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Bees

Emmitt

What it Looks Like:

A bee has six legs and two wings. They have black and yellow stripes. They have three body parts: abdomen, thorax and head. 

What it Eats:

Bees collect nectar from flowers and make honey.

Habitat:

Bees live in hives. A hive is something you might find in a tree. There are honeycombs in the hive. Bees put honey in honeycombs.

How it Behaves:

Bees fly with wings and work together.

Fun Facts:

Did you know that a bee has a tongue as long as its body?

ladybugs

June

What it Looks Like:

Ladybugs have big circle bodies and two antennas. They have three legs on each side. Ladybugs are usually red with black spots.

What it Eats:

Ladybugs eat little bugs called aphids.

Habitat:

They could live on trees, bushes or in gardens.

How it Behaves:

Ladybugs fly to trees and to find food.

Fun Facts:

They have a hard cover over their wings.

MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Lilly

What it Looks Like:

It looks like a bird but it's a bug.  It has wings and it is black and orange.

What it Eats:

Butterflies pollinate flowers. They use their proboscis.  A proboscis is a butterfly's tongue. 

Habitat:

Butterflies live outside in garden and near flowers.

How it Behaves:

They fly with their wings.

Fun Facts:

It starts as a caterpillar and then goes into a cocoon.  Then when it is ready, it comes out of the cocoon when it becomes a Monarch Butterfly.

VIRGINIA CREEPER SPHINX

Bella

What it Looks Like:

They are woodish brown and army green.

What it Eats:

It eats flower nectar.

Habitat:

These moths do not migrate.  They live in the woodlands and grass.  

How it Behaves:

They camouflage by being the same color of where they live.  

Fun Facts:

Did you know you can find these at the Verdi EcoSchool?

CATS

Ayrton

What it Looks Like:

Cats have four legs, fur, a tail and whiskers.  There are different breeds, or types, of cats.

What it Eats:

Cats eat cat food made of tuna, salmon, trout, chicken and turkey.

Habitat:

Stray cats live in a colony where they can find food and shelter.

How it Behaves:

They use sharp claws to climb up trees to help get away from predators and to chase prey.

Fun Facts:

Cats sleep about 13 to 14 hours per day.

DOGS

Zander

What it Looks Like:

Dogs have white fur or black fur or sometimes grey fur.  They have paws, a tail, ears and a nose that is usually black. There are different types of dogs with different names. 

What it Eats:

Dogs eat meat from dog food.  Strays eat whatever they can find on the ground. Dogs also eat cooked meat like ham.

Habitat:

Dogs are domesticated so they need people to live.

How it Behaves:

Dogs really like bones and they like to go on beds and rest.  They like to get pet a lot.

Fun Facts:

You can train a dog to do tricks.  You have to give them a command and have a treat ready.  The dog will probably jump for it.  If the dog does the command, you give them the treat.

DOLPHINS

Hendrik

What it Looks Like:

Dolphins have fins, flippers and a tail.  They have a blowhole for breathing. 

What it Eats:

Dolphins eat fish, but they don't eat puffer fish.

Habitat:

Dolphins live in the Indian River Lagoon.

How it Behaves:

They swim and play around

Fun Facts:

When petting a dolphin, you can only touch their dorsal fin or their tail.  You can't touch their blowhole.  They fight sharks.

EASTERN GRAY SQUIRRELS

Maddox

What it Looks Like:

The Eastern Gray Squirrel has feet, a tail, and gray fur.

What it Eats:

They eat acorns and nuts and stuff.

Habitat:

They live in burros underground and live in trees.  They keep their acorns in there too.  You can find this kind of squirrel in Florida.

How it Behaves:

A squirrel's claws help it climb up a tree and also burrow underground.  They use teeth to bite through acorns.  They carve them with their teeth to get the seed inside.

Fun Facts:

These squirrels are an invasive species in Europe, which means they are harmful there to the environment.

GUINEA PIGS

Sebastian

What it Looks Like:

Guinea Pigs have four legs and a big backside.  It has four teeth inside an oval head.  Guinea Pigs have fur.

What it Eats:

Guinea Pigs eat alfafa hay and timothy hay.  They love carrots, lettuce and need vitamin C.  You can get sticks with their food on it.

Habitat:

This is a domesticated pet.  They live in a cage inside.

How it Behaves:

They love to be pet​.  They eat really fast with their four teeth. All different Guinea Pigs have different kinds of squeaks.

Fun Facts:

Guinea Pigs are also called Cavies.

Burrow owl

Carson

What it Looks Like: A Burrow Owls has a bold, feathered head.  It has long legs and yellow eyes.  It has a round body and a sharp beak. 

What it Eats: They eat grasshoppers and cockroaches mostly but also mice, snakes, rabbits, birds, moles and lizards.

Habitat: They nest in burrows created by animals like prairie dogs.

How it Behaves: It has pointy claws that make it scary to predators  because they can grab them.  It uses wings to fly.

Fun Facts: They are active during the day unlike most owls.  They can fly but they stay by the ground.

RED bellied woodpecker

Kai

What it Looks Like: Red Bellied Woodpeckers have sharp beaks, red on the belly and black and white feathers on their backs.

What it Eats: They eat beetles, grasshoppers, ants and other insects.  They are omnivores.

Habitat: They live in oak hickory forests, pine hardwood forests and pine flatwoods.

How it Behaves: They travel from the north to south during the winter.

Fun Facts: Males have a wider tongue tip and longer bill than the females.

blue herons

Jenson

What it Looks Like: Blue Herons have dark blue on the wings and on the head and around the eyes.  They also have white on the head.  It has an orange beak.

What it Eats: They eat fish, shrimp, crabs, small mammals, amphibians, birds, rodents and insects.

Habitat: They lives in wetlands and mangrove swamps.

How it Behaves: It has long thin legs to move through the water without being spotted by fish.

Fun Facts: They move slowly but they can strike like lightning to catch a fish. Sometimes the babies are blue or silver.

JUMping spider

Karl

What it Looks Like:

They have eight eyes, two being very big.  They have eight legs.  They are multi-colored black and white.  They are very hairy.

What it Eats:

They eat ants and small insects.

Habitat:

They live in tropical forests, scrub lands or in homes.

How it Behaves:

Their good eyes help them to jump on the animals they eat.  That's why they don't need nets to hunt.

Fun Facts:

Spiders have pale blue blood.  Jumping spiders are super good dancers.

BLACK RACER

Chase

What it Looks Like: Black Racers are black, and they have white on their chin.

What it Eats: They eat mice, rats, lizards, eggs, frogs, and other snakes.

Habitat: They live in the grass.

How it Behaves: They are called Black Racers because they move really fast to catch their prey.

Fun Facts: They do not like to be handled by humans.

DUSKY PYGMY RATTLESNAKE

Rhett

What it Looks Like:

They are black with white patterns.

What it Eats:

They eat eggs, small mammals, birds, amphibians and other reptiles.

Habitat: They live in caves and in holes underground.

How it Behaves: It uses its sharp teeth to bite its prey.

Fun Facts: It moves in a very weird, side to side way.

box turtle

Zoey

What it Looks Like: It has a round shell, it's big, has a short neck and an oval head.

What it Eats: The Box Turtle is an omnivore. 

Habitat: The Box Turtle lives in high grass so the animals don't kill it.

How it Behaves: It camouflages itself in the high grass so the animals with sharp claws cannot kill it.

Fun Facts:

orb weaver spider

Charlie

What it Looks Like:

It has six spikes on the back and dots on the front. It has a hard shell.

What it Eats: It eats white flies, moths and beetles.

Habitat: These spiders don't migrate.  They live in Florida. 

How it Behaves: They make webs in trees, shrubs and in corners of houses.

Fun Facts: Its bite is harmless to humans.

Black widow spider

Trevir

What it Looks Like: They have eight legs.  Most spiders have eight eyes.  They have a round head.  They are black with a red mark on their back.

What it Eats: They eat flies, insects, bees, beetles and more.

Habitat: Black Widow spiders live in warm spots.

How it Behaves: They use fangs to puncture their prey.

Fun Facts: A female spider will eat a male spider.

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