Squirrels are small, intelligent rodents. They are thrifty, agile and curious, known to both adults and children. Here are some interesting facts about them:
1. Proteins are easily tamed and get used to the person. Despite this, they breed in captivity with difficulty. In the wild, the female brings 3-10 squirrels twice a year. Continue reading
Zoologists account for about two dozen species of hedgehogs, of which five are found in Russia. The most numerous are the common, or western, and Eastern European, or white-breasted, hedgehogs. Not so long ago they were considered one species (the Amur hedgehog, now also identified as a separate species) was also attributed, but studies have shown that they are all different. The white-hooded hedgehog has a darker (somewhat grimy) muzzle, and its sides and belly are blond, while its western brother has dark brown hair on the sides. The main difference: the eastern hedgehog has a very bright spot on the chest. However, when meeting in the forest grass, this omen does not work …
The Daurian hedgehog living in Transbaikalia is rare and was listed in the Red Book of Russia. Continue reading
But what kind of animal is it, with which most people are familiar only by hearsay, and not vividly, and about which three things are widely known: it can change the skin color, rotates the eyes in different directions, independently of one another, and shoots the tongue neatly?
The main answer to this question is this: no matter how surprised a human chameleon is, its quality is a consequence of a specialized lifestyle, and the overwhelming number of eight dozen species of chameleons lead a strictly woody life, in the extreme case, a shrub. Only a few permanently live in earthen holes or live among the fallen leaves on the ground. There are cases of finding chameleons even in ant nests, where they penetrate through the wide passages of insects. Continue reading