Mammals

Learn all about these amazing creatures.
By: Alissa Cattron

What Is A Mammal?  

Mammals are animals that have hair, are warm-blooded, and nourish their young with milk. Some modern-day mammals include people, apes, dogs, mice, elephants, pandas, and many more.

. Marsupials: their young are born in an extremely immature state.Types Of Mammals    Monotremes: are primitive egg-laying mammals. Placental mammals: their young are born at an advanced state.

monotremes only live in Australia and New Guinea. . after the babies hatch. These mammals lay eggs. the mothers nourish their young with milk. Today.Monotremes  Monotremes are the most primitive mammals.

Types of Monotremes    There are three species of monotremes: The duck-billed platypus and two spiny anteaters. This is a picture of a duck-billed platypus .

during the time of the dinosaurs. Many marsupials have a pouch that encloses the young. . The young attach themselves to their mother.Marsupials   Marsupials are pouched mammals whose babies are born in a very undeveloped state. Marsupials evolved about 100 to 75 million years ago.

. The smallest is the pilbara. Kangaroo. and koala the most common. opossum. The only marsupial in North America is the Virginia opossum. Pictured is a kangaroo. it would fit in a persons hand. Tasmanian devil.Types of Marsupials      The biggest is the human sized red kangaroo.

The placenta is attached to the mother¶s uterus and it delivers oxygen and nutrients to the young. Most mammals are placental mammals. Before birth the young are nourished through a placenta.Placental Mammals    Placental mammals are advanced mammals whose young are born at an advanced stage. .

and horses. . The most common: people.Types of Placental Mammals   There are almost 4. dogs.000 known species of placental mammals. cats.

.Mammal Diets  Mammals have to eat a lot to maintain their high body temperature. there are more herbivores (planteaters) than there are carnivores (meateaters). Diets vary from mammal to mammal. As with most animal groups.

The Different Types of Diets  There are four types of diets that mammals can have. They can be:  Herbivores  Carnivores  Omnivores  Insectivores .

and others. horses. sloths. cows. . Some herbivores include: beavers.Herbivores    Herbivores are plant eaters. Pictured are panda bears. pandas.

lions. Some carnivores include: whales and dolphins.Carnivores   Carnivores are meat eaters. tigers. dogs. and others. Baby Dolphin .

some bears. and others.Omnivores   Omnivores eat both plants and meat. Some omnivores include: people. Grizzly Bear .

Insectivores   Insectivores eat insects. anteaters. Aardvark . Some insectivores include: aardvarks. and others.

several species of shrews.Venomous Mammals   Only a few mammals are venomous. and the Solenodon (a small insectivore). Haitain Solenodon . These mammals include: male duckbilled platypus.

We will also learn what the smallest. loudest and smelliest mammals are. slowest and biggest mammals are. We are going find out what the fastest.Mammal Extremes     Here are some fun mammal facts. Along with some other cool facts. .

The cheetah runs between 60 and 70 miles per hour. .The Fastest Mammal   The fastest mammal (also the fastest land animal) it the Cheetah.

The sloth moves less than 1 mile per hour. .The Slowest Mammal   The slowest mammal is the sloth.

The biggest land mammal is the African Elephant.The Biggest Mammal   The biggest mammal also known as the biggest animal that ever lived on Earth is the blue whale. African Elephants .

The Tallest Mammal  The tallest mammal is the giraffe. .

2 and 2.The Smallest Mammals    The smallest mammal is the pygmy shrew and the bumblebee bat. Pygmy Shrew .7 grams. The bumblebee bat weighs about 2 grams. The pygmy shrew weighs between 1.

The second loudest is the howler monkey.The Loudest Mammal    The loudest mammal is the blue whale. Pictured is a Black Howler Monkey. .

The Smelliest Mammal  The smelliest mammal is the striped skunk. .

The Fattest Mammal  The blue whale has the thickest layer of blubber. Ringed Seal Pup . but the ringed seal pups have the greatest percentage of fat (about 50%).

More Mammal Facts    There are about 5.000 species of living mammals You have learned that mammals are divided into three subclasses: Monotremes. . three middle ear bones. Marsupials. Mammals unlike other animals have body hair. and Placental mammals. and nourish their young with milk that females produce.

What Did You Learn?    Hopefully you have learned a lot more about mammal. like the biggest and smelliest mammal. I also hope that you found the facts interesting. Do you now know what creature in the picture is not a mammal? .

Test What You Learned A Mammal Worksheet The Answers To The Worksheet .