North American Mammals

Every North American Mammal

Except Humans 

The Eastern Gray Squirrel

  Sciurus Carolinensis

(Above: Grey Squirrel by Me)

 A tree squirrel native to the Eastern to the Midwestern United States and the Eastern provinces of Canada. It was Introduced to the western United States and it thrives there as well. The Eastern Gray Squirrel was also introduce to the UK and has displaced the Red Squirrel, which has aroused some concerns.  The fur is mostly gray and can sometimes have a red tinge. The underbelly is all white.  Eastern Gray Squirrels have large bushy tail. In urban areas, both the Albino and the melanistic version of the Gray Squirrel can be found. Squirrels are hoarders, burying small caches of food for later.  Contrary to belief; squirrels have a very god memory for finding their caches. Gray Squirrels can make a variety of sounds, a "buck, buck, buck" which is usually followed by a "kyukyukyuuuuuuuu." These squirrels nest in "dreys," which are a type of nest. Squirrels will invade bird feeders for millet and sun flower seeds, now safflower is used as squirrels do not seem to like it. Some seed is covered in pepper coating because only mammals can taste the capsaicin.  They have also been known to dig up flower bulbs. (Above: An Eastern Gray surveys the land below. Picture from me)

Predators: Hawks, mustelids, raccoons, skunks, and owls. 

Conservation Status: Least Concern 

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Javelina (or Peccary)

 (Pecari Tajacu) (Tayassu Pecari) (Catagonus Wagneri)

(Above: 'Boaring' Javelinas by Ange)  

Peccaries are medium sized mammals and are of the family Tayassuiade. They are members of the Artiodactyls or even-toed ungulates like pigs and hippos. They are found in Southwestern US and throughout Central and South America. Peccaries measure between 3-4 feet in length and weigh in at 44-88 pounds full grown. Peccaries are often confused with razorback hogs. The difference is all in the tusk! A peccary's tusk is short and straight while an Old World pig's tusk is long and curves around on its self. Peccaries use the tusk for self defense, their diet is mostly roots and grasses but they will also feed on invertebrates and small vertebrates. A peccary's temperament is aggressive enough where they cannot be domesticated as they will injure humans. They first appeared 32 million years ago in America. Extinct species have been found in Oregon. Javelinas did not reach South American until about 3 million years ago, when they migrated south with the llamas and tapirs.

Conservation Status: Least Vulnerable 

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Bighorn Sheep

  (Ovis Canadensis) 

(Above: Bighorn Sheep by Ange)

Wild sheep crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Siberia and have spread as far south as Baja California and the northern Mexican border. Around 1900 hunting, domestic sheep competition, and disease had dwindled the population from an estimated 2 million to just several thousand. They are hunted for their meat and their horns. They are also a source of eco-tourism, tourists come to see the famed bighorn sheep in their habitat. They are named for the large horns on the rams, the females, or ewes, have horns but they are not as large or striking as the rams. They range from grey to chocolate brown withe a white rump. They graze on grasses and shrubs, and seek minerals and natural salt-licks. They are adapted to covering steep terrain to avoid predators such as, coyotes, eagles, and cougars. Before the rutting season the males develop a hierarchy by head butting each other. 

Conservation Status: Conservation Dependant

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 Brown Bear

(Ursus Arctos)

 (Above: Brown Bear by Ian)

 The brown bear is a species of bear native to the Northern Hemisphere in Asia and North America.  Adults weigh in at about 290-1500 pounds. North American Subspecies include: Grizzly Bears, Kodiak Bears,  and Mexican Brown Bears. Brown bears have very furry coats that vary in color from blond, brown, balck or a combination of these. They have very short tails that look like little stubs. They have large muscle humps on their shoulders. They are very powerful anda powerful blow from a large brown bear can break the neck or spine of a buffalo. Their claws are  massive, about 5.9 inches long. They have large, round heads with concave facial profiles.  Their head-body length is 5.6-9.2 feet. Their shoudler height is 35-59 inches. The smallest sub species is the European brown bear, females of these sub species weigh only 200 pounds. The largest sub species is the Kodiak bear from Russia and Alaska, males can weigh as much as 1500 pounds. Bears raised in zoos are often heavier than bears in the wild.  They mainly use claws for digging. Their claws are not retractable.  They have been clocked at speeds of 56 mph. Borwn Bears are primarily nocturnal and can put on up to 400 pounds in the summer. They can be woen easily from hibernation, they like to hibernate in caves, crevices, or hollow logs in thw inter months.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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American Mink

(Mustela vison)

 (Above: American Mink by Hard-Rain)

Male American Minks will mate with European Minks in spring time, the ofspring are not born and females will not breed again that season. They have long and slim bodies that are covered in glossy, thick dark brown or black fur with a white patch under the chin. They have short legs and partially webbed feet. They can be found in wooded areas or in fields next to streams and lakes. They dog burrows in river banks or live in abandoned dens. Minks eat small mamals, fish, crayfish, frogs and other amphibians, but will also eat birds, insects and earthworms on occasion. They are mostly active at night and they do not hibernate. Their predators include coyotes, great horned owls, red foxes, and wolves. Minks are usually solitary. Mating occurs in winter, males and females may have more than one partner. Females give birth to 3-4 young in the spring.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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Raccoon

  (Procyon cancrivorus) (Procyon insularis) (Procyon lotor)

(Above: Raccoon by Hard-Rain) 

 Raccoons are native to North America, but became widespread in Europe, when they escaped from fur-farms in the 20th century. Adults can weigh from 6.6-35 pounds and measure 24-36 inches in length. They have black masks, a bushy ringed tail, the coat is a mix of grey, brown, and black, or rarely albino. Raccoons are omnivorous. Their diet consists of berries, insects, eggs, and small animals. Raccoons sometimes dunk their food in water before eating it.  It is not uncommon for raccoons to injure, kill or eat cats and small dogs.  Mating occurs in January or February, a litter of 4-5 are born in April or May. Raccoons usually live in hollow trees, ground burrows, or even caves. The litter is weaned in late summer. Raccoons can carry roundworm, canine distemper, and rabies. 

Conservation Status: Least Concern 

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 White Tailed Deer

  (Odocoileus virginianus)

(Above: White Tailed Deer by Hard-Rain

Whitetails are medium sized deers. The coat is a reddish-brown and turn to a grey-brown in the winter. It is recognized by the white underside of the tail. Bucks wigh from 130-220 pounds and does can weigh from 90-130 pounds. Males 1 or older have antlers. Antlers grown in late spring, covered in tissue known as velvet.  They shed their antlers when all the females are bred, in late December - February. Males compete for breeding rights. Females give birth to 1-3 fawns in mid or late spring (May or June). Fawns lose spots in the first summer and weigh 44-77 pounds. 

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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Opossum 

(Didelphimorphia)

(Above: Opossum by Hard-Rain

Possums are opportunistic omnivores. The expression "Playing Possum" comes from the behavior that they exhibit while threatened, mimicking the sight and smell of a sick or dead animal. They draw the lips back, teeth are bared, and they smell foul due to a secretion from the anal glands. This is involuntary. The best thing to due when seeing a seemingly dead or sick possum is to leave it be, in a clear area.  

Conservation Status: ???

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 Star Nosed Mole

(Condylura cristata)

(Above: HI!! by backroadshutterbug

Star-nosed Moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and in north-eastern United States. They live in wet lowland areas. They dine on aquatic insects, worms and mollusks. They are good swimmers and can forage along the bottoms of streams and ponds. They dig shallow surface tunnels that often exit underwater. They are active both day and night, they also remains active during winter months. Their fur is thick and blackish brown. It is also water resistant, they have long thick tails and large scaled feet.Adults are 15-20 cm in length and weigh about 55 g. They have 44 teeth. Their most distinctive feature is the circle of 22 mobile tentacles surrounding the nose. They mate in late winter or early spring, an give birth to 4-5 young in late spring or early summer. Their predators include Red Tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, Skunks and mustelids, and even large fish. 

>Conservation Satus: Least Concern

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