Posts tagged ‘Creature’

Why is the lion called the King of beast?

Lion – King of Beast

The lion strength, courage and kingly appearance have helped earn it the nickname “King of Beasts.”

The lion is often called the “king of beasts.”  Probably this is not because the lion could defeat all other animals in combat, and it is not by any means the biggest animal.

But the lion ranks among the fiercest and strongest of the entire wild creature.

Its powerful body and the long mane around the head and neck of the male give the lion a proud and kingly look.  The loud roar of its voice strikes terror in the many different animals it preys on.

The lion was long been used as a symbol of strength and courage.  We say “strong as a lion and “lion-hearted,” and images of lions were often used on the crest of kings to indicate power.

Today, lions live on the open, grassy plains of Africa.

Except for the tiger, the lion is the largest member of the cat family.  A large male can measure more than nine feet long from the tip of his nose to the end of his tufted tail, and weight more than 400 pounds. –Dick Rogers

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Why do owls come out at night?

Owl

Owls are creatures that few people ever see.  This is because most owls, like many animals, are nocturnal in their habits—they are most active at night.  Most owls hunt at night because they feed on mice and other small creatures that are also nocturnal.  The owl is well equipped for night hunting.

It has large eyes and can see well in the dark. Its ears are so sensitive that it can hear a mouse scamper over the ground many yards away.  And its feathers are so soft that there is hardly a sounds as it swoops down to capture its prey in its talons.– 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 mongoose?

Mongoose

Mongoose are weasel like creatures found in India, Africa and some other countries.

Only little larger than house cats, mongooses are famous as snake killers, especially of cobras.

In “Rikki-tikki-tavi” Rudyard Kipling tells the story of a little mongoose that kills a king cobra, on of the most poisonous snakes in the world.

Actually, the mongoose only attacks a cobra when it is hungry.  When it gets within striking range, the mongoose bristles out its fur and makes feint, leaping forward and away to provoke the snake into striking.

The mongoose is not immune to the cobra’s poison.  It simply depends on its speed to dodge the cobra’s deadly fangs.

Then, with perfect timing, the mongoose pounces on the snake before it has a chance to strike again and cracks its head with a powerful bite.  Mongoose also catches rats, mice, and other small animals.  – Dick Rogers

What is a horned toad?

Horned Toad

The horned toad is mis-named.  It is not a toad but a lizard.   The name “toad” comes from the toad like shape of its squat body.

The horns of the horned toad are sharp spines that stick out from its head.  Smaller spines cover its scaly body.  These spines give the creature its bristly appearance.

The spines protect the horned toad from being swallowed by hungry animals.  The horned toad dwells throughout the dry plains and deserts of North America.  A fully grown horned toad may be only a few inches long.

The color of the horned toads skin matches the sandy color of the desert and makes it hard to see.

When threatened, the horned toad quickly buries itself in the sand.  If it falls to do so in time it may squirt a thin yet of blood out of its eyelids to drive away its attack.

In some places, the horned toad is protected-because it eats harmful insects. – Dick Rogers

 

 

 

What is a chamois?

Chamois

The chamois [pronounced SHAM ee] is a small, shy goat like antelope that lives in the high mountain of Europe and Western Asia.  It is about the size of a domestic goat.

The long, pointed hooves of this sure-footed creature are hollowed, or cupped, allowing it to make death-defying leaps from rock to rock and cling to the steep slopes of its ragged mountain home.

Chamois live in small herds  when feeding they post a sentinel which warns of the approach of danger by stamping and making a whistling sound that will send the whole world herd dashing off.

Chamois escape by leaping across wide ravines and racing at top speed up or down seemingly sheer cliffs, where few other animals can go.

A soft leather known as “shammy” or “chamois cloth” was once  made from chamois skin.  But because the chamois is rare, most shammies are now made from sheep skin instead. – Dick Rogers

How does a slug move?

Slug

A slug is a cautious creature something like a snail, but without a shell.  Slugs are famous for the “sluggish” pace  at which they travel.  You’ve probably seen a slug creeping along on a part of its body that seems to be its stomach.

Actually the bottom part of the slug’s body is really its “foot”.  The muscles in the slug’s foot move in a wavelike motion that causes the slug to glide slowly along.  It leaves a glistening train of slim behind it as it crawls.

This serves as a slippery path to help the slug slide along more easily.  The goo also protects the slug’s body as it crawls over sharp rocks and twigs.

Slugs live in moist places.  They are often found under logs and stones.  Slugs are often garden pests because they eat plants.  To help them eat, the tongue of a slug has hundreds of tiny “teeth”  with which if files away bits of food. – Dick Rogers