Category Archives: Animal Facts

Ring-Tailed Lemur: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about ring-tailed lemurs.

  • Ring-tailed lemurs are a large primate found only in Madagascar.
  • They are one of the most widely recognized lemurs due to the very long, characteristic black and white ringed tail.
  • The ring-tailed lemur is a very vocal and social animal. They can live in groups of many lemurs with the females typically being more dominant.
  • Although ring-tailed lemurs readily reproduce while in captivity, they are still considered a threatened species. This is due largely to the destruction of their natural habitat – the forests and scrub land to the south of Madagascar.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs on average weigh about 4-5 lbs, and they have bodies ranging in length from 38-46 cm (excluding their tails).
  • Their tails can be more than 60 cm in length, and they are mainly used to help the animals balance.
  • Their diet mainly consists of fruit and vegetation, but they will eat insects and small vertebrates as they are known to be opportunistic omnivores.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs are territorial and they will go to great lengths to protect what they consider to be their home turf. They can stand up on their hind legs and will jump and bare their teeth back in displays of aggression. Males mark the perimeters of their home range using scent glands.
  • They are known to sunbathe with their legs extended out and their undersides completely exposed to the sun. This is very often a group activity.
  • King Julien, a character from the Madagascar animated films, is based on a ring-tailed lemur.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs are some of the most vocal of the primates. They communicate to warn each others about predators, to express contentment and to locate other members of the group.
  • Ring-tailed lemurs are diurnal – they only come out in the daytime.

Red Admiral Butterfly: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the red admiral butterfly. The red admiral butterfly is a common species of butterfly which is found in warmer areas of Europe, North America and Asia. Its scientific name is Vanessa atalanta. Red admiral butterflies can also be found in New Zealand, where the species was introduced. They often don’t… Continue Reading

When do hedgehogs hibernate?

Hedgehogs in Britain do not usually hibernate before November, and the latest they hibernate is January. They stay in hibernation until the spring. Here are some facts about hedgehog hibernation. Only three British animals hibernate: the bat, the dormouse and the hedgehog. Snakes and lizards become inactive during the winter months, but they don’t truly… Continue Reading

What are baby hedgehogs called?

A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet. This name has been in use since the early 1990s. They are sometimes called hedgehoglets. Before the 1990s, hedgehog babies were referred to as pups, urchins, kits or piglets. The term urchin is also popular today. Here are some facts about European hoglets and hedgehog families. The male hedgehog… Continue Reading

Where do hedgehogs live?

There are seventeen different species of hedgehog, located across the world. These are: four-toed hedgehog (central and eastern Africa), North African hedgehog (Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Morocco), Southern African hedgehog (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe), Somali hedgehog (Somalia), Amur hedgehog (Russia and China), Southern white-breasted hedgehog (Europe), European hedgehog, Northern white-breasted hedgehog (Poland, Austria… Continue Reading

Are hedgehogs lactose intolerant?

Yes, hedgehogs are naturally lactose-intolerant. They will eat most dairy products, but will experience stomach problems afterwards. Cottage cheese and plain yoghurt cause fewer problems to hedgehogs than milk and regular cheese. In Britain, people traditionally fed the hedgehogs that visited their garden bread and cow’s milk. However, this is not recommended. The British Hedgehog… Continue Reading

How long do hedgehogs live?

The lifespan of a hedgehog depends on the species. There are more than ten different species of hedgehog (including the four-toed hedgehog, the North African hedgehog, the European hedgehog, the long-eared hedgehog and the desert hedgehog). The smaller species of hedgehog usually live for 2 to 4 years, and the larger species can live for… Continue Reading

Do badgers eat hedgehogs?

Although badgers in Britain prefer to eat a diet of earthworms, slugs and underground grubs, when these foods are in short supply, they will eat hedgehogs. Badgers are omnivores and they will also eat toads and frogs, mice, voles, young birds, small rabbits, eggs, and even small lambs when other food sources aren’t available. Badgers… Continue Reading

Facts About Platypus

Here are some facts about platypus. Platypus are small, semi-aquatic mammals that are native to parts of Australia. They are covered in thick, brown fur that is waterproof and works as an insulation layer to keep the animal warm. Platypus have webbed feet and a rubbery snout. Its webbed feet aid help it to swimming and they move… Continue Reading

Polar Bear Facts

Here are some facts about polar bears. The polar bear is a large bear species, related to the brown bear. It spends most of its life in the sea and is found mostly within the Arctic Circle. Adult bears can weigh up to 1,000 kg and can measure 3 metres in length. They have 42… Continue Reading