Showing posts with label wildlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wildlife. Show all posts

Friday, April 15, 2011

Which animal is the fastest?

A cat can run about 20 kilometres per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up. This one is going nowhere today - it is too lazy !.

A  cheetah can run 76 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour) - that's really fast! The fastest human beings runs only about 30 kilometres per hour (18 miles per hour).

a cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meow).

A Zipper joins two pieces of material together.A zipper is used everywhere, on clothing, pencil cases, boots and suitcases, wallets, and a zillion other things. Everyone thinks it was Whitcomb Judson who invented the zipper but it was really Elias Howe. Elias was so busy inventing the sewing machine that he didn't get around to selling his zipper invention which he called a "clothing closure".

Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of BUTTERFLIES
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

Bears whose brown fur is tipped with lighter-colored hairs are called grizzly bears . The smallest species of bears is called sun or Malayan bears. Male bears are called boars. Bears are native to the continents of North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Alaskan brown bears, world's largest meat-eating animals that live on land, can weigh as much as 1,700 pounds (771 kilograms)

The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog. Frogs start their lives as 'eggs' often laid in or near fresh water. Frogs live on all continents except Antarctica. Frogs belong to a group of animals called amphibians

There are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos. Kangaroosare native of Australia. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. Young kangaroos are called joeys. 

How do reindeers survive in the extreme cold? Most animals don’t eat moss. It’s hard to digest, and it has little nutritional value. But reindeer fill up with lots of moss. Why? The moss contains a special chemical that helps reindeer keep their body fluids warm. When the reindeer make their yearly journey across the icy Arctic region, the chemical keeps them from freezing—much as antifreeze keeps a car from freezing up in winter

Some scientists believe that the earth began billions of years ago as a huge ball of swirling dust and gases. If you dig in your backyard, don’t worry about running into the earth’s core. You’d have to dig a hole 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) deep!

Amazing animal facts

What follows here are some amazing animal facts…

A horse weighing approximately 1,200-pounds, eats approximately seven times it's own weight, in a year. That amounts to almost 8,400-pounds of food. Wow! What an appetite!

Apart from human’s even chimpanzees can learn to recognize their own image in a mirror.

A cow can give far more milk than a human can consume their lifetime. Any guesses? Almost 200,000 glasses full of milk!

While there are so many cows grazing in the world, no two cows will ever be found with identical pattern of spots.

A probable identity crisis we have here! Though named polecat, this creature is not a cat but a nocturnal weasel-species in Europe.

Is a zebra black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? Any guesses? Well, it’s white with black stripes.

Talk about noise pollution in the jungles! A lion’s roar is so loud that it can heard upto a distance of five miles.

Cheetahs maybe large and fast, but when they roar they chirp. This sounds more like a bird or a yelping dog. Beware, it is loud enough to be heard upto a mile away.

The tusks of elephants grow through their life. The tusks weigh over 200 pounds.

Only the male Asian elephants have tusks.

The male and female African elephants have tusks.

The largest ever lobster to be found weighed 19 kg. It was found in 1934.

The largest recorded jellyfish measured 2,3 m across its bell. Its tentacles measured 36 m (120 feet) in length.

The largest giant squid ever found weighed 4 tons. It was traced in the in the North Atlantic in the year 1878.

Wild Animals Facts

Well, to add to the ever-existing interest, here are some fascinating wild animal facts… 
Each species of grasshopper has its own song. This is important, as the varied species cannot breed with each other. The female needs to be aware that she is listening to a male from her own species.

Compass termites of Northern Australia build tall nests that are wedge-shaped. They measure up to 3.5 m in length.

Flying frogs change color in the day. They are greenish-blue in sunlight and green in the evening. At night there are black.

Boas, as well as many other snakes have special heat-sensitive organs that are called pits. These pits are on their heads. They can detect the heat given by a warm-blooded animal standing close to them.

The king Cobra can grow to the length of 5.5 m, and is regarded as the largest poisonous snake in the world. A tiny amount of its poison can kill up to 30 people.

Anteaters protect their long claws by walking on their knuckles. This makes them look as if they are limping.

Bats eat all types of food. There is no restriction where their diet is concerned.

The hippopotamus’s eyes, ears and nostrils are on the top of its head. This enables it to stand or sit, almost completely covered by water with as little as possible showing above the surface.

The hippopotamus’s skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as ‘Pink sweat’.

Here are some interesting facts about endangered animals

Here are some interesting facts about endangered animals…
Presently there are 38 known species of mammals that are extinct. However, of them there are some that are kept in captivity with scientists trying to save them from going extinct.

With global warming becoming a major issue, the fact is the existing 28,270 animal species of mammals are threatened by the harms done to the planet.

6,524 vertebrate-species were listed as threatened, in the year 2006. In the same year – 2006 – 2,101 invertebrate-species were listed to be threatened.

In 2006, 253 fish-species were listed as critically endangered.

In 2006, 442 amphibian-species were listed as critically endangered.

81 species of animals are considered extinct or critically endangered, as well as endangered or vulnerable.

The number of animal listed in the U.S.A., is 935.

There are over 1,000 animal species that are endangered at varied levels, across the world.

The endangered animal species are classified into the following for categories:

The vulnerable species :
They are not a threatened species, but are at risk because of their natural declining numbers.

The threatened species :
This is that category of species that are adequate in numbers, but are facing high-risk in their natural surroundings that can lead to the probability of extinction. Examples of such species are eastern indigo snake and the red kangaroo.

The endangered species :
This category includes species that are in the immediate probability of becoming extinct. These species require protection to exist. Examples of such species are the Siberian tiger, the southern sea otter, the snow leopard, etc.

The extinct species :
This category of animal-species includes those that are not in existence at all. Examples include the passenger pigeon, dodo, Stegosaurus, etc.

Here are some interesting animal facts that increase one’s knowledge

 There are presently over a million animal species upon planet earth. 

The reptiles have 6,000 species crawling in their habitats; and more are discovered each year.

There are over 70,000 types of spiders spinning their webs in the world.

Well, there are 3,000 kinds of lice. Yes, it is the lice we are prone to get due to lack of hair hygiene.

This is a mind-boggling fact – for each of the 600 million people there is about 200 million insects crawling, flying...

Mammals are the only creatures that have flaps around their ears.

The world has approximately one billion cattle, of which about 200 million belong to India.

The life of a housefly is only 14 days.

A dog was the first animal to up in space.

A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first animals to fly in a hot air balloon. The oldest breed of a dog known to mankind is the ‘Saluki’.

An ostrich is the fastest bird and can run up to 70 km/h.

Never get a camel angry, for he or she will spit at you.

There are crabs that are the size of a pea. There are known as ‘Pea Crabs’.

The lifespan of 75 percent of wild birds is 6 months.

Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people.

You do not need cotton buds to clean a giraffe ears. It can do so with its own 50cm-tongue.

Want to known the appetite of a South American Giant Anteater? Well it eats over 30,000 ants, per day.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making it the fastest swimmer.

The Sea Horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.

The small car on the road is probably the size of the heart of a blue whale.

The length of an elephant is the same as the tongue of a blue whale.

The crocodile's tongue is unmovable, as it is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wild Life

Wild Life

Highest, Longest, Tallest, Smallest, Heaviest, Fastest of Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects, Fishes..

Largest and Heaviest
Blue Whale
Average length 30.5 m
Largest ever recorded 33.58 m
Pregnant female may weigh 203 tones
Smallest Land Mammal
Kitti's hog-nosed Bat (Found in Thailand)2
Wing span 16 cm
weight 1.75 to 2 g
Smallest Marine Mammal
Probably Heaviside's dolphin (Found in South Atlantic)
Length 1.22 m
Weight 41 kg
Rarest Mammal Rarest Mammal
Aspecies of tenrec from Madagascar is only known from a single specimen.
Fastest Mammal
Cheetah (found in Africa, Middle East, W. Asia) can run at 100 kph over short distances.
Pronhorn antelope (Found in USA)
Can run at 60 kph over long distances.
Slowest Mammal
Three-toedsloth (found in South America) covers about 5 m a minute in trees, and only 2 m aminute on the ground.
Highest Mammal
Yak (found in Tibet and China) climbs to 6000 m to feed.
Largest and HeaviestEstuarine Crocodile (found in Asia, Australia)
Average length (male) up to 4.3 m
Longest ever recorded 8.23 m
Largest LizardKomodo dragon (found in Indonesian Island)
length up to 3 m
largest TurtlePacific leatherback turtle
Average length (male) up to 2.13 m
weight up to 363 kg.
Fastest Amphibian (On Land)Six-linedracerunner (found in USA)
can run at 29 kph
Fastest Amphibian (In Water)(In Water) Pacific Leatherback turtlecan swim at 35 kph
Longest SnakeReticulated Python (found in India and South-east Asia)
Average length more than 6 m
Longest ever recorded 10 m
Most Poisonous SnakeSea Snake (found in North West Australia)
Most Poisonous Land SnakeFierce Snake(found in Australia) has most toxic venom.
Largest AmphibianChinese gaintsalamander
Average length 1m
Longest ever recorded 1.52 m
Weight 11 to 13 kg.
Largest FrogGoliath Frog (found in Africa)
Length of body 33.5 cm
Largest ToadProbably marinetoad (found in South America)
Length 22.9 cm.
Largest NewtRibbed newt (found in Africa)
Length upto 40 cm
Weight 450 g
Highest ToadCommon toad 
One found in Himalayas at 8000 m
Most PoisonousKokoiarrow-poison frog (found in South America)
A tiny amount of toxin is enough to kill a man.
Smallest NewtStriped newt (found in USA)
length 5.1 cm
Largest Bird (Flightless)North African Ostrich
Height (male) 2.74 m
Weight 156.5 kg
eggs up to 20 cm long
Largest Wing SpanWandering albatross (found in Southern Oceans)
Average length (male) 3.15 m
Largest ever recorded 3.6 m
Smallest BirdHelena's humming bird (found in Cuba)
Average length (male) 5.8 cm
(head and body 1.5 cm)
Weight 2 g
Egg 1.14 cm long
Rarest BirdMauritius Kestrel (found in Mauritius)
About 5 are thought to remain.
Fastest BirdSpine-tailed swift (found in Russia and Himalayas)
flies at 171 kph
Longest FlightArctic tern
May cover 40,000 km a year migrating from Arctic to Antarctic and back.
Fastest Under WaterGentoo Penguin swims at 36 kph
Largest NestBald eagles
one was 2.9 m wide and 6 m deep.
Largest Fish  (Plankton-eating)Whale Shark
Largest ever recorded 18.5 m long.
Largest Fish (Meat Eating)Great white shark (the man-eater)
Average length up to 4.57 m.
Heaviest Bony FishOcean sunfish is the heaviest
largest ever recorded 2.28 tonnes.
Longest Bony FishRussian sturgeon or Beluga
Length up to 8 m
Fastest FishProbably Sailfish
fastest ever recorded 109 kph
Most Poisonous FishStonefish (foundin Indian and Pacific Oceans)
Poison carried in spines can cause a person's death within a few hours.
Most ElectricElectric eel (found in South America)
can produce 400 to 500 volts.
Largest InsectGoliath beetle (found in Africa)
Weight (male) 100g
Longest InsectTropical stick insect
Length up to 33 cm
Largest locust SwarnA Swarn of desert locusts that crossed the Red Sea in 1889.
Swarn estimated to contain 250,000,000 insects
weighing about 500,000 tonnes and covering 5,000 sq. km
Largest ButterflyQueen Alexandra bird wing (found in Guinea)
Wing span 28 cm, weight 5 g
Most Dangerous AntBlack bulldog ant (found in Australia and Tasmaina)
One bite can kill a man.
Fastest Wing BeatA tiny midge can beat its wings 1000 times a second.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Animal General Knowledge Test

The Earth has over 12,00,000 species of animals, 3,00,000 species of plants & 1,00,000 other species.
All polar bears are left handed
A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime
The original name for the butterfly was ‘flutterby
A cheetah does not roar like a lion – it purrs like a cat (meow)
A jellyfish is 95 percent water!
No two zebras have stripes that are exactly alike. There are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos.
A butterflie have 6 Legs & 2 Pair of Wings & has 12,000 eyes.
Human birth control pill works on gorillas.
German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
Owl is the only bird, which can rotate its head to 270 degrees.
The Swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.
Elephant teeth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.
Crane sleeps standing on one leg.
Shark cannot see, they are very sensitive to sound.
A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum , a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
Bears whose brown fur is tipped with lighter-colored hairs are called grizzly bears .
Ants don’t sleep.
A cheetah can run 76 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour)
Kiwis are the only birds, which hunt by sense of smell.
Cassowary is one of the dangerous birds that can kill a man or animal by tearing off with its dagger like claw.
The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog.

Monday, December 20, 2010

National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India

This is post is very important for readers that are Indians and non-Indians. Because whenever you will plan to visit India’s amazing & incredible parts and to get adventure of wild life, you need to be aware the names and places of the National Parts and Wild Life Sancturaries. This post will tell you the name of sanctuaries parks and the name of stats where it exists.
Park NameLocationsImportant species
1.Bandipur national parkMysore, KarnatakaElepahant, Tiger, Bear, Sāmbhar, Panther
2.Bhlpakram SanctuaryGaro Hills, MeghalayaTiger , Elephant, Bison
3. Chandraprabha SanctuaryVaranasi , upAsiatic Lion, Tiger, Panther, Indian Gazelle, Sloth bear
4. Corbett National ParkNainital UttarakhandElephant , Tiger, sloth bear , Nilgai, Panther, Sambhar
5. Dachigam SanctuaryJammu and KashmirKashmir stag (Hangul)
6.Dudhwa National ParkLakhimpur kheri, UPTiger, Panther, Sambhar, Nilgai
7. Ghana Bird SanctuaryBharatpur ,RajasthanSiberian Crane, Spoonbill, Heron Teal, Stock
8. Gir National ParkJunagarh, GujaratAsiatic Lion Panther,Sambhar, Nilgai, Crocodile, Rhinoceros
9. Hazaribagh National ParkHazaribagh, JharkhandTiger, Leopard, Sambher, Chital
10. Jaldapara SanctuaryWest BengalTiger, Leopard, Sambher, Chital
11. Kanha National ParkMandla and Balaghat , MPTiger, Panther, Antelope, Barking deer, Nilgai
12.Khziranga Nation al ParkJorhat, AssamCreat Indian one horned rhinoceros, wild buffalo, Sambhar, Tiger
13. ManasBarpeta, AssamTiger, Elephant, Panther, wild Buffalo, One horned rhinoceros
14. Mudumalai SanctuaryNilgiri Hills, Tamil NanduElephant, Dear, pigs
15. Namdapha National parkTirap district, Arunachal praseshTiger and Elephant
16. PalamauDaltonganj, JharkhandTiger, Elephant, Panther, Leopard
17. ParkalWarangal, APTiger, Elephant, Panther, Wild boar, Caur, Sambhar
18. PeriyarIdukki, KeralaElephant , tiger, Panther, Wild boar Gaur, Sambhar
19. Ranganthitoo Bird sanctuaryKarnatakaBirds
20. Shivpuri national parkShivpuri , MPTiger, Birds
21. SunderbansWest BengalTiger, Wild boar, Crocodile, Deer
22. Vedanthangal Bird SanctuaryTamil NaduBirds
23. Wild Ass SanctuaryLittle Rann of Kutch, GujratWild Ass, Wolf, Nilgai, Chinkara

List of Animals with Male, Female and Young Names

African buffalocalf
American Bison (Buffalo)calfcowbull
Antlarva, pupaqueen, worker, gynedrone
Beaverkit, kitten, pup
Beelarva, pupaqueen, workerdrone
Catkittenmolly, queentom
Chickenchickhen, pulletrooster, cock
Coyotecub, pup, whelpbitchdog
Cranechick, colt
Deercalf, fawndoe, hind, cowbuck, stag, bull
Dogwhelp, pup, puppybitch, damdog, stud, sire
Dolphincalf, pupcowbull
Duckducklingduck, hendrake
Elephant seal
Elk (wapiti)calfcowbull
Foxcub, kit, pupvixendog
Frogpolliwog, tadpole, froglet
Giant Pandacubsowboar
Goatkiddoe, nannybuck, billy
Guinea pigpupsowboar
Gullchick, scorriehencock
Hareleveretdoe, jillbuck, jack
Hornetlarvae, pupaequeendrone
Horsefoal, colt (male), filly (female)marestallion
Humanchild, girl, boy, kidwomanman
Hyenacub, pup, whelpbitchdog
Jellyfishplanula, polyp, ephyra
Kangaroojoeyflyer, doeboomer, buck
Minkcub, kitsowboar
Mousepinkie, kitten, pupdoebuck
Mosquitonymph, wriggler, tumbler
Mulefoaljennet, jennyjack
Otterpup, whelp
Partridgechick, cheeperhen, chantellecock
Peafowlchick, peachickpeahenpeacock
Pelicanchick, nestling
Ponyfoal (either sex)marestallion
Porcupinepup, porcupetsowboar
Rabbitbunny, kitdoe, jillbuck, jack
Raccooncub, kitsowboar
Ratkitten, nestlingdoebuck
Red deercalfhindstag
Reindeer (caribou)calfcowbull
Sea lionpup, beach weaner, calfcowbull
Squirrelpup, kit, kittendoebuck
Swancygnet, flapperpencob
Toadtadpole, toadlet
Turkeypoulthentom, gobbler, stag,
Water buffalocalfcowbull
Weaselbitch, doe, jillbuck, dog, hub, jack
Wolfcub, pup, whelpbitch, fae, she-wolfdog, brute