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Hybrid Animals

Even before human intervention/interference, animals often mate with other species, resulting in more unique offspring. Over time, humans have taken advantage of this hybridization to “manufacture” animals that weren’t there before. Here, we look at what hybrid animals are and whether they can reproduce. We also highlight popular examples. What Is a Hybrid Animal? A hybrid animal refers to the offspring resulting from a combination of two organisms of different qualities. This can be distinct species, genera, variety, or subspecies. Hybridization mostly happens through sexual reproduction. In biology, the cells of a hybrid animal have genetic materials from two...

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Small Animals

While spotting big animals like elephants, lions, and buffalos is relatively easier, finding small ones can be challenging. Animal size plays a huge role in different aspects, including where they live, how they live, and what they do to survive. Just like big animals, small animals are equally as fascinating. If anything, the same way people rejoice when they spot the Big 5, you can achieve the same bragging rights by locating the “Little Five.” They include leopard tortoise, ant lion, elephant shrew, rhino beetle, and buffalo weaver. Here are some examples of small animals based on their habitats....

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Egyptian Tortoise Behavior

The Egyptian tortoise has several names, including Kleinmann’s tortoise, Leith’s tortoise, Negev tortoise, and, scientifically, Testudo kleinmanni. It is a small, seriously endangered species originating from the deserts of Egypt, Israel, and Libya. Kleinmann’s tortoises are the tiniest tortoise species in the northern hemisphere. They are named after Edouard Kleinmann, a Frenchman who discovered the organism. The Appearance of an Egyptian Tortoise Usually, female Egyptian tortoises are slightly larger than their male counterparts, which are slender with longer tails. The carapace, the Egyptian tortoise’s upper section, is a high dome that varies in color. It can be dark brown,...

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Eurasian Otter Behavior

The Eurasian otter, also commonly known as the European otter (scientifically Lutra lutra), is one of the fascinating and versatile mammals. It thrives in various aquatic habitats, with its origins in Eurasia and Maghreb. European otters are the most common species of the otter subfamily, with habitats in the waterways and European coasts, numerous parts of Asia, and other parts of northern Africa. Eurasian Otters Appearance Like many species of the otter subfamily, Eurasian otters are brown above and cream below. They are long and slender, perfectly equipped for their aquatic habitats. A closer observation of the species’ bones...

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Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Behavior

Coconut rhinoceros beetles have varying names, including Asiatic rhinoceros beetles, coconut palm rhinoceros beetles, or, scientifically, Oryctes rhinoceros. These beetles are large and dark brown to black-colored, with adults reaching 4 to 5 cm in length. As the name implies, the species native to tropical Asia primarily attack coconut palms and oil palm trees. What Do Coconut Rhinoceros Eat? The coconut rhinoceros beetle larvae, commonly known as grubs, eat decaying substances. They thrive in compost heaps, manure, rotting logs of trees, and any other decomposing plant matter. This environment gives them nutrients that are important for their growth and...

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