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 »

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Some facts include: islands can be created by volcanic explosions, the largest island in the world is Greenland and Rhode Island is not a true island. The size of islands are constantly changing due to tides of the ocean... More »

Seahorses have gills and swim bladders, but don't have vertical fins or typical fish tails. A seahorse's tail is long and resembles a snake. The Latin term for a seahorse is "hippocampus," which translates to "horse cate... More »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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The name "armadillo" translates as "little-armored one," which refers to this creature's armor of protective plates. Armadillos are between 5 and 59 inches long, and weigh between 3 ounces and 120 pounds. They live in th... More »