By Vern and Lori Gieger
or false. How creature savvy are you?
1. Bats are blind.
2. All bats carry rabies
3. The Gila Monster has no anus, and its
digestive waste is secreted via its mouth, which is what makes the Gila
4. Milk Snakes are known to suck milk
5. Venomous snakes are easy to identify
because they have triangular heads.
6. Some species of snakes can reach more
than 50 feet in length.
7. “Daddy long legs” are one
of the most poisonous spiders, but fortunately cannot bite humans.
8. Once a wild baby is left alone, the
parents will not come back for it.
9. Wild animals will reject their young
if humans have touched them.
10. Wolves will attack and kill humans.
11. The decapitated head of a rattlesnake
can still bite.
12. Owls can turn their head all the way
13. A porcupine can throw their quills.
did you do?
1. Bats have excellent vision.
2. All warm-blooded mammals have the potential
to carry rabies; however, less than 1% of bats actually have rabies.
3. Umm. Yes, they do have an anus. Their
venom is a nerve toxin, but poses no threat to humans.
4. Milk snakes do not drink milk or any
other liquid. Can you imagine a cow allowing a Milk Snake to clamp its
teeth on one of her teats?
5. Many snakes have a triangular-looking
head. Including non-venomous snakes. This is not a good way to determine
between venomous and non-venomous.
6. Although there are documented cases
of pythons exceeding 20 feet in length, rarely does a snake exceed 30
feet; the last one documented was killed in 1912 in Indonesia. Measuring
32 feet and nine inches, it is in the Guinness book of records as the
world’s longest snake. The New York Zoological Society offers
a reward of $50,000 to any person who can find a snake longer than 30
7. These arachnids eat decomposing vegetative
and animal matter. They are not a ‘true spider’, do not
have venom, venom glands or fangs, so obviously they are not venomous.
8. Not true, a parent may temporarily
leave its baby unattended for a variety of reasons.
9. False, especially with birds as they
have a poor sense of smell.
10. You stand a better chance of being
hit by a meteorite than killed by a wolf. There is no documented case
of a healthy, wild wolf killing a human in North America. By comparison,
more than 20 people are killed and three million attacked each year
by man’s best friend, the domestic dog.
11. Hopefully you never get that close,
but yes, the head of a rattler has been known to bite as much as an
hour after it was completely severed from the body.
12. Owls can rotate their heads three
quarters of the way around. They cannot move their eyes from side to
side; but have extremely flexible necks and can move their heads quickly
giving the illusion of a complete turn.
13. Nope, they cannot throw their quills,
but they will swat you with their tail.
* 10 to 13 Correct, Excellent! Pretty
savvy! * 9 to 5 not bad, but there is room for improvement. * Less than
5, maybe you should watch “Animal Planet.”