Saturday, April 23, 2011

Strange Creatures

So those of you that don’t know by now I have a love and interest in all the unusual animals in this world. Sure I love cute puppies and playful little kittens but my true love lies with the animals that people don’t probably know much about, so today I shall show and tell you about some of the unusual animals I like.

One of my favourites is the Anteater, for some strange reason this weird looking animal is so cute and I would love to have it as a pet. Anteaters eat ants, termites and soft-bodied grubs. Using the long, sharp claws on their forelimbs, they open insect colonies and tree trunks. They then use the tongue to collect the eggs, larvae, and adult insects. Anteaters have no teeth and their physical digestion is aided by the pebbles and debris that they consume when they ingest insects. How fun would it be to have one as a pet?
Another animal that I love is a platypus. They are so unique looking and can swim too. The platypus is a semi-aquatic mammal. They are the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. The body and the broad, flat tail of the platypus are covered with dense brown fur that traps a layer of insulating air to keep the animal warm. They are also a protected species that were once hunted for their fur. Who would ever want to hurt such a cute thing?
Ok the last animal I don’t really find cute, in fact it is rather ugly, and I don’t think I would like it as a pet but this animal looks so intriguing that I just had to get some information on it. The star-nosed mole is a small mole found in wet low areas of eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States. Star-nosed moles are easily identified by the eleven pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing their snout which are used as a touch organ with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors with which this hamster-sized mole feels its way around. Adults are 15 to 20 cm in length, weigh about 55 g, and have 44 teeth. The mole's most distinctive feature is a circle of 22 mobile, pink, fleshy tentacles at the end of the snout, from which they derive their name. These are used to identify food by touch, such as worms, insects and crustaceans. So that’s a little bit of information about this weird looking creature.
So there are some of the strange and weird creatures of this world that if you didn’t know about, now you do.

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