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Why do centipedes and millipedes have so many legs?

Centipedes and millipedes are arthropods belonging to a group known as Myriapoda, meaning ‘many legs’. Their bodies are long and thin and they exhibit metamerisation, which means that their bodies are divided into many segments. This is why they have … Continued

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Why do some animals have blue blood?

Science fiction writers use blood that isn’t red to emphasise the extraterrestrial, but you don’t have to go into space to find species with blue or green blood

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What is the best food to feed ducks and swans?

Many people have fond childhood memories of visiting duck ponds armed with loaves of bread, but it turns out that this well-meant activity might have been doing more harm than good.

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Do any other animals have humps like the camel?

When we think of an animal with humps, we immediately think of a camel. Often people assume a camel’s humps (or hump — dromedary camels have one hump, while the Bactrian has two) are filled with water, but in fact … Continued

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Do anteaters only eat ants?

Anteaters are insect-eating mammals in the superfamily Vermilingua, which means ‘worm tongue’. This includes the giant and silky anteater and northern and southern tamandua. These animals have very poor eyesight and lack teeth, so they use their sharp claws to … Continued

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Are flies just a pest?

The common housefly can often seem like a pest. They’re known as ‘filth flies’ because they feed and lay their eggs on dog waste and rubbish, spreading bacteria and disease. However, houseflies also have an important role to play in … Continued

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Can fish drown?

Can you drown when you live in water?

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