Tuesday, July 11, 2006

I Wouldn't Want Chemoreceptors in My Arms...

Octopus are extremely intelligent cephalopods that are known for their problem-solving abilities. They have eight suction-cupped arms(not tentacles) that have chemoreceptors in them- that means that they can taste whatever they're touching! The only hard part in their body is their beak, so they can squeeze through tiny openings and maneuver easily through corrals and coves. One of my favorite tricks of the octopus is their ability to camouflage completely! I just found this amazing video on YouTube: Click here to check it out.

Check out these fun Octopus goodies:

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ribbet Ribbet

Frogs are among the most diverse groups of animals. With over 5,000 species, frogs live in all parts of the world and in many different climates, but most can be found in tropical rainforests. Many people believe that frogs and toads are different species, but in fact there is only one family that is officially called "toads" by scientists. Some people refer to all frogs that have drier skin and live in drier climates as "toads," but this is not necessarily their scientific description. Frogs can be seen in popular culture today. Kermit the Frog is one of the most well-known children's characters of all times. Many people are also familiar with the story of the Frog Prince.

Girl and Frog

Tree Frog by Alicia

Sunny Day Frog

Check out these interesting frogs from Japan:

Frog House made of sugar

Frog Statue guarding Matsumoto Temple in Japan