Animals of the world, Pine Marten

Animals of the world, Cartoon,imagination,writing,drawing,illustrations,The ant king and Heffanutt, The ant king and Heffanutt

Pine marten (640x464)

  • A weasel-like carnivore found in Northern Europe
  • They have slender bodies with a pointed face, short legs, large paws with partially retractable claws,  rounded ears, bushy tails, and soft thick coats
  • Their bodies are up to 53 cm (21 in) in length
  • The fur varies from yellowish to dark brown. They have a cream- to yellow-coloured marking on their throats
  • They have fur on the soles of their feet to keep them warm during winter and to create a snowshoe effect
  • Their habitats are usually well-wooded areas
  • They prefer to use sites above the ground and have excellent climbing skills
  • European pine martens usually make their own dens in hollow trees or scrub-covered fields
  • Pine martens are largely nocturnal
  • Martens prefer to live alone. When adult martens run into each other they will often growl and show their teeth.
  • They eat small mammals, birds, insects, frogs, berries, birds’ eggs, nuts, and honey
  • Expected lifespan is 8-10 years

Animals of the world, Seahorse

Animals of the world, Cartoon,imagination,writing,drawing,illustrations,The ant king and Heffanutt, The ant king and Heffanutt

Sjøhest (640x420)

  • Seahorses are tiny fish that are named for the shape of their head
  • They are found in tropical and temperate coastal water throughout the world, from about 45°S to 45°N
  • Seahorses range in size from 1.5 to 35.5 cm (0.6 to 14.0 in)
  • They are adept at camouflage with the ability to grow and reabsorb spiny appendages depending on their habitat
  • Swimming upright among seaweed and other plants, Seahorses use their back fins to propel slowly forward. The pectoral fins located on either side of the head are used for manoeuvring
  • Since they are poor swimmers, they are most likely to be found resting with their prehensile tails wound around a stationary object
  • The seahorse tail can grasp objects
  • Seahorses feed on small crustaceans floating in the water or crawling on the bottom
  • Expected lifespan is 3 years

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

Animals of the world, Hare

Animals of the world, Cartoon,imagination,writing,drawing,illustrations,The ant king and Heffanutt, The ant king and Heffanutt

Hare (640x435)

  • The hare is most commonly found in Europe and North America
  • Hares have short bushy tails, long hind legs, and long ears.
  • Depending on the species, the body is about 40–70 cm (16–28 inches) long
  • They are usually grey-brown throughout the year, hares living in northern latitudes may turn white in winter
  • Hares are generally larger than rabbits, with longer ears, and have black markings on their fur
  • The ears of hares are quite large and well suited to efficiently capture and locate sounds
  • Their field of vision includes a complete 360-degree circle. This gives them a better chance of spotting approaching predators
  • Hares have fur on the soles of their feet, which gives them added traction when running
  • They are known for their high rates of reproduction, and many species produce many large litters per year
  • The hare mainly eats plant matter, but also eat seeds, vegetables and fruit
  • The hare is able to move at speeds of around 70 km/t  (43mph)
  • All hares live in simple nests above the ground
  • Hares are important in the diets of various carnivorous birds, mammals, and reptiles

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

Animals of the world, Crow

Animals of the world, Cartoon,imagination,writing,drawing,illustrations,The ant king and Heffanutt, The ant king and Heffanutt

kråke (640x540)

  • Crows can be found all over the world in a variety of habitats
  • Crows will occupy almost any woodland, farmland, orchard, or residential neighbourhood, as long as sufficient shelter and enough trees suitable for nesting are available
  • They are all black or black with little white or grey plumage. They are stout with strong bills and legs
  • They all have strong, scaly feet, and stout or curved bills, mostly with a small patch of bristly feathers covering the nostrils.
  • Crows are extremely intelligent birds. They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills.
  • Crows have demonstrated the ability to distinguish individual humans by recognizing facial features
  • Crows eat whatever is available—insects, spiders, snails, fish, snakes, eggs, nestling birds, cultivated fruits, nuts, and vegetables
  • As winter approaches, northern crows gather in large night-roosting groups
  • Crows make a wide variety of calls or vocalizations
  • Adult crows have few predators—eagles, hawks, owls, and human hunters
  • Crows spend the majority of their time in fairly restricted areas
  • A crow may live 13 years in the wild and more than 20 years in captivity.

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

Animals of the world, Brown Bear

Animals of the world, Cartoon,imagination,writing,drawing,illustrations,The ant king and Heffanutt, The ant king and Heffanutt

Brunbjørn (640x485)

  • Native to Europe, Asia, and northwestern North America
  • brown bears generally seems to prefer partly open country, with a scattering of vegetation that can allow them a resting spot during the day. However, they have been recorded as inhabiting every variety of northern temperate forest known to occur.
  • Coat colour is highly variable, ranging from greyish white through bluish and brownish shades to almost black
  • Brown bears can be recognized by their most distinctive feature, their shoulder hump.  Super strong shoulder muscles help this bear to dig up roots and tear apart logs to find food
  • Brown bears have very large and curved claws, those present on the forelimbs being longer than those on the hind limbs
  • They are very mobile and have been known to travel long distances to food sources.
  • Brown bears are omnivorous and feed on berries, plant roots and shoots, small mammals, fish, calves of many hoofed animals, and carrion
  • Brown bears usually forage in the morning and evening and rest under dense vegetation during the day
  • In summer through autumn, a brown bear can double its weight from the spring, gaining up to 180 kg (400 lb) of fat, on which it relies to make it through winter, when it becomes very lethargic
  • Brown bears are not highly territorial. Several adult bears often roam freely over the same vicinity without issue unless rights to a fertile female or food sources are being contested
  • Except in some southern areas, bears retire to dens in winter. Hibernation dens may consist of any spot that provides cover from the elements and that can accommodate their bodies, such as a cave, crevice, cavernous tree roots, or hollow logs
  • Despite their enormous size, brown bears have been clocked at speeds of 48 km/t (30 miles per hour)
  • In the wild, the brown bears can reach 20 to 30 years of age

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com