Rose Okeke
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Hi! I am a writer, actor, and filmmaker. Reading is my favorite hobby. Watching old movies and taking short naps are a close second and third. I have been writing since childhood, with a vast collection of handwritten books sealed away in a duffel bag somewhere in my room. I love fiction, especially fantasy and adventure. I recently won the James Currey Prize 2022, so now, naturally, I feel like I own words. When I was 11, I wanted to be a marine biologist because I love animals, particularly dogs, cats, and owls. I also enjoy potatoes and chocolate in all their glorious forms.


Diving Duck Picture

Diving ducks are expert swimmers. These North American waterfowl can dive tens of feet into the water to find their food and hold their breaths for incredible amounts of time.… Read More

By Rose Okeke 1 year ago


Spotted Bass Picture

Spotted Bass Summary The spotted bass is a black bass endemic to North America, particularly the eastern part of the United States. These beautifully spotted fish are incredibly popular, not… Read More

By Rose Okeke 1 year ago


Sea Bass Picture

If you are an avid fish eater, then you might definitely have encountered a delicious plate of sea bass. However, there is a good chance that the fish you ate… Read More

By Rose Okeke 1 year ago


Groundhog Tick Picture

Groundhog ticks carry the Powassan virus which can cause brain-swelling. Groundhog Tick Facts The groundhog tick is a small but deadly parasite. It is a vector of the Powassan virus… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Giant Siphonophore Picture

The giant siphonophore is longer than the largest sea mammal – the blue whale. Giant Siphonophore Facts Giant siphonophores are bioluminescent. They can shine a bright blue in order to… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Feather Star Picture

Feather stars look like flowers. They have no heart, eyes, or brain. Feather Star Facts Feather stars eat with their feet. They have sticky mucus that helps them catch their… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Black Sea Bass Picture

Black sea bass males become fluorescent blue and green during the breeding season. Black Sea Bass Facts Black sea bass are not always black. They can have vivid blue or… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Blue German Shepherd Picture

The Blue German Shepherd is not actually blue but dark gray. Blue German Shepherd Summary Blue German Shepherds are purebred German Shepherds who possess a pair of genes that dilute… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Sable German Shepherd Picture

The gene responsible for their color is also found in wolves. Sable German Shepherd Summary Sable German Shepherds are known as the classic German Shepherd, believed to closely resemble the… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Black German Shepherd Picture

The black German shepherd is an extremely rare variation of the standard black-and-tan German shepherd. The black German shepherd is not a separate breed or a result of crossbreeding. Unlike… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Picture

Quick Facts Netherland dwarf rabbits are the smallest domestic rabbit breed.Netherland dwarf rabbits are so small because they possess dwarf genes. Their size makes them a popular rabbit breed to… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Red Nose Pit Bull Picture

The red nose pit bull is not its own breed, but are a type of American pit bull terrier. It was originally bred from the Old English terrier and the… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Blue Nose Pit Bull Picture

Coming from one of the most misunderstood and stereotyped dog breeds ever, the blue nose pit bull is a very rare type of pitbull. It is not a distinct breed.… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


11 Must-See Birds In New Jersey Picture

New Jersey boasts of hosting some of the rarest, quirkiest, and most enchanting birds in the eastern United States. Its wide range of habitable regions such as the woodlands, forests,… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Snailfish Picture

"The deepest ocean-dweller is a snailfish who explorers found over 26,700 feet below sea level." Facts Surfaced snailfish have “melted” or “exploded” due to the drastic change in atmospheric pressure… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Orchid Dottyback Picture

This fish camouflages as its prey's parents to trick it into becoming dinner. Facts The orchid dottyback is a brilliantly purple fish. They are sought after by aquarium owners to… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Volcano Snail Picture

The volcano snail lives comfortably in temperatures of up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Facts The volcano snail is the only animal on earth whose body is made up of mineralized… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Cone Snail Picture

Venom from one cone snail is enough to theoretically kill 700 people. Facts Cone snails have very beautiful shells, often decorated with different colors and patterns. They are collectors’ items… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Assassin Snail Picture

The name "assassin" is enough to strike fear into the hearts of all who hear it, but in reality, assassin snails are not scary at all. Assassin snails are highly… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Uromastyx (Spiny-Tailed Lizard) Picture

Far from boring, Uromastyx lizards have a lot of unique features. They have large, spiky tails with which they protect themselves, as well as different colors and patterns guaranteed to… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Urial Picture

Urials are wild species of sheep that originated from Asia. They are a nearly ancient species of sheep, and domesticated sheep descend from their line. They have become endangered due… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Spotted Skunk Picture

"Spotted skunks are known for their acrobatic abilities. They perform handstands before spraying their enemies." Facts They are the only skunks that can climb trees.The pygmy spotted skunk can fit… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Nutria Picture

An invasive species, one female nutria can birth up to 200 babies in just a few years of living! Facts Although the record life span of nutria in captivity is… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Vole Picture

Voles are small rodents that heavily resemble house mice, lemmings, and shrews. They are burrowing creatures and live in a wide range of habitats. These chunky little animals might be… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Zokor Picture

"Zokors are expert diggers. They burrow tunnels hundreds of feet long!" Zokor Summary Zokors are rodents native to Asia. They are “molelike” creatures with tiny eyes, long, sharp claws, and… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Oregon Spotted Frog Picture

The Oregon spotted frog is an endangered species of frog native to the Pacific Northwest. It has a range spanning Canada and the United States, although most of the frogs… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Olingo Picture

"Olingos are part of the raccoon family." Olingo Facts They possess anal scent glands which produce a pungent odor when the animal is scared. This is designed to drive enemies… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Onager Picture

An onager's coat changes color with the season. Facts Endangered: Onagers are an endangered species of equines. Only 28,ooo exist in the world today.Almost extinct: Only 600-700 Persian onagers are… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Yellow Crazy Ant Picture

The yellow crazy ant is so called because of its color, as well as the frenetic movements it makes when disturbed. Unlike other ant species, these pests don’t bite or… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Orinoco Crocodile Picture

"Orinoco crocodiles are the largest predators in South America; they're also going extinct!" Facts Orinoco crocodiles are the largest predators in South America. They are also apex predators which means… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Khao Manee Picture

The Khao Manee is one of the rarest cat breeds in the world. Facts They always have striking white fur. Some kittens might be born with colored spots which go… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Teddy Guinea Pig Picture

Teddy guinea pigs resemble teddy bears, hence their name. Facts Teddy guinea pigs have denser fur than any other guinea pig breed.Their features make them closely resemble teddy bears, hence… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Peruvian Guinea Pig Picture

The Peruvian guinea pig is well known for its long, soft tresses and edgy bangs. Facts Peruvian guinea pigs make several cute sounds, like squeaks and chirps in order to… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Black Dragon Lizard Picture

"Their black color is due to a genetic mutation!" Facts Water monitors are the second largest lizards in the world, after Komodo dragons.The black dragon lizard is completely black. It… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Red Ackie Monitor Picture

The red ackie prefers burrowing to climbing. Red Ackie Monitor Facts Master of disguise: The color and pattern of the red ackie’s spots correlate with their natural habitat to help… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Black Throat Monitor Picture

"The black-throat monitor is the second-longest lizard species in Africa and the largest in mass." Black Throat Monitor Facts The black-throat monitor is the heaviest in mass and second-longest lizard… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Ackie Monitor Picture

The ackie monitor has a spiny tail which it uses as in self-defense. Ackie Monitor Facts Although “ackies” is a nickname, herpetologists and animal professionals use to call ackie monitors.In… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Asian Water Monitor Picture

The Asian water monitor is a large, semiaquatic lizard native to South and Southeast Asia, known for its impressive size, adaptable nature, and affinity for water. "The Asian water monitor… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Senepol Cattle Picture

Senepol cattle are a specially created breed from St. Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Breeders created them by selectively breeding N’Dama cattle from Senegal and the British red… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Red Aphids Picture

"Aphids are called ant cows because ants herd and 'milk' them to secrete a substance called honeydew!" Summary Aphids are parasitic insects that target plants. They suck the sap out,… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago


Warbler Picture

Warblers are so called because of the trills of their song. Warblers are a group of birds also known as perching birds, which means they have feet adapted for perching… Read More

By Rose Okeke 2 years ago