Thursday, November 06, 2008

Fact list, a few days late.

1.) Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica.

2.) While most turtles do not tolerate the cold well, the Blanding's turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region.

3.) Turtles will live in almost any climate warm enough to allow them to complete their breeding cycle.

4.) Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and sense of touch are both good and even the shell contains nerve endings.

5.) Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years. They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes, and even lizards.

6.) The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together.

7.) Sea turtles excrete salt absorbed in sea water from their eyes, which is why they seem to cry.

8.) Age 80 is middle-aged for galapagos tortoises.

9.) Two galapagos tortoises will fight over territory or a female mate by seeing who can stretch their neck higher over the other.

10.) When in the eggs, turtles take about 2 months to incubate and their sex is determined by the temperature. Under 29 degrees they become male, over 29 degrees they become female.

1.) The most dangerous scorpion is the "Deathstalker" or Leiurus quinquestriatus which is prevalent in North Africa and the Middle east.

2.) Scorpions glow when exposed to an unltraviolet light, like a blacklight, due to flourescent chemicals in the cuticle.

3.) During courtship the scorpions grasp the pedipalps (pincers) and preferm a dance called the "promenade à deux."

4.) Scorpions don't bite they "sting."

5.) There are more than 1500 species of scorpion worldwide.

6.) Even though there are over 1500 species of scorpion, only 25 can kill people.

7.) California and Arizona have the greatest diversity of scorpions with about 60 species.

8.) Scorpions kill over a thousand people a year in Mexico.

9.) Some scorpions can live a year without food or water.

10.) Scorpions are arachnids, which means that they are related to animals such as spiders, ticks, mites and harvestmen.

Ok so the list was actually a week late. Ooops! To catch up I am going post another list tomorrow. Actually on the day it is due. I know, I know shocking right. LOL. This time I think that I am kind of going to do a farm theme. I am going to do pigs and cows. See you tomorrow.

1 comment:

Mrs. Darling said...

Its amazing how you think you know all there is to know about common animals like turtles and then you find out theres gobs you dont know. LOL
Interesting study.