Fun & Easy Science for Kids

Gerbils – Habits and Habitats

Gerbils – Habits and Habitats
Small, fluffy and cute, gerbils seem like good pets. They do make fine friends for older kids, but they’re not the best pets for young kids. Gerbils are fragile. If a young child squeezes or drops one, the gerbil could be hurt. They’re usually gentle, but they bite if they’re...

Gerbils – Habits and Habitats

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Porcupines – The Quill Pigs

Porcupines – The Quill Pigs
Like beavers, porcupines live in woodlands and forests where they eat wood and bark. Sometimes they even sneak into campgrounds to chew on canoe paddles or other wooden...

Porcupines – The Quill Pigs

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Hamsters – Cute Little Animals

Hamsters – Cute Little Animals
Hamsters are smaller than guinea pigs but bigger than mice. They are very cute, and seem like good pets. There are a few things you should know before getting a hamster....

Hamsters – Cute Little Animals

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Squirrels – African, Indian and Flying

Squirrels – African, Indian and Flying
Whether you live in the country or in a downtown apartment, you probably have squirrels living near you. Squirrels can live almost anywhere. There are 200 species of squirrels worldwide. They live in almost every country but

Squirrels – African, Indian and Flying

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Voles – The Expert Tunnel Makers

Voles – The Expert Tunnel Makers
You probably won’t find voles in your house, but these mouse-like creatures might be as near as your backyard. Voles look like mice, but they are stouter and have shorter...

Voles – The Expert Tunnel Makers

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Rats and Their Different Types

Rats and Their Different Types
What animal can squeeze through a hole the size of a quarter? What animal has teeth so sharp they can grind through cinder block, wire or even glass? If you guessed the rat, you’re right. These

Rats and Their Different Types

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Rodents – Their Different Types

Rodents – Their Different Types
When you think of rodents, you probably think of small animals like mice that your mom doesn’t want in the house. But there are over 1,500 types of rodents, including...

Rodents – Their Different Types

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Anteaters – A Silky Giant

Anteaters – A Silky Giant
Most animals are messy eaters, but not the anteater. He’s about as tidy as they come. Anteaters eat –you guessed it—ants. They never destroy ant hills, but carefully...

Anteaters – A Silky Giant

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Moles – The Hole and Tunnel Makers

Moles – The Hole and Tunnel Makers
Gardeners usually don’t like moles very much because they dig holes and tunnels in the yard, but you have to admit, moles are kind of cute! These little animals are about the size of a chipmunk. They’re usually brownish gray to black and they live in

Moles – The Hole and Tunnel Makers

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Aardvarks – The Earth Pigs

Aardvarks – The Earth Pigs
The word “aardvark” means earth-pig in a native African language, and these animals do look a little bit like pigs. They have long snouts and rounded bodies. But, they also have ears like a

Aardvarks – The Earth Pigs

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Different Types of Burrowers

Different Types of Burrowers
Many animals live in burrows, or underground dens, but some animals are known for their digging tendencies. Most of these animals, including moles and

Different Types of Burrowers

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Different Types of Badgers

Different Types of Badgers
American badgers are solitary, secretive creatures that spend much of their lives underground. Their long, sharp claws are made for digging. Badgers burrow quickly after prey, including

Different Types of Badgers

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Weasels – The Perfect Hunting Machines

Weasels – The Perfect Hunting Machines
Chances are, you’ve probably never seen a weasel in the wild, but you’re familiar with them through nursery rhymes and story characters. Weasels are often thought of as bad guys and they do have some unsavory habits. They can’t really help it though. They’re just being, well,...

Weasels – The Perfect Hunting Machines

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Skunks and Their Smelly Spray

Skunks and Their Smelly Spray
Even if you’ve never seen a skunk, you’ve probably smelled its scent. Skunks live throughout the United States in woodland areas, near farms and even in

Skunks and Their Smelly Spray

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Raccoons – The Expert Thieves

Raccoons – The Expert Thieves
What animal is an expert thief and wears a mask as a disguise? If you guessed raccoon, you’re right. Raccoons live throughout the

Raccoons – The Expert Thieves

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Sloth Bears – The Honey Lovers

Sloth Bears – The Honey Lovers
If you’ve read Rudyard Kipling’s book The Jungle Book or watched the Disney movie, you’ve met a sloth bear. Baloo the bear, a character in The Jungle Book is a sloth bear and his name comes from the Hindi word for bear – bhalu. Sloth bears, unlike

Sloth Bears – The Honey Lovers

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