Monday, June 11, 2012
"The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), or hippo, from the ancient Greek for "river horse" (ἱπποπόταμος), is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa, and one of only two extant species in the family Hippopotamidae (the other is the Pygmy Hippopotamus.) After the elephant and rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the third largest land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl."
There's a rather famous case of a pet hippo. Jessica the Hippo wasn't just a pet, she thought she was human, and would even eat dinner along side her owners!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
"The capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) is the largest extant rodent in the world. Its closest relatives are agouti, chinchillas, coyphillas, and guinea pigs. Native to South America, the capybara inhabits savannas and dense forests and lives near bodies of water. It is a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals, but usually lives in groups of 10–20 individuals."
Capybaras, while also poached and sold for their meat and fur, are said by pet owners to be very compassionate and nice pets. And boy, when they said it was the largest rodent in the world, they weren't kidding!
Friday, June 8, 2012
"The axolotl ( //; etymol. náhuatl axolotl - "water monster"), Ambystoma mexicanum, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the Tiger Salamander. Larvae of this species fail to undergo metamorphosis, so the adults remain aquatic and gilled. It is also called ajolote (which is also a common name for different types ofsalamander). The species originates from numerous lakes, such as Lake Xochimilcounderlying Mexico City. Axolotls are used extensively in scientific research due to their ability to regenerate limbs."
Axolotls, with their goofy smiles and their flailing limbs, are becoming well-known lately for just how adorable they are. Every person with an aquarium wants one to show off to their guests, and for it to show off to them.