Do tarantulas eat their exoskeletons after they shed? We took the exoskeleton out of the cage of our classroom tarantula. Was that bad?

Question Asked by 2nd Grade Class in Blackfoot Question answered by Jason Thomas University of Idaho Minnedoka County Extension Educator Though some reptiles will feed on their shed skin, there has been no significant evidence to suggest that tarantulas do this. The key difference is in the digestive system, while lizards like geckos can swallow…

How do you stop a desert wildfire?

Answered by Kelsey Griffee, Fire Information & Prevention, BLM-Idaho Falls District Office Wildfire is a mesmerizing natural occurrence created by the chemical reaction of oxygen, heat and fuels. Oxygen is supplied from the air all-around us and spurred by wind. Heat is sparked by lightning or human folly. Fuels come in the form of grass,…

How do boats float?

Answered by Randy Haws, Environmental Scientist, Pro2Serve Whether an object floats or not depends on several things. Solid objects, like wood or apples, float because they have lots of air in them and are lighter than the water around them. Objects like pennies or paper clips sink because the atoms in them are close together…

Why does clay become hard and waterproof when it’s heated? Why does temperature affect different clays in different ways?

Question asked by Volunteers at the Idaho Art Lab | Answered by Dr. Paul Link, ISU Department of Geosciences The purest clay is made of the mineral kaolinite, KAlSi3O8. Ceramic clays also contain quartz and feldspar minerals. During the heating (firing) process to about 1400 degrees F, the feldspars melt, along with some of the…

We’re studying about the Hagerman horse fossil, which is Idaho’s state fossil. What other animals lived at the time Hagerman horses were alive?

Question Answered by Dr. Kari Prassack, Lead Paleontologist at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument The Hagerman Fossil Beds are part of the Pliocene Epoch (5.3-2.6 million years ago) and date from about 4 million to 3 million years ago. This is the time just before the ice ages of the Pleistocene Epoch, and Idaho was…