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Birds are not color blind. These animals actually have more advanced color vision than human beings. Birds have photo pigments with sensitivities at four or five peak wavelengths, making them either tetrachromats or pentachromats.

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    • Where do newts live?

      Q: Where do newts live?

      A: Newts are generally found in North and South America and in the temperate areas of Africa, Asia and Europe. They prefer to live in moist areas near forests, under stones, in streams and under fallen logs.
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    • How do you tell a male eastern American toad from a female?

      Q: How do you tell a male eastern American toad from a female?

      A: There are a number of features that help distinguish male eastern American toads from females of the same species. The most easily identifiable features are size and skin texture.
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    • Do toads live in the water?

      Q: Do toads live in the water?

      A: While some toads live near water, many prefer to live in drier climates. This factor distinguishes toads from most other types of frogs, which prefer to live near water. Toads have rougher, dryer skin than frogs, which enables them to live farther from bodies of water.
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    • What are examples of insectivores?

      Q: What are examples of insectivores?

      A: A few examples of insectivores include moles, hedgehogs, moonrots, tenrecs and solenodons. Insectivores are a group of about 450 mammals that eat primarily insects, earthworms and arthropods. Although their name implies that they consume insects, they may also eat plants and other animals, including fish, crustaceans, amphibians, small vertebrates and the eggs of birds.
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    • How do you keep tadpoles alive?

      Q: How do you keep tadpoles alive?

      A: Frog Safe recommends keeping tadpoles in a short and wide container made of glass, plastic or Styrofoam. Cover the bottom of the container in sand about one-half inch deep. Fill the container with one liter of water per tadpole, preferably rain water. Underwater aquatic plants are essential for providing the tadpoles with oxygen. Feed them plant matter, protein and calcium: leaves with algae, baby spinach, bloodworms and crushed cuttlebones.
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    • How often do salamanders eat?

      Q: How often do salamanders eat?

      A: Most pet salamanders eat once per day, although that number varies depending on certain factors. The salamander's age, size and species are factors when planning a feeding schedule. The temperature of the tank can also affect the salamander's appetite.
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    • What bird flies the highest?

      Q: What bird flies the highest?

      A: The highest-flying bird is the Ruppell's Griffon vulture, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. It can fly at an altitude of nearly 37,000 feet.
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    • Where do vultures live?

      Q: Where do vultures live?

      A: Vultures are divided into two groups based on where they live. New World vultures live in North, South and Central America and Old World vultures live in Africa, Asia and Europe. While vultures are fairly adaptable, they do not live in Australia, polar regions or on most small islands.
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    • What is an effect of the reduction in bird populations?

      Q: What is an effect of the reduction in bird populations?

      A: A reduction in bird populations leads to more plant damage from insect consumption and more diseases spread to humans, according to a study published in 2004 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study predicted 10 percent of all bird species will disappear by 2100.
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    • What is the lifespan of a canary?

      Q: What is the lifespan of a canary?

      A: A pet canary can live approximately 15 years. A canary's lifespan depends on its gender, level of care, breeding activity and basic safety practices. Male canaries tend to live longer than female canaries. Female canaries used for regular breeding usually live only about six years.
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    • Why do geese fly south for the winter?

      Q: Why do geese fly south for the winter?

      A: Geese fly south in the winter to find food and nesting areas. Geese, like most birds, migrate to where resources are more abundant, which is often climate related.
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    • What are racing pigeon lofts?

      Q: What are racing pigeon lofts?

      A: Racing pigeon lofts are specially designed houses that accommodate the distinctive needs of racing pigeons. Lofts are usually self-contained structures that are built to ensure that the birds receive optimal rest and protection from the elements.
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    • What is the strongest insect?

      Q: What is the strongest insect?

      A: The strongest insect known to man is the Onthophagus taurus, a species of horned dung beetle, which is capable of moving objects that weigh 1,141 times more than the bug itself does. As the name indicates, these beetles do move animal dung, though they are not the kind that roll the dung into a ball.
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    • What is the fastest insect?

      Q: What is the fastest insect?

      A: The fastest insect known to man is a species of Australian tiger beetle known as Cicindela hudsoni, which was recorded at 5.6 miles per hour. The next fastest is another Australian tiger beetle, Cicindela eburneola, which was observed in the same study to have a top speed of 4.2 miles per hour.
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    • What is a male ladybug called?

      Q: What is a male ladybug called?

      A: Regardless of sex, male and female ladybugs are collectively referred to as just that — ladybugs. The name "ladybug" is an Americanized version of the European name for the same sort of beetle: "ladybird."
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    • Where are the ears of a cricket located?

      Q: Where are the ears of a cricket located?

      A: The ears of a cricket are located on its front legs. Crickets have ultra-sensitive hearing that allows them to hear bats coming. This helps them to swerve out of the way and avoid being eaten.
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    • How many legs does a cricket have?

      Q: How many legs does a cricket have?

      A: A cricket has six legs and belongs to the scientific order 'Orthoptera.' Two pairs of legs are attached to the thorax, while the hind legs are attached to the abdomen.
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    • What animal has the most legs?

      Q: What animal has the most legs?

      A: A tiny white millipede called illacme plenipes has 750 legs, making it the animal with the most legs known to man. The Latin name "illacme plenipes" includes the phrase "plentiful legs," which is certainly an apt description for this leggy insect.
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