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Rhino Facts

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Did you know the rhinoceros stands about 60 inches at the shoulder?  That’s 5 feet tall!

The white rhinoceros is the largest rhino and they can way up to 6,000 pounds.

Rhinos have poor eyesight, but have a great senses of smell and hearing.

A group of rhinos is called a “crash.”

Rhinoceros can run 28 miles per hour.

Rhinos can live 40 to 45 years.

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Egg-Eating Snake

The Egg-eating Snake is truly a remarkable creature.

Some snakes eat birds’ eggs and other animals which are much wider than their own bodies. They can do this because their jaws are not rigidly fixed together, but are instead connected by ligaments which can stretch, allowing the snake to force its mouth over it’s of prey.

Snakes do not dislocate their jaws, that is an urban myth.

A snake’s stomach can also stretch enormously, allowing the prey to be 180px-eierschlange_frisst_zwergwachteleiswallowed whole. A snake which has just eaten a big meal looks very strange indeed. Its head and neck are the normal size, then there is a huge bulge where the unlucky prey is located, before the body tapers to its usual size towards the tail.

Snakes that swallow eggs whole have a unique way of breaking them open once they are inside their bodies. They have special bones in their throats which they squeeze against the egg until it breaks and then they manage to spit out the crumpled eggshell before any pieces slip down into their stomach.

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Hippo Killer..?

The Hippopotamus is the third biggest land animal, slightly smaller but heavier than a white rhino – the elephant is the biggest. Surprisingly, no animal has killed more people than the hippo.

They are hoofed vegetarians, feeding on grass, fallen fruit, and occasionally on cultivated crops such as sugar cane or corn during the night. They spend most of the day in the water.  The hippo, weighing in at 4,000 pounds and more, lives in Africa and prefer rivers with deep water and nearby reed beds and grasslands.  If you ever come across a hippo with his mouth open like he’s yawning, don’t be fooled… it’s not sleepy… Hippos are very protective of there turf and their young.  It’s warning you to stay away by showing you his long, thick, razor-sharp canine teeth, or tusks, with which it is capable of biting a small boat in half.

Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa – more than any other wild animal.

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More Frog Facts…

You cannot get warts from a frog.
Frogs measure from 1 inch to over 1 foot in length, depending on species.
Frogs live between 4 and 15 yrs.
Toads & frogs eat other animals – usually bugs, worms and bullfrogs will eat tiny baby fish.
Enemies of the frog include hedgehogs, snakes, other frogs, and large birds.
Fossils of the earliest known frog were found in Arizona at the Navajo Indian Reservation. Scientists determine the remains to be about 190 million years old. 
Frogs haven’t changed much at all since then.
One theory of science is that frogs grew their long legs as a way to hop away from dinosaurs.

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Frogs…

 

Goliath frog of Cameroon

There are close to 4,000 different kinds of frogs, including toads. They range in size from less than half an inch to nearly a foot long and come in a rainbow of colors and patterns.

Adult frogs are carnivorous and will eat just about anything smaller than themselves, including insects, worms and even other frogs.

A frog’s long, sticky tongue is attached in the front of its mouth and can flick its tongue out to capture its prey with remarkable speed.

The biggest frog is the appropriately named Goliath frog of Cameroon. They reach nearly a foot and weigh as much as 7 pounds. The smallest frog is the Gold frog of Brazil.  They grow to only 3/8 inch.

Recently scientists have noticed a marked decline in the numbers of frogs and other amphibians around the world. Some species are believed to have become extinct within the past fifty years. Causes for the decline include ozone depletion, pollution, habitat loss, introduction of new predators, disease and even a fungus.

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Interesting Okapi Facts

Although, this animal looks like some make believe story book creation, it is not.  

The Okapi’s form resembles that of a horse, it’s legs bare the markings of a zebra and it’s head looks more like a giraffe making this one very freaky and cool looking animal.

With the exception of zoo’s, the only place you will find Okapis are in the tropical forest of northeastern Zaire (Africa).

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Worlds Smallest Snake

Barbados Thread Snake

Here’s something cool… Just days ago, the soil-burrowing, Barbados Thread Snake was discovered and is being called the world’s smallest.

At about ten centimeters long (less than four inches), the new snake species was confirmed through genetic tests and studies of its physical features by biologist Blair Hedges.

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