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  • What do fungi eat? (Are they decomposers?)

    What do fungi eat? (Are they decomposers?)

    There are many different types of fungi that eat different things, but common to them all is that they are important decomposers, playing a vital role in the recycling of nutrients in ecosystems. Fungi have a very broad diet consisting mostly of dead plant and animal matter, simple sugars from fruits, and even radioactivity! They…

  • Are Fungi Autotrophs or Heterotrophs? (Explained!)

    Are Fungi Autotrophs or Heterotrophs? (Explained!)

    Fungi like mold, mushrooms, and yeast grow on a variety of food sources, but common to them all is that their energy comes from the organic molecules that they absorb from other organisms. This makes fungi heterotrophs, which means they use organic compounds as food to provide energy for growth, development, and reproduction. It also…

  • Where Do Fledglings Sleep at Night + Other Fledgling Facts!

    Where Do Fledglings Sleep at Night + Other Fledgling Facts!

    If you’ve been outside in springtime, you may have seen young birds that are not quite babies and not quite adults. These little fledglings are everywhere in springtime, but what is so special about these immature birds? Fledgling is the state a bird enters after being a “nestling” (baby) and can be compared to the…

  • Baby Crayfish – 20 Facts And Careguide!

    Baby Crayfish – 20 Facts And Careguide!

    If you are a fan of crayfish, then you will be excited to learn about baby crayfish. These little creatures are fascinating and can be found in many bodies of fresh water, but not in seawater, as crayfish are strictly freshwater animals. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about…

  • What do groundhogs eat (Facts about the groundhog diet!)

    What do groundhogs eat (Facts about the groundhog diet!)

    Groundhogs are a common sight in many backyards across North America. These furry creatures may look cute and cuddly, but they can be a nuisance when they start digging up your garden! Groundhogs are herbivores and eat grasses and vegetables and fruits most of the time. However, they may eat insects, nuts, and mushrooms from…

  • Why Are Bacteria and Fungi Decomposers? (How, What and Why!)

    Why Are Bacteria and Fungi Decomposers? (How, What and Why!)

    Bacteria and fungi are called decomposers because they break down dead organic material into simple chemical nutrients, like carbon and nitrogen compounds, that can be used by plants and algae. Being the most abundant decomposers on earth, bacteria and fungi play an extremely important role in the recycling of nutrients in ecosystems. They are present…

  • Are chemosynthetic bacteria autotrophic or heterotrophic? (Answered and Explained!)

    Are chemosynthetic bacteria autotrophic or heterotrophic? (Answered and Explained!)

    Most bacteria get their nutrients by breaking down organic matter from things that were alive at some point, which classifies them as heterotrophs. This includes the bacteria in the soil and those that make us sick. This is effectively classifying most bacteria consumers or decomposers. And these bacteria are immensely important for our ecosystems. Other…

  • How Do Seahorses Sleep? (Know The Facts!)

    How Do Seahorses Sleep? (Know The Facts!)

    Seahorses are technically fish and are most notable for their uncanny appearance. They live in shallow seas in the tropical and temperate parts of the world. They are active swimmers but also spend a lot of their lives sleeping. Sea horses do not like to float around when sleeping so seahorses will latch onto anything…

  • Can an octopus breathe air? (Answered!)

    Can an octopus breathe air? (Answered!)

    Octopuses are members of the mollusk group which includes creatures like snails, mussels, and squids. Octopuses breathe underwater through a set of internal gills which extract oxygen from the water as they do not have lungs to breathe air. An octopus uses its gills to breathe like other sea creatures, it cannot breathe air. If…

  • Do Squids Have Gills or Lungs? (How do they breathe?)

    Do Squids Have Gills or Lungs? (How do they breathe?)

    Squids are deep-sea animals. They spend their whole life underwater and are not able to survive on land. This is primarily because they cannot breathe (or walk!) on land. Squids use gills to breathe like fish and other sea creatures. It is the most common way for water-breathing creatures to get oxygen from the water…