Thursday, June 23, 2011

Exotic Animals

Take a look at our collection of pictures of animals you won't find in your backyard. Check out adorable pictures and fun facts about hippos, pandas, blue-tongued lizards with two heads and more! 


Sleepy Time



Fun Fact: Koalas sleep 16-18 hours per day, and they eat 3-5 hours per day. What a life! 



Kiwi



Fun Fact: The kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand. This picture is of a rare white kiwi. 



Hungry Bear



Fun Fact: Pandas eat an average of 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo shoots a day. 



Fire Fox



Fun Fact: The Firefox browser is said to have been named after a Chinese name for red panda, fire fox. 



Leopard Love



Fun Fact: Leopards were believed to be a hybrid of a lion and a panther in ancient times, hence the name leopard



Monitor Me



Fun Fact: Monitor lizards are very intelligent. Some species of these Varanid lizards can even count (up to 10)! 



Cuddle Bug



Fun Fact: Some gorillas have been taught a subset of sign language! They also have 25 distinct vocalizations for group communication. 



Hip Hippos



Fun Fact: Despite their large size and short legs, hippos can easily outrun humans. They can run over 19mph



Huffin Puffin



Fun Fact: Puffins can beat their wings up to 400 times per minute while flying



Tongue Twister



Fun Fact: Bobtail lizards have bright blue tongues! This two-headed bobtail has twice the blue action. 



Real Big Fish



Fun Fact: The whale shark is the largest living species of fish. The largest confirmed was 40 feet long!



Lion Kings



Fun Fact: Most lions drink water every day if it's available, but they can go four or five days without it. Lions can get moisture from the stomach contents of their prey. 



Devil Babies



Fun Fact: When confronted, a Tasmanian devil will often yawn at the threatening animal as if pretending to be unfazed by the potential danger. 

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