YJA Nature Correspondent’s Top 10 favourite animals
In this article I will share my top ten favourite animals and dinosaurs.
10- The Giant Galapagos Tortoise. This reptile lives on the grasslands of the Galapagos Islands. They are also the biggest tortoise in the whole world. The tortoises feed on grass and flowers.
9- Sperm Whale. Sperm whales can grow up to 68 feet long and can weigh up to 50 tones- that’s twice the weight of a double-decker bus! They can also use telepathic abilities to communicate with each other.
8- Liopleurodon Dinosaur. This dinosaur lived underwater 150 million years ago. It is thought to be the biggest meat eating animal to ever have lived. Matching the biggest animal today, the blue whale, the Liopeurodon was over 25 meters long so it fed on anything that moved.
7- Thorny Devil Lizard. This reptile has lots of prickly spikes on its body to protect it. The spikes also make water go onto its body to cool it down. They live in the Australian outback and feed on spiders and insects.
6-Komodo Dragon. Komodo dragons can grow up to a staggering 4 meters long! To kill their prey they bite it and then from venom from glands in its mouth injects venom into the wound. They are one of the most venomous animal in the world.
5- The Huntsman Spider. Huntsman spiders live in tropical islands and in Australia. It feeds on insects and invertebrates. It is not very poisonous but it would still hurt if you got bitten. The huntsman’s lifespan is approximately 2 years. The females can lay 200 small eggs.
4- Army Ant. Army ants are the ultimate pack hunter. Their queen can lay up to 120,000 eggs, and an ant colony can feature 2 million adults, so there is a lot of mouths to feed. That’s why they need such big prey like the praying mantis.
3- Cantil Snake. The cantil is a deadly pit viper which preys on other reptiles as well as on birds and mammals. It has long fangs to deliver lethal wounds to its victims. A full grown cantil can be 1.3 meters long and is strong enough to tackle a wide range of prey. Like other pit vipers cantils see heat so it is easy to catch bats or mice in the darkness of a cave.
2- Horned Lizard. The little horned lizard lives in the desert in the Southwestern United States, where it feeds mostly on ants. The lizard’s spiky body puts off many predators, as it looks like an awkward mouthful to swallow. But if an attacker does try to eat it, the lizard squirts blood at its enemy from special ducts at the corners of its eyes.
1-White Tiger. This tiger is my very favorite animal and it always will be. They feed on wild pigs, gaur, water buffalo and cattle. Found in India, China Russia and Asia, their habitat is jungles, forests and wet savannas. They grow up to 2.7 meters in length and 1.2 meters high. These mammals weigh 150 kg to 250 kg. So you would not want to go face to face with one of these bad boys!
So that is my top ten animals and dinosaurs of all time. What’s your favourite?
Toby, Nature Correspondent (Primary)
Year 6, Burgh School