Beaver

Beaver

Beavers have eyelids that are transparent, acting like goggles, and can stay underwater up to 15 minutes. Beavers have a strong vanilla scented substance called Castoreum that is produced in their anal glands. Castoreum is then used in the perfume industry and food additives.

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Porcupine

Porcupine

Porcupines have about 30,000 quills about 5 inches long and will only lodge their quills if they feel threatened or attacked; otherwise they are very peaceful animals. Porcupines have also been linked to deer because they can retain nitrogen from their food, and survive the winter on a bark diet.

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North American River Otter

North American River Otter

Besides their eye sight underwater, river otters use their whiskers to help hunt for food. The otter’s whiskers can sense vibrations of fish movement, so they are able to detect the proximity of their prey. Otters are also known to have very high and speedy metabolism. Within an hour of eating, the substance of their meal makes it through their digestive tracts. In the winter to help river otters stay warm, they have 57,800 hairs per square centimeter that make up their thick, warm coat.

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Bear Cub

Bear Cub

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Bobcat

Bobcat

While hunting prey, bobcats will wait - watching motionless. When the time is right they will pounce on their prey, just like mountain lions. Bobcats are also known to have two types of dens. A main den which they will live in and have babies, then auxiliary shelters throughout their territory where they might take a nap for the day or hide in while watching prey.

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Kindergarten Bear

Kindergarten Bear

Javelina

Javelina

In order to help identify territory and each other, the javelina uses a scent gland on the top of their rumps which they will rub on each other, trees, rocks, etc. Unlike most new mothers, javelina’s will not lick their new offspring clean. Instead they will roll or tumble it.

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Red Fox

Red Fox

Red foxes can hear low-frequency sounds such as rodents digging underground with their sharp hearing. They are also known to jump as high as 6.5 feet.

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Badger

Badger

Badger’s have larger front feet with backward-curving claws to help with digging, and smaller rear feet with shovel-like claws. Although some might find them to be pests, badgers actually help control the rodent populations.

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Swift Fox

Swift Fox

Marbled Red Fox

Marbled Red Fox