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Mauritius Kestrel
2008-05-02 01:16:40

The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus), is a bird of prey from the family Falconidae endemic to Mauritius. It is the most distinct of the Indian Ocean kestrels. It colonized its island home to evolve into a distinct species probably during the Late Pliocene. It is the most distant living species among the western Indian Ocean kestrels. It can reach a size between 10 and 12 inches. The...

Old World Climbing Fern Lygodium microphyllum
2008-04-30 22:52:26

The Old World Climbing Fern (Lygodium microphyllum), is a climbing fern originating in tropical Africa, South East Asia, Melanesia and Australia. It is an invasive weed in the US States of Florida and Alabama where it invades open forest and wetland areas. It is also commonly known as the Small Leaf Climbing Fern, climbing Maidenhair, Snake Fern and Gribbly Wib after the Old English.

Blue Spruce Colorado Spruce
2007-12-27 09:38:32

The Blue Spruce or Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens), is a species of spruce native to western North America, from southeast Idaho and southwest Wyoming, south through Utah and Colorado to Arizona and New Mexico. It grows at high altitudes from 6,000 to 10,000 feet in altitude, though unlike Engelmann Spruce in the same area, it does not reach the alpine tree-line. It is most commonly found...

Tayra
2007-08-15 11:07:59

The Tayra (Eira barbara), is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. It is the only species in the genus Eira. Tayras live in the tropical forests of Central and South America. In Central America it is known as the Tolomuco. They live in hollow trees, burrows in the ground, or nests of tall grass. They eat mainly fruit, but also carrion, small mammals and birds. Tayras have...

Common Kusimanse
2007-08-14 12:59:02

The Common Kusimanse (Crossarchus obscurus), also known as the Long-nosed Kusimanse, is a small, diurnal kusimanse or dwarf mongoose. The Common Kusimanse is found in the west African countries of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and it has been exported to various other countries for the pet trade. It differs from other mongooses primarily in its choice of habitat, which is...

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel
2007-08-14 04:00:56

The Thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus), also known as the Striped Gopher, is a brownish ground squirrel with 13 alternating brown and whitish longitudinal lines (sometimes partially broken into spots) on back and sides creating rows of whitish spots within dark lines. It is a diurnal species and is very active on warm days. It can run at speeds up to 8 mph and will...

Round-tailed Ground Squirrel
2007-08-14 03:57:33

The Round-tailed Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus tereticaudus), is a species of ground squirrel that lives in the desert of the American southwest and adjacent Mexico. They are well adapted to desert life. They can stay active even on the hottest of days though they do tend to limit their activity during the heat of the afternoon sun. They live underground in the winter, typically from late...

Arctic Ground Squirrel
2007-08-13 03:31:51

The Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus parryii), is a species of ground squirrel native to the Arctic Circle. They can be found in regions of Northern Canada ranging from the Arctic Circle down to the southern border of the Northwest Territories. They are also found in Alaska and Siberia. It inhabits dry arctic tundra and open meadows. The Arctic ground squirrel has a beige and tan coat...

Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
2007-08-13 03:25:26

The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus lateralis), lives in all types of forests across North America. The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel is abundant throughout its range and is equally at home in a wide variety of forest habitats as well as rocky meadows, and even sagebrush flats. It eats seeds, nuts, berries, insects, and underground fungi. It is eaten by hawks, jays, weasels,...

European ground squirrel
2007-08-13 03:21:37

The European ground squirrel (Spermophilus citellus), also known as the European Souslik, is a species from the squirrel family Sciuridae and the only European representative of the genus Spermophilus. Like all squirrels, it is a member of the rodent order. It is to be found throughout Eastern Europe from southern Ukraine, to Asia Minor, the Czech Republic, Greece and north as far as Poland....

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glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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