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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....

Uinta Ground Squirrel
2007-08-13 03:11:23

The Uinta Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus armatus), is a squirrel native to the northern Rocky Mountains and surrounding foothills in the United States including Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. Its habitat includes dry meadows, grasslands, and cultivated fields close to water. The squirrels eat foods including seeds, green vegetation, insects, and meat. They are fully active for only a few...

Arabian Oryx
2007-07-17 10:41:45

The Arabian Oryx (Oryx leucoryx), is a bovid and the smallest member of the Oryx genus. It is native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula. This species was endangered by the early 1970s in the wild, and attempts have been made to build wild populations. With only little success, the species is still endangered and by 2003 only 106 specimens were alive in the wild. Today, there...

Scimitar Oryx
2007-07-17 10:37:30

The Scimitar Oryx (Oryx dammah), is a species of oryx which formerly inhabited the whole of North Africa. It is not known today if the species is either extinct or existent in small numbers in central Niger and Chad. A global captive breeding program was initiated in the 1960s. In 1996, there were at least 1,250 captive animals held in zoos and parks around the world with a further 2,145 on...

Russian Tortoise
2007-02-21 11:15:19

The Russian Tortoise, Horsfield's Tortoise or Central Asian Tortoise, Testudo horsfieldii, is a species of tortoise that is named after the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield. The Russian Tortoise ranges from Afghanistan to north western China, through the countries of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Baluchistan....

Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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