The badger is a medium-sized, heavy-bodied animal with a broad head and a short, thick neck that is the same size as the head. It has a short, bushy tail and short legs. Its general color is gray with a yellowish hue. The badger's brown face is marked with a white stripe reaching from near the nose to the crown of the head and sometimes onto the neck and back. Pairs of white areas extend...
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A stray cat is a pet cat that is lost or abandoned. Stray cats are accustomed to contact with people and are tame.
A feral cat is a wild animal, not to be confused with stray and free-roaming cats that are, or once were, someone’s pet. A feral cat is the "wild" offspring of domestic cats or other feral cats. Feral cats are afraid of humans. They do their very ...
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These small, furry rodents are easily identified by their stubby legs, bushy tails and white, black and brown stripes that run down their backs. Chipmunks are the smallest members of the squirrel family. There are 25 species of chipmunk and only one of those species, called the Siberian chipmunk, lives outside of North America, the Siberian chipmunk lives in Asia and is expanding into parts ...
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There are multiple species of fox, but the red fox is most commonly recognized by all. The red fox is doglike in appearance with a long, pointed muzzle and a long, bushy tail. The color of the fur on its back is a dark, reddish yellow, while the tail is reddish yellow, mixed with black and tipped in white. Gray foxes are similar to the red fox, but is gray in appearance and has a slightly smal...
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Groundhogs, also called woodchucks, are large rodents. They are also one of the 14 species of marmot, or ground squirrels, and they are the largest members of the squirrel family. From head to rump, groundhogs are 17.75 to 24 inches (45 to 61 centimeters) long. They weigh around 13 lbs. (6 kilograms), which is about twice the average weight of a newborn human baby. Like other squirrels, groundh...
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Opossums are the only marsupial in North America. Opossums live in a variety of habitats, ranging from dry to wet areas and from woodlands to open fields. They prefer areas near streams or swamps.
Opossums make living quarters in a variety of areas, such as culverts, tree cavities, burrows of other animals, brush piles and buildings. Because they are not afraid of humans, they h...
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Porcupines are large, slow-moving rodents with sharp quills on their backs. They are found on every continent except Antarctica. Scientists group porcupines into two groups: Old World porcupines, which are found in Africa, Europe and Asia; and New World porcupines, which are found in North, Central, and South America. The North American porcupine is the only species found in the United State...
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Adult cottontail rabbits are 15-19 inches long and weigh 2-4 pounds. The ears are large and the hind feet are larger and longer than the front feet. Color range is gray to brownish gray. The tail of this rabbit looks like a tuft of cotton, giving this rabbit its name.
The cottontail's habitat is wherever there is long grass or brush to serve as cover and an adequate food sup...
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Raccoons are a distinctively marked, stocky animal. They have a prominent black mask over their eyes and a heavily furred, ringed tail. Body fur color is a salt and pepper gray and black. Adults are about two to three feet in length, and weigh from 12 to 30 pounds. There are occasional large specimens weighing from 36-38 pounds.
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There are more than 3,000 species of snakes in the world and there is at least one type of snake on every continent except Antarctica. While snakes can often be a helpful and fun pet, they are less welcome when showing up in yards and houses uninvited.
With so many different species, there are snakes of many different sizes. The world's smallest snake, according to N...
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Squirrels have major and minor food preferences. Favorite foods include fruits, nuts and seeds. Peanuts and peanut butter are superior baits. Walnuts and apples are good baits since they may naturally occur in the squirrel's diet.
Tree squirrel diets vary by species and are determined by their habitat and season of the year.
Tree squirrels do not hibernate, but te...
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Weasels live in a variety of habitats, such as open fields, woodlands, thickets, roadsides and farmlands. They typically thrive in environments abundant with small prey (like small rodents) and with an available source of water. Most weasels live in either abandoned burrows, or nests under trees or rock piles.
Weasels are carnivores that mainly prey on small vertibrates. They ar...
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