Very aptly named! These boisterous bugs can create a small explosion to ward off predators.
Nocturnal animals are those that are awake at night and asleep during the day. Often it is a way of dodging predators though it can also be to avoid the heat of the day or to catch prey when they are out and active.
To survive in the dark, nocturnal animals often have highly developed senses of hearing or smell and eyes adapted to seeing in low light. Bats rely on echolocation to explore the world around them while spiders rely on webs and shrews on their whiskers!
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They might look like a large gentle rabbit, but brown hares are powerful athletes that can reach speeds of 45mph. They’re also famous for their boxing skills!
Chinchillas are highly sociable animals. In the wild they live in colonies of over 100 individuals.
Chinese giant salamanders are the largest amphibians in the world.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly, but vampire bats have an even more interesting distinction — they are the only known mammals that survive solely on blood.
Gerbils have a quiet and calm nature. They are inquisitive and curious and not easily startled.
Greater bilbies are commonly known as bilbies due to the lesser bilby now being extinct. They are marsupials found only in Australia and are also called rabbit-eared bandicoots. The Easter Bilby is an Australian alternative to the Easter Bunny.