streams to lakes. The larvae is often used as a bioindicator species to measure health of the water. The mayfly larvae feed on detritus and other plant materials. Some may feed on insects. The adults do not feed.

Did you know? 
There are over 600 species of mayfly in the United States and 3,000 worldwide.
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