Mongolian Gerbil

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The Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus) is a small rodent belonging to the subfamily Gerbillinae. Body size is typically 110 – 135 mm, with a 95 – 120 mm tail, and bodyweight 60 – 130 g, with adult males larger than females. The animal is used in science and kept as a small house pet.

Mongolian Gerbils inhabit grassland, shrubland and desert, including semidesert and steppes in China, Mongolia, and the Russian Federation.

The soil on the steppes is sandy and is covered with grasses, herbs, and shrubs. The steppes have cool, dry winters and hot summers. The temperature can get up to 50 °C (122 °F), but the average temperature for most of the year is around 20 °

Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid

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Apistogramma cacatuoides or the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid is a South American cichlid.

The male cockatoo dwarf cichlid reaches a body length of 8 centimetres. The female is considerably smaller, reaching only 5 centimetres. The body shape is long and of middle height and the mouth is rather big with thick lips. The male is more colourful than the female, usually with red/orange dorsal and caudal fins. The leading 3 or 4 hard rays are elongated, and the ventral fins are clear. In colour, the female is quite dull but with a clear black line running along her flanks. Her background colour is a pale yellow, but this will become vibrant when mating or brood protecting. In addition, she lacks the elongated dorsal rays of the male and her ventral fins show a black le

Mexican Redknee Tarantula

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Brachypelma hamorii is a species of tarantula found in Mexico. It has been confused with Brachypelma smithi; both have been called Mexican Redknee Tarantulas. Brachypelma hamorii is a terrestrial tarantula native to the western faces of the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre del Sur mountain ranges in the Mexican states of Colima, Jalisco, and Michoacán. The species is a large spider, adult females having a total body length over 50 mm and males having legs up to 75 mm long. Mexican Redknee Tarantulas are a popular choice for enthusiasts. Like most tarantulas, it has a long lifespan.

Brachypelma hamorii is a large spider. A sample of seven fe

Orange Spotted Roach

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The Dubia Roach (Blaptica dubia), also known as the Orange Spotted Roach, Guyana Spotted Roach, or Argentinian wood roach is a medium-sized species of cockroach that grows to around 1.6 – 1.8 in.

They are sexually dimorphic; adult males have full wings covering their body, while females have only tiny wing stubs – their tegmina (forewings) being around a fourth of their body length. Adults are dark brown to black with somewhat lighter orange spot / stripe patterning sometimes visible only in bright light. Colouration differs slightly with environment and diet from one colony to another.

Blaptica dubia ovoviviparous, giving birth to live young after eggs hatch inside the female, and can give birt

Rummy Nose Tetra

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The Rummy Nose Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus) is a species of tropical freshwater characin fish originating in South America, popular among fishkeepers as an aquarium fish. One of many small tetras belonging to the same genus, it is on average 2 in long when fully grown, and is a long-established favourite among tropical fish keepers.

The Rummy Nose Tetra is fusiform in shape, whose basal body colour is a translucent silvery colour suffused in some specimens with a greenish tint: iridescent green scales are frequently seen adorning the fish at the point where the fontanel meets the body. The fins are hyaline, with the exception of the caudal fin. This fin is adorned with black and white horizontal stripes, variable in numbe


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Collembola, otherwise known as Springtails, are one of the largest groups of insect-like organisms found in the soil. A close relative of silverfish, these arthropods include over 6000 separate species worldwide. They are no longer considered insects but remain arthropods for classification purposes.

They are named Collembola because each sports an appendage known as a collophore or tube from the first abdominal segment. The common name «Springtail» comes from an additional forked appendage located on the fourth segment known as a furcula which is locked into another appendage on the third s


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Asellus aquaticus is a freshwater crustacean resembling a woodlouse. It is known by common names including «Waterlouse», «Aquatic Sowbug» and «Water Hoglouse».

Asellus aquaticus can breed throughout the year if the temperature is high enough; they do not breed under cold temperatures. Maturity can be reached in few months under warm summer temperatures, but maturation may take as much as two years in permanently cold water bodies (e.g., high-latitude or mountain waters). Life span varies similarly: from 9 (warmer water) to 20 months (colder water).

Asellus aquaticus is typic

Golden Hamster

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The Golden Hamster or Syrian Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) – rodent belonging to the hamster subfamily, Cricetinae. Their natural geographical range is limited to a small arid region of northern Syria and southern Turkey.

The size of adult animals is around 6 in (15 cm) long, with a lifespan of 2 – 3 years. Body mass is usually in the range of 100–150 grams (3.5 – 5.3 oz), but Syrian hamsters from private breeders can be in the range of 175 – 225 grams (6.2 – 7.9 oz).

Like most members of the subfamily, the Golden Hamster has expandable cheek pouches, which extend from its chee

Ocellaris Clownfish

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The Ocellaris Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris), also known as the False Percula Clownfish or Common Clownfish, is a marine fish belonging to the family Pomacentridae, which includes clownfishes and damselfishes. Amphiprion ocellaris are found in different colours, depending on where they are located. For example, black Amphiprion ocellaris with white bands can be found near northern Australia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Orange or red-brown Amphiprion ocellaris also exist with three similar white bands on the body and head. Amphiprion ocellaris can be distinguished from other species based on the number of pectoral rays and dorsal spines. Amphiprion ocellaris are known to grow about 110 mm long. Like many other fish species, females are, however, larger than males. The life cycle of Amphiprion ocellaris varies in whether they reside at the surface or bottom of the

Black Spiny Tailed Iguana

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Ctenosaura similis, commonly known as the Black Spiny Tailed Iguana, Black Iguana, or Black Ctenosaur, is a lizard native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia that has been introduced to the United States in the state of Florida. It is the largest species in the genus Ctenosaura and has been recorded as the fastest-running species of lizard.

Black Spiny Tailed Iguana have distinctive black, keeled scales on their long tails, which gives them their common name. They, along with Ctenosaura pectinata, are the largest members of the genus Ctenosaura. The males are capable of gro