Honey Badger

Published: Jan. 10, 2021, 8:33 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 3 seconds

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! 

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Sea Star Holiday Activity Video!

Published: Dec. 28, 2020, 6:35 p.m.
Duration: 48 seconds

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 

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Starfish aka Sea Star

Published: Dec. 24, 2020, 1:39 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 44 seconds

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 

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Gross Facts About Animals

Published: Dec. 13, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 35 seconds

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.

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Opossum

Published: Nov. 26, 2020, 4:36 a.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 40 seconds

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  

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Episode Swap: Nature Nerds

Published: Nov. 12, 2020, 2:24 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 26 seconds

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!

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Crows - Halloween Episode!

Published: Oct. 26, 2020, 1:38 p.m.
Duration: 29 minutes 36 seconds

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

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Peacocks (Peafowl)

Published: Oct. 5, 2020, 3:02 a.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 6 seconds

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.

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Dragonflies with Dr. Jessica Ware

Published: Sept. 8, 2020, 3:50 a.m.
Duration: 39 minutes 1 second

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

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"The Naughty Crew" Music Video

Published: Sept. 3, 2020, 11 p.m.
Duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

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. 

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Pink River Dolphins

Published: Aug. 17, 2020, 12:03 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 53 seconds

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. 

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Spider Monkeys, Part II: Interview with Dr. Michelle Rodrigues

Published: July 30, 2020, 4:17 p.m.
Duration: 33 minutes 49 seconds

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! 

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Bonus: Corduroy's Origin Story

Published: July 14, 2020, 7 p.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 14 seconds

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!

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Bonus: Jaguar's Origin Story

Published: July 12, 2020, 4:14 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 45 seconds

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 

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Spider Monkeys

Published: June 28, 2020, 2:18 a.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 6 seconds

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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Elephants Pt. 2: Interview with Dr. Josh Plotnik

Published: June 12, 2020, 8:03 p.m.
Duration: 31 minutes 11 seconds

What animal is so big it takes to podcast episodes to cover it? The elephant! In this follow-up to our first elephant podcast, we interview Dr. Josh Plotnik, an elephant expert who studies sociality and empathy. We talk about the smartest thing Dr. Plotnik has ever seen an elephant do, whether elephants can recognize themselves in a mirror, how they show empathy, and more.  Thank you to our Patreon sponsor Georgia! If you'd like to be a Patreon sponsor, head to our website here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We always love to hear from you. Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.  Thanks to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for the theme music!  

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Elephants (Part I)

Published: May 26, 2020, 2:08 a.m.
Duration: 21 minutes 21 seconds

We have been wanting to do elephants for SO long. Just recently, we got a slide show presentation from listener Emily that really inspired us to get moving on it! In this episode, we chat about elephants with Grady's friend Finn. We talk about how smart they are, the ways they communicate, how they show empathy, how big they are, how much they poop, and lots more.  Later this week, we will be speaking with Dr. Josh Plotnik, who studies elephants and how they socialize. Stay tuned!  Do you want to get in touch with us? Send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us @coolanimalspod. Thanks to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for the music! 

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Blue Tailed Day Geckos with Dr. Travis Hagey

Published: May 15, 2020, 2:50 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 54 seconds

Back at what seems like the dawn of time (i.e., two months ago when the kids were still at school),  Clara was working on a pollinator project for her second grade class.  Clara chose the blue-tailed day gecko. But when she started researching it, she found that there was almost no information out there about them! Luckily, we discovered the Skype a Scientist program, where we were connected to Travis Hagey. Dr. Hagey is an expert on day geckos (though he has not yet studied the blue tailed day gecko) and he taught us a lot about these amazing animals – like that they can drop and regrow their tails, that they probable traveled on the side of ... something (a log?) to get to the island they live on now, and why that commercial Gecko isn’t really super accurate. We learned a lot from Dr. Hagey, and had a super good time too.  We hope you will as well! As always, we love to hear from you! Email as coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us @coolanimalspod. Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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Just for Fun: Jaguar and Corduroy Present Laugh Town

Published: April 25, 2020, 3:44 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 28 seconds

This one is just for fun, definitely no learning here. Join in Jaguar's adventures as he travels from Transylvania to Washington to the moon to try to track down that rascally Corduroy. 

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Earth Day Episode! Cool Animal Facts!

Published: April 22, 2020, 7 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 33 seconds

In this special Earth Day episode, the CFAA gangs bring you lots of cool facts about a whole bunch of different animals, including the brown pelican, purple loosestrife beetle, honey badger, dung beetle, sand cat, a headless frog, and more! Do you want to make a difference this Earth Day? Learn about a new animal and tell someone about it! Including us! Send us an email with an audio recording or a paragraph about your animal to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com  Thanks for listening, and happy Earth Day! 

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Kids Listen Activity Podcast: Extinct Animals!

Published: April 20, 2020, 7 a.m.
Duration: 1 minute 47 seconds

Hey Listeners! Happy Earth Day Week! We are hoping to get out an Earth Episode this week, but in the meantime, we wanted to direct you to the Kids Listen Activity Podcast, where we are rebroadcasting our episode on extinct animals. You can find the Kids Listen Activity Podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kids-listen-activity-podcast/id1502915722 After the episode, head to kidslisten.org/activity-podcast to find a whole bunch of activities we put together associated with this podcast episode (and over 20 others). We have ideas like building a maze out of straws, painting rocks, measuring your yawn gape and more.  Enjoy!

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Tardigrades/Water Bears

Published: April 15, 2020, 10:09 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 15 seconds

On this episode, we learn about a truly resilient animal, the tardigrade (aka the cutely-named moss piglet or water bear).  This animal can survive anywhere from the moon to a volcano to your own backyard. In its tun state, it can lie dormant for decades in a sort of zombie state. Very cool.  Thank you to Abby for supporting us on Patreon! If you would like to financially support us, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Find Skype a Scientist Live here: https://www.skypeascientist.com/skype-a-scientist-live.html If you know the answer to the creature quiz or take part in the kid challenge, let us know and we will send you a bookmark! Email us at coolanimalspod@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. 

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Rebroadcast: Unicorns (April Fools!)

Published: April 1, 2020, 10 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 48 seconds

In honor of one of our favorite holidays, we are rebroadcasting our April Fools Day episode from last year, starring Mr. Eric of What if World. It's our most popular episode of all time and we hope you enjoy it! 

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Giant Clams with Dr. Dan Killam

Published: March 28, 2020, 10:06 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes

On this episode, we take advantage of the amazing Skype a Scientist program and speak with Dr. Dan Killam, an expert on giant clams.  We learned so much about giant clams - including how their eyes work (and that they even had eyes), how big they can get, how they are similar to trees, and lots more.  We had more than we could fit in this episode. If you want to hear more about giant clams and other odds and ends (like what Dr. Killam named his Venus fly trap) head over to our Patreon page. You do not need to financially support us to hear these bonus materials. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We always love to hear from you! Send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod  Learn more about the Skype a Scientist program here: https://www.skypeascientist.com

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Introducing the Kids Listen Activity Podcast!

Published: March 18, 2020, 12:57 p.m.
Duration: 1 minute 50 seconds

Starting this week, Kids Listen member podcasts – like What If World, The Past and the Curious, The Good Words Podcast, Book Club for Kids, Little Bedtime Stories, Tumble Podcast, Timestorm, Be Calm on Ahway Island, Aaron’s World, Best Day Yet, The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, Story Spectacular, Unspookable, Curious Kid Podcast and Buttons & Figs – and of course Cool Facts About Animals – will bring you a podcast and an activity based on the episode. Cool Facts About Animals’ episode is up today! For our episode, we chose our second most popular episode of all time – tarantula hawk wasps. This episode features an interview with Dr. Justin Schmidt, who invented the Schmidt Sting Pain Index.  Do you kow how he invented that index? He got stung. A lot. And then told people about how much each one hurt on a scale from 1 to 4. It’s a really fun episode, filled with lots of animal facts from a super cool scientist. After you listen, you can find a number of activities relating to the episode, including inventing your own index, drawing your defensive superpowers, doing in-depth bug observation, and lots more.  Here are all the links you need: Kids Listen Activity Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/kids-listen-activity-podcast/id1502915722 Raw feed if you’re not an iTunes person: https://kidslistenactivitypodcast.libsyn.com/rss Kids Listen Activity website: https://www.kidslisten.org/activity-podcast Link to our most popular episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unicorns/id1334467437?i=1000433820094 Here’s another resource of podcasts to listen to and other resources: https://medium.com/kidslisten/schools-out-kids-podcasts-are-in-82634e23d4c4 And our contact info – we’d love to hear from you! Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet @coolanimalspod. If you’re into hashtags, use the tag #kidslistenactivitypod Stay well, listeners. 

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How Kids Can Help Animals – Interview with Allyson Shaw of Nat Geo Kids

Published: March 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 53 seconds

On this bonus episode of CFAA, we speak with Allyson Shaw, an editor and writer at National Geographic Kids.  In this interview we learn about “comeback critters,” animals that were struggling but are now doing a lot better because of human intervention, as well as animals that still really need our help.  We also talk about the dangers and benefits of plastic, and practical tips to reduce plastic consumption. This episode is FULL of tips on how kids can help protect animals.  We’d love to hear some of the tips you found most inspiring, and which going to try to do yourselves!  You can tweet us at @coolanimalspod or email us at cfaa@gmail.com, and we will send you a bookmark! Thanks as always for listening, and we will back soon with our regular format.

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Koalas

Published: Feb. 28, 2020, 7:50 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 52 seconds

Hello listeners! On this episode we are learning all about Koalas (not bears).  We learn a number of really gross things that these animals do, despite being so cute, and some other cool facts - like how small the babies are, what their name means and all sorts of interesting things about their hands and feet. We also talk about how you can help koalas suffering from the effects of the bush fires, including by "adopting" a koala through the Australia Koala Foundation: https://www.savethekoala.com  Thanks to Sam the Bug Hunter for being our Patreon sponsor! If you'd like to help support our podcast, please head over to our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals If you know the answer to the riddle, creature or quiz, or you do the Kid Challenge, let us know! Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod  Thanks as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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Bonus! Interview with Dr. Jim Sanderson: Andean Cat

Published: Feb. 3, 2020, 10:36 p.m.
Duration: 36 minutes 50 seconds

We have another bonus episode in store for you today! We speak with Dr. Jim Sanderson, a conservationist and Program Manager of Wild Cat Conservation at the Global Wildlife Conservation. We wanted to speak with him about the Andean Cat, because he is one of the very few people to ever see one in nature. While we did learn some cool things about the cat, we also learned a lot about a new field - conservationism.   It was such an honor to get the chance to speak with Dr. Sanderson. This episode is a bit longer than usual, but we thought the whole interview was so interesting, we didn't know what to cut.  We hope you enjoy it, and are as inspired by Dr. Sanderson's work as we are!   We should be back to our normal format after this. We look forward to thanking our newest Patreon sponsor on that episode. 

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Bonus! Strange Animals

Published: Jan. 21, 2020, 2:32 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 38 seconds

We were excited to receive a copy of “A Book of Rather Strange Animals” by Caleb Compton. Just like it sounds, the book is a collection of unusual, weird, wacky, and just plain cool animals.  In this episode we talk about a few of the animals in the book: the purple frog; sea bunny; hammerhead worm; and vampire squid.   Want to answer the creature quiz, riddle, or tell us about how you did on the kid challenge? You can reach us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. And if you’d like to financially support us, you can do so at https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals

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Colossal Squid

Published: Jan. 2, 2020, 6:40 p.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 55 seconds

On this episode, we learn all about the colossal squid – an animal that no one has actually seen move around in the ocean.   In this episode you’ll learn about their predators, how they attack prey, how colossal they really are, and the surprising amount they need to eat to stay alive.  Thanks to Fox and Frye for the suggestion! If you know the answer to the creature quiz, or did the kid challenge, let us know! You can reach us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod If you’d like to support us financially, please visit our Patreon page! https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Finally, here’s a link to the video of the colossal squid autopsy: https://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-17/rare-colossal-squid-was-dissected-new-zealand-and-you-can-watch-it-youtube

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Bonus: Jaguar and Corduroy Holiday Traditions

Published: Dec. 5, 2019, 7:51 p.m.
Duration: 10 minutes 15 seconds

Learn more about Spider Monkey Burrito Creator Day and Green Overall Day(s) with Jaguar and Corduroy. Things get a little heated, but it ends up with everyone coming together with some holiday songs. (No animal facts in this one, it's just for fun.) 

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Velociraptor - Dinosaur Terrorist of the Cretaceous!

Published: Dec. 1, 2019, 7:25 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 12 seconds

On this episode, we go way back in time to learn about the velociraptor! If your knowledge about the velociraptor comes from the movie Jurassic Park (like Jaguar) then you’ll be surprised to know that most of what you think is true is false! The velociraptor was only about the size of the turkey, and its hunting game was way different than portrayed.  In this episode, you’ll learn more about its dangerous claws, a prehistoric battle, and lots more.  We mentioned two videos in the episode. They are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0qs5oclDkI  - Interesting information about what the velociraptor might have sounded like https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2erfy1 - BBC documentary in which they do experiments to discover more about how the velociraptor’s claws were used If you want to answer our creature quiz, riddle, do the kid challenge, or just want to say hi, you can reach us on Twitter at @coolanimalspod or email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com If you’d like to support us financially, and help fund our trip to the Red Woods to study a new habitat, you can support us on our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals Thanks for listening!

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Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula Halloween Special

Published: Oct. 31, 2019, 12:30 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 45 seconds

You can’t get much spookier than this spider, the largest of all spiders.  It’s legs alone get be up to a foot long, and it’s so hairy and creepy and…. I need to stop.  On this episode, you’ll learn about this tarantula’s defense mechanisms—including its ability to spew barbed hairs at its enemies, the creepy thing female spiders do to their would-be mates, and lots more.  We always love to hear from you! You can reach us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. If you’re interested in being one of our Patreon sponsors, follow the link here:https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals  Thanks as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme song! 

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Orca/Killer Whale

Published: Oct. 19, 2019, 11 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 9 seconds

In this episode, we talk about new discoveries about orcas (aka killer whales), learn more about how smart they are (learning words!), and Jaguar gets a little jealous. We’ve got lots of links in this one: Here’s the link to Orca v. Great White Shark: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/orca-versus-great-white-shark/id1334467437?i=1000423748015 Here’s the link to the salmon episode: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/salmon/id1334467437?i=1000417338721 Here’s a link to the granola bar recipe I’ve been using (I love Smitten Kitchen): https://smittenkitchen.com/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/ And here’s a yogurt making primer: https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/how-to-make-homemade-yogurt-step-by-step-article And thanks again to Maggie for being our Patreon sponsor! If you’re interested in supporting our podcast financially, you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals If you want to answer the creature quiz, riddle, or tell us how you’re doing on this month’s kid challenge, send us a note at coolfactsboutanimals@gmail.com or on Twitter at @coolanimalspod.  Thanks as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our awesome theme song!

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Bonus! Exquisite Creatures

Published: Oct. 5, 2019, 4:16 p.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 32 seconds

The Cool Facts About Animals crew got the opportunity to head to Oregon’s science museum (OMSI) to check out the new exhibit, Exquisite Creatures, and interview the artist behind the exhibit, Christopher Marley.  Marley is an Oregon artist who uses animals and insects to create amazing pieces of art.  In this episode you’ll learn why it’s so important to go out and see nature in real life, what kinds of looks you get when you take your pet monitor lizard for a walk, and how you can help to protect animals. Thanks as always for listening, and we will be back soon with our regularly-scheduled episode! Many thanks against to Christopher Marley for speaking with us, and for OMSI for giving us this opportunity.   And thank you to Andrew Barkan of Ear Snacks for our theme music!         

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Whale Shark

Published: Sept. 16, 2019, 3:16 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 19 seconds

It's a whale! It's a shark! It's not a whale at all, it's the biggest fish in the sea! It's a whale shark!  On this episode we get way too silly talking about filter feeding, the differences between whales and sharks, and just how big these sharks are. (Hint: super big.) Thanks to Miles for the suggestion, along with previous suggesters Theo and Nadia.  And many thanks to Lilli and Hazel, two of our newest Patreon sponsors! If you would like to help support us take a road trip to visit in person with a scientist, you can head over to https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals and make a donation.  We are narrowing in on a location, and hope to head there this fall!  If you think you know the answer to our creature quiz or riddle, or if you completed our kid challenge, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com, or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks for listening! 

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Bonus: Fill in the Blanks with Jaguar and Corduroy

Published: Sept. 1, 2019, 5:43 p.m.
Duration: 11 minutes 12 seconds

Just for fun this long weekend, we're doing filling in the blank word games with Jaguar and Corduroy! We'll be back with more cool animal facts in a week or so - stay tuned! Thanks so much to Miles and Toby, our Patreon supporters! If you're interested in supporting us financially, you can check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals  

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Sea Pigs

Published: Aug. 27, 2019, 4:22 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 50 seconds

Another special summer episode, this time featuring Tristan and Quinn.  Besides being Sea Pig experts, they are also cousins to Grady, Clara, and Teddy.  We learn lots of cool facts about this very strange looking sea creature. If you want to guess what they might look like (no peeking!) send us a picture at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com, or tweet us at coolanimalspod.  If you already know what they look like, send us another picture instead.  We will send you a bookmark!  We will be getting back to school and our normal schedules soon. Thanks in advance to our three new Patreon sponsors! We will be doing official thank yous in our next three regular episodes.   If you would like to financially support our podcast, click here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals 

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Tarantula Hawk Wasps with Dr. Justin Schmidt

Published: Aug. 4, 2019, 11:45 p.m.
Duration: 26 minutes 42 seconds

A long, long time ago we got a request from James—who was 5 at the time—to do an episode about tarantula hawk wasps. When we started researching the insect, we kept coming across the name Dr. Justin Schmidt. Grady had already heard of him—you may have too. He invented what’s called the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The index measures just what it sounds like it would—how painful different insects’ stings are to humans. Dr. Schmidt is also the author of a book called The Sting of the Wild, which we recommend you all read. We had the great pleasure of having a Skype conversation from Dr. Schmidt from his office in Tucson, Arizona. We talked about not just the tarantula hawk wasp, but also about other stinging insects, why some insects die after they sting you, how much it hurts to get stung by a bullet ant, and lots more. Check it out. We will be back with our regular format soon! And once again, we know we have a growing list of folks who we owe bookmarks and replies too. You are on our radar, but summer fun is getting in the way. We will be back on track soon!  

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Bonus! Luna Moth

Published: July 18, 2019, 1:47 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 24 seconds

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon, we are celebrating a moon-themed animal--the Luna Moth! Learn about its fierce defense tactics as a caterpillar, the one important thing its missing as an adult, and a lot of corny moth jokes. Want to support Jaguar's mantis shrimp habit? Er, rather, our trip to Eastern Oregon to learn about some other cool animals from the experts? You can support us on our Patreon page!https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals To answer our Creature Quiz, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or Tweet us at @coolanimalspod. We are behind on sending out our bookmarks, but we are aware! We promise to send soon.

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Versus! Oregon Birds of Prey v. Songbirds

Published: July 4, 2019, 1:06 p.m.
Duration: 11 minutes 41 seconds

On this episode, we travel all the way to… Grady’s elementary school to do a “versus” episode. This past school year, Grady’s third-grade class did a unit on Oregon bird, where each kid in the class chose a different Oregon bird to study. We spoke to nine of these kids to bring you this versus episode! Which type of bird would win in a fashion contest? Which type of bird would win a hotdog eating contest? And which bird reigns superior! Listen to the episode to find out. Many thanks to the kids who contributed to this episode, and to Mrs. Gassner for making this episode possible!  

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Bald Eagle (Bonus 4th of July episode!)

Published: July 4, 2019, 12:42 p.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 35 seconds

This episode was originally part of the Kids Listen sampler, which you can also find on our feed. But to celebrate the 4th, we are bringing you 5 minutes packed with facts about the United States' national bird. Enjoy! 

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Golden Poison Dart Frog

Published: June 23, 2019, 6:39 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 55 seconds

Happy Summer! On this episode, we are talking about a sunny-colored frog, which happens to be one of the most toxic animals in the world – the golden poison dart frog.  We discuss the difference between venomous and toxic, how many humans one of these tiny frogs can kill with one touch, and their surprisingly social nature.  Plus: can you guess which sound comes from a poison dart frog? (Jaguar does a pretty good imitation!) If you’re interested in getting a pound of trash out of the ocean, and getting your own recycled bracelet, here’s the link to 4ocean: http://4ocean.com Also please consider supporting us on our Patreon page! Any money received will go toward funding a trip to Eastern or Southern Oregon to meet in person with a scientist and learn more about a different animal habitat. https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals If you think you know the answer to our creature quiz or riddle, or want to tell us about your Kid Power success, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com, or tweet us at @coolanimalspod  We are on summer vacation, and so likely won’t be publishing on our usual schedule.  But we will be back soon with our next episode! Thanks as always to Andrew of the awesome podcast Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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Our listeners speak!

Published: May 31, 2019, 4:05 a.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 21 seconds

It’s our first ever listener episode! We learn from you listeners lots of cool facts about animals, including king cobras, goats, sand cats, and more—plus answer some questions about frogs and how we decide which animal we choose to talk about. Thanks to our listeners who submitted their audio clips: Nadia, Demaris, Quinn, Grace, Lexi, Ginny, Oliver, Cece, Trace, Aryn, Lilli and Xia. We loved getting to hear and share your voices! We hope we didn’t miss anyone who submitted their fact/question. Please let us know if we did at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod and we'll get your clip on our next episode.  To find the full episode-length fact-filled audio about guinea pigs from Lexi, check out our website: https://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com We’ll be back soon with a new animal! Thanks as always to Andrew from Ear Snacks for our theme music.        

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Bald Eagle + Summer Sampler (Kids Listen Bonus!)

Published: May 22, 2019, 7:12 p.m.
Duration: 55 minutes 51 seconds

Cool Facts About Animals has teamed up with a bunch of other kids’ podcasts to bring you an hour of high-quality kids audio programming – just in time for the long weekend, or to listen to throughout the summer. All of the shows involved are part of the grassroots kids’ audio advocacy group Kids Listen, and all the shows are available on the Kids Listen App.  You’ll hear 5 minutes from 10 different podcasts, including ours, but also some of our personal other go-to listens like Circle Round, Noodle Loaf, Story Spectacular, What if World, and others all listed below. We hope you enjoy discovering a new podcast, or hearing something new from an old favorite.  We are discussing the bald eagle in our segment. Many thanks to AJ and to Quinn, who both suggested that we do a podcast on the eagle. What If World: http://www.whatifworldpodcast.com/ Story Spectacular: http://storyspectacular.com/ Noodle Loaf: http://www.noodleloafshow.com/ Book Power for Kids: http://bookpowerforkids.com/ Little Stories for Tiny People: http://www.littlestoriestinypeople.com/ Be Calm on Ahway Island: https://www.ahwayisland.com/ Cool Facts About Animals: http://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com/ Circle Round: http://www.wbur.org/circleround The Good Words Podcast: http://goodwordspodcast.com/ Girl Tales: https://girltalespodcast.com/

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Green Bomber Worms

Published: May 12, 2019, 4:22 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 20 seconds

The bomber worm was only discovered about 10 years ago, but it’s not rare. This deep, deep underwater creature has one of the coolest defense mechanisms we've seen yet: releasing bioluminescent bombs to deter predators. We also talk about two other newly-discovered underwater creature: the ruby sea dragon and hoodwinker sunfish. If you’re interested in becoming a Patreon sponsor, and help to fund us to meet with scientists in person to bring you even more cool facts, head on over to our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals And here’s a link to the video of the green bomber worm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4nLstCR0AI We love to hear from you! If you want to be included in our next episode, send us an audio clip of your favorite animal fact, or ask us a question, at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com You can also tweet us at @coolanimalspod Thanks for listening!

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Extinct Animals - Special Earth Day episode

Published: April 21, 2019, 9:03 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 47 seconds

  Happy Earth Day, listeners! On this special episode we talk about four cool animals that have been impacted by humans and climate change: the dodo bird, Tasmanian tiger, white lemuroid possum, and Fernandina giant tortoise.  Through hunting, climate change, introduction of non-native species, and more, these animals have been brought to the brink of extinction, and sometimes even have gone extinct. We end this episode with practical ways that you can make a difference for animals and for our environment. By the way, the 200 million number on straws is probably very low--but we can't find an accurate number for how many straws are used every year.  What are your ideas for what you can do to protect the environment?  Let us know at coolfacsaboutanimals@gmail.com We also want to hear your audio clips of animal facts or questions. Send them to us at coolfactsaboutanimls@gmail.com. If we get enough, we will make your clips into an episode!  Thanks as always to Ear Snacks for our theme music. And thanks to all of you for listening, rating and helping to protect our environment!  

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Thorny Devil

Published: April 17, 2019, 10:26 p.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 34 seconds

It’s Teddy’s favorite animal, the Thorny Devil! Join us as we learn all about this six-inch mountain dragon. It’s got more defense mechanisms than any other animal we’ve studied (including a fake head – cool!) and has a very interesting way of drinking (foot water anyone?). You can also check out our first ever Cool Facts About Animals video, explaining how capillary action works.  And yes it has to do with Thorny Devils. It's on our newly-minted YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/VcmaiQt6zC4  Thanks so much to our Patreon sponsor Cormac for being our Patreon sponsor! You can join Cormac and our other Patreon sponsors, and get a shout out on our show, by visiting: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We have two kid power challenges this week – and great job to Nadia and Reagan for participating in our last challenge! You can pick up a bag of trash, or take steps to reduce your water consumption. Did you do the challenge? Or the creature quiz? Let us know at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or on Twitter at @coolanimalspod And send us your questions or cool facts! We want to put together an episode inspired by you. 

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Unicorns

Published: April 1, 2019, 2:26 a.m.
Duration: 27 minutes 28 seconds

We looked high and low for the information we needed to research our episode on unicorns. But try as we might, we could not find even basic facts like what unicorns eat, what the horn is for, and what their favorite jokes are.  Luckily, Professor Abacus P. Grumbler, resident What If World unicorn expert, was able to answer all our questions.  Special thanks to Prof. Abacus and Mr. Eric for this episode! And special thanks to Xia for the request. And of course, as always, thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for the theme music.  We love to hear from you! Contact us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweets us at @coolanimalspod.  

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Little Blue Penguin

Published: March 28, 2019, 3:47 a.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 34 seconds

Clara’s class has spoken! This week’s episode is all about the Little Blue Penguin (aka Fairy Penguin). This adorable little dude weighs in at just about two pounds, and stands only about a foot, but it packs a lot of cool stuff into that small size. In this episode, we talk about molting, fledging, diving, vocalization, and lots more. To hear the backstory on how we chose this episode, check out the prior episode: “And the Winner Is,” available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/and-the-winner-is/id1334467437?i=1000431839783&mt;=2  Here’s a link to the video we mentioned in the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQMOTDZ9jqY Special thanks to our Patreon sponsors Finn and Osa! If you’d like to financially support us and get a shout-out on our show, check out our Patreon page here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals And as always, many thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for the theme music! Have the answer to the riddle or creature quiz? Want to try out the kid power challenge? Send us a note at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod  

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And the winner is....

Published: March 15, 2019, 2:50 p.m.
Duration: 9 minutes 40 seconds

Last week, CFAA went on the road to Clara's 1st grade classroom. Her class has been studying penguins for the past month -- and wow, did they know a lot about them! We asked the students to break into groups for each of the five penguins they studied: rockhopper, little blue, king, chinstrap, and gentoo, and tell us the coolest things about each kind of penguin they could find. Then we all voted on the penguin they most wanted to learn about. Here are the results, which will be featured as our next animal on CFAA. Thanks to Clara's class for working so hard on this, and teaching us all such cool facts about penguins! 

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Interview with a Jaguar (Bonus)

Published: March 2, 2019, 3:42 a.m.
Duration: 4 minutes 46 seconds

Ever wonder what makes Jaguar... well Jaguar? We dive deep into the mind behind the feline in this interview. We cover favorite foods, vacation spots, Thanksgiving carols (what?) and more in this bonus episode.  This is a bonus episode put out for our Patreon subscribers. We are sharing it on our regular feed with all our listeners so you can get a taste of some of the bonus footage you can get at the $5 level of support. Thanks to our existing Patreon supporters, and thanks to those considering financially supporting us! Your contributions will help us get out in the field to interview animal experts and see animals in person. You can find out more about how to financially support us, and the cool extras you can get here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals  Not everyone is able to financially support us, and that's okay! We thank all of our listeners for tuning in, writing reviews, drawing us pictures, writing in with suggestions, riddle and creature quiz answers, and more. You guys are all awesome!  Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow (Now back to the bonus episode)

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Squirrels

Published: Feb. 27, 2019, 6:27 p.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 48 seconds

In this episode, we speak to squirrel expert Amanda Robin, a PhD student at UCLA. She taught us about the fascinating world of squirrels, including how they decide to store or eat their nuts, what chunking is, and other cool facts about squirrels. THEN we have a "who would win" battle: squirrel v. rattlesnake. Think it's hands-down rattlesnake? Think again.   Thanks as always to Ear Snacks for our theme music.  Send your creature quiz answers to us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Also we have a Patreon page. If you would like to financially support our podcast, please do so here: https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals 

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Duck-Billed Platypus

Published: Feb. 9, 2019, 11:34 p.m.
Duration: 20 minutes 29 seconds

It's our most requested episode ever AND our most-answered riddle ever!  You guessed it - it's the platypus.  This is one seriously cool animals you guys. I mean, how many venomous, egg-laying mammals do you know? Not many, right?  We dive into what makes platypuses so usual, discuss their super strange chromosomes, and talk about a recent discovery of a stegosaurs-platypus. Yup, no typos. Special thanks to Samson and Dorothy, long-time listeners with an impressive amount of platypus knowledge! Also special thanks to E.J. and all the other listeners who requested this episode, and who answered the riddle.  If you're interested in the sex chromosomes of platypuses (and let's be honest, who isn't), check out this video. The visuals are really helpful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nyAl7TipkI Thanks as always to Andrew of the awesome podcast Ear Snacks for the theme music.  And please keep in touch - coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or Tweet us at @coolanimalspod And support us on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals

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Blue-Ringed Octopus

Published: Jan. 27, 2019, 11:41 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 20 seconds

On this episode we are exploring the deadly but adorable blue-ringed octopus. This little guy is only the size of a golf ball, but has enough venom to kill 26 grown men in its saliva. We talk about symbiotic relationships, what its venom does, and, oh, zombie powder.  So many thanks to David, our newest Patreon sponsor! He’s using his own pocket money to help support our show. You can support our show too! For more details, visit https://www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals We love to hear from you – send us your creature quiz or riddle answer, or just send us a note. You can reach us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or on twitter at @coolanimalspod. Thanks as always to Andrew of the awesome podcast Ear Snacks for our theme music!

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Porcupines

Published: Jan. 12, 2019, 5:24 p.m.
Duration: 22 minutes 27 seconds

It's our one-year anniversary! We are celebrating with an episode about... porcupines! Okay, it has nothing to do with our anniversary, but still... porcupines!  For this episode, we had a chance to go to the Oregon Zoo and meet with Bree Winchell, program animal staff and overall porcupine expert.  Check out our pics of the animal encounter on our Twitter page (www.twitter.com/coolanimalspod) If you'd like to hear more interviews with experts, please consider supporting us on our Patreon page (www.patreon.com/coolfactsaboutanimals). We will use funds from the page to help us travel to meet with other animal experts so that we can bring you more cool facts.  We have lots of cool perks for your financial support, including magnets, notes, and shout-outs from your favorite CFAA host (human or otherwise).  We are also still doing our Kid Challenge. Send a picture of your kids with a bag of trash that he or she picked up from outside, and we will send a magnet and do a shout-out on the air for their help cleaning up the environment.   Thanks as always to Andrew of the podcast Earsnacks for our theme music! 

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Gray Whales with Oregon State Parks Ranger Luke Parsons

Published: Jan. 1, 2019, 1:59 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 27 seconds

Ahoy, CFA listeners! We took a road trip to the Oregon Coast to meet with Luke Parsons, an interpretive ranger with Oregon State Parks and see the great gray whale migration.  Over 20,000 of these school-bus sized whales pass by the Oregon coast around this time of year. We even got to see one! And we learned lots of cool stuff about them. Want to hear more cool interviews? Support us on Patreon! We have lots of cool perks for supporting us, including shout-outs, outtakes access, and more.  Not able to financially support us? Take part in our Kid Challenge and pick up a bag of trash from the environment around you.  Let us know, and we'll thank you on air. Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Happy New Year! 

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Bonus! Interview with Oregon Zoo Expert Travis Koons About Condors!

Published: Dec. 16, 2018, 12:15 a.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 7 seconds

How cool would it be to get a chance to bring a species back from the brink of extinction? Travis Koons of the Oregon Zoo tells us all about it in this bonus interview episode.  We were honored to have been asked to join the crew of the upcoming Oregon Wild podcast for this episode. We will let you know when their first episode launches. We cannot wait.  Thanks again to Oregon Wild, the Oregon Zoo, and Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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California Condors

Published: Dec. 16, 2018, 12:12 a.m.
Duration: 23 minutes 38 seconds

This bird isn't cool just because its wingspan rivals the length of a grizzly bar on its hind paws. Nope, this bird battled its way back from the brink of extinction - just 22 in the wild to now close to 500 in the wild and in captivity. We talk about what makes this bird so awesome, and the rescue efforts behind it, in this episode. Be sure to also check out our episode right next to this in your feed where we interview Travis Koons of the Oregon Zoo.  THANK YOU to Oregon Wild for bringing us along to the  zoo with them. And thank you as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music! Also guys - be sure to check out the podcast Species if you have serious animal lovers. The show is super awesome.  Want to answer our creature quiz! Awesome! Send us your answers at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or on twitter at @coolanimalspod   

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Blue Whale Expert Bruce Mate

Published: Dec. 4, 2018, 11:44 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 8 seconds

We were so honored to get a chance to Skype with Dr. Bruce Mate of Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute. He is the expert on marine mammals, including blue whales. We learned so much from him, and had such a good time talking about all things whales - from his ground-breaking research to touching whale poop. (Yes, we go there.) Be sure to listen to this episode along with our stand-alone episode on blue whales.  Thanks to Andrew or Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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Blue whales

Published: Dec. 4, 2018, 11:41 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 5 seconds

This episode is part of a double episode. Be sure to check out our interview with Dr. Bruce Mate of Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute too!  In this episode, we dive into the big world of blue whales. Not only are they the biggest animal to have ever lived - like EVER - there are so many other cool things about them. We discuss their migration, sounds, diet, and even ear wax. We also add some of our conversation with Dr. Mate into this episode. It's one of our favorites so far - give it a listen!  Our riddle might have been a little hard to understand this week, so here it is:    Don’t let the name fool you – you don’t want this animal around your finger If you see one, you definitely don’t want to linger! If you see its colors show You won’t want to know The rest Run the best You can Away!   Send your answers to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.   Thank you again to Dr. Bruce Mate, and thank you as always to Andrew of the podcast Ear Snacks for our theme music! 

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Turkey

Published: Nov. 20, 2018, 2:54 a.m.
Duration: 10 minutes 30 seconds

Want to impress the adults at the Thanksgiving table with lots of cool facts and jokes about turkeys? You're in luck! We cover 12-ish terrific facts about turkeys in this episode (we lose count somewhere in the middle), including interesting info about their super eyesight, strange sleeping habits, and weird poop.  Do you have a cool turkey fact? A joke? A picture? An idea for a future episode? Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.  Thanks as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our theme music! Happy Thanksgiving! 

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Orca versus Great White Shark

Published: Nov. 13, 2018, 5:24 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 55 seconds

We're doing a bonus episode as we wait for an exciting special guest to return from Russia to talk to us about blue whales. Jaguar and Grady deliver a spooky mystery about underwater giants that kept washing up on shore with one important thing missing - their livers. Who was the culprit and who was the victim? We discuss in an orca versus great white shark showdown! Who do you think will win?  Also, no creature quiz this time. Instead, send up a picture or tell us about or show us your "who would win" battle. Send it to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com, or tweet it to us at @coolanimalspod and we will send you a magnet. Stay tuned for our blue whale episode with our special guest - we can't wait!   

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Vampire Bats

Published: Oct. 23, 2018, 4:37 a.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 29 seconds

It's our first Halloween episode! To celebrate this spooky holiday, we are bringing you a rather creepy animal - the vampire bat. Because the mom on this show does not much like vampire bats, the kids on this show try to convince her (i.e., me) that vampire bats are more cool than creepy. Do they succeed? Listen to find out!  This episode is part of the Kids Listen Halloween Sweeps. Make sure you check out some of the other awesome podcasts taking part in this, including The Alien Adventures of inn Caspian, This Week in the Multiverse, Noodle Loaf, Good Stuff Kids, Just Us Weirdos, and lots more.  And guys! In addition to Andrew of the awesome podcast Ear Snacks bringing you our theme song, we also got to make a guest appearance on Andrew & Polly's latest episode about teeth! It's super fun, and there are lots of cool facts about animals in the episode. You can find the podcast here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ear-snacks/id1013225660?mt=2 Finally, thanks to Axel and Titus for the suggestion! Answer our riddle, our creature quiz, give us your animal suggestion, or just say at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or on Twitter at @coolanimalspod.

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Lemurs

Published: Oct. 14, 2018, 10:01 p.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 13 seconds

We tackle two listener requests in this episode - the ring tailed lemur and the aye aye, another type of lemur. Some of the coolest things we talk about in this episode are stink fights (yes, they're a thing), evil omens, and lemur balls.  We also get to interview one of our listeners, and our first kid to be a guest on the show. Thanks to Lochlan for chatting with us! Don't forget to answer our creature quiz or riddle! We will send you a brand new magnet! coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Thanks as always to Andrew of the podcast Ear Snacks for providing our theme music! 

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Bonus! 20 Cool Facts About Animals

Published: Sept. 30, 2018, 5:13 p.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 21 seconds

Happy International Podcasting Day! We're celebrating with this bonus episode, where we share 20 super cool facts about animals. You'll learn what big animal is born only the size of a jellybean; in which species males give birth; which animal has 9 brains, and lots more!  Tell us your favorite animal fact and we'll send you a sticker! coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or @coolanimalspod on Twitter.  Thanks as always to Andrew of Ear Snacks for the theme music!

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Giraffe

Published: Sept. 24, 2018, 2:57 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 15 seconds

Have you ever wondered why a giraffe has those spots? Or why its tongue is purple? Or why it has such a long neck - or hey, how blood gets all the way up to its head? We answer all these questions this episode! Plus, you'll learn one of the grossest facts about animals yet. P.s. it involves pee.  Thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for our new theme music! Be sure to check out his podcast, and other favorites over on Kids Listen.  To answer our creature quiz or riddle, or just to say hi, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. 

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Mountain Lion

Published: Sept. 7, 2018, 3:06 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 2 seconds

It's a mountain lion! It's a puma! It's a cougar! No... it's all of them! (But not you, jaguar.) Learn more about this large cat on this silly episode of Cool Facts About Animals. We talk about their sounds, their territories, how to spot one in the wild, and lots more. Check it out here! Don't forget to answer our Creature Quiz or riddle for a chance to get a sticker! Hurry, we're almost out!  Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.  Thanks for listening. And SO MANY thanks to Andrew of Ear Snacks for providing us with our new theme song! We are both members of Kids Listen, a great place to find your next favorite podcast. Check it out. 

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Gorilla

Published: Aug. 21, 2018, 2:05 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 2 seconds

Gorillas get a pretty bad rap in movies and tv shows. They’re usually shown as being aggressive, violent, and not very intelligent. In fact, gorillas are super smart, communicative, peace-loving creatures. And we share about 98% of our DNA with them! Learn all about these amazing creatures on this episode. Many thanks to Sky, Rinnah and Jon for the awesome suggestion! If you have a suggestion, or would like to take a shot at our Creature Quiz or Riddle, send us an email at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod.  

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What Can Kids Do To Protect Animals?

Published: Aug. 7, 2018, 3:43 p.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 3 seconds

In this episode, we are so incredibly thrilled to bring you our interview with our local congressperson, Rep. Earl Blumenauer. We talk about salmon, polar bears, sharks, and the adorable panda. We also ask him about what Congress is doing to protect animals and the environment and what they can do better - plus what kids can do to help. Don't miss this important episode. And thank you again to Rep. Blumenauer and his amazing staff for this opportunity! 

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Salmon

Published: Aug. 7, 2018, 4:16 a.m.
Duration: 25 minutes 21 seconds

Wow, what a packed episode! In this one, you'll learn about spawning, what baby fish are called (hint: not hamburgers), how many miles they can travel, how big they get, and more interesting facts. And you'll get treated to a Native American story about the salmon and that trickster Coyote, as told by Clara.  Plus - STAY TUNED! Tomorrow we will be uploading our conversation with Rep. Blumenauer. He is our local congressman, and such a great advocate for animals and the earth. Thank you again to Rep. Blumenauer and his staff for meeting with us. You can find a little sneak peek of our interview with him at the end of this episode.  Keep in touch! You can reach us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or on Twitter at @coolanimalspod  

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Sloth

Published: July 30, 2018, 12:12 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 39 seconds

This episode comes to you from our camping trip at Fort Stevens at the very top of Oregon. Sloths have a bad reputation for being lazy, but they really aren't. They evolved to be as slow as they are. We learned a lot of cool things about sloths, including how they have a symbiotic relationship with moths, how infrequently they poop, and some of their funny nicknames. Check it out!  We are so excited for our next episode, which will include an interview with our local congressman, Earl Blumenauer. Stay tuned! Have a question? Suggestion? Want to answer our creature quiz or our riddle? Get in touch with us at: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Or tweet us at @coolanimalspod Thanks for listening!

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Barn Owl

Published: July 15, 2018, 11:11 p.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 5 seconds

In our goofiest episode to date, the CFAA crew talks about the barn owl aka ghost owl aka demon owl aka you get the point owl. We talk about how it hunts so well in the dark, what it absolutely won't eat, what it sounds like, and lots more.  Don't forget to answer our creature quiz or riddle at the end of the episode! Send your answers to us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. Thanks for listening, reviewing, rating, and contacting us. We love to hear from you!  And thanks for your patience with our erratic schedule while we are on summer vacation! 

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BONUS! More Mosquito Madness!

Published: July 3, 2018, 4:13 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 13 seconds

In this bonus episode of Cool Facts About Animals, we interview Kathryn Olivarius, a professor of history at Stanford University who studies the spread of diseases through mosquitoes, particularly yellow fever in the southern United States in the 1800s. We talk about: what diseases mosquitoes spread the ethics of wiping out mosquito populations the effects of climate change on mosquitoes (hint – it’s not good for us humans, but it’s great for mosquitoes!) and what kids can do to try to dial back climate change. Check it out, and make sure to listen to our regularly-scheduled episode on mosquitoes, which should already be in your feed. Thanks as always for listening!  

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Mosquitoes

Published: June 28, 2018, 7:07 p.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 49 seconds

On this episode, we bring you all sorts of cool facts about the deadliest animal on earth- the mosquito. We will be talking about how they spit on you, pee on you, and just generally make you itchy as well.  Stay tuned for another bonus episode on the mosquito coming up later this week, where we interview Kathryn Olivarius, a professor at Stanford, about mosquitoes and the spread of yellow fever.  The CFAA crew is on summer vacation, but we are still bringing you episodes when we can! Hope you all are enjoying your summers.  Don't forget to answer our creature quiz or riddle! Just send your answers to: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or tweet us at @coolanimalspod. You can also find us on Facebook at /coolfactsaboutanimals Thanks for listening! 

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Lion

Published: June 12, 2018, 3:38 a.m.
Duration: 18 minutes 32 seconds

On this episode, we tackle a listener request from Grace. The lion has a roar that can be heard for miles, a mane that gives clues to their age, and - most importantly to jaguar - jaguar and lion used to be the same species!  Be sure to answer our creature quiz or our riddle and we will send you a sticker. As always, you can send in your listener requests for what animal you want to learn more about.  We are on summer vacation! We will be doing the podcast throughout the summer, but probably won't be on quite the same schedule. Email: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals  

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Mantis Shrimp

Published: June 1, 2018, 4:30 a.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 53 seconds

Wow, this is one cool animal - although it has had over 400 million years to evolve to its level of coolness. It has the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom, packs a punch as fierce as a bullet, and can even boil water without even using a stove! It is the mantis shrimp, with many thanks to our listener, Saranya, for this request.  Do you have a request? Want to answer our creature quiz? Take a shot at our riddle? Send us an email at: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Tweet us at @coolanimalspod Or send us a message on Facebook.  Thanks for listening! 

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Bonus Episode: Schools of Fish

Published: May 21, 2018, 11:45 p.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 59 seconds

We are bringing you this bonus episode as part of the #kidslistensweeps for #schoolsalmostout! In keeping with the school theme, we are talking about schools of fish. You'll learn about the difference between a shoal and a school, how schools form, why they do, and, the age-old question - are fish in schools smarter?  Check out the other participating Kids Listen participants here - you'll find some of our very favorite podcasts on here, and we can't wait to check out how they handled the theme!  Don't forget to earn a sticker by answering our creature quiz! Send us an email at: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Twitter:@coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals 

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Published: May 18, 2018, 6:26 p.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 35 seconds

On this episode, we learn about a beautiful, venomous creature that lives in the southern United States. The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake can do some cool things, like portion out the amount of venom it needs to kill, retract its fangs, swim, and of course-make that cool rattle sound.  Don't forget to enter our creature quiz, or try to answer our riddle to guess the animal we will feature in our next episode!  Email: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Looking for some other great shows? Be sure to check out the shows in the Kids Listen App. You'll find pretty much all our favorites on there. 

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Raccoon

Published: May 5, 2018, 1:17 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 38 seconds

On this episode, we’re taking a listener request from Charlie, all the way out in Australia! The creature he chose doesn’t actually live in Australia, but we’ve had a lot of experience with it here in Oregon. The raccoon is a masked, super-cute but pesky animal that can open coolers (we can attest to that personally!), locks, and even untie knots. They are all quite smart! Thanks for the awesome suggestion, Charlie! If you have an animal request, or want to take your shot at this week’s creature quiz or animal riddle, you can reach us here: Email: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Twitter: @coolanimalspod Thanks for listening, reviewing, and rating us! And thanks to Kids Listen. Be sure to check out other great podcasts for kids in the Kids Listen app.

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North American Bullfrog

Published: April 27, 2018, 4:47 a.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 24 seconds

Did you know that the North American Bullfrog gets its name because its call sounds a lot like a cow? We put your ears to the test with an audio challenge. You'll also learn about frog toes, frog legs, frog eardrums, and lots more on this episode about the invasive North American Bullfrog.  Thanks to Loretta for the suggestion! If you have a suggestion, send it our way at:  coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com or Tweet us at @coolanimalspod You can also find us on Facebook at @coolfactsaboutanimals

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Special Earth Day Animal Episode!

Published: April 21, 2018, 1:13 a.m.
Duration: 24 minutes 28 seconds

Earth Day is April 22! You may not know this, but all of us *love* the earth. It’s where all the animals we love live! In this episode we talk about five different animals (polar bear, Adelie penguin, sea turtle, coral, and monarch butterfly) and how they’re affected by climate change. This made us a little sad, so we also came up with five ways that all of us – even kids! – can make a difference. No creature quiz this time guys, but submit your idea for how you can make a difference – or better yet, send a picture! – and we will send you a sticker. This episode is done in conjunction with some other Kids Listen podcasters. Check out Earth Day episodes from Ear Snacks, Little Stories for Tiny People, and Tumble Science Podcast for Kids. Email: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook @coolfactsaboutanimals Internet: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Red Fox

Published: April 12, 2018, 12:48 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 34 seconds

The fox is the most widespread and abundant wild carnivore in the world. On this episode, we’re talking about the red fox, which is like a compass in some important ways. It can also pounce higher and farther than any of us—we tried. Find out more about the red fox on this episode, and thanks to Sangam for the listener request! Here are some links to check out. Here’s the red fox using the magnetic field to hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2SoGHFM18I And here’s the red fox with the golf ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul_fxYUgurg Find us on Twitter: @coolanimalspod On Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals On the web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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The Rhino and Its Horn

Published: April 3, 2018, 12:10 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 55 seconds

On this episode we are taking about the five species of rhinos, how some are on the brink of extinction, and why. We also talk about poop, because that's what we do best.  Thanks so much to Chaitanya for the suggestion! Follow us on Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook @coolfactsaboutanimals And check out our website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Bearded Dragon

Published: March 26, 2018, 2:28 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 33 seconds

So many cool facts about this animal. It can change color for multiple reasons, and on multiple parts of its body, it can change sex based on chromosomes and how hot it is outside, and it makes a great pet too! Check it out here.  Find us on Twitter @coolanimalspod On Facebook @coolfactsaboutanimals And on the web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Bengal Tiger

Published: March 20, 2018, 12:33 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 14 seconds

There aren't many tigers left in the world, but most of the ones that remain are Bengals. This beautiful striped animal is a ferocious hunter, excellent camouflager, and tricked by something as simple as a rubber mask. Hear all about this magnificent animal here! Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals  Web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Inland Taipan

Published: March 17, 2018, 12:42 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 4 seconds

It's the most venomous snake in the world, but not the most deadly! This reclusive snake can deliver a punch of poison powerful enough to kill 100 men and a quarter of a million mice! Wow! Learn about the reason behind its coloring, its deadly strike, and more on this episode.  Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Moose

Published: March 10, 2018, 3:06 a.m.
Duration: 17 minutes 46 seconds

This episode we are talking about the elusive moose. (Thanks Aunt Martha for the suggestion!) In this episode we learn surprising facts about how often the moose attacks, when the moose is in prime antler mode, how they make their antlers nice and shiny, and their ability to use their hooves like tools. They're super tall and super cool. Learn more about them here.  Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Narwhal

Published: March 6, 2018, 12:42 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 32 seconds

On this episode, we learn about the unicorn of the sea - also known as the narwhal. The narwhal is probably most known for its distinctive tusk, or tooth, that spirals out from its mouth. That tusk can do all sorts of things, including maybe even being able to sense danger from forming ice floes. Check out the episode, and don't forget to answer our creature quiz to get a Cool Facts About Animals sticker.  Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com Thanks for listening, rating and subscribing. 

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Flying Fish

Published: March 3, 2018, 3:10 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 31 seconds

The flying fish. It's a fish that flies! A fish. That. Files. How cool is that? It's so cool that at least one country has worked its entire calendar around it. Check out the episode to find out which one.  Special thanks to our buddy Finn for suggesting the animal! We will be sending a Cool Facts About Animals sticker his way. If you want one too, let us know!  Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals On the web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Jaguar

Published: Feb. 27, 2018, 12:16 a.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 15 seconds

We get a little silly this episode talking about Jaguar's favorite animal, the jaguar. You'll learn how to spot (no put intended) the differences between a jaguar and a leopard, whether a black panther even exists, and hear once more about animals that like to pee and poop to let other animals know to stay back. Come learn and have fun with us! Don't forget to answer our Creature Quiz for your free cool facts about animals sticker! Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Snowy Owl

Published: Feb. 23, 2018, 12:26 a.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 20 seconds

With it's massive wingspan, beautiful white feathers, and eerie yellow eyes, the snowy owl is a beauty. It's also the star of one of our favorite books, The Christmas Hat.  In this episode we talk about dissecting the equivalent of cat hairballs, imitate owl sounds, and are joined by a very prestigious panel of stuffed owls.  Don't forget to listen to the end to take our creature quiz! Send your answers to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Find us on Twitter: @coolanimalspod On Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals And on the web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Zebra

Published: Feb. 20, 2018, 1:42 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 44 seconds

Is the zebra black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? What would you call a zebra crossed with a cow? How long does it take before a baby zebra can run? We'll answer all these questions on this episode!  Don't forget to enter our Creature Quiz and snag your free sticker.  Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Red Panda

Published: Feb. 17, 2018, 1:37 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 13 seconds

The red panda has adapted in lots of cool ways to cool temperatures. It is also an expert at hanging out in trees, eats a massive amount of food, and puzzled scientists for centuries. Hear more about them here! Thanks to Peace Out podcast for the suggestion! If you have a suggestion, email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Or send us a tweet at @coolanimalspod And find us on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Brown Bear

Published: Feb. 11, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Duration: 19 minutes 56 seconds

It's Corduroy's lucky day! Today we are learning all about the massive brown bear. This is a special episode because we actually get to talk to someone (Grandpa!) who has seen a few brown bears in person. We hear about his experiences with them, and then give you some cool facts about them - including how many moths they eat (you won't believe it) and how tiny the cubs are when born (you won't believe that either). We end the podcast with an interview with a volunteer from the Audubon Society about the upcoming backyard bird count.  And don't forget to take our creature quiz for a chance to get a free Cool Fact About Animals sticker! Find us here: Twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals On the web: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com  

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Frogfish

Published: Feb. 9, 2018, 1:51 a.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 7 seconds

The frogfish is a genius at camouflaging. In fact, it's one of the world's best aggressive mimickers. It also uses a trick we've seen before... see if you can guess what! Be sure to listen to the end for our CREATURE QUIZ! Answer the questions correctly and send them to coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com for your chance to win a sticker! And as always - we really appreciate you taking the time to rate, review and subscribe to us on iTunes.  Follow us on Twitter: @coolanimalspod On Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals And check out our website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Snow Leopard

Published: Feb. 7, 2018, 1 a.m.
Duration: 16 minutes 43 seconds

On this episode, we talk about the snow leopard, thanks to a suggestion from the Peace Out podcast. The snow leopard is a beautiful, solitary animal that has learned a lot of ways to adapt to the cold. It can also jump way longer than we can—we tried! We also introduce the Creature Quiz. Submit your answers to us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com and get a sticker! Links: Peace Out: https://bedtime.fm/peaceout Snow Leopard Trust: https://www.snowleopard.org Find us on Twitter https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ (We have some cool Facebook live videos up there on beaver dams!) And we have a website! coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com Thanks for listening! Please rate/review/subscribe!

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Naked Mole Rat

Published: Feb. 5, 2018, 12:12 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 55 seconds

What animal never ages, might have the cure to cancer, and acts like an ant despite being a mammal? The naked mole rat! This is one of the coolest animals we've done so far. Check it out! And join us in our celebration of Animal Day on February 10! Post pictures of the animals you see to our Facebook (@coolfactsaboutanimals) or Twitter (@coolanimalspod)feeds. Suggestions for animals? Questions? Comments? Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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Blue Sharks

Published: Feb. 3, 2018, 1:24 a.m.
Duration: 12 minutes 25 seconds

The blue shark is built like a super skinny airplane, can have an amazing amount of babies at a time, and has booger-like stuff in its pores. What's not cool about that? Thanks to Sawyer for this listener request! We're running low on listener suggestions! Luckily have about 6003 suggestions of our own, but we like yours better! Send them our way! Thanks to all our listeners, and for the lovely reception our podcast has received this past week. If you haven't yet, please rate and review us, and subscribe so you can get the latest episodes as soon as they drop. Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals Twitter: @coolanimalspod Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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African Wild Dog

Published: Feb. 1, 2018, 1:16 a.m.
Duration: 9 minutes 35 seconds

On this episode of Cool Facts About Animals, we get to our next listener request: the African Wild Dog (thanks Ingram!). These dogs are so neat - they are very social, they vote by doing something super weird, and they sometimes kidnap their pups. Yup, it's a cool one. Thanks for the suggestion, Ingram! If you have a suggestion, email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Find us on twitter: @coolanimalspod Facebook: @coolfactsaboutanimals And of course, don't forget to rate/subscribe/review us on iTunes!

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Beaver

Published: Jan. 29, 2018, 11 p.m.
Duration: 15 minutes 48 seconds

On this episode of Cool Facts About Animals, the kids and I share lots of cool information about the beaver. Just a few of the things we learned--they have a "mud room" in their "lodge," along with a mini-fridge (nice man cave!), their teeth never stop growing--nor do their bodies, and they can keep water from getting into their ears and noses. There's lots more fun facts about the beaver in this episode. Check it out! Please rate and review us on iTunes. We really appreciate it! You can find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod On the web: https://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com And email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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Pangolin

Published: Jan. 28, 2018, 4:52 p.m.
Duration: 8 minutes 34 seconds

The pangolin might just be the cutest animal you've never heard of. Some of the many cool things about this animal: its tongue can be as long as a house cat; it can roll itself into a ball so protected even a lion can't get to it; and when the babies come out from their burrows for the first time, they ride on mama's back. Please rate, review and subscribe so others can find us. It really is very important, and only takes a moment. Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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Tokay Gecko

Published: Jan. 26, 2018, 12:53 a.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 49 seconds

Even if you aren't a big reptile fan, you should check out this episode on tokay geckos. Besides being adorable, they can also lick their eyelids, climb vertically up walls, eat their dead skin, watch their decapitated tail flap around, and more! Please don't forget to rate us, review us and subscribe! Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod Check out our website: https://coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com

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Sea Animals that Glow in the Dark

Published: Jan. 23, 2018, 12:20 a.m.
Duration: 11 minutes 54 seconds

We are breaking our usual format today to talk about a whole bunch of animals that all have something in common: bioluminescence. Bioluminescence, besides being very hard to spell, is also very cool. It's basically when animals glow in the dark. Today we are concentrating just on some of the underwater creatures that have this trait, and why they have it - for defense, mating, luring and more. Thanks to our listener Brandon for the request! Thanks for subscribing, rating and reviewing us on iTunes! If you haven't yet, do it! You can also find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod And by email: coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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Mako Sharks

Published: Jan. 20, 2018, 11:08 p.m.
Duration: 14 minutes 38 seconds

On this episode, we dive deep into the world of Mako sharks, thanks to a request from our listener friend Finn. These speedy, toothy animals are not only creepy looking, but also super cool. Unless maybe you're a fisherman who has had one land in your boat! (It's happened!) Do you have an idea for an episode? Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Find us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod

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Praying Mantis

Published: Jan. 19, 2018, 12:01 a.m.
Duration: 13 minutes 50 seconds

This week we tackle our first listener request - the praying mantis. Other than, oh I don't know, EATING BIRDS, there are a lot of cool things about this insect. Check out the episode, and if you have a request, let us know! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ Website: coolfactsaboutanimalspodcast.wordpress.com We're on Twitter! https://twitter.com/coolanimalspod

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Golden Snub - Nosed Monkeys

Published: Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Duration: 8 minutes 6 seconds

In this episode, Grady and Clara share some information about the silver long-nosed giraffe. No wait--golden snub-nosed monkey. These primates live in cold weather, snuggle at night, and are super cute. Plus, a podcast first--we don't talk about poop! Find us on Facebook at @coolfactsaboutanimals Email us questions or suggestions at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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Assassin Bugs

Published: Jan. 15, 2018, 11:20 p.m.
Duration: 8 minutes 32 seconds

In this episode of Cool Facts About Animals, we are talking about the seriously creepy assassin bug. You won't believe how they kill their prey - or what they eat for breakfast! Subscribe to our feed on iTunes (and rate us!) https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1334467437 Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/ And email us with questions, comments, or suggestions! coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com

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UPDATED Burrowing Owls

Published: Jan. 14, 2018, 8:59 p.m.
Duration: 6 minutes 11 seconds

In this episode, Grady, Clara and Theo talk about burrowing owls. Burrowing owls have lots of cool things about them, but one of the coolest has to do with poop! This episode contains a correction to the first recording. Burrowing owls *are* native to Florida. We apologize for the mistake! Questions, suggestions? Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/

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Galapagos Tortoise

Published: Jan. 13, 2018, 12:30 a.m.
Duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

This is the second episode of our kid-made podcast "Cool Facts About Animals." This week, we will be discussing the Galapagos Tortoise - a very slow, very heavy, very cool animal. Email us at coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/

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Cheetah

Published: Jan. 12, 2018, 12:38 a.m.
Duration: 5 minutes 30 seconds

Animal-lover Grady, age 7, is joined by his 5-year-old sister Clara, 3-year-old brother Theo, and cough cough year-old mother Ali to discuss cool things about animals. A different animal will be featured each week. On this first episode, we will be discussing the mighty cheetah. **Correction - Grady mistakenly said "water beast" instead of water buffalo. Questions/suggestions? Email us coolfactsaboutanimals@gmail.com and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coolfactaboutanimals/

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