An Encyclopedia of Incredible Animals by Karen Macey

By Karen Macey

Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with many of the world’s cruelest environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, lifestyles exists at each flip. a lot of those animals are distinct and own characteristics needed for survival.

This impressive encyclopedia takes a glance at the various world’s most original and extraordinary types of lifestyles. Unbelievably particular and subsidized by way of clinical learn, this encyclopedia has you lined. hundreds of thousands of illustrations and images get you an perception to those animals like you have got by no means obvious prior to.

Want to profit extra in regards to the egg-eating snake? or even you’re e attracted to super infrequent harpy eagle? Take a better examine over 60 exact creatures in lovely aspect.

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It also grows more slowly than similarly sized mammals. Its metabolic rate is much lower than other small mammals, so its longevity is considerably extended. In captivity, queens can live for more than 20 years, which is astonishing for such a small mammal. • Naked mole rats feed on roots and tubers located by burrowing through the soil. Some of these tubers are very large, and the mole rats make excavations into the nutritious interiors while leaving the skin intact, which allows the plant to survive and yield further food in the future.

They appear to suffer when there is little pack ice. In these lean years, they are replaced as the dominant plankton animal by jelly-bodied creatures called salps. • In some areas of the Southern Ocean there are unusual places rich in nutrients, but where the diatoms and other photosynthesizing, single-celled organisms are surprisingly rare. As there is no food for them, the krill are absent from these areas. It turns out that these odd tracts of ocean lack iron. Injecting iron gives the plantlike organisms what they need, and before long they bloom, attracting the attention of the gigantic swarms of krill.

One of these huge colonies operates like a superorganism, affecting the surrounding environment in profound ways. The ants can completely defoliate whole areas of forest, breaking the forest up into small glades that are important to many plants and animals. In the lifetime of one nest, 40 tonnes of soil can be turned over and aerated and fertilized by the huge amount of waste produced by the colony. This amazing collective of tiny insects working as one is all started by a single female that in her 10–15 year life span may produce 150 million daughters!

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