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Long-tailed Weasel
2007-01-22 15:19:06

The long-tailed weasel (Mustela frenata) is the most widely distributed mustelid in the New World. Its range extends from southern Canada through most of the United States to Mexico. It is also found in Central America and the northern parts of South America. It is generally found in open or semi-open habitats near water. This is a typical weasel with a long slender body, short legs and a...

Black-striped Weasel
2007-01-22 15:05:07

The black-striped weasel (Mustela strigidorsa) is one of the most mysterious mammals in the northeast Oriental region, even though it occurs from Nepal east through northeast India and southern China to Vietnam. It is also found south to central Laos at altitudes from 3,281 to 8,202 feet (1000m to 2500m). It is distinguished from all other species of Mustela by the presence of a narrow...

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....

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...

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.