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This is a podcast by and for kids giving you the coolest facts about the coolest animals. We research our episodes carefully, distilling the information into manageable segments, focusing on the things that really make these animals unusual. Thanks for listening!
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Herons

Herons

2021-04-1228:29

In this special double episode, we learn all about herons. First, we are joined by Patreon supporter and friend Meryl to learn all about the third biggest heron, the great blue heron. Then, the usual crew learn more about the second biggest and biggest herons - the white bellied heron and the Goliath heron.  We want to hear from you too! Send us an audio clip with your cool animal fact to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com and we will include them in an upcoming episode. If you'd like to be a Patreon sponsor, you can head here: Thanks for listening! https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
Jaguar wants to cover the world in trash. Can Corduroy stop him?  (No animal facts in this one - this is just for fun!) 
Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe Crabs

2021-03-0727:28

Horseshoe crabs have been around since before the age of dinosaurs! During the time, they've seen a lot of changes in the world. We talk about these living fossils, including why their blood is so valuable, their many eyes and legs, and many other cool facts.  If you think you know the answer to the riddle or creature quiz, or if you do the Kid Power challenge, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod and we'll send you a bookmark!  If you'd like to be a Patreon sponsor, you can head over here. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song! 
Dragons are one of the most amazing animals in the world - but it's hard to get the facts about them when they are so rare. Luckily, we were able to speak with Mr. Eric of What If World and a real live What If World dragon, Dracomax! Dracomax fills us in on all sorts of interesting stuff about dragons, like their favorite jokes, systems of governance, and their deepest, darkest secrets (it involves pudding).  We hope you have as much fun listening as we did making this episode.  If you do, be sure to check out What If World!  Thanks to our Patreon sponsors June, Iris and Manni! If you'd like to support us financially, you can check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals   
We have a really cool special episode for you today.  In this one, we interview Gina Zwicky. Gina is a graduate student at the University of New Orleans, where she studies reptile immuno-evolution, and she knows a ton of stuff about toads, frogs, alligators and turtles. In this episode, we learn about snapping turtles' butt-breathing, how to tell an alligator from a crocodile, and why frogs have the coloring they do. We also learn about Gina's frog watch events, and why they're helpful to science. We hope you enjoy! 
Honey Badger

Honey Badger

2021-01-1018:031

This is one tough animal. Smart, recklessly aggressive, equipped with tough skin, stink bombs and sharp claws - even lions run from the honey badger!  We mentioned a bunch of things in this episode. Here's a link to the Nature documentary:  https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/honey-badger-honey-badgers-masters-of-mayhem/8636/ Here's a link to our YouTube channel - you can check out our collaboration with At Your Level and we will post a drawing lesson in the near future:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt89IP0pdPUfvETol8qHKjg Here's a link to our Patreon page:  https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Yogurt recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017991-creamy-homemade-yogurt  Granola bar recipe: https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/ Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song! 
Learn more about sea stars (aka starfish) while playing along with the Cool Facts About Animals and At Your Level podcasts. During this activity-filled video, you'll learn how to draw the crown of thorns sea star, make an origami sea star, and hear a story about a sea star going to the library. You'll also get to see Jaguar interviewed as a sea star - aka Ulysses S. Grant. Plus, dad jokes and some holiday trombone music. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUZ_HnSlUZI 
Starfish aka Sea Star

Starfish aka Sea Star

2020-12-2427:44

Grady, Clara, Teddy and mom Ali sit down to talk about the starfish (or is it a sea star?).  You'll learn that this festive-shaped star can come with many, many more arms than you'd imagine, what important things it's lacking, the strange place its eyes are located, and about its amazing superpower. Here’s a picture of that heron and eel: https://www.livescience.com/snake-eel-bursts-out-of-heron.html Here’s a picture of a crown of thorns sea star: https://oceana.org/marine-life/corals-and-other-invertebrates/crown-thorns-starfish Here's some pictures of a sea star growing its body from an arm - https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/starfish-regenerating.html  Here’s a link to our YouTube channel – stay tuned for our activity video in collaboration with At Your Level! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt89IP0pdPUfvETol8qHKjg If you can answer our Creature Quiz, Riddle or want to take our Kid Power challenge, send us a message at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Thanks again to Miles and Anna for being our Patreon sponsors. You can sponsor us here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals 
In this episode, the crew shares a whole bunch of really, really gross animal facts. If you do not like being grossed out, DO NOT listen to this episode! Animals include a toad that gives birth by baby toads breaking through the skin on its back, a lizard that shoots blood from its eyes, an animal that feasts on human skin, and a sea cucumber that shoots out its internal organs. We have a lot of show notes today. Here are the promised links, plus a picture of the Surinam toad (beware this picture is gross!). Jaguar’s Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/TheRealJaguar2 Corduroy’s Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/Corduro96602363 Tongue-eating isopod post:  https://twitter.com/JimmyBernot/status/1337129154484056066 Birds decorating their nest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1zmfTr2d4c Picture of the Surinam toad: https://www.naturepl.com/stock-photo-surinam-toad-pipa-pipa-young-emerging-from-under-skin-of-mother-image01563459.html Frogs with hair: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2300424/The-frog-breaks-bones-produce-claws-burst-skin-like-X-Men-s-Wolverine.html If you have a gross animal fact to share, or think you know the answer to our riddle, send it to us by email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.
Opossum

Opossum

2020-11-2623:40

In this episode, we get pretty confused talking about opossums v. possums - because they sound the same! We sort it out with the help of Jaguar's helpful poem. We also learn about why they play dead and why it's so confusing, other gross defense mechanisms, and lots of other cool facts.  Our friends at Nature Nerds are going to be putting out an episode on opossums too! Be sure to check it out.  Thanks to Cristian for being our Patreon sponsor! If you'd like to financially support us, check out our page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals You can find a picture of the adorable cross-eyed opossum here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/heidi-the-cross-eyed-opossum-becomes-a-star-in-germany/ Don't forget to answer our creature quiz or do our kid challenge! Send us a message at @coolanimalspod on Twitter or email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com  
Hi Listeners! We are trying out something new this episode, and swapping an episode with our friend Laine at Nature Nerds, a podcast in the Kids Listen family. We’ve never done this before, but we thought we would try it this time because we really think if you like our show, you’ll also like Nature Nerds. (Our family listened to the whole first season in one day.) In each episode, Laine and her nature assistant learn about a new animal through a mix of exploration and speaking with experts.  There’s a lot of humor and even a little magic at play too! In this episode, you’ll learn more about bats. We think you’ll enjoy it. If you do, head over to wherever you listen to podcasts and look for “Nature Nerds” for more episodes on animals like nutria and honeybees.  And we’ll be back soon with our mystery animal. We can’t wait to share it with you. Thanks for listening!
Do you think crows are scary? In this episode, we learn that crows are scary – scary smart! Did you know that crows can solve 8-step puzzles, make and use tools, recognize faces, hold a grudge and even obey traffic lights? In this episode, we learn all about these spooky smart creatures. This episode is part of the Kids Listen Halloween collaboration. I’ll be updating the show notes with a link to all the episodes once it’s published, or head to the Kids Listen app and search for the Halloween Playlist. https://app.kidslisten.org We mentioned a bunch of videos today: Video of the 8-step tool puzzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gui3IswQ0DI Hook-building: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDg0AKfM8EY Crows having fun in the snow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ta33bMB70 Jaguar’s music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikzSylqEkRQ&feature=youtu.be If you think you know the Creature Quiz or riddle, or if you do the Kid Challenge, send us an email (coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com) or tweet us (@coolanimalspod) and we will send you a bookmark! Finally, thank you to our latest Patreon sponsor, Cecelia! If you’d like to be our Patreon sponsor, head to our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals
Peacocks (Peafowl)

Peacocks (Peafowl)

2020-10-0522:06

On this episode, we talk all about peafowl! New fact for me, only the male peafowl is called a peacock. Who knew! We also give lots of info on the peacock's beautiful tail (or train), its flying ability, and some cool facts about their eggs.  For our kid challenge, we are challenging you to make a bird feeder out of apples, nut or seed butter, and birdseed. Find an example of how to do this here: https://busylittleizzy.com/2019/09/25/homemade-apple-bird-feeder/ We also mention the Kids Listen Activity Podcast - find more about that here. https://www.kidslisten.org/season-2 If you know the answer to our creature quiz or riddle, or if you did the kid challenge, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.
In this episode, we talk to dragonfly and damselfly expert Dr. Jessica Ware about what makes these insects so cool. And there's a lot! Like their eyes, the way they can do math even with their tiny insect brains, how big they used to be (and sometimes still are), how long they've been around for, and even how you can try to find your own new species of dragonflies.  Thanks so much to Dr. Ware for taking the time to speak with us and share her knowledge with everyone! We love hearing from you! You can tweet us at @coolanimalspod or email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com
Big news, listeners! Jaguar and Corduroy have made their first music video. Now, I'm not sure about the message, but you know Jaguar. Check it out on YouTube, https://youtu.be/ikzSylqEkRQ, and listen to the preview here. 
Pink River Dolphins

Pink River Dolphins

2020-08-1724:53

We're back! With an episode about the pink river dolphin/aka Amazon River Dolphin/ aka Boto. In this episode we learn about why they might be their unusual color, how they look different from marine dolphins, interesting myths surrounding them, and lots more.  If you think you know the answer to our creature quiz or our riddle, or if you took part in our Kid Power challenge, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod and we will send you a bookmark! If you're interested in being a Patreon sponsor, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals  And don't forget to visit www.amazoninnhubandgrub.com for all your Amazon eating needs.  And be sure to check out the Curious Kid podcast! We think you'll really like it. 
On this second part to our spider monkey episodes, we have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Michelle Rodrigues, who has Jaguar's dream job - getting up close and personal with spider monkeys. (Although her motivations differ from Jaguar's.) Dr. Rodrigues talks to us about spider monkey sociality, the effect of climate change on spider monkeys, whether they laugh, and - of course - answer Jaguar's question about why they are so delicious.  We always love to hear from you! You can email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.   Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song! 
It's Corduroy turn to share his origin story! Learn about how he found his corduroys and how he got his name. It involves a very famous person - maybe you can figure out who!  You also hear more about the Amazon Inn Hub & Grub. Be sure to head to www.amazoninnhubandgrub.com to get your gift certificates!
Did you ever wonder how Jaguar became Jaguar? In this bonus episode, Jaguar explains how he became the cat he is today.  Don't forget to check out his enterprise, Amazon Inn Hub & Grub at www.amazoninnhubandgrub.com 
Spider Monkeys

Spider Monkeys

2020-06-2826:06

The day has finally come, listeners. Jaguar learns all about spider monkeys. Now, the question is - will he learn to love them so much that he won't eat them again? Listen to find out, as well as finding out about their amazing tails, their calls, and some pretty gross ways they have of deterring intruders.   Thank you to Emily, our latest Patreon sponsor. If you would like to be a Patreon sponsor, head to our Patreon page here. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We have a bunch of outtakes up there as well.  If you know the answer to the creature quiz or riddle, or just want to say hi, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks for listening!
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Türsün Uygür

your so cool flying fish

Apr 29th
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Lucas Rodrigo Rezende

About foxes diet, here in Brazil the hoary fox feeds on ants as 90% of its diet...

Apr 24th
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Lucas Rodrigo Rezende

About the foxes diet, here in Brazil the hoary fox eats ants and it's about 90 % of its diet.

Apr 24th
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