Archive for the 'Animals' Category

Gila Monsters – The Venomous Lizards

gila-monsters-e28093-the-venomous-lizardsGila Monsters are one of only two species of seriously venomous lizards!

Range

Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of extreme southwestern Utah, southern Nevada, southeastern California, Arizona and southwestern New Mexico into Mexico. Continue Reading »

Patagonian Mara – aka Patagonian cavy

patagonian-mara-e28093-aka-patagonian-cavyDolichotis patagona

Also known as the Patagonian cavy, this large rodent is one of the world’s few monogamous mammals. Its head and body length is up to 75 cm, and it weighs between nine and 16 kg. Continue Reading »

Pangolin – Toothless Mammal

pangolin-e28093-toothless-mammalAny of several species of toothless insectivorous mammals, covered with horny overlapping plates, that live in Asia and Africa. Continue Reading »

Tapir – Mammal that Resembles a Pig

tapir-e28093-mammal-that-resembles-a-pigTapiridae

Tapirs look something like pigs with trunks, but they are actually related to horses and rhinoceroses. This eclectic lineage is an ancient one—and so is the tapir itself. Scientists believe that these animals have changed little over tens of millions of years. Continue Reading »

Dikdik – Brief Description of the Interesting Creature

dikdik-e28093-brief-description-of-the-interesting-creaturePhysical Characteristics

Kirk’s dikdiks are tiny antelopes that exhibit in shades of color depending on habitat—the drier semidesert areas usually have paler individuals. Dikdiks have large dark eyes surrounded by a white ring. A black spot below the inside corner of each eye contains a preorbital gland that produces a dark sticky secretion. Dikdiks insert grass stems and twigs into the gland to scent-mark their territories. Continue Reading »

Macrotis Lagotis – Also Known as Bilby

macrotis-lagotis-e28093-also-known-as-bilbyThe Bilby is an important part of traditional indigenous culture in the deserts of Central Australia. The large rabbit like ears of the Greater Bilby (referred to as Bilby) have also made it a popular Australian icon at Easter. Sadly, through habitat loss and competition with introduced animals, the number of these small mammals has dramatically reduced over the last 100 years. Continue Reading »

Tibetan Sand Fox – a Very Unusual Species

tibetan-sand-fox-e28093-a-very-unusual-speciesMain Characteristics

Tibetan Sand Foxes are a very unusual looking species of fox. They have a body length between 50 and 70 cms (19.6 - 27.6 inches), a tail length between 29 and 40 cms (11.4 - 15.7 inches) and they weigh between 3 and 6 kgs (6.6 - 13.2 lbs). Continue Reading »

Dicamptodon tenebrosus – Also Known As Pacific Giant Salamander

pacific-giant-salamanderThe Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is found along the coast of the Pacific Northwest in forest areas with cold water streams.

Giant is an appropriate name for the salamander because it is the largest in the United States. Full grown adults commonly reach one foot in length, including the tail. Continue Reading »

Tibetan Mastiff – the Dog the Wolves Are Afraid Of

tibetan-mastiff-e28093-the-dog-the-wolves-are-afraid-ofThe Tibetan Mastiff is a massive, giant dog with sturdy bone structure. The body is slightly longer than tall. The somewhat wrinkled head is broad, heavy and strong. The broad muzzle is square when viewed from all sides. The large nose is black. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. Continue Reading »

Brief Description of the Saki Monkey

brief-description-of-the-saki-monkeyThe Saki Monkey is one species of the New World monkeys, which is a part of the genus Pithecia. This species is thought to be very closely related to the bearded Saki monkeys, though they are their own separate species. These monkeys are recognized by their small size and their long bushy tails. They are also distinguishable due to their furry but rough skin, their grey or sometimes reddish brown coloring, their naked faces, and their hooded heads. Many state that this species of monkey is very serious looking. Continue Reading »

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