The Shy Five
The shy five is a term from the people at Meerkat Magic and is for some of the animals found in the little Karoo of South Africa. It consists of the:
- Bat-eared fox
The Little Five
The little five consists of the:
- Ant lion – is a larva which digs a funnel shaped crater which it carefully prepares. It burries itself at the bottom and awaits its prey (ants).
- Buffalo weavers – Nest in open colonies. Their nests are untidy and are made of twigs and coarse grasses.
- Elephant shrew – gets its name from it long nose and is said to be the most successful ground-dwelling insectivores;
- Leopard tortoise – it is the largest tortoises in Africa and its name come from the colour of its shell. They grow to approximately 60cm or more in length. Their eggs only hatch a year after being laid.
- Rhinoceros beetle – one of the largest beetles (3 – 6cm long) in Southern Africa and it has huge spikes similar to a rhino’s horn, the beetles use them mainly for combat but also for digging, climbing and mating, not for defense.
Not sure which are the Big Five? – Read our post here: BigFive
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These are so much more interesting than the Big Five! Thanks for sharing. Your blog is crammed with fascinating information.
Yes Nikki, we agree that these are way more interesting that the Big Five! And thanks for the feedback, it is great that you are finding the blog fascinating!