Can Chickens Fly?

The chicken might be the world’s most recognizable bird, but you would be surprised how little people know about these fascinating animals. The chickens today that are bred for food look too plump to fly, but  a recent video from China blows that misconception out of the water. Chicken Lunch Time!!! In the clip above,…

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Domestication Sensation

Since out ancestors first arose in Africa, humans have had an deep and complex relationship with animals. For millions of years, that relationship revolved around being an active part of the natural food chain. Then, about 15,000 years, man began shaping animals to suit his own needs and desires, in both shape and behavior. Before…

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My child caught a fence lizard. What should I do?

Many parents can relate to their child bringing in a wild lizard and having no idea what to do with it. Have no fear! Here at the Critter Squad we have some helpful tips on what you can do to keep the lizard healthy and safe. What’s the best thing to do for the lizard?…

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Elephants of the Pacific

The majority of seal species share a series of characteristics that endear them to humans. Their faces are remarkable doglike, with big, expressive eyes and a whiskery mustache. They are inquisitive animals, often coming up to investigate divers and swimmers. What’s not to love about a seal, right? However, not all seals fit this seemingly-friendly…

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Why can’t I have a pet ferret in California?

Ferrets are considered restricted species in California. Animals that are on the restricted species list do not originally live here. Domesticated ferrets can be cute and cuddly pets but make no mistake, they are excellent hunters. If released into the wild, ferrets pose a risk of becoming an invasive species, possibly harming crops and local…

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Grizzly Bears Follow Hikers Home- Alaska

Man o’ Man. If you are like us here at the Critter Squad Wildlife Defenders then you love bears!  Who doesn’t love bears, they are cute, cuddly, they have amazing size and are a symbol of power to many.   There is no doubt that they can also be considered scary to many, especially when…

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Yikes! Staying Safe around Sharks

North Carolina Man Bitten by Shark   In June of 2017, a few men were fishing off the coast of a pier on Wrightsville Beach and hooked a small shark on their line. One of the men attempted to grab the tail of the shark to remove from the hook from its mouth and BAM!! The…

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Elephants and Mammoths and Mastodons, oh my!

Elephants are some of the most iconic animals on Earth. They are the largest of all terrestrial mammals and have been a facet of human culture for thousands of years. Even their prehistoric relatives, the mammoths and mastodons, are well-known to the general public. To most people, the differences between mammoths and mastodons are trivial….

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What the wobbegong?

The word “shark” conjures up the image of a triangular dorsal knifing across the surface and a gaping maw studded with rows of serrated teeth just waiting to chomp down on some unfortunate swimmer. Great white, tiger, mako, and bull are all familiar names of fairly stereotypical sharks. However, there are over 300 different species…

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I found a tortoise on the side of the road. What should I do?

Turtles and tortoises are an amazing group of animals that inhabit multiple different habitats, live on several continents and even navigate the vast oceans.  North America is home to dozens of unique species, which humans tend to come in direct contact with, on an increasing basis.   There are multiple reasons why there is an…

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