Posts tagged ‘Mammal’

What is the smallest mammal?

Shrew

The smallest mammal in the world is the shrew.  The tiniest member of the shrew family, the Mediterranean shrew, is about as long as your little finger and weighs less than a penny!  Shrews live in most parts of the world.

If you see a shrew in a field or garden, you might mistake it for a mouse until you spot its long, sharp nose.  These active animals are almost always hungry.  They must eat more than their own weight in insects, worms, and snails each day just to stay alive.  Their sharp teeth make it easy for them to kill and eat their prey.–Dick Rogers

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What is a called blooded animal?

Cold Blooded Animal

Many animals such as fish, frogs, snakes and lizards are often called “cold-blooded,” as opposed to “warm-blooded” mammals and birds.

This does not mean their blood is always cold. Unlike warm-blooded animals, they do not have built-in temperature controls that keep their bodies evenly warmed.

Instead, their body temperature is usually near that of the surrounding air or water air or water.  The cold-blooded animal is hot in hot weather, and cold in cold weather.

Many depend on the sun for their body heat. Lizards, for example bask in the sun to warm their bodies.–Dick Rogers

Which is the largest shark?

The largest known living shark is the whale shark which is often more than 50 feet long and weights several tons.  It is also the biggest of all fishes.

(The whale, which is larger and resembles a fish, is not a fish but a mammal.)

Shark

Whale sharks can easily be recognized by the lines of pale spots on a grayish body, as well as by their huge size.

Curiously enough, this biggest shark of all is completely harmless to man.  Though it has jaws wide enough to swallow a man, the whale shark lives peacefully in the warm sea, eating seaweed and small fish.

Sharks have the reputation for being among the most dangerous of sea creatures.

There are many kinds of sharks, and while some are quite fierce, the surprising thing is that most kinds of sharks are quite harmless.

The great white shark is sometimes called the most dangerous of sharks.  It may grow to be 35 feet long and will have no hesitation about making a meal of a swimmer. – Dick Rogers

What is a shrew?

You might call a mouse small, but a tiny creature knows and a shrew may be much smaller.  In fact, shrews are among the tiniest mammals on earth.

Shrew are furry animals that look much like a mice, except for their long, pointed noses, which they use to explore cracks and crevices for food.

Shrew

Some kinds of shrews are only two to three inches long and weight about as much as a penny, while the largest ones may be the size of small rats.

Shrews make their homes in grassy fields, woodlands, gardens and marshes.  They are often mistaken for mice because of their small size.

But for all its small size, a shrew is a big eater and spends almost all its life in a never-ending hunt for food.

It must eat nearly twice its own weight in insects and worms each day to keep up its supply of energy.

Shrews are useful in gardens and farms.  They get rid of pests that destroy drops.– Dick Rogers

 

What is a duck-billed platypus?

It would be hard to find a stronger creature in the world than the duck-billed platypus that lives in Australia and Tasmania.  It is also the strangest creature.

What makes this “impossible” creature so odd is that it has a bill like a duck, where most other mammals have noses and lips.  It has the soft thick fur of a mole, and a paddle-shaped tall like a beaver.

Duck Billed-Platypus

It has webbed feet, too, and it lays eggs and hatches them like a chicken.  But after the eggs have hatched, the mother platypus nurses her babies with milk as do other mammals.

A fully grown duckbill may be nearly two feet long counting its tail, and weight 6 pounds.  This shy creature spend most of the day hiding in a grass-lined den, deep in some mud bank.

Like beavers, platypuses live in streams and ponds.  they do not build dams, but dig deep tunnels far into the bank, from under water.  The long upward-sloping tunnel leads to the “living room.”

The shy platypus is seldom seen.  it hides deep in its burrow by day.  It comes out at night to hunt for worms, snails, and other small water creatures which it digs up which it finds by stirring the muddy stream bottom of the pond with its rubbery bill. – Dick Rogers