Today I want to write about one of my favourite cartoon characters, the greater roadrunner.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These large cuckoos grow to about 62 cm long, of which half is their long tail.
- They can fly, but prefer to run around, catching a range of prey, including snakes (even rattlesnakes), lizards, insects, spiders, mice, small birds and scorpions. After catching their prey, they bang their heads against the ground until they are dead.
- In real life, a coyote is able to beat a greater roadrunner in a footrace, but the roadrunner would be able to fly away if the coyote got too close.
- They are well-adjusted to living in dry areas and don’t need to drink water as they get their water from their prey. They also have a gland near their nose to get rid of excess salt.
- Greater roadrunners are found in the deserts of south-western USA and northern Mexico where they are quite common.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about greater roadrunners?