Friday, April 27, 2007

Crabs

Many people believe that the term "crab" refers to any crustacean with a flat shell and pinchers. However, many well-known "crabs" are not actually crabs at all, such as king crabs and hermit crabs, the latter often being kept as pets by small children. True crabs are visually distinguishable from other crustaceans by their number of legs; they have five pairs. Many people also envision crabs as walking sideways. While this is sometimes the case, crabs can in fact walk in any direction. Below are links to some cool crab merchandise:


Cartoon Crab Mug



Crab Mug




Crab-shaped bread from Boudin



Framed Blue Crab Print



Framed Watercolor Crab Print




Vintage Movie Poster

Friday, April 13, 2007

See ya later, Alligator

There are only two living species of alligators: the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator. The United States and China are the only 2 countries on Earth that have wild alligators. In the U.S., alligators live mainly in Florida and Louisiana. In China, they live along the Yangtze River and are endangered. In sharp contrast to Chinese Alligators, it is estimated that there are over 1 million American Alligators in Florida alone. Alligators are cousins of the crocodile, and the U.S. is the only nation on Earth that has both alligators and crocodiles.








Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cheetahs

The most well known fact about Cheetahs is that they are the world’s fastest land animal. They can reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, enabled by their flexible spine, large heart and liver, wide nostrils, and increased lung capacity. When Cheetahs reach top speeds, only one foot touches the ground at a time. Some Cheetahs have a fur pattern mutation, in which the spots are larger and merged. Once thought to be a separate subspecies, these “King Cheetahs” have only been seen a few times in the wild, but have been bread in captivity. Unlike most big cats that can roar but not purr, Cheetahs can purr but not roar. Also unlike other big cats, Cheetahs hunt by speed rather than strength. They are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Only about 12,000 Cheetahs remain in the wild today. Visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund to learn about how you can help protect Cheetahs. Then take a peek at these neat Cheetah items:








Friday, April 06, 2007

elephants

Elephants are the largest land animals alive today. There are 3 species of elephants: the Asian (or Indian) Elephant, the African Brush Elephant, and the African Forest Elephant. Until recently, the 2 African species were not recognized as separate species, and simply known collectively as the "African Elephant." In 1978, at the Chester Zoo in the United Kingdom, an Asian Elephant gave birth to a baby that was fathered by an African Elephant. The baby, named "Motty" was a miracle because it was thought impossible to breed two animals from different species. Motty had characteristics of both his mother and father.


Vintage Elephant Gifts



White Elephant Gifts



Ganesha Elephant Gifts



Elephant Stuff


Elephant Illustration



E is for Elephant Mug

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Eagle

Did you know that there are only two species of Eagles, the Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle, that inhabit North America? Eagles are birds of prey. They are very powerful, possessing both strong beaks and talons, and have very keen eyesight. Eagles are the national symbol of many nations. The Bald Eagle is the emblem of the United States, and the Golden Eagle can been seen on the flag of Mexico.


Golden Eagle Shop



Eagle Painting



Always Faithful Marines



Patriotic America Calling



Wings Over America Air Corps