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SPENCER'S ANIMAL FACTS

Updated: January 25, 2015

This page of the super-fantabulous Bonus Page for WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?, Debbie's first solo picture book (May 2015, Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). 

In WHERE ARE MY BOOKS?, young Spencer has picture books about different kinds of animals that he likes. 

A narwhal is a type of whale found in Arctic coastal waters around Greenland, Canada and Russia. The tusk on male narwhals and some female narwhals is actually a long spiraled tooth, and no one is exactly sure what the tusk is for. No narwhals have survived captivity for more than a few months. In medieval times, narwhal horns were sometimes given to royalty, passed off as "unicorn horns."

I was inspired to include narwhals in my story after some friends of mine sing a narwhal song:

Info resources: Animal Fact Guide - Wikipedia - MentalFloss

Squirrels exist in nearly every habitat on Earth; there are more than 200 species. The squirrel's habit of burying nuts for later use can help trees by dispersing the tree's seeds. However, squirrels often eats the seeds right away, which can lessen the tree's chances of reproducing. Flying squirrels can't really fly, but they can glide between trees. Squirrels can fall up to 100 feet without hurting themselves; they use their tail both for balance and as a parachute. Squirrels can jump a distance of up to 20 feet. A squirrel nest is called a drey. 

Info sources: National Geographic - Science Kids - SquirrelNet - Fun Squirrel Facts For Kids

A toad is an amphibian that can live on land as well as in water. In common toads, the female can grow bigger than the male. Female common toads don't make any sound while the adult male will sometimes croak. The common toad's favorite food is insects, especially flies. It is nocturnal (active at night) and crawls at the slow speed of 5 miles per mile. Unlike frogs: toads don't have to live near water to survive, have a wider body, take small hops or crawl rather than hop, and have rough, dry, bumpy skin.

Neither frogs nor toads will give you warts.

 Info sources: InterestingFunFacts - SoftSchools - Kidzone -