By Carol A. Amato
Get to understand the superb creatures correct outdoor your door!What do toads prefer to devour? Why do crickets sing? Why does a firefly glow? If you have ever longed to understand extra concerning the behavior of the animals and bugs that stay on your yard, here is the publication you have been looking ahead to! With yard Pets, you will find out the way to capture and deal with plenty of various, easy-to-find critters, from significant toads to slithering slugs. you are going to practice all types of investigations and actions, together with getting to know how snails devour and the way caterpillars guard themselves, prior to you come back your newly chanced on pets adequately to their normal domestic. and you can even the way to allure birds and butterflies to selfmade feeders and gardens that you should become aware of them each day as they move approximately their extraordinary lives.As you care for your pets, you will find out how to interpret fireflies' signs; how you can appeal to worms from their burrows with sound; and the way to make birdfeeders, hummingbird gardens, and toad abodes. alongside the way in which, you will find plenty of attention-grabbing evidence in regards to the lives of those smart critters-from what their favourite meals are to how they see, listen, and stream, or even how they assist the surroundings.
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Unless it’s crawling backward! What and how does a worm eat? You’ve learned that worms eat decayed leaves and other plant matter. However, when there’s not enough plant material around, worms actually swallow the soil. The soil has bits of animal and plant material mixed in with little stones. This passes through their bodies into the gizzard, where it is ground up. This ﬁne pulp is then changed into tiny pellets called castings, which are eliminated from the anus. Look for these castings to locate worms.
If you have several worms, place an equal number on each towel. 4. Observe whether the worms stay on the towel they started on or move to the other one. 5. Try this experiment several times and record your results. You can devise your own chart or use one like this: Trials 1 2 3 4 5 6 Worms on wet towel Worms on dry towel Results: Where did the majority of the worms go or stay? Conclusions: In the wild, worms prefer moist habitats. Did your investigation conﬁrm this preference? If not, what do you think happened?
5. Stand the shoebox on its side and add the natural materials. Make your worm’s surroundings as scenic as you like. qxd 1/16/02 4:09 PM Page 40 6. Add your worm and display. This is one worm that isn’t slimy! ACTIVITY They All Add Up 2 The population growth rate of earthworms is amazing! Each worm can lay two to three cocoons per week, and each cocoon can have up to four worms. Try these math problems to see how many worms can multiply from just one little worm! The answers are on the bottom of the page, but don’t peek until you’ve done the math!