Sunday, August 30, 2009
Our Hissing Cockroach
This engaging, realistic-looking plastic hissing cockroach is made of hard, flexible plastic. It is 3 inches long and 1 3/4 inches across from leg tip to leg tip. Our cockroach comes from Madagascar and is large with orange and black stripes. Our hissing cockroach replica is a little disgusting, but promises not to bite. It works well for a shoe box diorama or other school projects. It also makes for an interesting party favor or for a gag. Check out our other cockroach toys and gifts. Just to clarify, our toy cockroach does not make any noise - that's the species name of the real cockroach.
Hissing cockroaches are of the genus (Gromphadorhina portentosa) are found in Madagascar and are among the largrest cockroaches in the world.They are wingless and are often 2-3 inches long. They live in rotting logs and feed on rotting material and last for about five years. It gets its name by forcing air through its breathing pores in its abdomen, whereas other insects make sound by rubbing legs together.
This engaging, somewhat realistic-looking plastic crocodile miniature is made of somewhat flexible plastic. This replica has a detailed face and body and is painted in one shade of green, although the freshwater and saltwater Australian crocodile is more gray in color. It has detailed scales. This plastic crocodile makes for a nice pet, fits into a shoebox diorama, or serves as a great collectible. Check out our other crocodile toys and gifts.
About Australian Crocodiles
There are two kinds of Australian crocodiles, the Freshwater Johnsons Crocodile and Saltwater Estuarine Crocodile. Crocodiles have long narrow snouts, and the 4th tooth of the lower jaw is outside when the mouth is closed. Their scales have modified to form thick tough skin. All crocodiles have eyes and nostrils are on the top part of the head so that they can lie in the water almost completely hidden from view. Crocodiles have very strong jaws. They do not chew their food. They swallow it in large chunks. In the stomach the food is broken down. They feed on a large variety of prey such as small mammals, birds and even cattle. Crocodiles grab their prey and move to deep water, where they roll over to drown the animal. They can leap high out of the water to reach their prey if necessary.
Friday, August 28, 2009
With school about to start, it might be fun to do a series on animals used as school mascots that can also be found at Tapir and Friends online Gift Shop. Let's start with the beaver, since we're located in Oregon, and the beaver is the mascot of Oregon State University. Here you can see all five of the beavers (stuffed and plastic) that we have online for purchase as of this post date.
The beaver was not the OSU's first mascot. It began with a coyote named "Jimmy," progressed to a human mascot, John Richard Newton Bell, a bulldog, and eventually between about 1910 and 1916 to the beaver, a native animal of Oregon. You can read about the interesting evolution of Oregon State University's mascot here.
Meanwhile, what better place to get a toy beaver for a memento, gift, prank, reunion decor and souvenirs, prizes for work well done, or a nice, soft snuggle buddy than from a store that supports wildlife conservation as its main goal?
* Note: This particular stuffed beaver toy is not an offical mascot, but is a lifelike stuffed animal made by Hansa.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Above is our new plastic coral, which could be part of a coral reef display.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Come see our expanded collection of plastic primates!