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Scientists Discover That Scorpions Are Master Architects
2014-07-03 03:23:46

Society for Experimental Biology Israeli scientists have discovered that scorpion burrows have a platform on which to warm up before the evening hunt. The researchers, represented by Dr Amanda Adams (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), investigated the burrows of wild Large-Clawed Scorpions (Scorpio maurus palmatus) in the Negev Desert of Israel. After trapping the scorpions, they prepared replica casts of their burrows by filling them with molten aluminium. Once the casts had...

2013-04-14 23:00:44

Nature´s creatures get a boost from human technology in passive relocation project on campus at Estrella Mountain Community College. Avondale, AZ (PRWEB) April 14, 2013 Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is a commuter campus for students, but is becoming a residential campus for a very few, among them, the tiny burrowing owl. You may not have seen them, as they are small — standing about ten inches tall. They live and raise their young underground, nesting in existing...

2013-03-22 23:03:40

Southern California's leader in gopher and mole control has released a free website for readers to get insight to controlling these burrowing animals. Rodent Guys charges no fee to readers and information is based on their years of experience controlling these pests. Cambria, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2013 Gopher and mole removal is the most difficult pest control for homeowners to tackle by themselves. Both animals live underground and are rarely seen. These menacing pests destroy the...

Genes Found That Tell Mice How To Build Their Burrows
2013-01-18 12:33:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By studying oldfield mice — colloquially known as ℠beach mice´ (Peromyscus polionotus) — as they dug through a mound of dirt in her San Diego garage, biologist Hopi Hoekstra discovered that the diligent rodents construct their burrows in extremely predictable patterns. Working on a hunch that the mice probably inherit this behavior, she and a team of colleagues conducted a genetic analysis of the tiny rodents...

Image 1 - Worms Among First Animals To Appear After Asteroid Impact
2011-10-11 12:21:28

University of Colorado researchers have found that worms were among the first animals to surface after an asteroid plowed into the Gulf of Mexico 65.5 million years ago. Geological sciences Associate Professor Karen Chin of the university said this "K-T extinction" is often focused on the survival and proliferation of mammals, and studies show some of the earliest terrestrial ecosystems to emerge were aquatic plants. However, new evidence from North Dakota shows networks of...

2009-11-24 17:42:49

A community-based program aimed at reducing the burden of skin disease across remote communities in Australia's Northern Territory has been successful according to a study published November 24 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The three-year ecological study was conducted and reported by researchers at the Darwin-based Menzies School of Health Research, the Northern Territory Department of Health and Families, the Australasian College of Dermatologists, and Murdoch...

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2009-07-10 16:20:00

Paleontologists have discovered the world's oldest dinosaur burrows in Australia.  The 106-million-year-old burrows are the first to be found outside of North America, and were much closer to the South Pole when they were created. In total, three separate burrows have been discovered, the largest of which was about 6ft. long.  Each burrow had a similar design and was just large enough to contain the body of a small dinosaur. The discovery supports the theory that dinosaurs living in...

2008-09-25 09:00:18

By Jane E. Brody Most people expect to return from vacation with fond memories of a relaxing or exciting time and perhaps photos to document it. That wasn't exactly the case for one 25-year-old man who took a trip to a Brazilian beach. Five weeks after returning to his home in Spain, he began to itch. He itched everywhere, intensely, and especially at night, which made sleep almost impossible. After two months of this torment, with pimples and the sores from scratching them on his...

2008-06-19 03:00:37

By Shelley Terry, Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio Jun. 19--AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP -- Health officials are looking into reports of a scabies outbreak at a local nursing home. Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 2026 Route 45, is being investigated by the Ohio Department of Health, officials in Columbus said Wednesday. The Ashtabula County Health Department also has received phone calls on the matter. "We're aware (of the situation) and in contact with the staff," said Jay Becker, of...


Latest Burrow Reference Libraries

Townsend's Mole, Scapanus townsendii
2012-04-27 08:39:32

Townsend's mole (Scapanus townsendii) can be found in North America. Its range extends from southwestern British Columbia to northwestern California. It prefers to live in lowland and open wooded spaces with soil that has high moisture content. These moles are the largest in North America, with a body length of up to 8.3 inches and an average weight of 4.9 ounces. Its physical characteristics are common for a creature that lives under ground. Its forepaws are large and used for digging, while...

Plains Pocket Gopher, Geomys bursarius
2012-04-23 07:27:00

One of thirty-five species of pocket gophers, the plains pocket gopher resides in the farming lands and grasslands of the Great Plains of North America, from Texas to Manitoba in Canada and even as far east as the west Indiana extremities. This range holds a recognized eight subspecies of pocket gophers. Although this gopher’s physical adaptations are minimal, it has adapted to life underground, and is the most fossorial rodent in North America. The plains pocket gopher is black to brown...

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2007-06-25 10:27:45

Botta's Pocket Gopher, Thomomys bottae, is native to western North America, from California east to Texas and from southern Utah south to Mexico. It is found everywhere from arid deserts to high altitude meadows and is highly adaptable. In California, this species is also known as the Valley Pocket Gopher. Over 185 subspecies have been described for this animal, mostly based on geographical distribution. The pocket gopher is medium-sized, reaching a length of about 9.8 to 10.2 inches and...

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2007-06-25 10:10:28

The Patagonian Mara, Dolichotis patagonum, is a relatively large rodent found in Central and Southern Argentina. Maras inhabit arid grasslands and scrub desert. Maras like to live in burrows and will occasionally inhabit burrows that already exist from other animals. They are herbivorous. The Patagonian Mara is from the Family Caviidae, which includes cavies, such as their larger relative the capybara, and guinea pigs. Patagonian Maras are closely related to the other member of the...

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2006-12-13 14:48:55

The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as the woodchuck, land beaver, or the whistle pig, is a rodent of the family Sciuridae. It belongs to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Most marmots live in rocky and mountainous areas, but the woodchuck is a lowland creature. It is widely distributed in North America. It is found in Alaska, Alabama, and Georgia. In the west it is found only in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia and northern Washington. Anatomy and Behavior...

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