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Animals of the World

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The Monarch migrates in the late summer and early fall, often traveling thousands of miles from the Plains states to the Southern U.S. and into Mexico.  During the winter, Monarchs mate, and the female often lays her eggs during the return flight to the Plains states.


The Elephant is a familial animal, living in units whichg usually consist of the mother and her young.  A typical elephant family might consist of eight animals or so, though families may have twenty or more members.  One of the most expressive animals, elephants cry, laugh, and play.


The Hippopotamus, whose name means "river horse", is an herbivore that lives in and around the water. A relative of camels, pigs, and deer, the hippo has two lives in one! The center of a hippo's day life is water. Like a hippo pool-party, sometimes hundreds of hippos, will share a territory of water during the day. Whether it's mating, playing, fighting or giving birth, hippo's all wet. The hippo's night life begins a few hours after sunset, when all the hippos file out of the water to graze on land by the light of the moon.


Zebras are almost exclusively grazers, favouring short grasses. They are particularly fond of freshly sprouted grass on recently burnt ground and will move large distances in search of this nutritious fodder. They do feed on slightly longer grass than the wildebeest, however, and precede these gregarious antelope in the Great Migration of the Serengeti-Mara. Zebra are dependent upon water and this limits their range and movements.

Snapping Turtle

The Common Snapping Turtle is an aggressive, freshwater turtle usually found in ponds, streams, and canals. It spends most of its life in the water. These nocturnal (active at night) turtles live in eastern North America. Snapping turtles are so fearless that they have been known to attack people. Snapping turtles have an average life span of about 30-40 years.

Holstein Cow

The Holstein cow originated in Europe. The major historical developement of this breed occured in what is now the Netherlands and more specifically in the two northern provices of North Holland and Friesland which lay on either side of the Zuider Zee. The original stock were the black animals and white animals of the Batavians and Friesians, migrant European tribes who settled in the Rhine Delta region about 2,000 years ago.

Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrels live mainly in dense hammocks of live oak and water oak and in the deep swamps of cypress, black gum, and magnolia that border the streams. Phil Goodrum found that they were most abundant in hammocks where the principal vegetation was white oak and water oak mixed with magnolia, linden, sweet gum, and holly.


In general, TOADs are squatty and plumpy creatures with a rough warty skin and poison glands. They are found across the whole world, and can inhabit more dry environments than frogs because of their drier skin (see also "What's the difference between a TOAD and a frog?"). It is probably the most widely introduced amphibian in the world. In China, they see the "TOAD" on the moon, not the "man" of the moon. The TOAD is also considered there as "one of the five poisons of yin." They say that eclipses happen, when the "TOAD in the moon" tries to swallow the moon itself!

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