My family and I went to Florida a few days ago, and we saw some amazing animals. We went to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and saw alligators, turtles, snakes, and lots of birds. I decided to look up a few animals and post fun facts about them. I hope you enjoy!
- There are over 20 different kinds of armadillos, and the Nine – Banded Armadillo is the only kind found in the United States.
- “Armadillo” means “Little Armored One”
- Nine – Banded Armadillos can have between 7 and 11 bands, even though they’re called Nine-Banded Armadillos.
- Their sense of smell can track down almost 500 different foods, most are insects.
- Nine-Banded Armadillos jump straight up when they’re startled.
- When an alligator’s teeth get worn down, they get replaced. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in their life.
- Alligators have four short legs; the front legs have five toes, and the back legs only have four toes.
- Large males can weigh 1,000 pounds.
- They can live up to 50 years old.
- Alligators dig themselves into hollows in the mud, then it fills with water. The tunnels can be 65 feet long.
- Sometimes, the Anhinga spears a fish too hard with its bill, it has to come to shore and get the fish off with a rock.
- Unlike other birds, the Anhinga feathers aren’t as waterproof.
- It will perch on a tree with its wings open to dry its feathers and warm its body.
- The Anhinga is also called “the snakebird”. When an Anhinga swims, its head and neck stretch out and it looks like a snake.
- The female lays 3-5 light blue eggs.
Flannel Moth Caterpillar:
- The Flannel Moth Caterpillar is one of the most toxic caterpillars
- It has been called “the Puss Caterpillar”
- The Flannel Moth Caterpillar will sting you if you touch it. There is really nothing you can do to stop the pain.
- People say the Flannel Moth’s sting can be like a bee sting but, 100 times worst.
- The oldest recorded White Ibis was about 16 years old.
- The White Ibis has webbed feet almost like a duck.
- It doesn’t look like it but the White Ibis has black tips on their wings.