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hamster

All About the Hamster: The Pouch-Cheeked Rodent

Name Hamster Diet Omnivorous Scientific name Cricetinae Weight 19–150 grams (0.6–5.2 ounces) Pronunciation HAM-stur. Length 5–34 centimeters (2–13.5 inches)  Classification Mammalia, Rodentia, Cricetidae Location Worldwide The Hamster The hamster is famous as the soft golden-furred rodent that has a habit of running endlessly on wheels.  But this isn’t all there is to know about them.  …

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All About Whales: Gentle Giants of the Deep

Name Whale Diet Carnivorous  Scientific name Cetacea Weight 135–200,000 kilograms (0.14–200 tons) Pronunciation weyl. Length 2.6–30 meters (8.5–100 feet)  Classification Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Cetaceamorpha Location Worldwide The Whales Whales are evolutionary marvels.  These living behemoths are the largest inhabitants of Earth’s oceans worldwide and are fully adapted to life in the open ocean.  In fact, they’re …

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cockatiel

All About the Cockatiel: The Gray Australian Parrot 

Name Cockatiel Diet Herbivorous Scientific name Nymphicus hollandicus Weight 80 to 90 grams (2.8 to 3.2 ounces)  Pronunciation kaa-kuh-teel Length 30 to 33 centimeters (12 to 13 inches) Classification Aves, Psittaciformes, Cacatuidae Location Australia The Cockatiel The cockatiel is one of the most famous pet birds in the world.  As a caged bird species, it …

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All About Stingrays: The Venomous Flat Sharks 

Name Stingrays Diet Carnivorous  Scientific name Myliobatoidei Weight 14 to 32 kilograms (31–70 pounds) Pronunciation STING-ray. Length 12 inches to 6.5 feet (0.3 meters to 2 meters)  Classification Chondrichthyes, Batoidea, Myliobatiformes Location Worldwide The Stingray Although they look remarkably different, rays are actually relatives of sharks.  They’re cartilaginous fishes with extremely flattened bodies and enlarged …

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All About the Pizzly Bear: The Grolar Bear 

Name Pizzly bears Diet Omninivorous  Scientific name Cetacea Weight 300–500 kilograms (660–1,100 pounds) Pronunciation .PIZZ-lee bear. Length roughly 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) Classification Mammalia, Carnivora, Ursidae Location Arctic region The Pizzly Bear What do you get when you combine the DNA of a grizzly bear with that of a polar bear?  A pizzly bear!  While …

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All About the Dead Leaf Mantis: Masters of Camouflage

Name Dead leaf Mantis Diet Carnivorous Scientific name Deroplatys desiccata Weight 1 ounce (28.35 grams) Pronunciation dead leaf MAN-tis. Length 6.5–8 centimeters (2.5–3.14 inches) Classification Dictyoptera, Mantodea, Deroplatyidae Location Asia, South America, and Central America The Dead Leaf Mantis Insects and other small animals use different strategies to escape from predators.  The strategy for the …

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All About Hammerhead Shark: The Squat-Headed Shark

Name Hammerhead sharks Diet Carnivorous Scientific name Sphyrnidae Weight 3–580 kilograms (6.6–1,300 pounds) Pronunciation ha-mr-hed shaark Length 0.9–6.0 meters (35.4–236.4 inches) Classification Chondrichthyes, Carcharhiniformes, Sphyrnidae Location Worldwide The Hammerhead Shark The hammerhead sharks are among the most recognizable shark species in the world.  They’re unmissable, thanks to their flattened head that extends laterally to the …

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Red panda

All About the Red Panda: The Red Cat Bear

Name Red Panda Diet Herbivorous Scientific name Ailurus fulgens Weight 4 to 15 kilograms (8.8 to 33 pounds) Pronunciation red pan-duh Length 51 to 63.5 centimeters (20.1 to 25.0 inches) Classification Mammalia, Carnivora, & Ailuridae Location Nepal, China (Asia)  The Red Panda Everyone is familiar with the big, cuddly black and white bear commonly referred …

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lion

All About the Lion: The King of Beasts 

Name Lion Diet Carnivorous Scientific name Panthera leo Weight 186–225 kilograms (411–496.0 pounds) Pronunciation lai-uhn Length 1.8–2.0 meters (72–82 inches) Classification Carnivora, Feliformia, & Felidae Location Africa & Asia The Lion The lion is one of the most famous wild animals. The so-called “king of beasts” is one of the biggest cat species in the …

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All About Pelicans: The Bucket-Billed Birds

Name Pelicans Diet Carnivorous (piscivorous) Scientific name Pelecanus Weight 15 kilograms (33 pounds)  Pronunciation peh-luh-knz Length 160-183 centimeters (63 to 72 inches) (For Wingspan: 2.4 to 3.5 meters (8 to 11.6 feet) Classification Aves, Pelecaniformes, Pelecanidae Location Worldwide except Antarctica The Pelican Pelicans are among the most recognizable water birds.  There are about eight species of …

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