Category: animals

A-Z of animals : Aardvark to Cuscus

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Although the Aardvark, “earth pig”, shares some similarities with the South American anteater, the two are not related. The aardvark is endemic to Africa. Hearing and sense of smell is acute but eyesight is poor. Tongue is […]

A-Z of animals : Deer to Frogs

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Deer: Ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla). Most ruminants have four-chambered stomachs and a two-toed foot. Of the 43 species of hoofed ruminants in the order, the males of all but one species carry antlers; […]

A-Z of animals : Gecko to Iriomote Cat

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Gecko: lizards belonging to the infraorder Gekkota, found in warm climates throughout the world. Mediterranean Gecko Reef Gecko Texas Banded Gecko Western Banded Gecko more geckos on Animal Diversity Web. The Gerenuk, the “giraffe gazelle”, is found […]

A-Z of animals : Jackal to Lynx

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Jackal: three species, all with subspecies. Black-backed jackal Golden jackal or Asiatic jackal Side-striped jackal

A-Z of animals : Manatee to Otter

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Manatee or Sea Cow: any of three of the four living species of the order Sirenia (the other species is the Dugong). A manatee grows up to 4m (13 ft) long and weighs up to 590 kg […]

A-Z of animals : Pademelon to Ringtail

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Abundant throughout Tasmania, the Pademelon feeds on herbs and green shoots. Males, considerably larger than females, have a muscular chest and forearms, and reach up to 12 kg (26 lb) in weight and 1.2m (4 ft) in […]

A-Z of animals : Sable to Turtle

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Sable antelope: considered one of the most handsome of all antelope. Found in Eastern and Southern Africa. The four subspecies are the Black sable, Common sable, Eastern sable and the critically endangered Giant sable antelope which is […]

A-Z of animals : Vole to Woodchuck

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Vole: small rodent resembling a mouse. It is from the subfamily Arvicolinae which includes lemmings and muskrats. There are approximately 155 species of voles. Long-tailed Vole Meadow Vole Sagebrush Vole Southern Red-backed Vole Townsend’s Vole Woodland Vole

A-Z of animals : Xantus to Zebra

Animals: ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | ST | UVW | XYZ Found in the mountains of Tibet, males Yaks reach a length of 2.7m (9 ft) and a height of 1.8m (6 ft), weighing 545 kg (1200 lb). Despite their relative immensity, they are agile, nimble, sure climbers […]

Fossil from Brazil sheds light on how snakes lost their legs

How did the snake get its slither? Ever since the crafty serpent in Genesis tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, we’ve been fascinated by snakes. And, despite our interest in this animal, we have a poor understanding of how it actually evolved. But scientists have now released a new study on the fossil of […]