Our world is enormous and there are so many forms of life around us. There are approximately 7.7 million species of animals on our planet with only 12% of them only described. With such an abundance of life forms, it's not surprising people tend to confuse certain animals. Such include:
1.) Hares and Rabbits. Hares are typically faster than rabbits. Their ears and hind legs are also longer and they have bigger feet.Hares tend to be larger than rabbits, with longer hind legs and longer ears with black markings. While rabbits' fur stays the same color year-round, hares change color from brown or gray in the summer to white in the winter.Rabbits and hares even tend to eat different foods. While rabbits prefer softer grasses and vegetables, hares like to eat harder bark and twigs.
2.) Hedgehog and porcupines. Both of these animals spiny. Porcupines are rodents with big front teeth. As for hedgehogs, their snout and teeth are pointed and they are omnivorous.
3.) Ilamas and Alpacas. Mature ilamas are much larger than Alpacas whose weight typically varies between 100 to 170 pounds. As for an adult ilama, it can weigh as much as 400 pounds. The ears of Alpacas are short and spear shaped. Ilamas have long curved ears. A ilamas face is longer and mostly hairless while Alpacas has fluffy face.
4.) Crocodiles and Alligators. Both species have much in common except for one thing; their salt tolerance. Crocodiles have glands which they use to excrete excess salt , which enables them live in salt water lakes. As for Alligators, their salt glands don't excrete much salt hence they prefer to stay in fresh water. Alligators also have U-shaped snout while crocodiles have V-shaped snout.
5.) Sea lions and Seals. Both are fin footed animals. However, sea lion flippers are larger and covered with skin. Seals have a thin web flippers and each small toe has a claw. Seals are also smaller and mainly stay in water and crawl on their belly. Sea lions can walk.
6.) Wasp and bees. Bees are hairy and their rear legs are flat. Wasps on the other hand have smooth bodies with tiny waists and their legs are more slender. As for the attitude of these insects, wasps are more aggressive on protecting their nests while bees are more calmer and more docile.
7.) Frogs and toads. The skin of most frogs is smooth while the toad skin is rough and bumpy. Frog legs are long and slender and they also have big bulgy eyes. As for toads, their legs are shorter and eyes are smaller. Frogs also organize their eggs in a cluster while toads lay eggs in a strand.
8.) Dolphins and porpoises Most dolphins have faces, curved dorsal fins and slender body. Porpoise have triangular backfins, robust bodies and round faces. Porpoises have spade shaped teeth and their mouth are smaller while dolphins teeth are curved, cone shaped and more prominent.
9.) Leopards and jaguars. Both are big cats. The way to distinguish them is to examine the cluster of dark spots on their fur. Inside these clusters, jaguars have smaller spots. Leopards are also a bit smaller and slender than jaguars and also have longer tails than leopards.
10.) Turtles and Tortoises. Turtles have webbed feets as they mostly live in water. Their shells are also lighter and flat. Tortoises on the other hand prefer to live on land and have heavy dome like shell.
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