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KOALA MOM and BABYPhascolarctos cinereus©Vijai Kalathur, Your Shot
Anonymous asked: where each of these animals live:
KANGAROO - Kangaroos are endemic to the country of Australia. The smaller macropods are found in Australia and New Guinea. Fact: Kangaroos (and wallabies) are adept swimmers. If pursued  into the water, a large kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the  predator underwater so as to drown it.
GIRAFFE - Roughly Equatorial Africa and south in pockets. Fact: the tallest extant terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant
SQUIRREL - Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Fact: The Indian Squirrel weighs over 4 pounds
KOALA BEAR - The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia. Fact: The koala is one of the few mammals that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are similar to human fingerprints; even with an  electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between  the two.
WOLF - Once abundant over much of Eurasia, North Africa and North America,but has become extinct in much of Western Europe, Mexico and the USA. Fact: A study found that the domestic dog is descended from wolves tamed less than 16,300 years ago south of the Yangtse river in China
PENGUIN - a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere. Fact: Penguins and Polar Bears live at opposite poles, Antarctic translates to “without bears”
OCTOPUS - Global Marine Life. Fact: The largest specimen of this species to be scientifically documented was an animal with a live mass of 71 kg (156.5 lb).
SHARK - Global Marine Life. Fact: 440 species, ranging in adult length from 17 cm (6.7 in) to approximately 12 meters (39 ft) 
STARFISH - 1,800 species of starfish that occur in all the world’s oceans. Fact: Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the intertidal to abyssal depths (>6000 m).
CROCODILE - live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Fact: The land speed record for a crocodile is 17 km/h (11 mph) measured in a galloping Australian freshwater crocodile.
FROG - Global, consisting of more than 5,000 species described, they are among the most diverse groups of vertebrates. Fact: The Australian rocket frog can leap over 50 times its body length (5.5 cm), resulting in jumps of over 2 meters.
MONKEY - Temperate and Semi-Temperate Zones Globally. There are about 260 species of monkey. Many are arboreal, monkeys usually have tails. Fact: Monkeys and Apes, though often used interchangeably in the US, refer to two different families of animals.
TIGER - Asia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and  have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands  of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Fact: Although humans are not regular prey for tigers, they have killed more people than any other cat
SNAKE - Global. Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica (and other polar regions), some large islands such as Ireland, New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific. 15 families are currently recognized, comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species. Fact:In the majority of snake species, only one lung is functional.
EARTHWORM -  The common name for the largest members of Oligochaeta in the phylum Annelida. From a total of around 6,000 species, only about 120 species are widely  distributed around the world. These are the peregrine or cosmopolitan  earthworms. Fact: fertile farmland may have up to 1.75 million worms/acre

KOALA MOM and BABY
Phascolarctos cinereus
©Vijai Kalathur, Your Shot

Anonymous asked: where each of these animals live:

KANGAROO - Kangaroos are endemic to the country of Australia. The smaller macropods are found in Australia and New Guinea. Fact: Kangaroos (and wallabies) are adept swimmers. If pursued into the water, a large kangaroo may use its forepaws to hold the predator underwater so as to drown it.

GIRAFFE - Roughly Equatorial Africa and south in pockets. Fact: the tallest extant terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant

SQUIRREL - Squirrels are indigenous to the Americas, Eurasia, and Africa and have been introduced to Australia. Fact: The Indian Squirrel weighs over 4 pounds

KOALA BEAR - The koala is found in coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia. Fact: The koala is one of the few mammals that has fingerprints. Koala fingerprints are similar to human fingerprints; even with an electron microscope, it can be quite difficult to distinguish between the two.

WOLF - Once abundant over much of Eurasia, North Africa and North America,but has become extinct in much of Western Europe, Mexico and the USA. Fact: A study found that the domestic dog is descended from wolves tamed less than 16,300 years ago south of the Yangtse river in China

PENGUIN - a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere. Fact: Penguins and Polar Bears live at opposite poles, Antarctic translates to “without bears”

OCTOPUS - Global Marine Life. Fact: The largest specimen of this species to be scientifically documented was an animal with a live mass of 71 kg (156.5 lb).

SHARK - Global Marine Life. Fact: 440 species, ranging in adult length from 17 cm (6.7 in) to approximately 12 meters (39 ft) 

STARFISH - 1,800 species of starfish that occur in all the world’s oceans. Fact: Starfish occur across a broad depth range from the intertidal to abyssal depths (>6000 m).

CROCODILE - live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Fact: The land speed record for a crocodile is 17 km/h (11 mph) measured in a galloping Australian freshwater crocodile.

FROG - Global, consisting of more than 5,000 species described, they are among the most diverse groups of vertebrates. Fact: The Australian rocket frog can leap over 50 times its body length (5.5 cm), resulting in jumps of over 2 meters.

MONKEY - Temperate and Semi-Temperate Zones Globally. There are about 260 species of monkey. Many are arboreal, monkeys usually have tails. Fact: Monkeys and Apes, though often used interchangeably in the US, refer to two different families of animals.

TIGER - Asia. Over the past 100 years, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and have been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, from the islands of Java and Bali, and from large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Fact: Although humans are not regular prey for tigers, they have killed more people than any other cat

SNAKE - Global. Snakes are found on every continent except Antarctica (and other polar regions), some large islands such as Ireland, New Zealand, and many small islands of the Atlantic and central Pacific. 15 families are currently recognized, comprising 456 genera and over 2,900 species. Fact:In the majority of snake species, only one lung is functional.

EARTHWORM -  The common name for the largest members of Oligochaeta in the phylum Annelida. From a total of around 6,000 species, only about 120 species are widely distributed around the world. These are the peregrine or cosmopolitan earthworms. Fact: fertile farmland may have up to 1.75 million worms/acre

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