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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Black Tailed Prairie Dog)

The Black-Tailed prairie dog is a ground-dwelling rodent native to the great plains of North America. Related to the squirrel and apart of the Sciuridae family, the prairie dog is an intelligent little animal who makes an elaborate home for himself and his coterie. The prairie dog helps maintain an extremely beneficial balance to their ecosystem-…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Domesticated Ferret)

The adorable ferret has been living side by side with humans for thousands of years, with their domestication beginning as far back as 600 BC! Their Latin name, Mustela putorius furo, translates to “smelly little thief”, a perfectly suitable name for the mischievous creature. Related to the European polecat and apart of the weasel family, the domesticated…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (African Pygmy Hedgehog)

While he may be super cute, the African Pygmy Hedgehog is not the most cuddly of mammals. Their spined, spiky coat is the only defensive mechanism this little animal can use against a predator. Found in sub-Saharan Africa, among much larger animals, the hedgehog’s thorned coat comes in handy. Solitary and nocturnal, these little guys…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Virginia Opossum)

The Virginia Opossum is a commonly seen animal throughout the US. Although we often see them in urban areas, opossums are unique because they are the only marsupial found in North America. Related to the sugar gliders we learned about a few weeks back, these interesting creatures have many young that develop in a pouch on…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Kinkajou)

Native to the tropical forests of Central and South America, the kinkajou makes his home high up in the trees of the forest canopy. While they resemble a small primate, this furry creature is actually apart of the family Procyonidae, closely related to raccoons. Kinkajous are also commonly referred to as “honey bears”, due to…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Sugar Gliders)

Sugar Gliders are unique little creatures related to kangaroos and koala bears. Despite bearing similar features, sugar gliders are not rodents. They are small marsupials from the rain forests of Australia and Indonesia. The tiny animals got their name from their love of sugary fruits and their ability to “glide” from tree to tree. Sugar gliders…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Scarlet Macaw)

The Scarlet Macaw is well known for its vibrant beauty, but also its incredible intelligence. Strong willed, curious, and highly trainable, these birds are able to mimic sounds and words, and even have the capability to distinguish between colors and shapes. Some, with the right trainer, are able to perform simple math problems. Scarlet Macaws…

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