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First Meal Important To Young Viviparous Lizards
2013-07-04 04:49:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We have all heard of 'formative years' that can influence a person's view of the world and, consequently, their behavior - but a new study published in the journal Cell Biology has found for certain lizards their very first meal can have lasting impacts on everything from their future range to agility. "A mere detail in life can make all the difference for the fate of individuals," said co-author Manuel Massot of Universite Pierre et...

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2012-07-13 07:30:02

Derek Walter for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When it comes to raising their young, wolverines need some refrigeration. As USA Today reported on a forthcoming study in the Journal of Mammology, researchers with the Wildlife Conservation Society have uncovered some of why the feisty creatures tend to give birth in the spring. It turns out wolverines, which generally live in Canada, Scandinavia, or Siberia, have their young as early as February in order to make maximum use of...

2012-02-21 21:09:23

Some of Ireland's oldest inhabitants are facing serious threat and possible extinction because of foreign species, according to researchers at Queen's University. The red squirrel, Irish hare and red deer are just some of Ireland's indigenous species which are under threat as a result of the introduction of foreign species. A new study which took place over the last two years looked at the impact of two introduced species — the bank vole and greater white toothed shrew — on two...

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2011-02-04 07:55:24

The aggressive wolverine may not be powerful enough to survive climate change in the contiguous United States, new research concludes. Wolverine habitat in the northwestern United States is likely to warm dramatically if society continues to emit large amounts of greenhouse gases, according to new computer model simulations carried out at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The study found that climate change is likely to imperil the wolverine in two ways: reducing or...

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2009-12-23 09:35:00

Details of the lifestyle of mink, which escaped from fur farms and now live wild in the UK, have been revealed through analysis of their whiskers. Research led by the University of Exeter reveals more about the diet of this invasive species and provides a clue to its whereabouts. There are now plans to use the findings to eradicate it from environments where it can be devastating to native species. Published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, the study focused on American mink living in the...

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2009-09-22 13:11:50

Canadian scientists say they have discovered brown grizzly bears are feeding on migrating broad whitefish in a Northwest Territories stream. Scientists from the University of Alberta say the discovery in the Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories has researchers advising increased care in petroleum extraction and infrastructure development within the area. Oliver Barker and Andrew Derocher, who led the study, said they observed at least one brown bear engaged in the unusual...

2009-09-22 13:46:49

Researchers call on developers in Mackenzie Delta to exercise caution The discovery of brown (grizzly) bears feeding on migrating broad whitefish in a stream in Mackenzie Delta region of the Northwest Territories has researchers advising increased care in petroleum extraction and infrastructure development within the area. In a paper published in the September issue of the journal Arctic, Oliver Barker and Andrew Derocher from the University of Alberta report seeing at least one brown bear...

2009-05-04 15:18:20

U.S. scientists say they've genetically identified the origins of a California wolverine, providing the first evidence of a link between regional populations. A wolverine first photographed by a remote-controlled camera in the Tahoe National Forest in February 2008 has been found most closely related to Rocky Mountain populations, according to a team of 10 federal, state and university scientists. The finding was obtained through genetic analysis of hair collected from the first...

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2009-04-30 08:46:23

Study provides first evidence of connection between Rocky, Sierra Nevada Mountain populations A wolverine first photographed by a remote-controlled camera on the Tahoe National Forest in February 2008 is most closely related to Rocky Mountain populations, according to a team of 10 federal, state and university scientists. Their findings are published in the latest edition of Northwest Science and focus on genetic analysis of hair collected from the first scientifically verified California...


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Moor Frog, Rana arvalis
2013-07-26 19:02:45

The Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) is a slim, reddish brown colored, and semiaquatic amphibian that is native to Europe and Asia. It belongs to the Ranidae family, or true frogs. Ranidae, the family that the Moor Frog belongs to, is a wide group covering about 605 species. The family is like a "catch-all" for ranoid frogs that don't belong to any other families. Seeing that this is the case, the traits that define them are more general, and the frogs are found all throughout the world, on every...

Common Vole, Microtus arvalis
2012-08-05 21:02:11

The common vole (Microtus arvalis) is native to Eurasia, with a very large range stretching across many areas. Its preferred habitat includes all areas besides densely forested areas. It will inhabit agricultural lands, and as a result will end up eating the crops found there, although it prefers grass. The common vole varies slightly in size between sexes, with males weighing an average of 1.7 ounces and females weighing 1.4 ounces if not pregnant. It will inhabit home ranges of up to .3...

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2007-08-10 16:41:52

The Wolverine (Gulo gulo) is the largest land-dwelling species of the weasel family Mustelidae. It is also known as the Glutton or Carcajou. The wolverine lives primarily in isolated areas in the northern hemisphere. These areas include Alaska, northern Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia. They are also native to Russia and the Baltic countries. Until the mid 1800's they were found as far south as northern California. Some still remain in the Rocky Mountains and northern Cascades in the United...

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2007-02-18 23:23:23

The Smooth Snake, Coronella austriaca, is a harmless species of colubrid snake found in northern Europe, but also as far east as northern Iran. They can be found in England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. They are also found in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, and European Russia. In Asia, they are found in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and northern Iran. Both sexes grow to an average length of 20 inches. However it is not unheard of that these...

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2007-01-22 15:09:15

The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel or the wild otter, is a small mammal of the family Mustelidae. The stoat is an opportunistic carnivore and grows up to 11.81 in (30 cm) long. It eats rabbits and rodents such as the mouse, vole and rats and other small mammals. It also eats birds, their eggs, and young. They sometimes eat fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. It is a very skillful tree climber and can descend a trunk headfirst, like a squirrel....

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