What on earth does that mean?
There is new terminology to learn when you enter the world of native wildlifeHere are just a few to start you off (in alphabetical order).
Amniotic Sac - the sac in which a foetus is born, this breaks after birth. Many animals have this, from kittens to elephants
Arachnid - are a type of arthropod. They include spiders, scorpions, ticks & mites. Most arachnids have 4 pairs of legs. Some arachnids use their front legs for holding their prey
Arthropod - an invertebrate animal that has an exoskeleton and a segmented body. They include insects, arachnids & crustaceans
Browse - to feed on bushes and shrubs. It also refers to the branches and leaves that are collected to feed koalas & possums
Carnivore - eats meat
Cloaca - a single cavity used for excreting faeces and urine, it is also used for reproduction. Many animals that come through our Shelter have a cloaca such as macropods & possums
Crustaceans - have a hard outer shell. They are the largest group of marine arthropods. They include prawns, lobsters, yabbies and crabs
Diurnal - active during the day
Nocturnal - active at night
Ectothermic - cold blooded. Animals that do not generate their own heat
Endothermic - warm blooded
Exoskeleton - external skeleton
Folivore - leaf eating animal
Frugivore - eats only fruit
Furcula - a forked bone found in birds (wishbone)
Gregarious - living in groups
Gut Flora - organisms in the stomach which help build up the immune system, they fight the bad bacteria and aid in the digestion of food
Herbivore - eats vegetation
Insectivore - eats
insects & arthropods
Macropod - combination of 2 Greek words macro meaning big and pod meaning foot.
Omnivore - eats both meat & plants
Pentapedal Movement - using forelimbs, hindlimbs and tail to move around (pent means five)
Placental - an embryo developing in the uterus not a pouch
Prehensile - able to grip with, such as a possum has a prehensile tail
Subcutaneous - just under the skin
Tetrapods - having 4 limbs.
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An animal in our care.
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