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November 17, 2017

posted Nov 17, 2017, 11:46 AM by James Falletti
Today, students had continued their studies of animals and ecosystems in their STEM Class by including map skills, a video of the everglades, and interaction with live and preserved animals. 

We discussed the Piranha
Piranhas are South American fish with razor-sharp teeth and a reputation for feeding frenzies. In fact, piranha means "toothfish" in the Brazilian language of the Tupi people. However, not all piranha species have a taste for blood; some are vegetarian. 

We Discussed the American Alligator
Alligators are large reptiles, members of the order Crocodylia. Alligators and crocodiles are, therefore, closely related, and people often confuse one with the other; however, these two reptiles are very different. The American alligator lives in the southern United States, from North Carolina to Texas, according to the Smithsonian Zoo. These gators can be found in slow-moving rivers, ponds, lakes and swamps.
We Discussed the Leopard Gecko
Leopard geckos are nocturnal lizards found in desert environments in Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and parts of India and have been popular pets in North America since the 1980's. They have tiny claws instead which gives them an advantage in sandy environments.

Here's the video that we watched in class:

Animals of the Everglades National Park