Guess Who's Fun Facts


Guess Who's Fun Facts

GUESS WHO’S IN THE DESERT Fun Facts

By Charline Profiri

 

 

ROADRUNNER

 

·         Because their X-shaped feet point in two directions, you can’t tell if they’re coming or going.

·         Roadrunners don’t “beep-beep” like the cartoon bird. They coo, clack, bark, growl, whine and whirr.

 

BIGHORN SHEEP

 

·         Bighorn Sheep can walk on ledges only two inches wide.

·         They can leap from ledge to ledge over spans as wide as a two-lane street.

 

DESERT TORTOISE

 

·      When afraid, a Desert Tortoise makes hissing, popping and poinking sounds.

·         They eat plants and live thirty-five to forty years.

 

BOBCAT

 

·         Bobcats are named for their tails, which appear to be cut or "bobbed."

·         Their favorite food is rabbit. 

 

CACTUS WREN

 

·         The cactus wren is Arizona’s state bird.

·         Cactus wren nests are the size and shape of a football.


GAMBEL’S QUAIL

 

·         Gambel’s quail often form groups known as coveys, which may total twenty or more birds.

·         They call "ka-KAA-ka-ka," to locate a mate or other covey member and "chip-chip-chip" when alarmed.

 

DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE

 

·         A rattlesnake can move its rattle back and forth sixty or more times per second.

  • ·         The rattle is made of the same protein (keratin) as human hair and fingernails.

·      A new segment is added each time a rattlesnake sheds.

 

 JAVELINA

 

·         Their name comes from the Spanish word for javelin, which refers to their sharp tusks.

·         A pungent musk gland on the top of their rumps emits a strong scent. They rub their scent on rocks and tree stumps to mark their territory, and on each other to help with identification.

 

TARANTULA

 

·         Male tarantulas can live twelve years; females can live twice as long.

·         Desert tarantulas live in deep burrows lined with silk webbing to prevent cave-ins.

 

GILA MONSTER

 

·         The Gila monster, named for the Gila River in Arizona, is one of only two venomous lizards in the world. It is the largest lizard native to the United States.

·         The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug to manage type 2 diabetes based on a protein from Gila monster saliva. The drug is sometimes called “lizard spit.”

 

ELF OWL

 

·         Elf owls can catch prey in total darkness by using their ears to find it.

·         When captured, they play dead until danger has passed.

 

GRAY FOX

 

·         The gray fox is the only fox that can climb trees.

·         If a gray fox has more food than it can eat at one time, it will hide the remaining food and mark the spot by peeing on it.

 

LONG-TONGUED BAT

 

·         These bats have very long, bristle-like tongues, with which they sip nectar from agave and night-blooming cacti. They also like to feed from hummingbird feeders.

·         This bat is an important pollinator of many desert agaves and cacti.

 

COYOTE

 

·         Coyotes are members of the dog family. They mate for life.

·         Coyotes "sing" to communicate with other coyote families and to keep track of their own family members.

 

CHILDREN

 

·         Children are young humans who come in various skin colors, sizes, shapes.

·         These fun-loving and curious creatures bring joy to their families, teachers, and friends.

 


 
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I'm an award-winning author and a former K-3 teacher who enjoys school, library, and conference visits
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I'm thrilled to have been awarded the 2016 Judy Goddard Award for children's literature given by the Arizona State Library Association and Libraries Ltd.


You might also enjoy my stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for the Young at Heart and in Courage to Thrive.      

 
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