Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Animals. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Wolverine


We just learned about the Tayra.

Another type of animal in the weasel family is the Wolverine, also called gulo, glutton, carcajou or quickhatch.

The wolverine is the largest type of weasel, weighing around 50 pounds and growing over 3 feet long.
They have mostly brown fur, and sometimes have a white stripe that goes from their shoulders, along their sides and then to their tail.
In the winter these animals don't get icy frost on their fur because it is oily so snow and water don't stick to it.

Wolverines might be only the size of a dog, but they aren't afraid of a fight!
They have been seen even trying to fight off a bear over a meal of theirs, and they have been known to attack humans if they get too close.

The state of Michigan is called the "Wolverine State" because the people there like the idea of being tough and ready to fight if they have to.
In comic books, one of the super heroes is named Wolverine because is also super tough and always ready for a fight.


(from: wikipedia - wolverine)


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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Tayra


We just learned about the Chinese Ferret Badger.

Another type of animal in the same family is the Tayra, also called the tolomuco, perico ligero, motete, irara, san hol, viejo de monte, high-woods dog, or eira barbara.

These animals grow to be about 65 centimeters long, and weigh about 5 kilograms.
They have dark brown or black fur, a yellow orange spot on their chest, and their head is usually a lighter color.
On their feet they have very long toes and sharp claws that they use to climb into the trees where they make their homes.

Some people keep these animals as pets, because they like to eat bugs and other small animals that might be pests.

In the wild the Tayra has been seen taking plantains which are like bananas, and putting them out in the sun to ripen so they can eat them.


(from: wikipedia - tayra)


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Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Chinese Ferret-Badger


We just learned about the European Badger.

Another type of animal in the same family is the Chinese Ferret-Badger, also called the small-toothed ferret-badger or Melogale moschata.

This animal lives mostly in India and China, and grows to be about 40 centimeters long and weigh around 2 kilograms. Just like other badgers they have a face mask, and strong sharp claws, but they have a fuzzy tail.

These badgers are usually calm and quiet around humans and will sometimes live in wood or rock piles near houses, but if they get scared or feel threatened they will let out a very bad smell, almost like a skunk!


(from: wikipedia - chinese ferret-badger)


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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

European Badger


We just learned about the Greater Hog Badger.

Another type of badger is the European Badger.

This type of badger has the same kind of fur coloring as the hog badger, honey bader and american badger, but it is the calmest and nicest of all the badgers.
Some people keep this badger as a pet, and during the winter sometimes these badgers will share their homes with foxes or rabbits.

They grow to be about 10 kilograms, and they eat just about anything but prefer small things like bugs and worms.
With their long sharp claws, these badgers are great diggers, and usually make their homes next to a tree so they can scratch to keep them sharp.
Badgers make really big homes underground called setts, that can have 15 different rooms, shared with other members of the badger family.

In Europe there are old legends saying that some ancient families in Ireland were actually shape shifters and could become badgers.


(from: wikipedia - european badger)


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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Greater Hog Badger


We just learned about the Honey Badger.

Another type of badger is the Greater Hog Badger, also called arctonyx collaris.

This type of badger lives in Southeast Asia, and grows to be about 100 centimeters long and weighs about 10 kilograms.
Greater Hog Badgers have mostly brown fur, and a white face with black stripes.

You just have to look at their pig like nose to figure out why they are called the hog badger!
They use their big claws and this big hog nose to help them dig into the dirt and find worms to eat.


(from: wikipedia - greater hog badger)


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Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Honey Badger


We just learned about the American Badger.

Another type of animal in the same family is the Honey Badger.

These animals weigh about 15 kilograms, are about 28 centimeters tall and 70 centimeters long.
They have a long body, short legs, sharp claws, and thick skin that is very loose.
Their fur is black, with a big white stripe on the back kind of like a skunk.

Even though honey badgers are not that big, they are very ferocious, and will even attack bigger animals like lions and hyenas.
Honey badgers eat just about anything for food.
Using their strong arms and big claws they will dig up beehives, lift up rocks to find snakes, rip bark from trees for bugs, or dig in holes for rabbits.
With their thick loose fur, they aren't even hurt by porcupine quills, snake bites, bee stings or bites from other animals.
When they get their food they eat up every bit, even the bones, shells, feathers, and fur!


(from: wikipedia - honey badger)


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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

American Badger


We just learned about the Weasel family of animals called Musteloidea.

One member of this family is the American Badger.

These animals live in North America, all they way from Canada down to Mexico.
They grow to be about 70 centimeters, and weigh about 7 kilograms.
Their fur is mostly grey, with some black and white marks on their face, and a white stripe that goes all the way from their head to their tail.

Badgers are very active animals and they eat lots of smaller animals like rats, snakes, or lizards.
Usually they like to hunt alone, but people have now seen badgers hunting together with coyotes!

Badgers have really long and strong claws, and are great diggers.
Coyotes are realy fast, and can chase down just about any prey.

So the badger and coyote will work together to chase down their prey.
If the animal tries to run away, the coyote will get it.
If it tries to hide in a hole in the ground, the badger will get it.

The coyotes and badgers don't share homes or snuggle together, but they work together to try and hunt up something to eat!


(from: wikipedia - american badger)


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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Weasels


We just learned about the Ring-Tailed Lemur, and we've learned about a lot of other types of Primates from Gorillas to Chimpanzees and monkeys!

Let's start learning about Weasels!

When we think of weasels, we usually think of a small animal with a long body that sneaks around on the ground.
We even use the word weasel sometimes to mean someone is being sneaky!

But the weasel family in the animal kingdom has a lot of different types of animals, like skunks, raccoons, red pandas, badgers and otters!
In Latin, the word for weasel is "mustela", so the science name for the weasel family is "Musteloidea".
There are over 60 types of animals in the weasel family, and small like less than a foot long, or big like almost 100 pounds.

Most of them are small with long bodies, short legs, round ears and thick fur.
They are all wild animals, but most of them are really adorable!


(from: wikipedia - mustelidae)


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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Ring-tailed Lemur


We just learned about the .

Another type of lemur is the Ring-tailed Lemur, also called the Lemur catta, maky, or hira.

This is a very famous Lemur because of King Julien from the Madagascar movies.

Ring-tailed lemurs grow to be about 45 centimeters, and weigh about 2 kilograms.
Just like their name says, they have a long black and white striped or ringed tail.

These lemurs are funny because sometimes they will sit up and face the sun, like they are trying to get a tan on their white bellies.
They also sometimes will fight each other by spraying a scent on their tails and then have smelly tail stink fights with other lemurs.


(from: wikipedia - ring-tailed lemur)


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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Blue-Eyed Black Lemur


We just learned about the Sportive Lemur.

Another type of lemur is the Blue-Eyed Black Lemur.

Just like all other lemurs these primates all live in Madagascar, but because of people cutting down the trees where they live there are only about 1,000 left in the wild.
These primates are very special because they are one of only a few primates (including humans!) that has blue eyes.
They also have different colored fur for male and female lemurs, with the males having black fur and the females having either grey or red fur.

Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs grow to be about 45 centimeters long, and weigh about 2 kilograms.



(from: wikipedia - blue-eyed black lemur)


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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sportive Lemur


We just learned about the Verreaux's Sifaka.

Another type of primate is the Sportive Lemur.

This is a small type of lemur that grows to about 35 centimers, and around 2 pounds.
They have big eyes, because they are all nocturnal, meaning the stay up all night and sleep all day.

Because of their big eyes, they are able to see in the dark and can still hop from tree to tree.
When they are on the ground, they hop like a kangaroo.


(from: wikipedia - sportive lemur)


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Verreaux's sifaka


We just learned about the Diademed Sifaka.

Another type of lemur is the Verreaux's sifaka.

This is another sifaka type of lemur that lives only in Madagascar.
They grow to be about 45 centimeters, and weigh a little over 3 pounds.

Verreaux sifakas have white and brown fur and spend most of their lives in the trees.

Sometimes they go down on the ground, but their bodies are built for leaping around trees so they don't really know how to walk.
When these primates go on the ground the hop around on two feet, like a bunny hop!



(from: wikipedia - verreaux's sifaka)


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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Diademed Sifaka


We just learned about the Woolly Lemur.

Another type of lemur is the Diademed Sifaka, also called the simpona, ankomba joby, or propithecus diadema.

These sifakas are very large, growing to weigh around 6 kilograms, and about 105 centimeters long, with a very long tail.
They are very colorful, with long soft silky fur.
Diadem is another word for crown, and these lemurs are called diademed because they have a circle of white fur around their face that looks like a crown.
They have grey backs, black hands and feet, and golden legs and taile.

Like other lemurs these primates live mostly in the trees, but they travel a long distance every day to try and protect the land they call home.
With their big strong legs, they can climb through the trees at 30 kilometers per hour, and will go over 1.5 kilometers every day.

If there is danger, the diadamed sifakas will make a sound like a kiss and a sneeze combined.


(from: wikipedia - diademed sifaka)


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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Woolly Lemur


We just learned about the Indri.

Another type of lemur is the Woolly Lemur, also called avahis or woolly indris.

This is another type of primate that only lives on the island of Madagascar.

They grow to about 50 centimeters, and weigh about 1200 grams.
Their short woolly fur is brown, grey or red, and they have a long orange tail.


(from: wikipedia - woolly lemur)


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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Indri


We just learned about the Aye-aye.

Another type of primate is the Indri, also called the babakoto.

This is another kind of lemur that lives in Madagascar.
These primates are one of the largest lemurs in the world, and grow to be about 20 pounds, and 4 feet long, and they have black and white fur.

Groups of indri will sometimes talk back and forth to each other by singing loud songs that can be up to 3 minutes long.
Sometimes there is roaring or high or low singing from one group, and the other group will answer with songs of their own.


(from: wikipedia - indri)



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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Aye-aye


We just learned about the Gerp's Mouse Lemur.

Another type of primate is the Aye-aye, also called the long fingered lemur or daubentonia madagascariensis.

This kind of lemur lives at night, grows to about 3 feet long and weighs about 4 pounds.
They have silver colored fur a stripe down their back, and big eyes so it can see at night.

Aye-ayes also have very different fingers that they use to get their food.
When they are hunting for grubs to eat, they will tap one of their fingers on a tree to feel where a grub might be living.
If they hear or feel one, then they chew into the tree bark, then use one of their long fingers to pull out the grub and eat it!

No one is really sure where they got their name. Some people think it might have come from the Malagasy word for "I don't know" and other people think maybe it was someone yelling aye aye because they were scared of it.


(from: wikipedia - aye-aye)


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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gerp's Mouse Lemur


We just learned about the Greater Dwarf Lemur.

Another type of lemur is the Gerp's Mouse Lemur, also called microcebus gerpi.

Mouse lemurs are the smallest type of primate in the world, and they are usually about the size of a small mouse but with a longer fuzzy tail.
The Gerp's Mouse Lemur only grows to be about 2 ounces, and is only a few inches long.
Like all lemurs it lives only on the island of Madagascar.

These primates mostly live up in little nests in the trees almost like birds nest.
Their fur is mostly a brownish grey with some red and white on their bellies or faces.


(from: wikipedia - gerp's mouse lemur)



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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Greater Dwarf Lemur


We just learned about the Philippine Tarsier.

Another type of primate is the Greater Dwarf Lemur, or cheirogaleus major.

Lemurs are part of a whole different group of primates, not like chimpanzees, apes or monkeys.
There are a lot of different types of lemurs, and they all come from the island of Madagascar.

The greater dwarf lemur can grow to about 10 inches long, and weigh about 1 pound.
Their fur is gre or red, with dark circles around their eyes.

They live up in the trees eating mostly fruits, flowers and nectar, and sometimes bugs.
Unlike a lot of other monkeys that leap from tree to tree, these primates are not good leapers and they mostly walk along on all fours.
These primates are also quieter than most others and will just someetimes make quiet calls to other greater dwarf lemurs.


(from: wikipedia - greater dwarf lemur)


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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Philippine Tarsier


We just learned about the Brown Woolly Monkey.

Another type of primate is the Philippine Tarsier.

This monkey is about 6 inches long, and weighs less than 1 pound.
The name Tarsier comes from the monkey's tarsus bone in their foot that is longer than other monkeys.

Tarsiers have really big eyes, but they can't move their eyes around to look left or right, they have to move their head around to look.
Because of this, they can turn their heads around almost all the way and look behind them.
With their big eyes, they like to stay up at night and hunt for small bugs to eat.


(from: wikipedia - philippine tarsier)



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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Brown Woolly Monkey


We just learned about the Red Faced Spider Monkey.

Another type of new world monkey is the Brown Woolly Monkey, also called the common woolly monkey, Humboldt's woolly monkey, or Lagothrix lagothricha.

These monkeys are larger than most other new world monkeys, growing to be about 2 feet tall, and weighing around 24 pounds.
Even though their name is brown woolly monkey, they can be grey, black or brown.

They spend most of their time in the trees, and they eat fruits, nuts, seeds and leaves, and also small bugs.


(from: wikipedia - brown woolly monkey)



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