Streams and their surrounding habitat are home to a variety of creatures. Can you match up these animals with their descriptions?
|1. Belted Kingfisher
2. Double-crested Cormorant
3. Eastern Hellbender
4. Giant Water Bug
8. Northern Water Snake
9. Tadpole Madtom
10. Tubifex Worm
|A. Contrary to popular belief, this animal does not wash its food before eating. The action that one is observing is this creature using its sensitive fingers to search for small prey, such as frogs or shellfish.|
B. This is the only insect to go through two, winged stages. After its nymph stage it becomes a dun, which resembles the adult stage, except for its dull skin and the inability to reproduce.
C. This creature is able to survive in water too polluted for other creatures. Thousands of these animals may be observed wriggling together in a single clump.
D. This animal, also known as a “Toe-Biter,” eats insects, tadpoles, small fishes and salamanders.
E. This animal can grow to be 29" long and is sometimes called an “Allegheny Alligator.” Despite its fearsome appearance, it is harmless.
F. This creature’s saliva acts like an anticoagulant, which will cause you to bleed profusely if bitten.
G. Unlike most other water birds, this creature lacks the oil glands that would make it “waterproof.” As a result, it is often seen perched by the water with its wings half open, drying in the sun.
H. This secretive creature, which sports four pairs of barbels, is known to hide in empty bottles and cans.
I. This creature hisses when it is alarmed or angry and purrs when it is contented.
J. This animal digs its home, a 3– to 5-foot-long tunnel, into the side of a cut-away, exposed bank.
Solution 1-J, 2-G, 3-E, 4-D, 5-B, 6-I, 7-A, 8-F, 9-H, 10-C