Mammals

Oposum 512 x 340

 “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

 

 

 

 

 

  • Gray Fox

    Gray Fox

    Ranging througout most of the southern half of North America, this mammal is peppery gray on top, with reddish brown on its side, chest and head. It's long bushy tail has a black stripe on top. This member of the dog family has the unusual ability to climb tree, using its agility to search for food.

  • Raccoon

    Raccoon 150 x 155

    The raccoon has gray and brown fur with a black mask around its eyes. Sometimes it is called the masked bandit! It is also known for its bushy, ringed. The raccoon's toes are flexible making it very good at grabbing and pulling things apart. The raccoon is a very good climber and can go down a tree backwards or face first!

  • Eastern Striped Skunk

    Skunk 149 x 107

    Skunks are mammals that can be easily recognized by their black and white fur that serves as a warning. Two glands near their anus produce smelly substance that is sprayed when they are threatened. This substance is not harmful for the victims, but it can blur vision and cause nausea. Just long enough for the skunk to run away!

  • Bobcat

    Bobcat 149 x 100

    These secretive mammals are named after their short or “bobbed” tail that reached about 2-8 inches. Bobcats are carnivores so they are meat-eaters. Their first choice is rabbit, but their diet also includes rodents, birds, lizards, snakes and carrion.

  • River Otter

    River Otter 150 x 150

    The North American River Otter is the only river otter found north of Mexico. River otters can close their ears and nostrils to keep water out when diving which is an important because they spend a lot of time in and under the water collecting food. They primarily eat fish. However, they are also known to eat crustaceans, mollusks, insects, birds, rodents, crayfish, frogs, turtles and aquatic invertebrates.

  • White-tailed Deer

    White-tailed Deer  149 x 100

    The white-tailed deer is one of the best known and easily recognized large mammals in our area. They are herbivores, feeding on a large variety of plant materials such as leaves, stems, and acorns. Deer also seek out mushrooms and wild fruits, and often feed on agricultural crops, such as corn and soybeans.