A hungry python slithers through Everglades National Park in Florida. What’s for lunch? A furry little mammal.
The mammal population in the park is shrinking. That’s partly because of the Burmese pythons that live there too. Florida senator and snake hunter Frank Artiles wants to change that. He wants the state to hire trained python hunters. The hunters would capture or kill the snakes.
Burmese pythons don’t belong in the Everglades. They once belonged to people as pets. Then their owners discarded them in the park.
No one has seen the California red-legged frog in the Santa Monica Mountains for a long time. But now researchers are hopping for joy. They found a stash of frog eggs there!
Habitat loss and invasive species have made red-legged frogs almost disappear in Thousand Oaks, California. So park workers have been trying to rebuild the frog population there. They began by bringing frogs in from another mountain range.
Their work has paid off. Nine masses of eggs were found in the Santa Monica Mountains on March 14. The threatened frogs are finally reproducing.
What’s the best kind of dog? New rankings from the American Kennel Club can tell you. At least, they can tell you which dogs are most popular in America.
This year, the Labrador retriever won the award. Here’s the whole list:
1. Labrador retriever
2. German shepherd
3. Golden retriever
6. French bulldog
9. Yorkshire terrier
The Lab has won first place for 26 years in a row. AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo says people love Labs because “you don’t have to be an expert dog owner” to have one. The dogs are friendly, easy to train, and eager to please.
The AKC has existed since the 1880s. In all that time, only one breed has stayed in the top 10 every year: the beagle.
You should never let fire get this close to your head. But customers in Rafah, Gaza Strip, don’t seem to mind it. Their barber, Ramadan Adwan, uses the flames to dry their hair.
The Gaza Strip is a troubled territory. Mr. Adwan started using the flames because his electricity was often cut off. When that happened, his hair dryers didn’t work. Now after he cuts and combs hair, he applies lotion and powder to protect his customers’ skin. Then he dries their hair using flames from an aerosol can.
Other barbers in Gaza are copying Mr. Adwan’s trick. But he says it’s not a good idea for inexperienced barbers. In other words, don’t try this at home!
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