May 22, 2013

Big Bowl of Gumbo Limbo Facts

  • The Gumbo Limbo is a tree species native to south Florida and the Florida Keys.

  • The guards that stand outside of Buckingham Palace are known as the Queen’s Guard.

  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center was founded in 1984 and hosts over 100,000 visitors every year.

  • Unlike most turtles, sea turtles are unable to retract their legs and heads inside their shells.

  • Sea turtles are one of the oldest species. They have been around 110 million years, since the time of dinosaurs.

  • The surface of the brain coral skeleton contains many rough ridges, and the animals live in the crevices between the ridges.

  • Spiny lobsters protect themselves from predators using the spines that cover their shells.

  • Quite the secretive creature, Moray eels rarely venture far from the crevices in which they live and feed by waiting for an unsuspecting meal to come along. The morays feed mainly on fish, and occasionally on octopuses and crustaceans. When they feed, they tie their bodies into knots, to anchor themselves when tearing at food.

  • A drastic temperature change can cause an immediate physical or behavioral change in a betta fish. If it does not get slowly accustomed to the water, the fish may swim erratically, float on one side or appear distressed.

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