The most remarkable part of the duck-billed platypus is its nose, which resembles a duck's bill. However, it isn't hard like a duck's bill, but soft and leathery. The bill is quite sensitive to touch and helps the platyp... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One fact about electricity is that it travels at the speed of light, which measures approximately 186,000 miles per second. Despite popular belief, Benjamin Franklin did not discover electricity. He simply proved lightni... More » Science Physics Electricity

An ecosystem is a location where living things such as plants and animals live with each other in a community among non-living things such as rocks and water. An ecosystem is part of a larger area known as a biome. Examp... More »

Skunk skulls are relatively long and narrow, with large openings for the eyes and nose. This is important because skunks have a very good sense of smell and rely on it to locate their food. This ability to find hidden fo... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One unusual fact about armadillos is that bony plates that cover the top part of their bodies, including the heads and tails are called scutes. These are modified scales and are covered with a leathery skin. The scutes o... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

One raccoon fact to tell kids is that they are mammals that are 24 to 38 inches long and weigh 14 to 40 pounds. They have grayish-brown fur with a black "mask" around their eyes and five to eight light and dark alternati... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

Coyotes are clever, adaptable animals that can survive in almost any habitat in North America. They live in mountains, forests, deserts and even cities, and they eat a varied diet depending on what is available. More » Pets & Animals Mammals