All About the Xenurine

The Xenurine refers to four species of cabassous. It is a group of armadillos that are not commonly talked about anymore.

The term seems relatively obsolete, although this creature is magnificent and worthy of attention.

What You Should Know

The Xenurine, or cabassous, are a group of armadillo species that live mainly in South America. Most commonly, they are called naked-tailed armadillos. The Northern naked-tailed armadillo lives outside South America in Mexico as well. It prefers to live among the tropical dry forest, cloud forest and on the edges of these forests. This solitary insectivore feeds on termites and ants. It spends the majority of its time digging in tunnels, rotating its body as it digs. It rarely spends any time outside of its burrow, except to find food. That’s what makes it so difficult for scientists to study it further.

What Sound Do They Make?

The naked-tailed armadillo will make a low growling sound if it gets captured. It’s also been heard squealing, but it’s challenging to find a record of these sounds anywhere. When it is captured, it will defecate and urinate as another means of discouraging entrapment. Still, it’s nothing like the sound of a screaming armadillo.

If you haven’t heard it before, you can get a taste of it on this site: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/screaming-hairy-armadillos-really-scream.

Group Characteristics

Mothers of the southern naked-tailed armadillo give birth to one newborn at a time. They are blind, hairless and deaf when first born. All the baby armadillos have pink skin and the scutes are immediately visible. Typically they will live for up to seven years.

Reproduction of the xenurine occurs year-round. They don’t seem to have a set mating season.

How Many Are There?

The xenurine is listed as Least Concern through the IUCN. Some it’s top threats include the development of livestock farming ranches and timber manufacturing. This hurts the armadillo’s habitat. It also suffers from hunting and trapping, which decreases the population. There are also times that the animal is killed simply because it is seen as a nuisance, even though it doesn’t harm humans or livestock.

Pop Culture

It’s difficult to find the xenurine in anything to do with popular culture, especially since the term is rarely used anymore. As far as the armadillo goes, there are several places where this animal shows up. One of the first times the world saw a film version of this animal was in the 1943 animated short, Pluto and the Armadillo. This armadillo didn’t have a name, but it was a friend to Pluto. We also know about Annette, the armadillo which showed up during the Bear in the Big Blue House fourth season.

Interesting Facts

A Chacoan naked-tailed armadillo is the tiniest of the xenurine. It only measures about 12 inches long, while the others reach up to 18 inches. It also has smaller ears with a flesh expansion featured on its forward edge, which the other varieties don’t have. This armadillo lives among the Gran Chaco region of north-central Argentina and western Paraguay. Sometimes, it’s also found in Bolivia or Brazil, but not often. This species prefers to live among the humid and semi-arid habitats. That’s why it lives in the open forest. The Chacoan naked-tailed armadillo is nocturnal and likes to burrow, just like its relatives. It also makes a grunting call plus it gives birth to one baby at a time.

The Cabassous’s body lacks its protective plates on the body. They are also referred to as eleven-banded armadillos because of how many bands it has. This armor is different than some of the other armadillo breeds.

All About the Aye Aye

The Aye-Aye is a rare breed of mammal found on the island of Madagascar. While it doesn’t immediately look like a primate, it is related to the ape and chimpanzee.

What You Should Know

The only place to find aye-aye in the wild is in Madagascar. They feature a distinctive look with their coarse dark hair, rodent-like teeth, and bushy tails. When they are born, they weigh just a few ounces but grow to five pounds. They live to be up to 20 years old.

The aye-aye prefers to live in the rainforest, deciduous forest, and plantations. They build a nest high in the trees. They eat a variety of foods, but primarily feast on nectar, fungus, seeds, and insect larvae.

What Sound Do They Make?

The aye-aye makes a variety of sounds, unique to the breed. It’s also a rare animal that uses echolocation to find its food.

You can hear about some of the sounds with help from the Cincinnati Zoo.

Group Characteristics

The aye-aye prefers to be alone and doesn’t groom others in the species as most primates do. With that said, sometimes the males’ range overlaps with another and they will socialize. The male aye-aye makes its home in up to 80 acres while the female lives in 20 acres. This means that the female won’t overlap with others, but a male will have multiple females in its territory.

Aye-aye are polygamous and will often fight for mates. The male will even pull another male away while mating. Breeding occurs at any time of the year. A single offspring is born after 157-172 days of gestation. Infants are weaned as young as seven months old, but nurse indefinitely in captivity.

How Many are There?

The aye-aye is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The only non-human predator to the aye-aye is the fossa. Humans kill the aye-aye on sight because they believe it brings bad luck. Furthermore, it faces hunting pressure and a loss of habitat.

Pop Culture

The aye-aye might not be a popular addition to movies and films, but one does have a leading role that most people know about. Maurice, who plays King Julian’s friend in the Madagascar movie franchise, is actually an aye-aye. He also appears in the series, The Penguins of Madagascar.

Aside from that, there have been rumors that Master Yoda from Star Wars was modeled after the aye-aye. There are no confirmed reports that back up those claims.

The aye-aye is not a popular animal at zoos; however, the Denver Zoo was the first to care for the species. They now house three of the 24 located in the United States.

Interesting Facts

The aye-aye is a nocturnal animal. It sleeps in its nest during the daylight hours and then emerges from the nest 30 minutes before sunset. The aye-aye doesn’t go back to its nest until the sun comes up the next day.

Locals near the aye-aye believe the animal predicts death. When they see an aye-aye during hunting, they become afraid. They are also quick to kill one when spotted because it is a pest to their crops.

The aye-aye uses its middle finger to extract food from the trunks of trees. It’s specifically designed to reach into the branches, trunks and hard shells. This middle finger is thin, looking like just bones and skin. It’s also up to three times longer than any of the other aye-aye fingers.

All About the Axolotl

The Axolotl is otherwise known as the Mexican Walking Fish. Strangely enough, this species isn’t a fish at all, but an amphibian. It’s a salamander that belongs to the Caudata/Urodela order.

What You Should Know

The Axolotl was found in Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco in Mexico. Lake Chalco has been drained to prevent flooding, so Lake Xochimilco is its remaining habitat. The growth of Mexico City has also put the population under pressure.

The Axolotl is a member of the tiger salamander family. They prefer a high altitude body of water. This species is also carnivorous. It regularly eats insects, worms and small fish. When they smell the food, they snap at the meal and suck it into their stomachs with violent, vacuum force.

What Sound Do They Make?

The Axolotl has been known to make a loud squeak. The other sound that is heard is when the oxygen travels through their skin, gills, and lungs.

Group Characteristics

The Male Axolotl swims and deposits up to 25 spermatophores into the habitat. He hopes that a female will come and pick them up. A female then picks it up with her cloaca and fertilizes them.

After that, the female lays the eggs. This can be anywhere from 100 to 1,000 eggs. Some females will lay eggs several times a year.

How Many are There?

On the IUCN list, the Axolotl is listed as critically endangered. While it can survive up to 15 years, its suffering from many problems beyond its control. The first is the larger fish being added into its habitat. These fish are eating more of the Axolotls, thereby reducing the population.

As Mexico City continues to populate, the demands of the nearby waters strain the habitat. The waters have either been drained to avoid flooding or are contaminated. The Axolotl is also a roasted delicacy in Mexico. Furthermore, they’ve become popular among people with an aquarium, which also lowers the population in the wild.

Pop Culture

Mad Magazine adopted the name Axolotl as a nonsense word for many of its gags. This become popular with readers.

The ability to regrow its limbs also made the Axolotl the inspiration as a fictional Dune universe tank by Frank Herbert.

During the Netflix series, Bojack Horseman, there’s an anthropomorphic Axolotl-like character with the name Yolanda Buenaventura. This character is voiced by Natalie Morales.

Interesting Facts

The Axolotl is different from salamanders, in numerous ways. First, the Axolotl is only found in the lakes around Mexico City. They also permanently live in water, where salamanders survive outside of water. Because it is closely related to the tiger salamander, the Axolotl is very large. It reaches up to a foot long. It also has a black or mottled brown color, but it’s not uncommon to see albino species.

Phonetically, it’s pronounced “Ax-oh-lot-ul.” The “a” means “water” while “xolotl” means “dog.” This is all named after the Xolotl, which is a canine Aztec deity.

While the Axolotl was a popular delicacy, it isn’t found much in Mexico anymore because of the endangered listing. Still, the Japanese continue to dine on the animal, deep-fried. They claim it tastes like white fish meat, except it has a crunch.

The Axolotl is estimated at 1,000 times more resistant to cancer than other mammals. This causes scientists to research it and attempt to replicate the natural resistance in hopes of eliminating these diseases for humans.

All About the Avocet

The Avocet is an elegant bird that glides through the shallow waters. It’s found in coastal parts of the United States and has a distinctive look that turns heads.

What You Should Know

The American Avocet lives among the wetlands of the arid western United States. It resides around beaches, shallow lakes, flats, and prairie ponds. It prefers to live among open ground that has little vegetation. It’s also fond of the salty or alkaline water versus fresh.

Avocets are social birds that prefer to live in large flocks. Their groups are especially numerous while migrating or mating.

The Avocent eats small insects and crustaceans as well as some seeds. It prefers to find its food in shallow water, so diets also contain larvae and aquatic insects. When living on a lake in the west, it’s been found eating brine flies and brine shrimp.

What Sound Do They Make?

The Avocet makes a loud, repeated weep. When it deals with predators, it lets out a series of notes that rise gradually in pitch. This creates a Doppler effect which allows it to appear faster than it is.

Group Characteristics

Many Avocets migrate to the west coast in winter. There are a few that go east to the Atlantic coast instead.

A typical Avocet has four eggs per breeding. They are olive-colored with some black and brown blotches. These eggs are incubated by both parents for 23 to 25 days. At night, the female takes charge of the eggs, but both partners share the duties during the day. The American Avocet takes part in brood parasitism. This is when it lays its eggs in the nest of another female who then incubates them without noticing. Their eggs have even been found in Mew Gulls nests.

The downy young leave the nest shortly after hatching to find their food. The age of the first flight is typically around four weeks old.

How Many are There?

The Avocet population is increasing. In the past few decades, the numbers in both the east and west have risen. Still, some threats are facing them.

They continue to lose their wetland habitat due to climate change and contamination. Some of the wetlands in the west have decreased in size by 90%.

Pop Culture

Probably the most well-known depiction of an Avocet in film is by Miss Avocet from Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Played by Judy Dench, Miss Avocet escaped the slaughter of Hollowgasts and sought refuge at the Home. She was initially found in the Cairn Tunnel and unable to return to human form. When Emma and Jack took her to Miss Peregrine, she was restored to health and later took care of the children, but died later in the movie at the hands of Malthus.

Interesting Facts

The Avocet is a medium-sized bird. It weighs up to 15 ounces and reaches 18 inches in length. The wingspan totals between 30 and 32 inches. An Avocet is covered with white and black feathers. It’s young look precisely like the adult birds, except they have brown feathers in place of the black.

Avocets are most known for their long, upward curved beak. The male Avocet tends to have a longer beak than the female. Aside from the beak, they are also known for their webbed feet and slender, long legs. This helps them to trudge through the shallow water with ease.

All About the Australian Terrier

The Australian Terrier might look small, but it packs plenty of sass into this tiny package. This breed is lively and upbeat with plenty of curiosity driving it.

What You Should Know

The Australian Terrier is one of the smallest working terriers in the world. It was originally bred in Tasmania, from several other European breeds. A lot of its background is shared with the Silky Terrier. The purpose of creating this dog was to have an animal with a striking appearance that was also useful. In the mix is the Scotch, Yorkshire Terrier, Dandie Dinmont, Skye, and Manchester Terrier.

The first breed was showcased in the late 1800s as the Blue Terrier. In the early 1900s, the name changed to Rough-Coated Terrier. By 1925, this breed made its way to America, but it wasn’t until 1960 that it received formal AKC recognition.

What Sound Do They Make?

The Australian Terrier is not a quiet dog. It likes to bark and is quick to sound warning alarms anytime there is a new sound or sight. With proper training, this can be stopped.

Here you can listen to an Australian Terrier named Charlie barking in his backyard.

Group Characteristics

The Australian Terrier loves to be active. It spends a lot of time barking, digging and chasing. It’s also a bossy breed. This dog wants to be the dominant figure when multiple animals are present. It’s not always wise to put two male Australian Terriers together or they could fight over the top spot. As a pet, it’s vital to establish dominance over the dog in its younger years.

With early training and proper socialization, this dog will be happy with a family.

The Australian Terrier hits puberty by seven months old. Its typical litter size is four puppies.

How Many are There?

There’s no official count on how popular this dog is worldwide, but we do know that it ranks 140 out of the top AKC breeds. This shows families in America like to have this dog in their homes, but it certainly isn’t one of the most popular.

Pop Culture

While terriers, in general, get used often in film and movies, it’s difficult to find any that are specifically Australian Terriers. It just doesn’t appear to be a top breed for the entertainment industry. Nor are there any notable people that acknowledge owning one.

Australian Terriers are used as therapy dogs. Studies suggest that this breed helps to lower blood pressure, accelerate recovery and relieve tension.

Interesting Facts

In a study done by the 2002 Australian Terrier Club, several health problems were found with the Australian Terrier. The most notable included diabetes, allergic dermatitis, and musculoskeletal concerns. Other minor conditions include ear infections and adult-onset cataracts.

While the Australian Terrier is found in numerous countries, it is most popular in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and the United States.

This dog breed prefers to live with lots of space but has been able to conform to small apartments. If they must remain indoors, it’s essential to ensure they receive plenty of daily exercise. Otherwise, they become depressed.

The Australian Terrier was once a popular breed in the UK to control the outbreak of mice and other rodents.

The Australian Terrier reaches up to 11 inches high and weighs up to 16 pounds. It features a shaggy, rough and waterproof double coat that often looks blue, tan, red or sandy-colored.

All About the Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd dog is known as a tough ranch dog. It’s an American dog that has close ties to the cowboy way-of-life.

What You Should Know

Despite the name, the Australian Shepherd doesn’t come from Australia, but America. It may have originated in Australia with European settlers back in the 1800s, but those shepherds relocated to the United States and brought the dog with them.

This first registry was with the International English Shepherd Registry. Then, the AKC recognized it in 1993. It’s a versatile breed that excels at obedience, agility, and herding. That’s why it’s used so frequently to deal with cattle and sheep.

The Australian Shepherd is known by numerous names. Some of these include the Spanish Shepherd Blue Heeler, Aussie, Pastor Dog, New Mexican Shepherd, and Bob-Tail.

It looks similar to an English Shepherd or Border Collie. In fact, recent research suggests that the Border Collie and Aussies have a similar background. It features a harsh, moderate length coat.

What Sound Do They Make?

Australian Shepherds are often destructive and will bark when they don’t receive the exercise they require. This barking becomes excessive and loud. The dogs will also bark to alert the owner of any suspicious activity. Expect this breed to protect the family and cattle with explosive fierceness, when needed.

Group Characteristics

The Australian Shepherd tends to have an average of seven pups per litter. This equates to anywhere between six and nine puppies each time.

How Many are There?

It’s not clear how many Australian Shepherds currently exist, though we know they are most popular in America. The AKC now ranks them as the 17th most popular breed.

Pop Culture

Australian Shepherds received their claim to fame after World War I. They became the perfect dog for the rodeo and people in the West enjoyed their presence. One dog show earned popularity, The Jay Sisler Show. This team of dogs was featured in many Disney movies including Run, Appaloosa, Run plus Stub.

The Australian Shepherd isn’t as popular as the Border Collie, but it’s still found in many movies today. Back in the 1920s, a notable addition was in the Jack Hoxie westerns. You might have also seen this breed in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr., 12 Dogs of Christmas, Air Bud: World Pup, and The Animal.

Interesting Facts

Australian Shepherds demand at least 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. It’s preferable to do something high-energy with the dog, such as playing Frisbee. They also thrive when they have a job to perform and welcome obedience training.

While many Australian Shepherds have blue eyes, that isn’t true with all of them. You might find some with brown, hazel, amber or green-colored eyes. It’s even possible to find dogs with unmatched eyes showcasing two different colors.

The Australian Shepherd has several health issues that owners need to know about. It’s common for this breed to suffer from epilepsy, which makes feeding time more difficult. They are also susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. When they suffer from a urinary infection, the owner needs to keep plenty of water available. They also have a history of eye diseases, but plenty of beta carotene seems to help prevent that from happening.

All About the Australian Mist

The Australian Mist is also known as the Spotted Mist. It’s a breed that’s proudly made in Australia with a Burmese and Abyssinian background.

What was created is this confident and companionable mix that makes a great family pet.

What You Should Know

This short-hair cat comes from Dr. Truda Straede. It was first developed in 1977 from a large gene pool. More than 30 foundation cats were used to create the breed, including half Burmese, a quarter Abyssinian, and quarter Australian Moggy. The Burmese provided the specialized color and the laid-back temperament. The Abyssinian offered a unique pattern and intelligence. Finally, the Moggy provided the spots and vigor.

This cat breed remains attentive and alert. They are considered to be extreme athletes with what appears to be limitless energy. Their inquisitive nature sometimes gets them in trouble, but they remain confident because of their intelligent and self-assured attitude.

What Sound Do They Make?

While the Australian Mist is relatively quiet, it is known to purr loudly when it’s happy.

Group Characteristics

The Australian Mist lives for ten to 13 years.

How Many are There?

The majority of these cats remain in Australia. However, some are found in the United States and the UK. A UK breeder first brought them to the country in 2007. Currently, breeders in Norway are also attempting to start a population there as well.

Pop Culture

Because of how new it is and rare, it’s challenging to find the Australian Mist in any type of movie or TV show. It’s not even a species that is found in animation, though it might be in the future. As of now, the most popular place to encounter one in pop culture would be through the Pet Shop Story app. It’s available for both Android and Apple devices at no charge.

In this game, the Australian Mist is available. Since it is a crossbreed, it is not possible to breed further in the game. In the app, the cat features silver pelts and dark gray markings with green eyes. Collection time equals nine hours and users receive 110 coins from its playpen.

Interesting Facts

An Australian Mist cat is considered relatively healthy. Any cat breed can develop trouble, but there are some that this species is known for. Typically, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and renal failure tend to be the most common complaints. Still, it suffers from minimal genetic issues.

Some owners report that the lighter fur Australian Mist cat seems to develop some skin allergies over time. There are no known documented reports that back up these claims.

The Australian Mist Cat also achieved championship status from the World Cat Federation. It’s been a championship breed for 20 years now.

The temperament of most Australian Mist cats is easygoing. It likes to be picked up and held, even by smaller children. It isn’t a cat that often scratches or bites, so it is a safe option for many families. As kittens, they tend to have a lot of energy and need plenty of exercise. Once they become adults, they often settle down more. They also become quieter. Because they are good indoor cats, they are easy to train. They even enjoy taking walks with a leash and collar.

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All About Anteaters

Anteaters are among the most fascinating creatures to grace the animal kingdom. Here we will cover many of their unique attributes and what makes one species of anteater different from another.

The Anteater

One important thing to know about anteaters is that they come in different sizes and feature a great deal of variability. The designation of anteater belongs to a mammal of appropriate size that eats insects as its primary source of sustenance.

What you should know

The anteater is a unique animal and is widely known of course, for eating ants. As carnivorous mammals have claws like knives. These are so long, they have to walk on their knuckles so they don’t injure themselves with their own claws.

These curious creatures are primarily found in Asia, South America, Africa, and certain regions of Australia.

There are four distinct species of anteaters including:

  • The Silky Anteater
  • The Southern Tamandua
  • The Northern Tamandua
  • The Giant Anteater

The impressive variety in anteater species offers plenty to study. Each species has unique qualities that deserve a closer look. Here’s what you should know about each of the four types of anteaters.

Silky Anteaters

Silky Anteaters are quite small, usually measuring around only about a single foot in length. You can find Silky Anteaters in both Central and South America in the mid-range tree line where they spend most of their lives.  

It is not untypical for a Silky Anteater to eat 8,000 ants in a single day. They can eat anywhere from 100-8,000 daily although they will also consume other insects like termites and beetles to a lesser extent.  

Northern and Southern Tamanduas

Larger than Silky anteaters, both the Northern and Southern Tamanduas grow to lengths of approx. 4 feet on average. These animals are occasionally referred to as, Collared Anteaters.  

Giant Anteaters

Giant anteaters can reach lengths of 7 feet from end to end. These behemoths hail from the savannahs of South America like the Brazilian Highlands. In contrast to their smaller cousins, the Silky Anteaters, this species can easily eat 30,000 ants in a day.  

Keep in mind that Giant Anteaters can be quite deadly and should be avoided. Although they lack teeth, have poor hearing, and eyesight, Giant Anteaters can deal some serious damage by mauling with their forelimbs. They can even take on a jaguar with relative success and are not easily bested by them.

Fortunately, these animals generally avoid human contact. Should you encounter one, it will serve you well to know that giant Anteaters stand up when they feel threatened. 

What sound do they make?

When upset, Anteaters can make a sort of high-pitched growling noise. They will also hiss, but generally, don’t make much noise unless they are aggravated.

Group characteristics

While the smaller anteaters prefer living in trees, meandering from limb to limb. All anteaters tend to live close to their food sources of anthills and grounds rich in termites.

An anteater usually has one baby at a time, however it is possible for them to produce twins.

How many are there?

There are approximately 5,000 Giant Anteaters on the planet. Some countries that used to feature anteaters have seen them disappear entirely. Belize, Uruguay, Guatemala, and El Salvador have largely lost their anteater populations.  

Watch a video

Anteaters, especially Giant Anteaters are a joy to watch in action. Here’s a great video from BBC showing the Giant Anteater devouring termites.

These creatures are best watched from a distance as they can be hostile when provoked.

Pop culture

Many people have mistaken the popular cartoon figure Arthur as an anteater. While not far off, Arthur is, in fact, an aardvark, which while similar, is different than an anteater.

The two species share a common and noticeable trait, severely protruded snouts containing long tongues which are designed to collect and eat insects. An aardvark’s tongue can be up to 12 inches in length while an anteater’s tongue may be in excess of two feet.

Interesting facts

Anteaters generally live between 2 and 14 years. Giant Anteaters in captivity have been found to achieve a longer lifespan of around 26 years

An anteater’s tongue is rolled up to the creature’s cranium and is attached via the sternum. When fully extended, its tongue can be longer than the length of its entire head.

Another curious characteristic of anteaters is that they deliberately eat gravel and small pebbles to line their gizzards.

How to Login to Multiple Accounts in Gmail

Today’s computer user usually juggles multiple email accounts. Gmail makes juggling those multiple email account super easy. Simply sign in to all the accounts you plan to use on your computer, and you can easily navigate them from the top right-hand corner of Chrome. The steps for setting up your Gmail accounts are simple enough for anyone to understand.

Linking Multiple Gmail Accounts

To begin managing multiple Gmail accounts, you will first need to sign in to all of your Gmail accounts to link them. Follow these steps.

Switching Between Multiple Gmail Accounts

One Gmail account will sync to your Chrome, but it is easy and fast to switch between Gmail accounts. Simply follow these steps.

  • Go to the top right-hand corner of your Google page.
  • Mouse over the face icon.
  • Choose the email that you want to use.

It is truly that simple. You can even open multiple tabs and windows with different Gmails up simultaneously. You can sign into multiple accounts for more than just Gmail, as well. Google applications like Google Reader, Voice, Sites, and Calendar can also support multiple email addresses.

See how to manage multiple Gmail accounts here: 

Juggling Like a Pro

Managing multiple accounts with Gmail is incredibly easy and makes navigating your work email and personal email a breeze. Once you are set up, you can switch from account to account with the single click of a mouse.

How to Block a Number on an iPhone

Blocking numbers is a way to get rid of annoying calls from telemarketers, election campaigns, and even people you just don’t want to talk to. If you are having an issue with a number calling you over and over and you want it to stop, you can just block the number and be done with it! Blocking a number on an iPhone is relatively simple.

Blocking Nuisance Numbers on an iPhone

To block a number on an iPhone, you can follow these steps:

  • Tap the Phone icon on the home screen.
  • Tap the Recents icon to see calls that have come into your phone in the order they’ve come in.
  • Tap the info icon – the blue i in a blue circle on the right side of the screen, next to the number you want to block.
  • Tap the words Block this Caller at the bottom of the next screen.
  • Tap the red words Block Contact on the message that pops up.

See how to block a number on an iPhone here: 

Blocking a Contact in an iPhone

If you want to block a contact that is saved in your phone, that process is even easier. All you do is go to your contacts, tap their name, and hit Block This Caller at the bottom of their contact page.

Bonus: How to Unblock a Number on an iPhone

If you decide that you want to unblock a number, the process is just as easy as blocking the number. Simply go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification > Edit. Then, locate the number you want to unblock and tap it. A red Unblock button will appear. Tap the red button. The number is unblocked.

Modern Convenience

Being able to block and unblock numbers is a modern convenience that is completely underrated. When you block a contact on an iPhone, you will block them across the phone app, Facetime, and messaging, making sure that you do not hear from them at all.