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Squirrelly California Ground Squirrels

When one thinks of squirrels, one usually pictures a bushy-tailed rodent scurrying through the tree tops on a never-ending search for acorns or perhaps raiding our backyard bird feeders. They are one of the animals that has adapted well to dealing with humans and most of us see squirrels almost everyday. However, not all squirrels…

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Radical Red-Tailed Hawks

All all birds no group holds our admiration quite like the raptors, the birds of prey. Eagles are renowned for their power and majesty. Falcons are famous for their speed. Owls can flight silent as ghosts and even vultures are impressive thanks to their tremendous size and often frightful appearances. Hawks seem to get a…

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The Heroic Hercules Beetle

According to Greco-Roman mythology, Hercules was the strongest man in the world. He is  most famous for his twelve labors, most of which involved slaying fearsome monsters like the Nemean lion and the hydra. Mythical monsters don’t really exist, but some animals certainly looks like beasts heroes like Hercules might have faced. Indeed, there is…

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Taking a Bite out of Bull Sharks

Sharks are some of the most feared animals on the planet. They are the largest of predatory fish, armed with mouths full of a limitless supply of razor-sharp teeth. It is fear of sharks that keeps many people from swimming in the ocean, instead seeking the supposed safety of freshwater environs. However, there is one…

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Your Prickly Pal, the Hedgehog

Hedgehogs seem like rather odd creatures at first. Rather than being covered in soft fur like one would expect a small mammal to be, their hides bristle with a formidable set of quills. They are best known for being the focus of a very popular Sega video game franchise, but other than that the average…

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The Awesome African Bullfrog

When one thinks of African giants, one usually conjures up images of charismatic megafauna such as elephants or rhinos. A frog is probably among the last creatures one would think to fit this description, especially a frog with a moniker like “pixie.” However, there is more to this frog than just a misleading name. A…

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Terrific Tapirs

Few animals are as bizarre as a tapir. They look sort of like pigs but they have that weird trunk and are one of the largest animals to be found in tropical forests. As secretive as it is strange, the world of the tapir is one we are only know beginning to understand. What is…

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Here Be Dragons!

Cultures throughout the world believe in dragons. From the fire-breathing wyrms of Europe to the feathered serpents of Mesoamerica to the mystical lung of China, these beasts have been with us since time immemorial. Everyone knows what a dragon is and knows they don’t exist, right? Wrong! There is one modern reptile that, with the…

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