NEW Scorpion Puppet by Folkmanis

Scorpion Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Scorpion Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:
  • Scorpions do not live under monarchies, they do have sophisticated social behaviors
  • males and females engage in intricate courtship dances and mothers diligently care for their young
  • scorpions are arachnids and have 8 legs, 2 of which are pincers
  • the stinger holds poisonous venom that can paralyze or kill their prey
  • they have the ability to slow down their metabolism in order to conserve energy and some can live on as little as one insect a year
  • their diet is primarily comprised of insects and sometime includes other arachndsm small reptiles and rodents

NEW Grasshopper Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Grasshopper Folkmanis Puppet

Grasshopper Folkmanis Puppet

Facts of Interest:
  • grasshoppers can be found all over the world
  • they are herbivores that live in meadows and fields where there is plenty of vegetaation to eat
  • many cultures have long cherished the song of the grasshopper, which is made by fluttering the wings during flight, rubbing pegs on the hind legs together or rubbing the wings together – some species make no sound
  • grasshoppers have 5 eyes, 2 of which have thousands of lenses that help them see in all directions
  • a grasshopper can jump 20 times its length – that would be the same a a human jumping over 100 feet!
 

NEW Desert Tortoise Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

 

Desert Tortoise Folkmanis Puppet

Desert Tortoise Folkmanis Puppet

Facts of Interest:
  • Desert Tortoises have inhabited the Mojave and Sonoran deserts for millions of years
  • they can live as long as 80 years
  • claw like scales on their heavy front legs allow desert tortoises to dig burrows
  • they are solitary creatures and are able to survive temperatures exceeding 140 F by remaining underground for 95% of their time
  • strict herbivores, desert tortoises obtain nutrition and most of their water intake from grasses, flowers, herbs, fruits and berries
  • the US federal Endangered Species Act has listed the Desert Tortoise as threatened

 

NEW – Red Octopus Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Red Octopus Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Red Octopus Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:
  • the red octopus inhabits the intertidal waters of the east Pacific coast from Alaska to Baja
  • ususally red or reddish-brown, the red octopus can change color in order to hide or to attract a mate
  • they have excellent eyesight but used the highly sensitive suckers covering each tentacle to search the ocean floor for food, usually crabs and other crustaceans or mollusks
  • Octopuses are intelligent and some species use sheels as tools
  • they exhibit individual personalities and playfulness
  • they have 3 hearts – one pumps blood through the body while the other 2 pump blood through the gills
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NEW Ladybug Hand Puppet from Folkmanis

Ladybug Hand Puppet

Ladybug Hand Puppet

 
FACTS OF INTEREST:
  • the ladybug is also sometimes called ladybird or lady beetle
  • it is said that she received her name from European farmers who prayed to “Our Lady”, the Virgin Mary, to save their crops from voraceous insects
  • there are about 5000 species of ladybug
  • the red and black, 7-spotted variety is native to Europe and was brought to North American in the mid 1900′s
  • Ladybugs are prized for their appetite for insects pests
  • one Ladybug can consume as many as 5000 insects over the course of its life
  • under cold condtions, they often cluster in large colonies to take advantage of their collective warmth
 

 

Anteater Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Anteater Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Anteater Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

 
Facts of Interest:
 
  • the anteater can be found in the grasslands, swamps and tropical forests of Central and South America
  • they are one of the few mamals without teeth
  • their tongue can stick out more than two feet and lick at a rate of 160 times per minute
  • they consume 35,000 ants and termites a day
  • females give birth once a year to a single pup which they carry on their backs for several months
  • the coloring of the baby allows tit to be camouflaged against the fur

Emperor Penguin Hand Puppet by Folkmanis

Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin

FACTS OF INTEREST:
  • they live on the ice pack of Antarctica
  • they are the largest sea birds at 4 feet all
  • they can withstand temperatures of -100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • at the beginnin of the dark winter, the pwnguins gather in rookeries of thousands of birds and each female lays one egg
  • the males hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their bellies
  • for 2 moths, they huddle together and don’t eat
  • baby penguins have fun in the spring
  • they lie on their stomachs on smooth slopes and toboggan across them

Our National Bird – the Bald Eagle

Little Eagle Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Eagle Puppet by Folkmanis

 
FACTS OF INTEREST:
 
  • the Bald Eagle did not get its name because of the white feathers on its head make it appear bald but because the name comes from the Old English word “balde” meaning white
  • eagles are birds of prey – they hunt for live food using their impressive sight, sharp beaks and claws and masterful flying agility
  • eagles have both monocular and binocular vision, meaning that they can clearly see forward, to the side and a bit behind them
  • bald eagles eat mostly fish, but also prey on small mammals, other smaller birds, frogs and snakes
  • bald eagles can see their prey from up to 100 feet away and swoop down to attack at 100 mph!
  • female bald eagles are slightly bigger than males – they have wingspans of 6-8 feet and weigh about 9 pounds
  • the bald eagle became the national symbol of the US when it appeared on the Great Seal adopted by Congress in 1782.  Ben Franklin argued that the turkey should have been chosen instead
  • bald eagles were mearly hunted to extinction, but thanks to laws enacted for their protection their populations are on the rise
  • they were added to the US Endangered Species List in 1967 and removed in 2007
  • the life spand is about 20-30 years
  • females lay 1-3 eggs per year, though it is rare that all 3 survive into adulthood
  • their nest is the largest of any bird in North America
  • parents often come back to the same nest every year to breed
  • the largest Bald Eagle nest on record was 20 feet deep and weighed 2 tons

A Fabled Mystical Little Puppet – the Unicorn

Little Unicorn Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Unicorn Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:
  • the unicorn is a fabled mystical animal, found in the legends of cultures all over the world
  • they are most common in European folklore
  • the word unicorn means one-horned in Latin
  • the unicorn is usually depicted as a white horse with a horn spiraling from the middle of the forehead
  • they are sometimes illustrated as having a short beard and cloven hooves like a goat
  • unicorns were mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts and became prevalent in the art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance period
  • a unicorn horn was believed by some to contain magical powers, including the ability to heal the sick and to purify wate
  • runicorns were generally thought to be benevolent, peaceful and solitary creatures, althoug some storeis present them as aggressive fighters
  • in Chinese tradition, unicorns are a symbol of luck
  • cave paintings of animals resembling unicorns have been found in France, South Africa and South America
  • there is no evidence of the unicorn’s existence in the form of fossils has ever been discovered
  • inspirations for the creation of the unicorn myth in nature may have been the one-horned Rhino and the single spiraled horn of the narwhal
  • a unicorn is present on the Royal Coat of Arms of both Scotland and the United Kingdom

A New Little Green Friend

Little Frog Puppet by Folkmanis

Little Frog Puppet by Folkmanis

FACTS OF INTEREST:
 
  • like all amphibians, frogs are cold blooded
  • they bask in the sun to warm up and immerse themselves in cold water to find shade to cool off
  • in extreme climates, frogs hibernate when it gets too cold or aestivate when temperatures are too  high
  • some frogs hibernate under water, while others dig burrows beneath the earth or under rocks or logs
  • each time a frog hibernates, it grows another thin layer of bone
  • scientists can tell the approximate age of a frog by counting these layers, just like the rings of a tree
  • frogs begin their lives in the water as tadpoles
  • once they mature, growing legs and losing their tail, they live mostly on land
  • tadpoles absorb oxygen from the water using gills
  • adult frogs lose their gills and develop lungs so that they can breath on land through their nostrils
  • rather than hydrating through their mouths by drinking, even adult frogs absorb water through their skin
  • frogs shed their skin as they grow bigger, usually making a meal out it it
  • a female frog will lay thousands of eggs at a time that are then fertilized by a make
  • the eggs are covered in a foul tasting jelly to protect them from predators
  • tadpoles emerge from the egg sack with a large head and long tail
  • they must be fast seimmers to avoid being eaten by fish or birds
  • frogs can be found all over the world near fresh water sources like ponds, lakes, creeks and marshes
  • frogs mostly eat insects but some larger frogs can eat mice, snakes and turtles
  • frogs have long, sticky tongues, which are attached at the front of their mouths rather at the front of their mouths rather than the back, allowing them to snatch prey from a distance and deposit it directly into the back of their throats