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Nov 25 2016

Animal of the week: A of Armadillo

Scientific name: Dasypodidae
Lifespan: Nine-banded armadillo: 12 – 15 years
Height: Nine-banded armadillo: 5.9 – 9.8 in.
Higher classification: Cingulata
Rank: Family
Mass: Giant armadillo: 62 – 71 lbs, Nine-banded armadillo: 5.5 – 14 lbs 
Grubs basic diet. Most armadillo species forage in the early morning and evening hours for a variety of invertebrates and insects, including beetles, grubs, and worms. Because, like many burrowing animals, armadillos tend to have extremely poor eyesight, their hunting skills rely on their abilities to smell their food.
Two species, the northern naked-tailed armadillo and nine-banded armadillo, are found in Central America; the latter has also reached the United States, primarily in the south-central states (notably Texas), but with a range that extends as far east as South Carolina and Florida.
In fact, only the three-banded armadillo can, curling its head and back feet and contorting its shell into a hard ball that confounds would-be predators. Armadillos live in temperate and warm habitats, including rain forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts
Sep 07 2016

Skipper in the Garage

This is Skipper.

Skipper is lucky that she is in the garage because she is usually is not allowed to stay in the garage. Sometimes she is allowed to go in when we are in the garage, when it is raining sometime we let her in,or if it is cold snowy or icey we let her in to. Most of the time she likes it better outside. We love her so much.

Sep 05 2016

Animal of the week: Antelope

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Antelope are herbivores, which means they eat only plants.  Although there is 1 odd exception: some duiker species have been known to kill and eat insects, small mammals, and birds. The majority of antelope tend to be content to munch on bushes and smaller trees or graze on grass.

All antelope have horns; in some species they are only found on the males, whereas in others, such as gazelles, both males and females have them. The horns are made of a bony core encased in a hard material made largely of keratin (the same substance our fingernails are made of!).

Antelopes are in the family Bovidae.  A group of antelope is called a herd. Both the male and female antelope have horns, but those of males tend to be larger.

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Photo Credit 1 & 2

Aug 29 2016

Animal of the week: A of Alpaca

Alpaca

Scienntific name: Vicugna pacos

Average Height: 2.7 – 3.2 ft. (Adult, At the withers)

Average Weight: 110 – 190 lbs (Adult)

Today we are learning about the alpaca which has been tamed and would be considered a farm animal in many areas.  An alpaca (Vicugna pacos) first came from South American.

The alpaca has long hair and is a mammal.  It is related to and looks like a llama.  It is used mostly for its wool.   There are two types of alpaca – the Surialpaca and the Huacaya alpaca

Occasionally you will find an alpaca in a zoo or on a farm.  They are fun to watch and touch

 Photo Credits 1, 2, & 3

Aug 19 2016

Animal of the week: A of Alligator

Scienntific name: Alligator

Mass: American alligator: 500 lbs, Chinese alligator: 79 lbs
Lifespan: American alligator: 30 – 50 years
Higher classification : Alligatorinae
Clutch size: American alligator: 20 – 50
Length:  American alligator: 11 – 15 ft., Chinese alligator: 4.9 ft
The nest can be up to ten feet (2.1 to 3 m) in diameter and up to three feet high. Around late June and early July, the female lays up to 90 eggs. The eggs are then covered with the vegetation nest through the 65-day incubation period.
When young, alligators eat fishinsectssnails, crustaceans, and worms. As they mature, they start eating larger animals, including larger fish such as gar, turtles, and various mammals,  coypu and muskrat, as well as birdsdeer, and other reptiles.
Their stomachs also often contain gizzard stones. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live together. American alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and swamp environments.

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