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20 Interesting Facts About Sugar Gliders

Sugar gliders are small, nocturnal marsupials of the possum family. They are named so because of their gliding ability and fondness for sweet foods. Sugar gliders are one of the three living gliding mammals besides flying squirrels and colugos (flying lemurs). These marsupials can catch flying insects while gliding. A soft membrane between the front and back legs acts like a parachute in sugar gliders. It assists the animal in gliding up to half the length of a soccer pitch (around 165 feet) in a single leap. The sugar glider controls the direction of this long glide through its bushy tail, which performs the function of a rudder. Sugar gliders are present in New Guinea ( Indonesia and Papua New Guinea) and Australia, where they are the most common and widely spread Australian gliders . Their habitat includes woodlands, open forests , and wet forests. Sugar gliders are native to mainland Australia but were introduced to Tasmania from Victoria during the early 1800s. However, these

35 Interesting Facts About Mauritius

Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean, nearly 500 miles east of Madagascar. It also shares maritime borders with France (Reunion) and Seychelles. Mauritius consists of the island of Mauritius and three outlying territories: Rodrigues Island, Agalega Islands (two islands located 600 miles north of Mauritius), and Saint Brandon (also called Cargados Carajos Shoals). Two islands of Mauritius (Mauritius and Rodrigues) and Reunion (a French overseas department) are collectively known as the Mascarene Islands. The land area of Mauritius is 2040 sq. km, and more than 90% of this area consists of the island of Mauritius. The disputed EEZ (exclusive economic zone) of the country is 2.3 million sq. km due to its claim on the Chagos Archipelago ( UK ) and Tromelin Island (France). Arabs were the first to discover the uninhabited islands of Mauritius during or before the 10 th Century. Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit the country during the 16 th Century, but they did

30+ Interesting Facts About Kuwait

Kuwait is a small country in the Arabian Peninsula . The Persian Gulf is on its east, which forms a maritime border with Iran. This Middle Eastern country shares land borders with Iraq (north and northwest) and Saudi Arabia (south and southwest). Kuwait is an emirate ruled by the Al Sabah family . This dynasty initially established a Sheikhdom in Kuwait in 1756. Kuwaiti ruler Abdullah II (1866-92) formed close relations with the Ottoman Empire. After his assassination, the new ruler (Mubarak the Great) turned Kuwait into a British protectorate in 1899 due to the danger of an Ottoman invasion. This British protection continued until the country’s independence in 1961. Britain managed to establish the Kuwaiti-Saudi border in 1922 . However, efforts to resolve disputes with Iraq remained unsuccessful. Iraq claimed Kuwait to be its territory in 1938, the year of the discovery of oil in the emirate. Iraq later recognized the independence and borders of Kuwait in 1963. Kuwait  introduced co

25+ Interesting Facts About Echidnas

Echidna is one of the only two members of monotremes (egg-laying mammals) . The other animal in this mammalian order is the platypus. There are two genera and four species of echidnas. Long-beaked echidnas have three species, while there is a single species in short-beaked echidnas. Long-beaked echidnas are limited to New Guinea. Short-beaked echidnas are widely spread, having a presence on the islands of New Guinea, Australia , and Tasmania. There are several visible differences between long-beaked and short-beaked echidnas, together with the size of their beak. Long-beaked echidnas are bigger but have shorter spines and tongues than short-beaked echidnas. Ants and termites are the primary food of echidnas, due to which they are also called “spiny anteaters .” They also eat other small invertebrates in the soil, such as beetles , earthworms, and moths. Echidnas use their strong sense of smell and the electroreception feature on the beak to locate their prey. These monotremes use th

25+ Interesting Facts About Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia . Two major rivers , Syr Darya and Amu Darya, establish borders on its northeast and southwest. Uzbekistan is the third largest and the most populous country in Central Asia. Its population density is the highest in the region. Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein, a small European country, are the only two  doubly landlocked  countries. All five neighboring countries of Uzbekistan ( Afghanistan , Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) are also landlocked (surrounded by land). Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian country that borders all the other four countries of the region. Three Uzbek cities (Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva) are among the most famous  cities on the Silk Road . Bukhara and Samarkand are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. Uzbekistan is the world’s 5 th  largest  producer of uranium  and the 2 nd  largest in  Asia  after Kazakhstan. ( Source ) The Muruntau Gold Mine in Uzbekistan is the world’s  largest open-pit