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Did you know, 80 per cent of va-
nilla flavoured food (including the
ice cream and essence) is made
artificially, because natural vanilla
beans are very expensive.
Did you know, Kangaroos can-
not walk backwards!
Did you know, potato, the deli-
cious and favourite veggie of chil-
dren is the staple food in many
countries and is the most culti-
vated vegetable across the globe.
Did you know; the lighter was
invented long back before the
matchbox and matchsticks are
Lipsticks are not vegan cos-
metics! More than 95 per cent of
lipsticks contain fish scales!
Venus is the only planet in the
solar system that rotates clock-
wise, whereas all other planets
rotate anti-clock wise.
n RABBITS AND PARROTS
Did you know that rabbits and
parrots can see what is behind
them without turning their heads.
Did you know that Australia is
the only continent in the world
that has no volcanoes.
n HANDS AND FEET BONES
Hands and feet have more than
half of the bones in the human
n APPLE FLOATS ON WATER
Have you ever put an apple into
the water and noticed the apple
float? Yes, apples float on water.
It is because apples are made of
25 per cent air!
n THE NUMBER 4
The number four is the only
number that has the same num-
ber of alphabets/letters.
n THE EYE POWER
The human eye has the ability
to identify and differentiate over
10 million colours.
What are the characteristics
of an alligator?
Alligators belong to the reptile family, which means that
they are cold-blooded, have a backbone, and are covered
in dry skin with scales. They have been living on Earth for
millions of years, and are sometimes called ‘living fossils’
because they have not changed very much since the times
of the dinosaurs. Alligators are massive animals that can
weigh over 800 pounds and be as long as ten to 13 feet.
This is about as long as a car! Alligators have long, round
snouts and are usually very dark green or black in colour.
Where do alligators live?
There are two different kinds of alligator: the American
alligator and the Chinese alligator. American alligators can
be found in the southeastern part of the United States, in
places like Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia. They live in
freshwater environments like swamps, ponds, marshes,
rivers, and lakes. Chinese alligators can be found in the
Yangtze River valley in China. They are extremely en-
dangered, however, so they are found more often in zoos
than in the wild. Chinese alligators are much smaller than
American alligators, and are usually only six feet long and
weigh under 100 pounds.
What do alligators like to eat?
Alligators are a top predator in their environment and can
eat almost anything they choose. When they are young-
er, they mainly like to eat smaller things like fish, worms,
snails, and insects. As they get bigger and stronger, they
start eating bigger animals like large fish, turtles, muskrats,
deer, and even other reptiles. Alligators have even been
seen ambushing big animals like panthers and black bears,
making them the biggest threat to animals around the area.
While they don’t just jump out at anything they see, they
can be mean and aggressive if they feel like they need to
protect themselves. So it is important that you never try
to go near an alligator if you see one!
Do alligators live alone or in
Large male alligators live alone and do not like to share
their space with anyone or anything. They defend their
territory and make sure nothing gets near them. Smaller
alligators, like young alligators and females, often live in
groups near to each other. This helps them to defend their
young and their territory.
When you think of an alligator, it is easy for a dinosaur to come
to mind. With their huge jaws, scaly skin, and sharp claws, these
creatures look a lot like monsters from a scary movie instead of an
animal that lives in ponds and swamps.
Pupils of Sacred Heart Boys' RC School rejoice after writing the SEA exam at their school on Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain,
on May 4. PHOTO: ANISTO ALVES (See page 8)
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