The Difference Between Reptiles and Amphibians

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Which animal has dry, scaly skin, usually with bony plates? If you know the difference between reptiles and amphibians, you’d answer reptile. Read on to learn more about the difference between these two animals.

 
 
Reptiles…

  • Have dry skin with scales and bony plates.
  • Are cold-blooded and depend on the sun to maintain their body temperatures.
  • Some reptiles lay eggs, while others deliver live young.
  • Vary greatly in size, from 2-inch lizards to 20-foot pythons.
  • Are most often in the tropics, although some species live in forests & deserts.
  • Include alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes and turtles. Continue reading

Why Your Cat Goes Crazy for Certain Toys

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Does your cat prefer to dart after mice or leap for birds or bugs? She might not be chasing the real thing, but your feline predator is likely to have a favorite prey. Knowing her preference can point you to her favorite type of toy as well. Use these tips to find out which prey toys will get the most attention.

Experiment with toys that mimic each type of prey and watch her reactions carefully.

  • Birds flying – To see if your cat likes to play with feathered friends, get a bird-like toy that dangles or chirps. Make it move and fly through the air. Does your cat follow and watch it intently? Does she try to reach it or does she ignore it?
  • Mice scampering – Next, try to tempt her with a mouse-like toy including a small stuffed animal or squeaking toy. As it moves along the ground, does your kitty give chase? Does she pay attention or is she waiting for the bird to return? Continue reading

Can Your Dog See in Color?

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Despite common misconception, your dog can see in color. He can’t see the same range of color you see, but he can use color to distinguish between different objects.

Scientists believed for many years that dogs could only see in black and white, but recent research has shown differently. In fact, dogs see colors the way a color-blind human sees them. Read on to learn how your dog sees the world in color…

A sky of blue and grass of… gray?
Because dogs have fewer light-catching cells, called cones, they can only see colors in the blue and yellow wavelengths. So they can see blue and yellow, but not red and green. Overall, their world is colored in yellow, blue and gray. Continue reading