Sight

the sense through which a person or animal becomes aware of light, color, etc., by using the eyes : the ability to see

Adaptation

The behavior, physiology, and structure of an organism allowing it to be more suited to an environment.

Hear

to be aware of (sound) through the ear

Smell

to perceive the odor or scent of through stimuli affecting the olfactory nerves :  get the odor or scent of with the nose

Endothermic

(Warm-blooded) An organism that generates heat to maintain its body temperature, typically above the temperature of its surroundings.

Conservation

The preservation and careful management of the environment and of natural resources.

Touch

to bring a bodily part into contact with especially so as to perceive through the tactile sense :  handle or feel gently usually with the intent to understand or appreciate

Amphibian
amphibian

An organism, such as a frog, toad, salamander, or some types of newts, having an aquatic early stage (e.g. tadpole) and developing air-breathing lungs as an adult (e.g. frog).

Habitat
habitat

The area or environment where an organism or ecological community normally lives or occurs.

Niche

Function of a particular species in an ecological community; all aspects of an organisms existence that enable it to survive and reproduce.

Strength

the quality or state of being strong :  capacity for exertion or endurance

Reptile
reptile

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.

Speed

the rate at which someone or something moves or travels

Exothermic

(cold-blooded) An organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings.

Scales

One of the many small platelike dermal or epidermal structures that characteristically form the external covering of fishes, reptiles, and certain mammals.

Mimicry
mimicry

The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection from predators. (e.g. The harmless scarlet kingsnake mimics the deadly coral snake.)

Venomous
venomous

Venom is any of a variety of toxins used by certain types of animals. Generally, venom is injected by such means as a bite or a sting. (e.g. Cobra)

Food Chain

A group of organisms interrelated by the fact that each member of the group feeds upon on the one below it and is in turn eaten by the organism above it in the chain.

Poisonous
poison

Substances that can cause disturbances to organisms. Not safe to eat. (e.g. Mushrooms)

Carnivore

An animal that consumes primarily the flesh of other animals.

Herbivore

An animal that feeds chiefly on plants.

Omnivore

An organism which gets its food energy from both plant and animal material.

Carrion Eater (Scavenger)

An animal that feeds on dead or decaying matter. (e.g. Vulture or Hyena)

Invertebrate
invertebrate

An animal without a backbone. Invertebrates include insects, arachnids (spiders & ticks), gastropods (snails & slugs), crustaceans (crayfish & isopods), centipedes, worms, and others.

Ectothermic

(cold-blooded) An organism that regulates its body temperature largely by exchanging heat with its surroundings.

Nature’s Olympians Animals

Actual animals in program may vary from those listed depending upon availability.

African Spurred Tortoise
tortoise

Representing the 3rd largest tortoise species on the planet, the African Spurred Tortoise is capable of reaching weights close to 200 pounds! These reptiles are found in the sub-Sahara region of Africa where they graze on grasses and seek refuge from the heat in deep burrows they dig. African Spurred Tortoises are known for having a mild temperament and a lifespan of over 100 years.



Bennett’s Wallaby
Bennett's Walllaby

The red-necked wallaby or Bennett’s Wallaby is a medium-sized macropod marsupial, common in the more temperate and fertile parts of eastern Australia, including Tasmania. While this guy may be one of the smaller species in the kangaroo family he still has the amazing power to not only jump high but also far at the same time. He has been recorded at an amazing 15 feet! As with all marsupials, the female wallaby carries her young joey in a pouch.



Carpet Python
Carpet Python

Carpet Pythons are a diverse group of snakes found throughout Australia and New Guinea. They get their name due to their amazing array of patterns and colors that are similar to woven carpets found in the Middle East. These medium sized python utilize scent and heat sensing pits to stalk and find their prey. Carpet Pythons can reach up to 6 feet in length and are mostly nocturnal. They are semi-arboreal spending equal amounts of time both in small trees and bushes and on the ground hiding out in rock outcroppings.



Emerald Toucanet
Emerald Toucanet

Like other toucans, the emerald toucanet is brightly marked and has a large bill. This bird is commonly found in the rain forests of the Central and South America. They can be usually found in high elevation and especially in humid forest and woodland areas. The Emerald’s primary diet is fruit, sometimes insects, lizards, bird eggs or other small prey. The toucan is a master of disguise with the amazing ability to use their color and shape for camouflage in the rain forest.



African Spurred Tortoise
tortoise

Representing the 3rd largest tortoise species on the planet, the African Spurred Tortoise is capable of reaching weights close to 200 pounds! These reptiles are found in the sub-Sahara region of Africa where they graze on grasses and seek refuge from the heat in deep burrows they dig. African Spurred Tortoises are known for having a mild temperament and a lifespan of over 100 years.



Sonoran Desert Toad
Sonoran Desert Toad

Also known as the Colorado River Toad, this amphibian is the largest native toad in the United States reaching lengths up to 7.5 inches. However, this is not what makes this toad unique. Located on top of its head is a parotoid gland that produces poison strong enough to kill a grown dog. True survivors, Sonoran Desert Toads are one of the few amphibians that can survive in an arid environment. They do so by being nocturnal, grouping around water sources and by utilizing rodent holes and burrows to escape the heat.



Patagonian Cavy
Patagonian Cavy

This herbivorous animal is found in open and semi-open habitats in Argentina, including large parts of Patagonia. Diurnal creatures, Patagonian cavies are monogamous and travel in mated pairs. Patagonian cavies communicate with a number of sounds, from grunts to screams. When startled, the cavy can leap six feet in the air. It can run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. With the looks and characteristics of a rabbit and a kangaroo, the Patagonian cavy can walk on all fours, hop, gallop and even bounce on all fours.



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