Author: BioExpedition

Polar Bears

Polar Bear Polar Bear Facts Polar Bears keep the impressive title of being the world’s largest carnivore species found on land. An adult male can weigh up to 680 Kg. or 1500 lb. Polar bear are inhabitant of the Arctic Ocean and its surrounding areas. The need to survive in the extreme temperatures of this zone has developed in them several adaptations to cold weather. Among these adaptations they have up to 10 cm. of blubber, a layer of fat which insulates them from the cold. Also a sophisticated multilayer fur helps to keep body temperature. Polar Bears are one of the animals most affected by global...

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Manatees

Manatee Facts about Manatees Manatees are pacific aquatic mammals which belong to the order Sirenia as the Dugong. Manatees are believed to have evolved from land mammals being their closest relative the elephants. Manatees are herbivores and spend most of their time in shallow waters eating plants like mangrove leaves, algae and turtle grass. They eat up to 50 Kg. per day. There are three types of manatees living today, the West Indian Manatee, the Amazon Manatee and the African Manatee. Any of these species live in ware, shallow, coastal waters and cannot survive to colder waters. During winter they look to move into warm rivers if the place they live gets cold....

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Tigers

Tiger Facts about Tigers Tigers are mammals which belong to the Felidae family. Tigers live in Eastern and Southern Asia, in places like India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Indochina and several other places in the region. The best known subspecies of Tigers are the Siberian Tiger and the Bengal Tiger, but there are several other species of Tigers. Tigers are carnivorous and feed on large and medium sized animals. Like many apex predators, they are opportunistic and their diet ranges according to the place they live. Tigers will be found in places close to water and that have plenty of...

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Snails

Land Snail Facts about Snails Land Snails refer to mollusks with coiled shells that live on land. There are also sea snails and freshwater snails. Land snails can be found in a wide range of habitats including gardens, deserts, mountains, woodlands and many others. Land snails are herbivores and eat the plants common in their habitat. Land snails breathe air using lungs and they develop a shell which grows as the snail grows with a substance secreted by the snail made of calcium carbonate. Some snails hibernate during winter periods. All land snails are hermaphrodites, producing both spermatozoa and...

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Elephants

Elephant Facts about Elephants Elephants are mammals and they are the largest land animal. They also have the largest gestation period of any land animal lasting up to 22 months. Elephants are easily recognized because their long trunk and a couple of long tusks. Elephants are herbivores and they spend up to 16 hours a day collecting plants, grass, leaves, bamboo, roots and some fruits and flowers. There are two species of elephants, the African Elephant and the Asian Elephant and they can be easily identified because the African elephant have much larger ears. Also the African Elephant is larger than the Asian...

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