Wild Animals

What and How to Feed Baby Turtles

  Like all newly born creatures, a baby turtle requires nutrients to survive. During the first week of his life, he won’t need you to feed him. Instead, he’ll gather nutrients from his yolk sack, which is located along the bottom of his shell. Once the yolk sac disappears inside of him, you will need to begin a diet specially formulated for his age and species.           Baby Turtles Eat Commercial Turtle Food Both water and land turtles thrive when fed commercial turtle food, a vitamin and nutrient rich flaked food that is readily available at most […]

Animals With No Tear Ducts

Contrary to popular belief, not all mammals have tear ducts. Some mammals are missing these tubes that regulate and distribute tears to the spaces between their eyeballs and eyelids. Although only humans can produce emotional tears, animals produce tears to moisturize the cornea and wash away any irritants that may be present. Animals missing tear ducts often produce a great deal more tears, but the tears rarely impact what’s causing dryness or an obstruction because there’s no tear ducts to guide the tears. Note to readers: Certain irritants can cause companion animals to suffer from itchy or burning eyes. Talk […]

How Freshwater Clams Reproduce Freshwater-clam hg

Freshwater clams, or mollusks, have a very unique way of reproducing. Freshwater clams can be miles away from their mate at the time of fertilization. All clams set their eggs and sperm free in the water, but freshwater clams depend on the current to successfully create new life. Fertilization A male clam releases his sperm upstream. The current moves his sperm downstream, until it’s drawn into a female clam’s incurrent siphon and used to fertilize 100s, sometimes 1000s, of eggs. Glochidia Inside the female clam’s gills, the fertilized egg develops into glochidia, or a larva capable of attaching itself to […]

Animal Moms that Abandon their Young

The animal kingdom is full of wonderful moms, who care for their offspring, often putting their children above themselves. Unfortunately, not all animal moms deserve praise. Due to harsh environments or encroaching predators, many animals abandon their young. If there were Child Protective Services for animals, many of the kingdom’s mothers would be jailed. Snakes There’s no maternal instinct in the reptilian world of snakes. Snake mothers abandon their eggs soon after laying them, never to return again. Sometimes, a female snake will give birth to a live snake, after having incubated the eggs inside her body. As soon as […]

The Diet of the Lemon Spotted Frog

It’s estimated that Madagascar has over 300 species of frogs, including the lemon spotted frog. The lemon spotted frog is a type of Heterixalus punctatus, a frog species that makes its home across Madagascar’s rainforest belt, in the area’s subtropical and moist lowlands. Madagascar’s lemon spotted frog eats invertebrates, or animals without backbones, like arthropods. Arthropods are invertebrates with exoskeletons, like insects, spiders and crustaceans. Because the lemon spotted frog makes his home in trees, he does not feed on crustaceans. Lemon spotted frogs prefer their dinner moving, so they’ll go for live spiders, like the tree-based afrarchaea, rather than […]

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Seals Sometimes Eat Jellyfish

For the most part, seals don’t feed on jellyfish. Seals prefer ocean delicacies that are easy to nab, abundant and not filled with poison. Seals prefer fish and crustaceans, but when their normal food populations are low they’ll put their health at risk and feed on jellyfish, prompting many to wonder how they do it. Seals are sometimes able to bypass the dangers of a jellyfish’s tentacles and find nutrients in the non-poisonous parts. Parts of a Jellyfish Not every part of a jellyfish is filled with venom. For a seal, the head of a jellyfish makes a filling meal […]