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The Magnificent Mammals
   
sea-otter_a_f_5.6_1_2500 s_morro-bay by mikebaird on Flickr

 

  • Mammals form the fourth largest group of animals.
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Primeval Knowledge by Kjunstorm on Flickr

 

  • There are approximately 5,400 species of mammals.

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Friendship by *~Dawn~* on Flickr

 

  • They are found in all parts of the world.


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Uhh, what's up Doc? by mape_s on Flickr

 

  • Mammals have hair or fur on their bodies.

 

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Zhen Zhen by Kjunstorm on Flickr

 

  • Mammals are warm-blooded, that is, they have a body temperature that does not change with the surroundings.

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Mother and baby gorilla by mape_s on Flickr

 

  • Most mammals give birth to their young alive.
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mama eet by belgianchocolate on Flickr

 

  • Some mammals give birth to fully developed live young. Examples, elephant, cow, giraffe, horse and hippopotamus
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IMG_3508 by Obliot on Flickr

 

  • Some mammals give birth to immature young that continue to develop in a pouch after birth. Examples, kangaroo and koala.


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Lamb by René Ehrhardt on Flickr

 

  • Female mammals produce milk to feed their young.

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Platypus by dnatheist on Flickr

 

  • However, there are two types of mammals which lay eggs instead.

 

  • One of them is the duck-billed platypus.
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Echidna by WordRidden on Flickr

 

 

  • The other one is the spiny anteater or echidna.
  • They are classified as mammals because they have hair and feed their young with milk.
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Big Kitty by Werwin15 on Flickr

 

  • Most mammals live on land.
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leaping_dolphins by Zest-pk on Flickr

 

  • But there are those that live in the sea.
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California Sea Lion full-res-cal1-sea-lion-morro-strand by mikebaird on Flickr

 

  • Then there are those which live on land but look for food in the sea!
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Cheetah by wwarby on Flickr

 

  • Some mammals are carnivores and they eat meat only, like this cheetah.
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Bighorn sheep by mape_s on Flickr

 

  • Some are herbivores and munch on grass only, like this bighorn sheep.
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Barbary Macaque by mape_s on Flickr

 

  • Then there are the omnivores that eat both meat and plant, like this macaque which eats small insects and fruits!

 

  • Humans are omnivores too!
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