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In times of low food supply, bats can choose to hibernate or migrate. Where bats live is dependent on the food supply available in a given area.

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    • What do tadpoles eat?

      Q: What do tadpoles eat?

      A: Tadpoles are aggressive eaters because of their rapid growth rate, and one of their favorite foods is algae that grows in pond water and along rocks. As they develop, tadpoles start to consume many microscopic water bugs, such as amoebae, fleas and rotifer.
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    • What do wild baby toads eat?

      Q: What do wild baby toads eat?

      A: A wild baby toad's diet varies by species, but the majority of them rely on small insects and invertebrates as a primary food source. Worms, spiders, crickets, ants and virtually any tiny animal that they can catch and swallow whole are consumed by baby frogs.
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    • What is the fire-bellied toad's habitat?

      Q: What is the fire-bellied toad's habitat?

      A: The fire-bellied toad's natural habitat consists of water sources found within Asian forests, swamps and meadows. They are native to northeastern China but can also be found in Japan, Thailand, Russia and Korea.
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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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    • What do horned toads eat?

      Q: What do horned toads eat?

      A: Horned toads primarily eat ants, but they may also eat grasshoppers, beetles and spiders. Horned toads raised as pets also eat crickets and may also benefit from a vitamin or calcium substitute.
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    • What are some general characteristics of amphibians?

      Q: What are some general characteristics of amphibians?

      A: Some general characteristics of amphibians are that they are cold blooded and spend at least part of their lives in water. Unlike reptiles, they lack claws and their smooth, moist skin is free of scales. Amphibians also lay jelly-covered eggs in a watery medium, whether it's a still pond or the leaves of a water plant like water hyacinth.
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    • Do birds hibernate?

      Q: Do birds hibernate?

      A: According to the Humane Society, birds do not hibernate. Birds deal with cold temperatures and dwindling food supply by flying to warmer regions during the winter months.
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    • How soon do baby birds fly?

      Q: How soon do baby birds fly?

      A: Baby birds fly at different rates depending on species, but they typically take at least two weeks after hatching. Some species of baby birds leave the nest and wallow on the ground for a week or more, still dependent upon their parents. Some species fly immediately after leaving the nest.
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    • What do guinea fowl eat?

      Q: What do guinea fowl eat?

      A: Guinea fowl eat snails, seeds, leaves, shoots, bulbs, tubers and fruits that have fallen to the ground. They're adept at catching and eating insects, spiders, ticks and worms.
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    • Can chicks communicate before they hatch?

      Q: Can chicks communicate before they hatch?

      A: Researchers at the University of Cambridge's zoology department have found that nesting mother birds do communicate with the embryos inside their eggs, though not through vocalizations or any other standard form of communication. Rather than Tweeting or tweeting, the mother birds in the study, which were all canaries, deposited hormonal information in their eggs that lets chicks know how well their parent will provide for them once they have hatched. The motivation behind this form of communication is related to a parental desire to control begging behavior in the chicks; if the embryonic chicks receive information that they will be well fed once they are free from their eggs, they may beg for food less aggressively.
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    • How long can birds hold their breath underwater?

      Q: How long can birds hold their breath underwater?

      A: The exact amount of time that a diving bird can spend underwater will vary by species, but typically, these birds can spend between 3 and 10 minutes under the surface of the water. In addition to being able to hold their breath, these birds may have adapted specific helpful physical features to help them stay underwater.
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    • What is a cordon bleu finch?

      Q: What is a cordon bleu finch?

      A: The cordon bleu finch is a small finch that is native to East Africa. The bird is also known as a blue-capped cordon bleu, blue-headed waxbill and blue-capped waxbill.
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    • Where do stink bugs come from?

      Q: Where do stink bugs come from?

      A: Native to China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the stink bug is believed to have taken refuge on a ship traveling to the United States. While it is unclear exactly when it arrived, according to Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, the first specimen was observed in Allentown, Pa. in 1998.
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    • What are sand ticks?

      Q: What are sand ticks?

      A: Sand fleas, also known as beach flies, sand hoppers or beach hoppers, are terrestrial crustaceans that belong to the Talitridae (Amphipoda) family. These small crustaceans look like tiny shrimp, but they are often mistaken for insects.
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    • What is a western conifer seed bug?

      Q: What is a western conifer seed bug?

      A: The western conifer seed bug is a brown insect less than 1 inch long that feeds off seeds and immature cones of conifer trees. Although the insects were first identified in the western U.S., seed bugs are also found along American and Canadian border regions and in the northeast U.S.
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    • Where do dragonflies live?

      Q: Where do dragonflies live?

      A: Dragonflies live around freshwater and lay eggs in freshwater, usually on plants. Dragonfly larvae have gills and live underwater. When a larva is mature, it climbs out of the water and molts, following which an adult dragonfly emerges from the shed skin. Adult dragonflies live around water as well but are capable of flying long distances in search of food and mates.
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    • What is a Giant Asian praying mantis?

      Q: What is a Giant Asian praying mantis?

      A: The Giant Asian praying mantis, also known as Hierodula membranacea, is a large winged insect of the mantidae animal family. Males can grow to be 3 inches long, whereas females can reach closer to 3.5 inches. The reference to praying in the mantis' name describes the positioning of the front limbs on the insect, rather than the carnivorous characteristics of the animal.
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    • What happens if a tick head stays in the skin?

      Q: What happens if a tick head stays in the skin?

      A: If the head of a tick breaks off and remains under the skin, it eventually disengages itself and falls off without further action. The head cannot transmit Lyme disease on its own, as the organisms that cause the illness are in the tick's stomach.
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