From Xplor for Kids
November 2019 Issue

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Wild Times

In nature, some things happen quickly and some things happen slowly. For example, during the summer, a thirteen-lined ground squirrel’s heart beats about 300 times each minute. That’s fast! But during hibernation, the same squirrel’s heart slows down to only 300 beats each hour. That’s S-L-O-W.

Instructions

Do you have a good sense of time? Let’s find out. For each of the following facts, circle the choice for how long it takes to happen.

1. At the peak of growth, a white-tailed deer may add half an inch to its antlers each ___ .

  • minute
  • hour
  • day

2. River otter pups learn to swim when they’re about 12 ___ old.

  • hours
  • days
  • weeks

3. Scarlet tanagers are beautiful bug-bashing machines. The flame red birds can eat 2,000 caterpillars in one ___ .

  • hour
  • day
  • week

4. Super poopers: On average, a snow goose goes to the bathroom every four ___ .

  • seconds
  • minutes
  • hours

5. Using only its teeth, a beaver can chew down a willow tree that’s thicker than your leg in under five ___ .

  • seconds
  • minutes
  • hours

6. Bumblebees are buzzy — and busy. On average, this hardworking insect visits 500 flowers every ___ .

  • hour
  • day
  • week

7. Little brown bats are better than a bug zapper. A single bat can catch and eat up to 1,000 insects in one ___ .

  • minute
  • hour
  • day

8. Pouch potatoes: Minutes after they’re born, baby opossums crawl into their mama’s pouch and don’t come back out for 70 ___ .

  • minutes
  • hours
  • days

9. A ruby-throated hummingbird flaps its wings about 50 to 200 times each ___ .

  • second
  • minute
  • hour

10. The spiders living in a patch of woods the size of a football field eat more than 80 pounds of insects in one ___ .

  • day
  • month
  • year

11. On moonlit nights during mating season, an eastern whip-poor-will can sing its name 60 times each ___ .

  • second
  • minute
  • hour

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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