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European Mink
2007-01-22 15:03:41

The European Mink, Mustela lutreola, is a European member of the Mustelidae family found in some regions of Spain, France, Romania, Sweden, Poland and the greater part of Russia. It is not found east of the Ural Mountains. Formerly it extended across all Europe, reaching Finland in the north, but it is now extinct in the major part of its ancient range. It is similar in appearance to the...

Otter Civet
2007-01-19 21:20:35

The otter civet, Cynogale bennettii, is an aquatic civet from South East Asia. Sometimes known as the Sunda Otter Civet, it lives in rivers and swampy areas of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java. The otter civet possesses several adaptations to its habitat. These include a broad mouth and webbed feet with naked soles and long claws. Its muzzle is long with numerous long whiskers....

Aardwolf
2007-01-19 20:40:01

The aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) is a small insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa. The name means "earth wolf" in Afrikaans. Unlike other hyenas, the aardwolf is a defenseless animal whose diet almost completely consists of termites. The natural enemies are deterred by the superficial resemblance to the more aggressive hyena species. The aardwolf is the only surviving...

Cuban Solenodon
2007-01-19 11:47:34

The Cuban Solenodon (Solenodon cubanus), known as the Almiqui in Cuba, is a soricomorph native to Cuba. It belongs to the family Solenodontidae along with a similar species, the Hispaniola Solenodon (Solenodon paradoxus). The solenodon is unusual among mammals in that its saliva is venomous. Appearance With small eyes, and dark brown to black hair, it is sometimes compared to a shrew. It...

Hopi Rattlesnake
2007-01-10 10:49:04

The Hopi Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis nuntius, is a species of venomous rattlesnake native mainly to the desert plateau of the northeastern area of Arizona, but also ranges into northwestern New Mexico. Named for the Native American Hopi tribe, which inhabits this region, the Hopi rattlesnake is a subspecies of the Western Rattlesnake. Their range overlaps and some interbreeding is believed to...

Mojave Rattlesnake
2007-01-10 10:45:27

The Mojave Rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus, also known as the Mojave rattler, desert diamondback, and scutulated rattlesnake, is a venomous pit viper species commonly found in the southwestern United States and central Mexico. They are primarily found in high desert or low mountain slopes. They prefer scrub brush such as mesquite and creosote, but may also reside in lowland areas of sparse...

Banded Rock Rattlesnake
2007-01-10 10:33:32

The Banded Rock Rattlesnake, Crotalus lepidus klauberi, is a subspecies of venomous rock rattlesnake found in the southern United States, including Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, and into northern Mexico. They are often found in canyons, hilly slopes, or man-made road cuts. They typically do not travel far, and often spend their entire lives on one particular slope or ridge. They are...

Red-shanked Douc
2007-01-02 10:37:45

The red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is a species of Old World monkey and probably the most colorful of mammals. This colorful and attractive primate is sometimes called the "costumed ape" for its extravagant appearance. This colorful monkey looks like a little Buddha, wearing a gray shirt and black shorts. It has sports maroon-red stockings and white forearm length gloves. Its attire is...

Red-footed tortoise
2006-12-26 16:07:31

Image Credit: Thinkstock.com The Red-footed tortoise, Geochelone carbonaria, known in Brazil as Jabuti, is a tortoise from South America. They live in tropical forests and grasslands in northern South America and some islands of the Caribbean. It draws its name from the red and orange scales visible on its limbs, as well as its head and tail. It is protected by CITES* as an endangered...

Laysan Duck
2006-03-20 10:57:08

The Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis) is a dabbling duck which is native to Laysan Island, Hawaii. This duck is related to the Mallard, and has sometimes been considered to be an island race of that species. It has been determined, however, that it is not as closely related, but rather is a sister taxon to the Mallard and its closest relatives. Subfossil remains found on the major southeastern...

Word of the Day
bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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