Fascinating Animal Facts

TMale Northern Mockingbirds mimic more than 200 birds, dogs, cats, humans, and mechanical sounds. They can even pick up sounds being mimicked by other mockingbirds! Male Green Frogs tell other frogs about their size through their croaks. The bigger the male, the deeper the croak. Some small males lower their voices in order to sound bigger. Shrike are birds that use alarm calls to warn others of predators. But sometimes they use false alarm calls to scare other shrikes away from food…


fascinating-animal-factsStagnant Pond Snails live in pond bottoms but they must breathe air to survive.These snails get to the surface by letting its mucus slime out of its body in an upwards direction. It then climbs the slime up to the surface. Once the slime reaches the surface film, it stabilises.The snail can now use the slime “rope” to go up and down. Snails even use other snails’ ropes until they break. Flatworms can glide upside down on the surface of the water.
Northern Mockingbirds sometimes sing through the night, especially when there is a full moon. After millipedes mate, the female eats some soil and when it comes out as feces, she shapes it into a nest and lays hundreds of eggs in it. She then leaves the eggs.When young millipedes are born, they only have seven segments and six legs (3 pair). As they grow they shed skin. With each molt, the millipede grows new segments and legs.
Male Green Frogs tell other frogs about their size through their croaks. The bigger the male, the deeper the croak. Some small males lower their voices in order to sound bigger. Shrike are birds that use alarm calls to warn others of predators. But sometimes they use false alarm calls to scare other shrikes away from food.
Star nosed moles swim and smell underwater by creating bubbles. The bubble comes out of the nostril, spreads over the thing they are exploring and then gets sucked back. The Asian Tiger mosquito needs only a quarter of an inch of water in which to lay its eggs.
Bald-faced Hornets are tree-nesting wasps who make their nests by chewing up strips of wood and mixing it with sticky saliva. One nest may hold up to 700 hornets.
The Carpenter ant queen lays only female eggs in the beginning and these trun into worker ants. In a few years, when the colony has become successful, and thousands of ants are present, the queen will produce eggs which will become male and female so that they can mate and form new nests. The Buffalo Treehopper is a bright green, triangular shaped insect which mimics thorns, buds, or other plant parts. When the female mates, she cuts a slit in a twig and lays her eggs there. After mating the female Cicada Killer Wasp digs a burrow about six inches deep in the soil and make several chambers. Then she hunts cicadas.Once she finds one, she will sting it and paralyse the insect. She will carry the cicada, which may weigh three times her own weight, back to the burrow, put the cicada in one cells and lay an egg on it. She will do this until she has filled the cells of her burrow. When the eggs hatch, the larva immediately begins eating the cicada. Till it is an adult and can dig its way out of the ground and look for a mate.
During mating time the American Dog Tick male and female will look for a larger mammal host. This time the male will not feed. The female will feed on the host, and the male will mate with her while she feeds. After mating, the male will die and the female will drop off the host to lay eggs on the ground.
The Daring Jumping Spider lives in woods, fields, or gardens. These spiders do not build webs to catch prey. Instead, they hunt their prey on foot. To catch prey, Daring Jumping Spiders sneak up on it, then pounce. They can leap great distances. Maple Gall Mites are tiny cousins of spiders which make galls on maple leaves. Adult mites start feeding on newly-forming leaves, and as the leaves grow, leaf tissue grows out and forms a gall around each mite. The gall help protects mites from predators.,Once a leaf is full size, each mite lays eggs and dies. Eggs hatch quickly, with hundreds of tiny mites inside each bladder gall.Once they have grown into adults, they leave and crawl to new leaves.
When Rabid Wolf Spiders breed, the male dances by waving its large leg-like mouthparts) and making a noise. Six-spotted Fishing Spiders are one of the few animals that can “walk” on water. They can walk underwater also as they climb down a plant leaf or stem below the surface.To row, the spider uses some of its legs like oars in a rowboat to push itself across the surface.To glide, the spider remains still and lets itself get pushed across the surface by wind.
The Goldenrod Spider can change its color from white to yellow in order to camouflage itself among flowers. The Black and Yellow Argiope is a web spider The female builds the large web, and a male will build a smaller web on the outer part of her web.After mating, the female spider lays eggs on one side of the web, then covers it with a sac. The egg sac can be up to an inch wide. After laying eggs, the female dies. The baby spiders hatch from their eggs , but stay in the sac till they are adults and go off on their own. Scuds are tiny relatives of shrimp. Scuds swim just about the bottom of shallow water. They swim on their sides.
Crayfish are ten legged relatives of crabs. When a crayfish is threatened, it will escape by flipping its abdomen and swimming backwards. How many legs a Garden Centipede centipede has depends on its age. Fully grown Garden Centipedes have 30 legs (15 pair). If it has less, it is because it is not fully grown. Belted Kingfishers live alone except when breeding. The male and female will dig a tunnel in a bank of sand. The tunnel which can be up to eight feet long with a small chamber at the end.
Double-crested Cormorants are large birds, growing over two feet long, with a wingspan of four feet. During breeding season the males advertise their readiness by growing two curly black crests on their heads. Caroline Chickadees eat insects and have excellent balance. They can even cling to a branch and eat upside down.
Male Northern Mockingbirds mimic more than 200 birds, dogs, cats, humans, and mechanical sounds.
Wild Turkeys travel in small single sex flocks. Females are with females, males with males. Young turkeys follow their mothers. White-breasted Nuthatches live in the holes of forest trees and are most often seen going up and down tree trunks looking for food. They can run down the tree headfirst as well as up. Tufted Titmice birds construct their nests with a wide variety of materials, including: dead leaves, moss, bark strips, grass, hair, fur, feathers, string, cloth, and snakeskin. Titmice have been known to pull hair or fur from squirrel’s tails. Northern Cardinals have two broods a year.Once the first set of eggs hatch the male tends to the young babies while the female begins building a new nest. Killdeer birds nest on open areas on the ground. Young killdeer hatch from their eggs in about a month. They can run as soon as their wings are dry, and will continue to run after their parents for about a month, until they can fly. Yellowthroats live in grassy marshes nesting on or near the ground. Yellowthroats are very careful about their nests. They never fly directly to them, instead they fly to the ground and then walk to the nest. They leave the same way, so predators cannot find it.

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