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Judith Jango-Cohen

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January 2016

Science Snippet: Carnivore Counts


Science Word in the News: CARNIVORE

Harbor Seal Yawning, Phoca vitulina
Harbor Seal Yawning, Phoca vitulina

Not all carnivores
Have jaws or claws.
Can you believe
Some have leaves?

Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes
Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

Definition: A CARNIVORE is an organism that feeds on animal flesh.

Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus
Cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus

Derivation: CARNIVORE comes from two Latin words.
Carn means meat and vorare means to devour.

Other words with these roots:
Carnage, large-scale killing
Voracious, having a great appetite
Locavore, a person who eats locally grown foods

Alligator Eating Nutria, Alligator mississippiensis1
Alligator , Alligator mississippiensis

Examples:
Lion
Crocodile
Wolf
Walrus

Did You Know?
Some plants are carnivorous because they trap and digest insects. One carnivorous plant, the venus fly trap, “counts” from one to five to trap and digest its prey. 

Purple Pitcher Plant with Insects Inside, Purple Pitcherplant, S
Purple Pitcher Plant with Insects Inside, Sarracenia purpurea

In the news:
Learn more about the “counting” carnivorous plant:
New Scientist

Find out more!
Read an amazing article about insects’ “fatal attraction” to carnivorous plants:
National Geographic

See more clever carnivores at my husband’s and my photography website: http://www.agpix.com/cohen

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Science Snippet: Home Sweet Arthropod


Science Word in the News: ARTHROPOD

Common Desert Centipede, Banded Desert Centipede, Banded Centipe
Common Desert Centipede

Some are pretty. Some  are not.
Some are huge. Some . . . a dot.
They outnumber us, 200 to one.
You can’t escape them; there’s no place to run.
They live high and low, in Earth’s every nook . . .
Even in your room. Go look.

Zig-zag Spider, Neosconia oaxcensis, Neosconia cooksonii
Zig-zag Spider

Definition: An ARTHROPOD is an animal with jointed legs, an external skeleton, and a segmented body.

Sally Lightfoot Crab on Lava Rock, Grapsus grapsus
Sally Lightfoot Crab

Derivation: ARTHROPOD comes from two Greek words.
Arthro means joint and podos means foot.

Other words with these roots:
Arthritis, a painful inflammation of the joints
Podiatrist, a doctor who treats foot problems
Tripod, a three-legged stand

Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly, Female Cloudless Giant Sulph
Female Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Examples:
Insects, such as butterflies and ants
Spiders
Centipedes
Crabs

Did You Know?
A scientific survey found that an average of 100 arthropod species live in every American home. Some roam in search of food crumbs. Others hunt for hair or nail clippings.

Painted Locust, Schistocerca melanocera, Sullivan Bay, Santiago,
Painted Locust, Galapagos NP

In the news:
Learn more about the arthropod home survey:
New Scientist

Find out more!
Discover the largest known arthropod species:
Wildlife Journal Junior

See more interesting arthropods at my husband’s and my photography website:
http://www.agpix.com/cohen

View my program/author visit video:
SCHOOL PROGRAM / AUTHOR VISIT VIDEO

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Read or download my school program/author visit brochure at:

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