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I’m Caitlyn, a science writer and communicator. And every Friday, I’m your go-to place for fun animal facts!



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Meet the chinstrap penguin

I love it when the names of animals make sense. Case in point: chinstrap penguins. Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica) live in northern Antarctica and on several surrounding islands. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, they are easily identifiable by their chinstraps – a thin band of black feathers running from the black cap…

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Meet the Galápagos tortoise

As we enter winter here in the Northern Hemisphere, I find myself hunkering down. It’s so hard to get moving when it’s cold and dark outside! However, some animals are slow even though they live in warm environments. That’s right, I’m talking about the Galápagos (or giant) tortoise (Chelonoidis niger). As you might have guessed…

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