Mammals

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The difference between humans and other mammals is that we know how to accessorize.

-Madeleine Albright

 

  • White-tailed Deer

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    White-tailed deer are one of the few species that almost anyone can identify.  They are large, elegant, and abundant.  White-tailed deer can be easily identified by their prominent white tail that they raise like a flag when they feel threatened.  Their coat is reddish-brown in the spring, and gray-brown during autumn, helping them blend in with their constantly changing environments.  

    Deer have dichromatic vision, meaning they view our world with two primary colors; blue and yellow, which is the reason they cannot see oranges and reds.

    Males, also known as bucks, produce a set of antlers that they grow for competing with other males during breeding season.  They will lose their antlers every year and begin to regrow them during spring. 

     

  • Raccoon

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    Recognized by its black mask and rings around his tail, the raccoon is a common resident in our area.  This highly intelligent animal is found mostly in deciduous and mixed forests, but can also be easily spotted knocking over garbage cans.  This mammal is nocturnal, hunting mostly at night, and is known for washing his food before he eats it.  Contrary to popular belief, the raccoon is not washing his food, but is identifying his catch.  The paws of the raccoon are highly sensitive, and water maximizes the sensitivity of their paws, making it easier to identify their meal.    

     

  • Fox Squirrel

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    With his large fluffy tail and energetic and busy manner, fox squirrels are fun to watch.  The fox squirrel is the largest species of squirrel in North America. You can find these squirrels in forests with large trees with minimal to no undergrowth.  You may spot them easily in parks and other open areas like your own backyard!  Squirrels eat mast, tree buds and insects but they can eat a variety of other things, including bird eggs, baby birds, small snakes, tubers, and fungi. 

    Squirrels may use leaf nests or tree cavities for their homes.