Author: BioExpedition

Orangutan Quick Facts

Orangutan Orangutan Facts Orangutans are primates which belong to the group of great apes, known for their intelligence. Orangutans are the largest living arboreal animal as they live in trees. Their hair is reddish which clearly distinguish them from other great apes. Other characteristic that make them different is that they have longer arms and short legs. In fact, arms are twice as long as their legs. Males and females are significantly different, characteristic known as sexual dimorphism. Two thirds of orangutan’s diet is made of fruit and the remaining is made from several plants. Orangutan intelligence is well...

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Flamingos

Flamingo   Flamingo Facts   Flamingos are wading birds, widely known because their characteristic pink plumage. The best known species of flamingos are the Greater Flamingo which is largely widespread on Africa and some parts of Asia and the American Flamingo known in the Caribbean and Galapagos islands. Flamingos feed on brine shrimp, filtering them out of water. There is controversy about why flamingos are pink. The traditional theory states that they get their pink color from the beta carotene in their diet got from brine shrimp and algae. Flamingos are known to stand on one leg, although this behavior is not fully understood. Some scientists think that they have the ability like some other animals to put to sleep only half of their...

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Gorillas

Gorilla   Facts about Gorillas   Gorillas are mammals and the largest of the living primates. Gorillas live in tropical and subtropical forests of Africa in limited zones. There are two species of gorilla, the Western Gorilla and the Eastern Gorilla, both with a couple of subspecies like the Mountain Gorilla, a subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla. Gorillas feed on fruits, leaves and shoots. Gorillas’ closest relatives are humans and chimpanzees, having a DNA as much as 98% similar to that of humans. Gorillas are caring mothers and infants stay with their mothers for three to four years. Gorilla lifespan ranges from thirty to fifty...

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Butterflies

Butterfly Butterfly Facts Butterflies are insects of the order Lepidoptera like moths. This order is well known for its characteristic life cycle with a egg stage, a larval or caterpillar stage, a puppa stage of inactivity and finally an spectacular metamorphosis into a beautiful winged adult. There are hundreds of species of butterflies, but one that is famous for its migration habits is the Monarch...

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Squids

Squid Squid Facts Squids are marine cephalopods, a class that includes octopus and cuttlefish among others. Squids have eight arms and two tentacles, a mantle which is the main body mass and a distinctive head. Squids have a skin covered of chromatophores, special cells which enable squids to change colors to camouflage. Although most squid are no longer than 60 cm, the Giant Squid can reach up to 13 meters or 43 feet in length. However, it is not the largest squid; recently the Colossal Squid was discovered. This species reach up to 14 meters of 46 feet in length, making it the largest...

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