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Here you will find more information and activity sheets on some of God's amazing creations that are featured on the KIDS TIME episiodes! Get ready to explore and learn more about the plants and animals He created! Have fun and share the information with your friends. Keep coming back as we will post new activities regularly!



 
CROCODILE



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The word “crocodile” comes from the Ancient Greek (crocodiles), meaning “lizard.”

Crocodiles have a clearly visible the fourth tooth on the lower jaw even when the mouth is closed.
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• Crocodiles have excellent night vision, which make them nocturnal.

• The jaws of a crocodile are the strongest of any animal. Even that of a great white shark! They use great pressure to close their mouths. But the muscles used to open them are very weak, a large band of rubber can be placed around the jaws to keep them closed when transporting them.

• The female can lay about 20-80 eggs in a nest at a time. About 99% of the crocodile offspring will be eaten the first year of life, by fish, lizards and herons.

• They are social and can be found together basking together.
• Crocodiles are very fast over short distances on land and use the element of surprise on their prey. They can swim up to 25mph.

• They are vocal and have about 20 different sounds for communication.
• The largest crocodile species is saltwater crocodile.

It can reach 7m (23 ft) in length and weight one ton!


WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE

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Wedge-Tailed Eagle stick nest
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They make large stick nests about
4 feet across (2 meters) and
12 feet deep (4 meters).

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Habitat: All of Australia and Southern New Guinea.
Wingspan Average: 6-7+ feet
Weight: 7.5lbs
Color: Dark brown

• The wedge-tailed eagle is the largest bird of prey in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

• The wedge-tailed eagle gets is name from the diamond-shaped tail.

• They sometimes hunt cooperatively, and are able to take prey several times their own weight.

• The wedge-tailed eagle builds a massive stick nest that can be over 6 feet across and up to 12 feet deep.

• They love to fly, soaring for hours on end without wingbeat–reaching 5,900 ft or even higher.

• The birds are born light brown colored and darken as they age.

• The young Wedge-tailed Eagles depend on their parents for food for up to six months after hatching.


ECHIDNA

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Echidna curled into a ball, being moved off road near Exmouth, Western Australia.

 


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DESIGN:
Echidnas are small, solitary mammals covered with coarse hair and spines.
They have very short, strong limbs with large claws, and are powerful diggers

HABITAT:
Short-beaked echidnas are found all over Australia and southern New Guinea.
They are protected by law in Australia. Threats include road accidents, bush fires, and droughts.

FEEDING:
The echidna feeds by tearing open soft logs, anthills and the like, and using its long, sticky tongue, which protrudes from its snout, to collect prey. It's likes to eat ants, termites, grubs, larvae, and worms.

LIFESPAN:
Echidnas are long-lived for their size; living up to 50 years. Average is 20-40.

REPRODUCTION:
Echidnas and the platypus are the only egg-laying mammals, known as monotremes.


CENTRAL CARPET PYTHON


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HABITAT:
Lives in open forests, rainforests, coastal heaths, rural lands, park lands and suburban gardens. This species is widespread and found throughout northern, eastern and southern Australia.

HABITS:
This snake is active both day and night and can be encountered on the ground, in trees or buildings (particularly chicken pens, barns and attics).
The Python feeds on frogs, lizards, birds, mammals.
Cane Toads are sometime taken as prey with fatal consequences for the snake.

COLOR:
Carpet snakes are extremely variable in color and pattern. Most are olive green, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands. The juveniles are similarly patterned, but often in shades of brown rather than olive green. A row of deep pits can be seen along the lower jaw and many small scales are present on the top of the head. This species can grow to more than 3meters (almost 10ft) in length.

REPRODUCTION:
As with other python species, the jungle carpet python lays a clutch of eggs which the female incubates by coiling around them and shivering her muscles to keep them warm.


RAINBOW LORIKEET  

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LOCATION:
The Rainbow Lorikeet is a species of parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

HABITAT:
They occupy wooded habitat including tropical rainforest, open forests, woodlands, heath, mangrove forests, parks, and orchards in Australia.

UNIQUE:
Their brush-tipped tongue.

DIET:
Rainbow lorikeets feed on flowers, pollen, nectar, seeds, insects, and some fruit. They use their brush-tipped tongue to get the pollen. The tip of the tongue has hairy projections (called papillae) that soak up nectar and catch pollen. They spend most of the day feeding.

A daily supply of fruit and vegetables is also important in a balanced diet.

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BEHAVIOR:
• The Lorikeet feeds in flocks of about 20 parrots.

• These birds are at times noisy and socially active.

• They like to roost in flocks of thousands of birds.

• Mating pairs stay together for life.

• The Rainbow Lorikeet has a life span of about 20 years Average is 7-9 years.

KANGAROOS

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• Male kangaroos are called Bucks, Boomers or Jacks.

• Female is called a Jill, Doe or Flyer

• A baby is a Joey.

Groups of kangaroos are called mobs. Mobs usually have 10 or more kangaroos in them. Living in mobs provides protection for some of the weaker members of the group.

• The eastern "Grey Kangaroo" are less known then the red kangaroo.

• They are the largest living marsupial in the world.

• To move at slow speeds, it uses its tail to form a tripod with its two forelimbs then raises its hind feet forward. Kangaroos are adept swimmers, and often flee into waterways if threatened by a predator.

• They can jump up to 40 feet.

• The kangaroo is a recognizable symbol of Australia. It and the Emu are featured on the coat of arms. Neither animals can walk backwards.

• A full grown roo can be up to 90kg (200lbs) and it's top speed is over 60 km/h (close to 40 mph).

• On land kangaroos can't move their hind legs independently, only together. But when they are swimming they can kick independently.

 

 

 
   
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