Posts from the ‘Long Tail’ Category

Can a lizard break off its tail?

Lizard

Have you ever seen an animal drop off its tail?  Grass snakes and certain other lizards can leave their tails behind to save their lives.  Most lizards have tails longer than their bodies.  If an enemy catches the lizard by the tail, the lizard quickly breaks off its tail, which continues to wiggle for a few minutes.

While the twitching tail holds the attention of the would-be attacker, the lizard makes a safe getaway.  The lizard does not seem to miss its tail, and it soon grows a new one to replace it.  But the new tail is never as long as the original one.– Dick Rogers

What is salamander?

A salamander is a harmless creature that looks like a lizard, but it is related to the frogs and toads.

Salamanders’ bodies and long tails make them look so much like lizards that they are often mistaken for them.   It is easy to tell them apart.  Lizards are covered with dry scales.

Salamander

Salamander has smooth, shiny skin that always looks wet.  Salamanders are timid, harmless creature.  They love to live in streams and ponds, on land beneath stones and rotting logs where it is cool, dark and moist.

They live in a stream or a pond as tadpoles and breathe with gills like fish.  But when grown-up, they have  legs and come ashore and breathe air with lungs.  Salamanders have a special name because they start life in the water then crawl out onto land.  They are called “amphibians,” which means “leading a double life.”

There are many kinds of salamanders.  Mud puppies, newts, and hellbenders are the names of the few.  Not all salamander live a double life.  The mud puppies and hellbenders spend their entire life in the water.  – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

How far can a kangaroo jump?

With the help of its strong hind legs, a kangaroo can leap 30 feet or more.

If you want to see a live kangaroo, the place to go is to the zoo for the “Land of the kangaroo” is the far-off country of Australia.

Kangaroo

There are many kinds of kangaroos.  The smallest, called wallabies may be as small as a rabbit.  The biggest, called the “great” kangaroos, may grow 8 feet tall and weight nearly 200 pounds.

Most kangaroos have two short front paws in place of hands, and very long hind legs.  When they want to go anywhere in a hurry they leap and bound.  When moving at a slow pace, they move along in short hops.

The great kangaroo may travel at speeds of 30 miles an hour, and take jumps as long as 30 feet at a time.  The kangaroo uses its big, long tail to balance itself when jumping and to help push it along, as well as for a seat when it is resting.

Baby kangaroos are called “joeys.”  The baby rides inside its mother’s pouch until it is able to hop about by itself.  When frightened, the baby kangaroo quickly hops back into the mother’s pouch safety. – Dick Rogers

Did you know that a tadpole becomes a frog?

The common pond frog’s life begins in a quiet pond as one of many jelly-like eggs laid together in a mass by the mother frog.

In a few days, the egg hatched into a tiny, legless tadpole that breathes with gills, as fish do.  it has a long tail which it uses for swimming, and eat plants that grow in the water.

Tadpole-to-frog

As the tadpole grows, first two hind legs and then two front legs appears.  After a time the tail begins to shrink and the tadpole loses its gills and gets lungs instead.

Then the tadpole comes to the surfaces of the water to breath air.

At last its tail disappears and the change is complete.

As a young frog, the creature is now ready to leave the water and begin a life as a hoping land animal.

Most tadpole make the change into frogs in the three months of spring.  Most toads begin life a tadpole, much like frogs do. – Dick Rogers

 

What is a roadrunner?

Road Runner

The roadrunner is a curious bird that lives in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.

It is a slender, brown bird nearly two feet long, about half of which is tail, and has long legs.

As its name tells, the roadrunner prefers to travel by running along the ground and by fast, gliding jumps at speed clocked at 15 miles per hour.

It enjoys racing down a road in front of travelers and presents a comical sight as it sprints along with wings outspread, neck stretched forward and its long tail jerking up and down.  People on foot cannot hope to get ahead of it.

When it tires, the bird abruptly turns aside and disappears in a clump of bushes.

Nicknamed the “snake-killer,” it is more than a match for a rattlesnake.  Its diet includes lizards, mice and insects.  – Dick Rogers

 

What is a sting ray?

Sting Ray

Sting rays are flat, diamond-shaped fish having long ship like tails armed with poisonous stingers.

Sting rays live  in warm, shallow coastal waters and often lie of the bottom buried in the sand with only their eyes and breathing holes showing.

When swimming, the sting ray looks much like a bat flapping through the water.

The sting ray’s  stinger is really a sharp, bony spine near the base of its tail.

Many bathers have stepped sting ray whips its long tail about and the sharp spine is driven into the victim’s flesh, inflicting a painful wound.

The spine is barbed to that a victim cannot easily yank it loose after being stabbed.

Sting rays love on a diet of crabs, lobsters and other creatures of the bottom of the sea.  They crush their prey with their powerful grinder teeth.

Another name for the sting ray is “stingaree.” – Dick Rogers