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PLEASE GO TO CRAZYCREATURES.ORG – OUR NEW SITE.

December 10, 2010

crazycreatures.wordpress.com is no longer being updated. Please go to our new site www.crazycreatures.org.

Regards

Crazy Creatures Team.

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New Site CrazyCreatures.Org Ready Soon!

November 28, 2009

Our website will be moving to www.crazycreatures.org .

This will give us better flexibility and enable us to give you more features and let you have a better experience.

We will be making all future updates on crazycreatures.org as of 1st December 2009.

Many thanks

The Crazy Creatures Team

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10 facts about… Polar Bears

November 25, 2009

Polar Bears

1. The Polar Bear is the largest land carnivore on the planet. Although the Kodiak brown bear is sometimes just as big, the Polar Bear on average reaches larger sizes. The largest Polar Bear we know of weighed over 1000 kilograms.

2. Polar Bears are the top of the Arctic food chain and don’t have any natural predators. Its main threat is from the melting icecaps due to global warming and human poaching.

3. The Polar Bear is an excellent swimmer. The blubber that covers the bear is about 10cm thick and helps them float as well as keeping them warm. Its paws are very large, up to 30 cm in diameter, and very strong, enabling them to swim large distances. Distances of more than 100 km are not unusual. It can also dive about 6 meters and hold its breath for 2 minutes. A bear swims faster (10kph) than it walks (9kph).

4. Newly born baby cubs are about 30cm long and weigh less than a kilogram and cannot see. They are totally dependent on their mother’s warmth and protection in the den. When they leave the den they weigh up to 15kg.

5. The Polar Bear has two layers of fur. The upper layer of Polar Bear fur is not actually white but translucent and hollow, it only appears white or yellow due to the reflections from the sun.

6. Polar Bears are extremely well insulated by their blubber and fur so they experience almost no heat loss. So much so, in fact, that if they run too much or exert themselves for too long they can overheat.

7. Polar Bears have an excellent sense of smell. They can smell food up to 2km away and can smell prey even if it is buried under 1 meter of snow.

8. The Polar Bear’s large paws help it distribute its weight on thin ice and help them walk easily over soft snow. The paw pads are covered with tiny bumps that help with grip. The hairs and claws also stop the bear slipping when crossing slippery terrain.

9. Polar bear skin is actually black, the only place this can be seen is on the pads of their feet, the nose and the inside of their ears. The black colour is best for absorbing the heat from the sun.

10. Polar Bears are not territorial and are patient hunters; they have been known to wait many hours until a seal comes up to breath. The polar bear does not drink because it gets all its liquids from what it eats.

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Star-Nosed Mole

November 24, 2009

This creature is named after the 22 tentacles located around the nose, they are really sensitive.  The star-nosed mole can smell and locate food just as fast underwater as it can underground. Underwater it blows bubbles from its nostrils and then breathes them back in again. It is officially the fastest eating mammal alive.

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Bouncing Toad

November 19, 2009
Watch how this crazy bouncing pebble toad manages to escape from dangerous predators. Amazing!

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Vital Statistics: Bears

November 18, 2009

Giant Panda

Age Range: 14 – 20 years in the wild.

Height: 70 – 80 cm to the shoulders.

Length: 1.5m from nose to tail.

Weight: Adult Males 100 -150 kg. Adult Female 125 kg.

Family: Ursidae.

Vision: Good, especially at night. Limited colour vision and shades of grey.

Hearing: Excellent.

Smell: Excellent.

Critical Rating: 1600 – 2000 left in the wild. Very endangered.

Offspring: Normally 2 cubs are born but the mother chooses to raise only one.

Location: The mountains of Central and South-Western China

Speed: Unknown, but bears in captivity can run 50 kph.

Diet: Although they are capable carnivores, they have adapted to eat mainly bamboo, this makes up around 99% of their diet. They have also been known to eat fruit, eggs, fish and rodents.

Polar Bear

Age Range: Polar Bears normally live between 18 and 25 years old in the wild.

Height: 1.6m to the shoulders. Polar Bears can stand up to 3m tall.

Length: 1.8 – 3m from nose to tail.

Weight: Adult Males 350 – 700 kg. Adult Female 150 – 250 kg. Females can weigh twice as much when they are fully pregnant.

Family: Ursidae.

Vision: Good. Very Good underwater. Bears can see in colour.

Hearing: Very Good. At least twice as sensitive as a human and a larger frequency range.

Smell: Excellent.

Critical Rating: Very Threatened. 20,000 – 25,000 total.

Offspring: Normally twins. 2 – 3 cubs.

Location: Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia.

Speed: up to 40 kph.

Diet: Carnivore. Primarily seals, but also walrus, (beached) whales, birds, eggs, and kelp.

Brown Bear

Age Range: On average 20 to 25 years.

Height: 1.20m – 1.35m from the ground to shoulder top. Up to 3m standing on its hind legs.

Length: 2m – 2.5m from nose to tip of the tail.

Weight: Adult males 150 – 520kg. Adult female 120 – 350kg.

Family: Ursidae.

Vision: Good. Brown Bears can see in colour.

Hearing: Very Good. At least twice as sensitive as a human and a larger frequency range.

Smell: Excellent.

Critical Rating: +/- 200,000. Endangered but not critical.

Offspring: 2-4 cubs normally born in January. Mother gives birth every 3-5 years.

Location: Canada, United States, Scandinavia, Spain, France, Central Europe, Russia, Greece.

Speed: up to 56 kph.

Diet: Carnivore. Fruits, nuts, vegetation, insects (including the larvae and pupae), small rodents, carrion, honey comb. Occasionally they eat deer, moose, elk and other larger animals.

Black Bear

Age Range: On average 20 to 30 years if they die naturally.

Height: 75 cm – 1m from paws to shoulders. Up to 2.2m standing on its hind legs.

Length: 1.2m – 2.1m from nose to tail.

Weight: Adult males 80 – 275 kg. Adult female 40 – 160 kg.

Family: Ursidae.

Vision: Good. Black bears can see in colour.

Hearing: Very Good. At least twice as sensitive as a human and a larger frequency range.

Smell: Excellent.

Critical Rating: 600,000 (North America) +/- 60,000 (Asian) – Threatened.

Offspring: 2-3 cubs normally born in January. Mother gives birth every 2 years.

Location: North America, Asia, India, China, Russia, Japan.

Speed: up to 50 kph.

Diet: Carnivore.  Fruits, nuts, vegetation, insects (including the larvae and pupae), small rodents, carrion.

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site update

November 17, 2009

17 Nov 09

I am almost done with getting the site up and running and actually have a few things for you to look at now. Obviously, this is a continuous work in progress but it is shaping up nicely. I have some nice features in the pipeline including: games, quizzes, fact sheets and adding a proper sign up form so you can receive a newsletter. Right now everything is pretty minimal but I am gathering information and continuously writing articles that will appear here soon.

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