This recap focuses on animals that don’t fit the molds of their respective families. Each marches to the beat of its own drum, and we love it for that!
- There are more than 60 species of flightless birds still in existence, including ratites (emus, ostriches, kiwis, rheas, cassowaries) and penguins!
- There are only two mammals that lay eggs, duck-billed platypuses and echidnas.Images from https://t.co/enKGlZ8zw3 and https://t.co/eeCDOoy0y6
- The yeti crab, Kiwa hirsuta, is a hairy, eyeless crab that was discovered in 2005 near Easter Island.Image from https://t.co/bZlLqgvaWc
- Maned wolves are South America’s largest canids. They look like foxes or wolves, but are their own species, belonging to the Chrysocyon genus!Image from https://t.co/9FuCodKdPq
- The gerenuk, also known as the giraffe gazelle, is a long-necked antelope found in the Horn of Africa and the African Great Lakes region.Image from http://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/gerenuk
- Glasswing Butterflies live in South America and have transparent wings that help them evade predators.Image from the California Academy of Sciences
- The Japanese Spider Crab is the world’s largest arthropod. It can grow to over 12 feet and up to 42 pounds!Image from https://theethogram.com/…/featured-creature-japanese-spide…/
BONUS: Here are two pictures of the Wildlife Educators Coalition’s three-toed Texas box turtle. It is older than Katie.