Glossary

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Tadpole - 

The larva stage of frogs and toads, which is characterized by gills and a tail for life in the water.

Tagua - 

A type of nut used as an ivory substitute.

Talons - 

The clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. of a bird of preyA bird that hunts and eats meat; also known as a raptor. Birds of prey use their talons to catch their food and their strong, curved beaks for tearing food into bite-sized pieces. Falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls are birds of prey..

Taxonomy/Taxonomist - 

The science of the classification of organisms. Common names of plants and animals can vary widely, but their scientific (taxonomic) names are accepted worldwide. For example, the puma (or mountain lion) has more than 40 common names, but only one scientific name, Felis concolor, which identifies the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. anyplace in the world. A taxonomist is one who studies taxonomy.

Terrestrial - 

Belonging to or living on the ground.

Territory/Territorial - 

The defended part of an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs.'s home rangeThe area over which an organism travels to obtain its food../A territorial animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. is one that defends its territory against intruders.

Threatened species - 

A government term denoting a speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. that seems likely to become endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase. in the near future.

Torpor - 

A long period of rest or inactivity.

Toxic/Toxin - 

Something that contains a poisonous substance or toxin./A poisonous substance produced by an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs..

Translocate - 

To move an animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. from one place to another.

Tucker babies - 

AnimalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. offspring that hide in a secure place while their mothers search for food. Mom tucks them into the hiding place, as opposed to keeping the offspring with her all the time (see runner babiesAnimal offspring that stay with their mothers all the time, as opposed to hiding in a secure place while their mothers search for food (see tucker babies). Giraffes and zebras are runner babies.). Many gazelles are tucker babiesAnimal offspring that hide in a secure place while their mothers search for food. Mom tucks them into the hiding place, as opposed to keeping the offspring with her all the time (see runner babies). Many gazelles are tucker babies..

Tundra - 

In arctic or subarctic regions, a flat or gently sloping plain that features low-lying plants and bushes, but no trees. Underneath the topsoil, the ground is often frozen.

Turtle/tortoise - 

A cold-bloodedAn animal whose body temperature changes with the temperature of the air or water around it, as a turtle or fish. animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. with a low, wide body covered by a shell. Some turtles live only in water, some live both on land and in water. Turtles that live only on land are called tortoises.

Tusks - 

Long incisor teeth that grow outside the mouths of such animals as the elephant and walrus.