Small Awesome Animals

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Your own awesome animal

About your Awesome Animal

It can go under water and on land. It has a long nose for smeling and hitting animals so animals will scare the animals.

My animal's cool features

What are the interesting features and facts about your new animal?

  1. Can live in very dry habitats such as the Karoo Desert.
  2. Can inject venom through its prey.
  3. It can run faster than a tiger.

Hispaniolan Solenodon

Hispaniolan Solenodon

About this Awesome Animal

Resembling an overgrown shrew, this incredible Caribbean animal has continued to evolved for over 76 million years! It is one of only a few mammals capable of producing toxic saliva, which it injects into its prey through special grooves in its teeth. The solenodon didn't evolved any ‘anti-predator' defences as it was the top predator of its island home (before people arrived). A slow, clumsy mover, it is poorly equipped to defend itself against introduced predators such as dogs, cats and mongooses but is fantastic at catching small spiders and insects thanks to its long nose (which is perfect for finding them in leaf litter and under rocks).

Red List Status: Endangered

Cool features:

  1. Can inject venom through its teeth into its prey
  2. Has a long nose perfect for finding insects in cracks and leaf litter
  3. Has sharp claws for digging our insects

Numbat

Numbat

About this Awesome Animal

A relative of the Tasmanian devil, this small marsupial feeds only on social insects, sucking up around 20,000 termites a day with its long, sticky tongue! It is the only Australian mammal that is solely active during the day, and uses “torpor” (a kind of hibernation) to save energy in the winter. Once widespread across Australia, the species is now extinct in over 99% of its former range, as a result of the introduction of foxes by European settlers and changes in fire regimes. Individuals can be identified by their unique pattern of bands. There are thought to be fewer than 1,000 living in the wild today.

Red List Status: Endangered

Cool features:

  1. Can suck up over 20,000 termites a day!
  2. Has a long sticky tongue that can extend to up to 10cm long
  3. Can hibernate to save energy in the winter

Riverine Rabbit

Riverine Rabbit

About this Awesome Animal

This rabbit lives in one of the few areas of South Africa's Karoo Desert suitable for conversion to agriculture, and as a result has lost virtually all its habitat to farming. Fewer than 250 individuals survive, and all occur on privately owned land where they come under further pressure from hunting, trapping, and predation by feral dogs and cats. Unusually for rabbits, this species breeds very slowly, with females giving birth to only one or two young each year, making it difficult for the population to recover.

Red List Status: Critically Endangered

Cool features:

  1. Has huge ears to listen out for approaching predators
  2. Can live in very dry habitats such as the Karoo Desert
  3. Has powerful back legs for hopping across the landscape