- There are over 5000 species of Frog
- A Frog’s call is unique to it’s species
- Every year that a Frog goes in to hibernation, a new layer of bone forms
- Frog genders can be identified from their ears – Larger than the eye = Male, Smaller than the eye = Female
- Frogs swallow with the help of their eyes – Eyes retract into the head, helping to push the food down the throat
- Frogs do not ‘drink’ water, they absorb it through their skin
- Frogs croak to attract a mate from up to a mile away
- Herpetology is the study of Amphibians and Reptiles
- Asian Tree Frogs build nests in trees directly above water so that when the tadpoles hatch they fall directly in to the water for safety
- If food becomes scarce, the Mother will deposit unfertilized eggs with her offspring to ensure they have something to eat
It’s International Seal Day! (according to whatisyourspiritanimal.com) Here are some Facts about Seals
Seals are pinnipeds – sea mammals closely related to sea lions and walruses. There are 33 species of pinnipeds, 19 of which are seals including the Elephant Seal, Leopard Seal, Gray Seal and Hawaiian Monk Seal.
Seals can be found all over the globe on land and sea, spending about 20% of their time on land to give birth and molt. Some species of Seal mate on land, others mate under water.
Male Seals are called Bulls, Females are called Cows and Babies are called Pups.
The Elephant Seal is the largest of all the seals, with males growing up to 20 feet in length. The smallest of the Seals is the Harbor Seal, growing up to 6 feet long. Each Harbor Seal has a distinct patch of spots on it’s body, unique to itself. The most well-known Seal is the Gray Seal, living on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. Males can grow to 10 feet long and are usually twice the size of females, ranging in colour from a medium brown to a dark grey.
Seals eat mainly fish but will eat any meat they can get if sources are low, including squid, octopus and shellfish. They need to eat 5% of their body weight per day. If supplies are low their bodies begin to breakdown their internal Blubber for them to feed on but this can not last long as they need the Blubber to keep their body at the correct temperature.
Seals use their ears, if they have them, to hear prey and predators and can do over long distances. They use their whiskers to help find food both by day and by night, as they can sense vibrations in the water.
Here are some clips from the wonderful David Attenborough series of documentaries with the BBC:
Life In The Freezer, Elephant Seals fighting over territory and females:
Life In The Freezer, Baby Seals Playing:
Blue Planet, Leopard Seal Kills Emperor Penguin:
For more Animal Facts, take a look here.
Thank you to the BBC and the internet for the photos and films
Today is National Pig Day, according to AVMA.org so here are 10 Facts about Pigs
1. Pigs have 44 teeth
2. Pigs have 4 toes but only use the 2 larger front ones to walk
3. Not all Pigs have curly tails
4. Pigs are remarkably clean and never poop where they eat or sleep
5. Pigs have a terrific sense of smell and are used to locate truffles
6. Piglets know their name by 20 days old
7. Pigs communicate with each other through grunts
8. Pigs are not too different from humans genetically and research is underway as to whether we can use Pig organs safely for human organ transplants (Here is a recent article by the Independent from 2017)
9. A shrieking Pig can scare an Elephant, and War Pigs were used against War Elephants from around 250BC
10. Pigs learn tricks faster than dogs
For more Animal Facts, take a look over here.
– Taken from Buzzfeed.com
The Musk Ox is actually not an Ox but a Goat. They are stunning creatures living in the Arctic Tundra.
-Taken from BBC.co.uk
David Attenborough’s ‘Frozen Planet‘ (season 1, episode 3) shows Musk Ox looking for food in the Tundra after the frozen Winter, only to be seen as food themselves, as the Wolves also come out on the hunt after Winter.
The Arctic Tundra during Winter. Not a habitable environment for warm bloodied creatures and chance of catching a meal is restricted.
– Taken from sciencing.com
The Arctic Tundra after Winter. Much more chance of catching a meal – but you will also be a meal to other prey.
– Taken from nationalgeographic.com
-Video taken from YouTube, made by Love Nature
For more Animal Facts, take a look here