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• No, animal classes are not like the classes people have at school! • An animal class is made up of animals that are all alike in important ways. Scientists have grouped animals into classes to make it easier to study them. • There are many different animal classes and every animal in the world belongs to one of them. The five most well known classes of vertebrates (animals with backbones) are mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians. • There are also a lot of animals without backbones. These are called invertebrates . Two of the most commonly known classes are arachnids (spiders) and insects. • My favourite animals belong to Mammals class but I also like other vertebrates. I don’t like spiders and insects except the ladybug , the butterfly and the bee.

Mammals (mamíferos) • People are mammals. So are dogs, cats, horses, kangaroos, dolphins and whales. What do all these animals have in common, you ask? • The answer is – MILK! If an animal drinks milk when it is a baby it belongs to the mammal class. And my favourite mammals are (alphabetic order): •

UKEng: Cat Port: Gato

UKEng: Dog Port: C達o

UKEng: Dolphin Port: Golfinho

UKEng: Horse Port: Cavalo

UKEng: Whale Port: Baleia

Birds (aves/pássaros) • Birds are animals that have feathers and that are born out of hard-shelled eggs. • Some people think that what makes an animal a bird is its wings. Bats have wings. Flies have wings. Bats and flies are not birds. So what makes an animal a bird? • The answer is feathers! • And I love...

UKEng: Owl Port: Coruja

UKEng: Penguin Port: Pinguim

Fish (peixes) • Fish are vertebrates that live in water and have gills, scales and fins on their body. There are a lot of different fish and many of them look very odd indeed. • And I like…

UKEng: Goldfish Port: Peixe (dourado)

UKEng: Shark Port: Tubar達o

Reptiles (repteis) • Reptiles are a class of animal with scaly skin. They are cold blooded and are born on land. • Snakes, lizards, crocodiles, alligators and turtles all belong to the reptile class. • The only reptile I like is...

What is the difference between a turtle and a tortoise? •

Tortoises -- In contrast to the turtles, almost all tortoise species are land-dwelling animals. They are typically larger, bulkier and heavier than their turtle counterparts. They tend to eat low-growing vegetation. Unlike the webbed feet of a turtle, the tortoise species have stubby feet with sharp claws for traction. Tortoises warm their bodies by basking in the sun, and they use underground burrows to cool themselves.


Turtles -- Most of the turtle species spend their lives in or near water. They have webbed feat, which helps them swim efficiently. They are well "designed" for their aquatic environment in other ways, too. They are generally more streamlined than their tortoise counterparts. Turtles use the sun's rays to warm themselves, and they use water and/or shade to cool themselves. Read more:


Port: tartaruga/cรกgado

Arthropods 窶的nsects (artropodosinsetos) 窶「 Any animals that have more than four, jointed legs are arthropods. Insects, spiders and crustaceans all belong to Arthropods 窶「 Arthropods are some of the most interesting animals in the world! 窶「 They fly, they creep, and they crawl. They live on land, in ponds and in the ocean. From ants (formigas) to bumblebees (abelhas), crabs (caranguejos) to crayfish (lagostim), spiders (aranhas) to centipedes (centopeias) - which are my favourites!?

UKEng: Ladybug/ladybird Port: Joaninha

UKEng: butterfly Port: Borboleta

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