Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I think octopuses are amazing creatures. Not only do they have eight tentacles, But they are just plain beautiful.Sometimes my mom wishes she had eight arms.And really loooong arms, at that! First arm, Feed Caleb, second Arm, Start the bath for Ana, Third arm, Help Katy and I with school, Fourth arm,cook dinner,fifth arm, Vacuum the house,sixth arm, clean the home school room,seventh arm, make her bed,eighth arm, mop the floor. Yeah, I can see her as an octopus.
Friday, November 11, 2011
The green iguana, known locally as "bamboo chicken", is the largest lizard in Belize and one of the largest in the world. A full grown male can reach nearly 7 feet, most of it being tail. It is often found perched on a branch overhanging a river, and when threatened will plunge into the water for safety.The iguana diet changes with age. The juvenile often forages on the forest floor, searching for invertebrates such as insects, grubs, worms and snails. The adult is mainly a plant eater, feeding on berries, leaves and fruit. Occassionally it will catch and eat small mamals and nestling birds.
The delicious flesh of the iguana and the rich eggs are a delicacy in Belize. Prior to protection, the iguana was heavily hunted. Today, there are numerous captive breeding programs spawned by the pilot project at the Belize Zoo.
The Keel-billed Toucan, known as the "bill bird"locally, is the national bird of Belize. The most obvious characteristic of the toucan is the huge yellow, orange, red, green and black bill. The toucan's bill is amazingly dextrous and allows the bird to feed on a variety of tropical forest fruits.The Keel-billed toucans are a very social bird and can often be seen in flocks of six or more birds. They are found throughout Belize's forests and nest in holes in tree trunks. They lay one to four eggs and the parent birds take turns incubating the eggs. This bird displays a rapid, heavy flapping of the wings when flying and calls with a creek creek sound, similar to a frog.
Toucans are primarily fruit eaters, feeding on a wide variety of tropical fruits of the forest. It feeds by snipping off the fruit and flipping its head back to gulp the fruit. Toucans will also feed on insects, lizards, snakes and event the eggs of smaller birds.