This Old World Fruit Bat can be found throughout much of Africa and into the Middle East. One of the smaller species of “Flying Foxes” the Egyptian Fruit Bat has a wingspan of 2 feet and is the only flying fox that utilizes echolocation. A close study of the fruit bat’s skull would reveal that Read more about Egyptian Fruit Bat[…]
Why include a rat in our program? An invasive species, the Norway Rat is one of the most prolific mammals on earth found everywhere humans have settled. Rodents are true omnivores feeding on everything from trash to electrical wiring. Rat-borne diseases are thought to have killed more people in the last 1000 years than all Read more about Norway Rat[…]
Snakes are some of the most misunderstood and underappreciated animals in the world. They have long been the subject of horror and fear going back to Eve’s encounter with the serpent in Eden. Although feared, snakes have an extremely important role in nature – that of rodent control. These legless reptiles are found throughout the Read more about Snake[…]
The emperor is one of the largest species of scorpion in the world, with adults averaging about 8 inches in length. In the wild, Emperor Scorpions are believed to feed primarily on termites, however, in captivity they readily feed on crickets, cockroaches, and mealworms. These large scorpions are also known to eat small mice and Read more about Emperor Scorpion[…]
One of the largest cockroaches in the world reaching up to 4 inches in length. Native to Madagascar, off the coast of Africa, these hissing cockraches are often found living within rotting logs. Unlike most cockroaches, they are wingless, however, they are excellent climbers. Their nickname, “hissing cockroach”, is due to their ability to force Read more about Madagascar Hissing Cockroach[…]
Tarantulas are found world-wide on every continent except for Antarctica. In all, over 900 species have been identified with the bird-eating tarantuals being the largest (9 to 12 inces). The biggest tarantulas can kill animals as large as lizards, mice, and birds. Being invertebrates, they rely on an exoskeleton for muscular support. Although tarantulas possess Read more about Tarantula[…]
Any of various cold-blooded, usually egg-laying vertebrates of the class Reptilia, such as a snake, lizard, crocodile, turtle, or dinosaur, having an external covering of scales or horny plates and breathing by means of lungs.
An animal without a backbone. Invertebrates include insects, arachnids (spiders & ticks), gastropods (snails & slugs), crustaceans (crayfish & isopods), centipedes, worms, and others.
An animal that feeds on dead or decaying matter. (e.g. Vulture or Hyena)
An organism which gets its food energy from both plant and animal material.