The Mexican Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is a freshwater amphibian in the Ambystomatidae family of salamanders. Toads, frogs, newts, salamanders, and axolotl are amphibians, living partly in water and partly on land.
Unlike other amphibians, the Mexican Axolotl never leaves the water – it remains aquatic and never goes on land.
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What are retractile claws?
Some animals, mainly cats, have retractile claws.
Retractile claws can be retracted – they can go inwards so that they are not visible.
Human finger nails and toenails cannot retract – they cannot disappear into the skin of our hands. Our nails are flat, but cat’s claws are narrow, long, rounded, and curved at the tip.
The Cheetah is a cat that cannot retract its claws – they are always visible. The lion, leopard, and domestic cat can retract their claws.
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What is a group of pigs called?
A group of pigs is called a drift of pigs, a drove of pigs, a team of pigs, a sounder of swine, or a passel of hogs.
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What are keeled scales?
Some reptiles, such as lizards and snakes, have keeled scales.
Keeled scales are not smooth. Keeled scales have a ridge down the centre, making them rough.
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Do giraffes kiss each other?
Many animals, especially mammals, are affectionate towards each other.
Giraffe kissing is the nuzzling of mouths and lips together. Their long tongues – at up to 45 centimetres (18 inches) long – can also be touching or locked around each other’s tongue.
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What is a group of lemurs called?
A group of lemurs is called a conspiracy of lemurs.
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Slime Mould (Physarum polycephalum) is a single cell organism in the Physaracae family of myxomycetes. It is not a fungus. It is an amoeboid protist – a mould (mold). It is generally known as the Blob.
Slime Mould is bright yellow in a network of interlaced tubes. It does not have a central nervous system, a mouth, stomach, arms, legs, eyes, and other usual features. However, it can move slowly (at 4 centimetres per hour) and it can feed itself.
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What is a group of otters called?
A group of otters is called a bevy of otters, a family of otters, a raft of otters, or a romp of otters.
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The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in America. Established in 1896, it is located on the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City. It was first in Castle Garden in Manhattan and relocated to Coney Island in 1957. The water for its aquarium exhibitions is taken directly from the sea.
In 2018, the New York Aquarium built a new enclosure called “Ocean Wonders: Sharks!” that took ten years to construct. The delay was caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 which flooded the facility.
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A swan is a large heavy bird, so how does it fly?
The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a large water bird in the Anatidae family.
It grows to 125-170 centimetres (49-67 inches) tall. It is the second largest waterfowl in the world (the Trumpeter Swan is the largest), and it is one of the heaviest flying birds.
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What is eyespot mimicry?
Some animals, especially insects – and especially butterflies and moths – have an eyespot or several eyespots. Reptiles, cats, birds, and fish can have an eyespot.
A peacock has distinctive feathers that look like many eyespots.
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What is mucous?
Mucous (or mucus) is slimy, slippery, or sticky moisture produced by mucous glands.
Amphibians (such as frogs and toads), fish, snails, and slugs produce mucous on their outer skin. The mucous is protection to keep the animal’s skin moist. Mucous also protects them against diseases and germs.
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What is a group of penguins called?
A group of penguins is called a colony of penguins.
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What is a bifurcated tongue?
Many reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, have a bifurcated tongue.
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What are salivary glands?
All mammals have salivary glands, and so do humans.
Salivary glands are usually found in the root and body of the tongue. Salivary glands produce saliva, which is also called spit.
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What is a group of plovers called?
A group of plovers is called a congregation of plovers.
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Animals in zoos need a diverse range of food.
A zoo needs to cater for:
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- herbivores (grass eaters such as rhinoceroses and tapirs);
- folivores (foliage eaters such as giraffes);
- frugivores (fruit eaters such as lemurs);
- carnivores (meat eaters such as lions and lynxes);
- piscivores (fish eaters such as penguins);
- omnivores (all types of food eaters such as baboons);
- granivores (grain eaters such as weaver birds);
- insectivores (insect eaters such as anteaters);
- nectarivores (nectar eaters such as fruit bats); and so on.
How does an Ostrich drink?
An Ostrich has a unique tongue. It is triangular and short (about a quarter of the size of its beak). It is also fixed in position. It cannot use its tongue to lap up water.
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Rainbow-coloured animals contain the colours of a rainbow.
The seven colours of the rainbow are, in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The acronym ROYGBIV helps people remember the colours.
Mainly reptiles, birds, fish, and insects have rainbow colours.
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What is a group of rabbits called?
A group of rabbits is called a colony of rabbits, a warren of rabbits, a nest of rabbits, or a herd of rabbits.
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