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Fun Lemming Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun lemming facts for kids. Learn what they look like, where they live, what they eat, how they survive in the wild and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about lemmings!
- Lemmings are small rodents found in and around the Arctic.
- They have a round shape with soft hair, short legs and small ears.
- Lemmings grow to around 16 cm (6.3 in) in length and weigh around 28 g (1 oz).
- Lemmings are herbivores, eating grass, leaves, berries, and other vegetation.
- They remain active in the cold winter, burrowing through snow for food.
- Lemmings can act aggressively when threatened in a warning display that may help them avoid danger.
- Birds of prey such as snowy owls are predators of lemmings.
- There are many different types of lemmings, such as the West Siberian lemming, Norway lemming, wood lemming, northern bog lemming and steppe lemming.
- Due to their unique genetics, wood lemmings give birth to around three times more female offspring than males.
- A popular myth states that lemmings follow each other to their deaths, jumping off cliffs without thought. This is partly due to a 1958 documentary (White Wilderness) in which lemmings were tragically thrown off a cliff by producers in order to fake the scenes.