This cat is approximately double the size of a domestic house cat. The ocelot is currently on the endangered species list and are often killed for their coat. They can be found in Texas, Arizona, Mexico and parts of South America. These cats are nocturnal and use their keen sense of smell and sight to hunt rodents, rabbits, frogs, fish and iguanas. Unlike other cats these guys like water and are actually good swimmers.
Moose are the largest of all the deer species at roughly 5 to 6.5 feet and weighing about 1800lbs. They can live about 15 to 20 years in the wild. A moose’s diet mainly consists of browse such as higher grass and shrubs. Despite their bulky size they are actually good swimmers and can be fully submerged for up to 30 seconds or more!
There are about 50 species of vole, but the most common and most wide spread throughout the United States is the Meadow Vole which pictured to the right. There are a few species of vole that are endangered in the United States. Their diet consists of a wide range of different plant tissue. Voles live in a wide range of habitat such as agricultural fields, tundra, prairies, pastures, alpine, and savanna. In their habitats these guys live in a series of tunnels and runways that they create which have multiple dens and food-storage area.
Manatees are large, gentle slow-moving aquatic relatives of the elephant and are also called sea cows. They are about 10 to 12 feet long and can weigh up to 1,800 pounds! Manatees are herbivores and mainly eat sea grasses and freshwater vegetation. They can also live up to 50 or 60 years in the wild. Manatees are on the endangered species list with about only 6000 individuals left in the wild. They live in warm shallow waters of bays, coastal waters and rivers.
Pronghorns are deer-like creatures that can run at speeds as high as 60 miles per hour! They also have the longest mammal migration in the United States with a total of 300 miles to and from their migration point. Pronghorns have amazing vision because of how large their eyes are and can spot predators from far away. They mainly eat grasses, sagebrush, forbs and other prairie plants. Pronghorns can also live about 10 years and like to live on plains, grasslands, brushes and fields.
The badger is a short, flat mammal with three stripes running down its face and sharp front claws. Badgers uses these claws for making dens, burrows and also hunting. They are very good hunters and mainly eat small burrowing mammals such as rats, mice, ground squirrels and gophers. Badgers like to live in open plans, edges of forests and farmlands. They can live as far north as southern Canada and as far south as Baja, Mexico.
Otters are very playful and social mammals that are well adapted for semi-aquatic living. They are very good swimmer and can stay underwater for as long as eight minutes and they are able to run at about 15 miles per hour on dry land! Otters have a very diverse diet from fish, crayfish, frogs and bird eggs to turtles, rabbits and aquatic plants. Otters typically live about 8-9 years in the wild. They are able to thrive in aquatic habitat such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes as long as the habitat provides enough food.
There are many different species of ducks, but the one in this picture is a mallard duck. This duck is thought to be the most abundant duck on the Earth. They can be found in many freshwater as well as saltwater water sources across Europe, Asia and North America. Mallard’s typically live 5 to 10 years old. This picture is of a male and the female is more of a mottled brown with some little purple wing feathers. These birds eat fish, amphibians, invertebrates, grains and a variety of plants.
There are about 60 different species of this nocturnal creature but the Virginia opossum is the only marsupial (animal that has a pouch) found in the United States and Canada. Opossums are scavengers known for going through people’s garbage cans and dumpsters. They are defiantly not picky when it comes to food. They will eat anything from grass, fruits and nuts to hunting birds, insects, snakes, mice and worms. When these animals are threatened by a predator they will “play possum”. They will pretend to appear dead so the predator will move on and the opossum can escape.