When you think of cave animals, you probably think of bats, bears, and frogs as the most commonly depicted inhabitants. But did you know that cave life is actually much more varied than that? They’re host to all kinds of creatures, from fish and mammals to insects and even crustaceans! Explore the underbelly of our world with this Toob of critters lighting the way for you!
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 4 L x 4 W x 33 H
- Size in inches: 1.57 L x 1.57 W x 12.99 H
- UPC: 095866687809
Crayfish, also known as crawfish, live in freshwater and look like small lobsters. Found in streams and lakes worldwide, Crayfish feed on living and dead animals as well as plants. They are usually 3 in long and weigh 8 lb.
Found in oceans, fresh water and on land in tropical regions, crabs are invertebrates, meaning they have no backbone. There are more than 4,000 species of crabs in the world and these omnivores can grow up to 13 ft.
Spiders, eight legged creatures with fangs that inject venom, can be found in every continent except for Antarctica. There are over 40,000 species of spiders and they are classified as arachnids, not insects. They are known for building sticky webs to trap their food.
Seen with their claws, segmented tail and poisonous stingers, Scorpions can grow up to 8 in and are found in all land masses except for Antarctica. These carnivores, commonly thought of as desert dwellers, are fluorescent under ultraviolet light and scientists do not know why.
Living in freshwater habitats and coastal regions everywhere except Antarctica, catfish are easily identified and got its name by its barbels, long whiskers that protrude from its mouth. They have a carnivorous diet and can grow up to 106 in.
Millipedes got its name from the misconception that they had 1,000 legs but in fact, they have up to 400 legs. They are detritivores, organisms that eat decaying or dead animal and plant matter and they can be found outdoors in damp areas.
Olms, often called cave salamanders, have snakelike bodies that can be up to 12 in long. These creatures are blind so they rely on smell and sound in dark caves.
Inhabiting both fresh water and salt water, eels are snakelike with long bodies, are scaleless and are very flexible. They can grow be anywhere from 2 in to 13 ft and are nocturnal, often hiding in sand, mud or rocks.