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Badger, Eagles, Grasshopper, Mole, Mouse (see mice), Monarch Butterfly, Opossums, Owls, Prairie dog, Rabbits, Raccoon, Skunk, Snail, Squirrel, Vulture, Worm

Badger: Kids Search - powered by EBSCOhost. Badger, name for several related members of the weasel family.

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Most badgers are large, nocturnal, burrowing animals, with broad, heavy bodies, long snouts, large, sharp claws, and long, grizzled fur. The Old World badger, Meles meles, is found in Europe and in Asia N of the Himalayas; it is about 3 ft (90 cm) long, with a 4-in. (10-cm) tail, and weighs about 30 lb (13.6 kg).

Its unusual coloring, light above and dark below, is unlike that of most mammals but is found in some other members of the family. The head is white, with a conspicuous black stripe on each side. European badgers live, often in groups, in large burrows called sets, which they usually dig in dry slopes in woods. Copyright of Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition is the property of Columbia University Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission.

Badger Printout- EnchantedLearning.com. The badger is a burrowing mammal with a black-and-white striped face.

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Badgers are nocturnal (most active at night). Badger: EBSCOhost. Badger, common name for animals of the genera Meles and Taxidea.

Badger: EBSCOhost

The group is characterized by short, strong legs, elongated feet that are more or less plantigrade (heels touch the ground), and straight, strong toes adapted to burrowing. Badger - Animal Facts. Badger (Taxidea Taxus) Badgers are found living in the forests of Europe and western Asia, scavenging for roots and berries as well as worms and insects.

Badger (Taxidea Taxus)

Amazingly badgers can run up to 30km an hour for short periods of time and have been known to successfully fight off bigger mammals such as wolves, coyotes and bears! There have been occasional reports over the years of badgers being particularly aggressive towards dogs and even humans! The badger is capable of producing a painful bite, and some badgers are also known to carry a type of rabies.The most commonly known badgers are the white and black striped badgers in western Europe. Badgers are thought to be related to otters and weasels and can often grow to nearly a meter in length! The badger lives in underground burrows which often contains a maze of tunnels.

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EnchantedLearning.com is a user-supported site. As a bonus, site members have access to a banner-ad-free version of the site, with print-friendly pages.Click here to learn more. (Already a member? Click here.) Beetle (Coleoptera) The beetle is a small sized invertebrate that is known to be incredibly versatile and is found in numerous different shapes and sizes.

Beetle (Coleoptera)

Beetles are found in nearly every different habitat on Earth and are only absent from the freezing polar regions. The beetle has the largest number of sub-species out of all the insects, with 40% of all recognised insects being classed as beetles. Do you know beetles? Ranger Rick via EBSCO. Order Coleoptera: Beetles: Kids Search - powered by EBSCOhost. Beetles are the most abundant of all the insects.

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In fact, one out of every three insects living in North America is a beetle. These insects have very hard, armor-like shells. Beetle - Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia via EBSCOhost. Ferret: Kids Search - powered by EBSCOhost. Ferret, common name for Mustela putorius furo, a subspecies of the Polecat.

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It is probably native to Asia or Africa but is domesticated in Europe—where it is sometimes used for rabbit hunting or for killing rats—and America. Black-footed ferrets. Black-footed ferrets are small members of the weasel family.

Black-footed ferrets

They live in burrows and eat prairie dogs. Black-footed ferrets were almost extinct not long ago, and they are still rare and endangered. Some people have black-footed ferrets or other kinds of ferrets for pets. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora. Ferrets - Gale. Black-footed Ferret Printout- EnchantedLearning.com. Black-footed Ferrets are a type of weasel.

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An endangered species, these mammals used to roam over much of the prairies and grasslands of North America, but are exceedingly rare now. They are nocturnal (more active at night) and live in prairie dog burrows that they take over (usually after eating the prairie dogs). Anatomy: The Black-footed Ferret has very short legs, a long snout, and a slender body. It is 1 1/2 feet (46 cm) long (from snout to tail).

Ferret (Mustela Putorius Furo) The ferret is a domestic animal thought to be native to Europe. The ferret is thought to be a subspecies of polecat and the ferret has the same long shaped body as a polecat and a weasel. The ferret is thought to have been domesticated around 2,500 years ago, which is roughly the same time that a number of animals such as the donkey and goat were put to domestic use. The ferret is used to help farmers hunt out rabbits and the ferret does this by crawling into the rabbit burrows, with the ferret using its incredibly shaped flexible body to its advantage as a ferret is often small than many rabbits.

The rabbit is scared out of the burrow by the invading ferret and uses one of the many burrow exits to get away from the ferret intruder. Black-footed ferret. Region: North America. Snake (Serpentes) There are around 2,700 known species of snake worldwide, with the snake being found on every continent apart from the polar regions, where it is too cold for the snake. The snake can grow anywhere from 10cm in length, to the enormous anaconda snake that can reach lengths of up to 30ft long! There are two ways that snakes kill their prey, either the snake has a poisonous bite or the snake will wrap itself around the prey to constrict it. Most species of snake inhabiting colder regions in the Northern Hemisphere, will hibernate through the cold winter months. The snake tends to mate in the spring time. Bull Snake Printout- EnchantedLearning.com. The Bull Snake, Pituophis melanoleucus, is a hissing constrictor from North America.

This snake is also called the gopher snake (in western North America) and the pine snake (in eastern North America). It is a constrictor, a snake that kills by squeezing prey until the victim can no longer breathe. The Bull Snake makes a hissing noise - because of this noise, people sometimes mistake it for a rattlesnake. Anatomy: Bull Snakes are up to about 5 feet (1.5 m) long. They range from yellow-brown to brown to cream-colored, with black and brown markings; the belly is light brown.

Bull Snake via EBSCO. Coyote: Explora Primary Schools. Last reviewed: October 2014 Coyotes are very common members of the dog family. Since people have built houses on open lands in the United States, people have seen coyotes near their homes. Coyotes are well-known for their barking and howling, but they also use 10 other sounds to communicate. Coyotes are also known as prairie or brush wolves. Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora. EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page.

Last reviewed: January 2016. Eagle (Hieraatus Spilogaster) Eagle Printouts. Advertisement. EnchantedLearning.com is a user-supported site. Prairie dogs: Explora Primary Schools. Last reviewed: September 2015 Prairie dogs are small mammals. They are not dogs and are not related to them. They belong to the squirrel family.