Fun facts on porcupines: find out where these quilled rodents live, what they eat, how they defend themselves and much more…
Freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes and wetlands are extremely important for life on Earth. They provide a home for countless animal and plant species and supply us with water and food. This page contains freshwater biome facts together with information on the main freshwater habitats…
Iconic North American animals include the American bison, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, mountain lion, monarch butterfly, wolf, coyote, groundhog, roadrunner, moose, raccoon and bobcat.
On this page is a North American animals list with pictures and facts on each species. Follow the links for further information on particular animals.
A selection of the best North American wildlife field guides. Ideal gifts for nature lovers young and old.
Christmas animals – a list of animals associated with Christmas, with pictures and facts.
Animals play a central part in Christmas celebrations in many parts of the world. On this page we take a look at animals associated with Christmas. We’ll discover what part they play in Yuletide celebrations, and also find out about the animals themselves…
What Is Biology About?
Biology is the study of biota – living things. This includes humans, animals, plants, bacteria and viruses, together with their constituent parts (cells, organs, etc.). Biology also includes the study of the non-living components of living things, such as DNA, proteins and carbohydrates.
Like all science, biology is driven by curiosity. Biologists explore questions like:
The American crocodile is a large crocodilian in the family Crocodylidae (the “true crocodile” family). It is found in coastal and aquatic habitats in the warmer waters of North, Central and South America, as well as on Caribbean islands. The species shares part of its range with the similarly-sized American alligator.
Like other crocodilians, the American crocodile is an ambush predator. Rather than actively pursuing its prey, it lurks under the water waiting for unsuspecting animals to come within reach of its powerful jaws.
In many parts of its range the American crocodile was once hunted almost to extinction for both its meat and its hide. The species is now protected under national and international laws. Although no longer endangered, the American crocodile is still rated as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
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The North American porcupine is the second-largest rodent found in North America (the largest is the North American beaver). This slow-moving mammal spends much of its life in the trees, and is mainly active at night. Like all porcupines, the North American porcupine has a coat of sharp quills. The quills, which are actually modified hairs, serve as a defense against predators.
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The North American Bird ID Quiz app is a great way to improve your bird identification skills and test your bird knowledge.
Download the app today and discover the amazing birds of North America!
The nine-banded armadillo Dasypus novemcinctus is a mid-sized burrowing mammal with flexible, bone-plated armor covering its head, back and tail. The species, one of 21 living armadillos, is found in South, Central, and southern North America, and is the only armadillo regularly found in the USA.
Read on for nine-banded armadillo facts, pictures and in-depth information…
The bighorn sheep Ovis canadensis is the largest wild sheep native to North America. The species gets its name from the massive, curled horns of the male, which are used to fight other males in order to establish dominance within a herd. The sound of the crashing horns of battling bighorns can be heard from up to a mile away.
This iconic North American mammal is usually found in rugged, rocky terrain. Its specially-adapted hooves allow it to traverse the steep cliffs and make leaps from ledge to ledge with apparent ease.
The bighorn sheep is the state mammal of both Colorado and Nevada, and the provincial mammal of Alberta.
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