Depending on the species, penguin eggs take anywhere from 1 month to 65 days to hatch. Emperor penguin eggs take 62 to 65 days to reach the hatching stage, according to SeaWorld.
Penguin eggs are different shapes and sizes, depending on the species. Some eggs are white, while others are blue or green. Emperor penguin eggs are elliptical in shape so that they can be incubated on the tops of their parent's feet. This unique shape allows the eggs to roll in a circle if they should happen to fall off of the mother or father penguin's feet. A brood patch located on the bottom of the penguin's abdomen allows the egg to stay warm during cold weather.Learn More
Much of penguins' behavior is developed through observation and social interaction or experiences within their colonies. Some of penguins' learned behaviors include swimming, sliding, diving, courting, vocally communicating, catching food, huddling and migrating.Full Answer >
Penguins huddle together to keep warm as a way to shield their bodies from the full force of the cold weather experienced in Antarctica. While huddled, penguins exchange positions so that every colony member takes a turn at forming the outer perimeter, where exposure to the cold is greatest.Full Answer >
Contrary to popular belief, penguins do not live at the north pole or anywhere in the northern hemisphere, including Alaska. According to the Mother Nature Network, penguins live only in the southern hemisphere with large numbers of them living in Antarctica but not at the south pole itself.Full Answer >
Despite the harsh conditions of living in Antarctica, an emperor penguin can generally live for up to 20 years. Recent observations note that some individuals can even live upwards of 50 years.Full Answer >