Look and Listen to Nature
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•If an alligator breaks a tooth, it will
grow a new tooth to replace it.
•Alligator teeth are hollow.
•Alligators do not chew their food. If
they catch prey that cannot be
swallowed whole, then they will twist
and roll their body while holding the
prey in their mouth to tear away
pieces. This behavior is commonly
called the “death roll.”
•Large adult male alligators are very
territorial during the breeding season
and will even attack, kill, and eat other
alligators to reduce competition from
other males.
This species is native to North
America. It breeds in Canada and the
northern United States in a variety of
habitats. Its nest is usually located in
an elevated area near water such as
streams, lakes, ponds and sometimes
on a beaver lodge. Its eggs are laid in
a shallow depression lined with plant
material and down feathers.
•  A male duck is called a drake and a
female duck is called a hen.

•  Young ducks are called ducklings.

•  Ducks have a gland located at the
tail end of their back that secretes a
substance ducks use to make their
feathers waterproof.
Purple Martins are the largest swallow
in North America.
Cliff Swallows are much smaller than
Martins and have reddish collars,
rumps and throats and a pale yellowish
patch on their foreheads. They nest in
mud domes underneath arches and
eaves of houses.
·         White-tailed deer are the most
hunted big game animal in North
America and in Mississippi.
·         There are about 1.75 million
deer in Mississippi.  That’s almost 1
deer for every person in the state.  
·         Mississippi has over 150,000
deer hunters, and they harvest over
300,000 deer every year.  
·         Deer meat is called venison.  
Venison is one of the healthiest meats
a person can eat.  300,000 deer yield
about 9,000,000 lbs of venison.  That’s
a lot of deer burgers, sausage, and
fried deer steak!!!
·         Wild turkeys have between
5,000 and 6,000 feathers!

·         Turkeys are very fast runners,
and have been clocked at speeds up
to 12 miles an hour, and can fly at over
55 miles an hour!
•Female black bears in Mississippi
usually weigh between 150 and 250
lbs. Males usually weigh between 250
and 350 lbs. The largest bear
documented in Mississippi weighed
425 lbs.
•Bears have an amazing sense of
smell. It has been proven that a bear
can detect an odor in the air from over
5 miles away.
·       There are 2 species of rabbits in
Mississippi - the cottontail rabbit and
the swamp rabbit.

·       An adult swamp rabbit weighs 4 -
6 pounds.

·       A rabbit's "nest" where the young
are born is called a form.

·       Rabbits may give birth to young
through much of the spring and
summer.
    There are 2 species of squirrels in
Mississippi - the gray squirrel and the
fox squirrel.

·       There are 2 subspecies of fox
squirrels in Mississippi - the upland fox
squirrel and the Delta fox squirrel.

·       Delta fox squirrels may be black
or red in color.

·       Squirrels will eat a variety of
plant, fungi, and animal foods, such as
acorns, corn, mushrooms, insects, and
eggs.

·       Most squirrels are born during
January to March and June to August.
The original habitats of the raccoon
are deciduous and mixed forests of
North America, but due to their
adaptability they have extended their
range to mountainous areas, coastal
marshes, and urban areas, where
many homeowners consider them to
be pests
The woodpecker's strong, pointed
beak acts as both a chisel and a
crowbar to remove bark and find hiding
insects. It has a very long tongue, up
to four inches in some species - with a
glue-like substance on the tip for
catching insects.