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What Bat Species are in Texas, USA?

A few years ago, I posted an article about Bats in Dallas. Recently, I’ve received a ton of comments on this post from amazing people out there noticing what I wrote about… …Those erratic “birds” flying at night, which aren’t really birds at all. They are bats! Now, one of the comments asked me what types of species of bats are found in Dallas. Now, although I couldn’t find an exact list of those specific to Dallas, I’ve found a list of bat species that exist in Texas, and more than likely, in Dallas too! In Texas, there are 32 species of bats that [ ... ]

News of a Fanged Frog and Other New Species in Papua New Guinea

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Scientists from the United States, Great Britain and Papua New Guinea stumbled upon one of the greatest wildlife discoveries ever. They identified 40 new species of animal never before scientifically recorded in a 1 km deep volcanic crater on Mt. Bosavi in Papua New Guinea. Among these amazing finds were a species of fanged frog, possibly the largest rat species in the world (Bosavi woolly rat) that had absolutely no fear of humans, the Henamo grunter (a grunting fish that makes noises from it’s swim bladder), a new bat, 2 other fish species, and 15 other frog species. Animals of the [ ... ]

Hanging Out with Squirrels in the Trees

One of the simple joys in my life is watching the squirrels in the trees play around the neighborhood. They do vex our crew of dogs at the house, but they’re so fun to watch at the same time. They chase each other, run up and down the trees, and they’re so busy with all of their chores, like cleaning themselves, watching out for predators like dogs and cats, and tending to their meals. Today, I took a look out of the window to see a squirrel actually lazing around in this midday Texas summer heat! I’ve never seen this before. He was just [ ... ]

A Muskrat in our Yard

Last night, I had let 4 of our pooches outside for their last “outside time” before bed. All of  a sudden, I heard them barking out of control. It wasn’t the usual “far off” bark when they see a cat in another yard… It was of imminent danger and upset! I ran outside to see them encircling this poor little animal behind a flower pot. I quickly scolded them enough to get them into the house. I realize they were just protecting our yard, but I wanted to save this poor, little soul. Isn’t he cute? Well, I believe he’s a muskrat and this photo doesn’t do [ ... ]

Majestic Animals of the Amazonian Rainforest

Some of the most amazing animals with vivid coloration and patterns come from the Amazonian Rainforest… Many of the world’s most endangered animals also hail from the Amazon… *** Amazon Rainforest Animals by Lucien Oliveira Most of the world’s rainforests are located in Central and South America, West and Central Africa, and Southeast Asia. They are very wet areas near the equator that give true meaning to the expression “world of abundance”, an expression that reflects on the variety of rainforest animals. Brazil holds 30% of all tropical rainforests that remain on Earth, and they are represented by Amazonia. The Amazon rainforest animals are part [ ... ]

Busy As A Beaver

Beavers are animals traditionally spoke about in the cliche, being “Busy as a Beaver”… Find out why… Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Castoridae Genus: Castor Species: 1. C. canadensis 2. C. fiber 3. C. californicus *** Busy Beavers Build Piles Of Sticks By Steven Gillman “Well, you’re just a busy beaver, aren’t you?” You’ve either heard or used this cliche, but what do you know about beavers? Let me tell you about something I learned. One night on the Discovery Channel, I watched a scientist determine how beavers knew where to put the sticks to build their dams. It’s by Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal [ ... ]

Adopting A Chipmunk As A Pet

Chipmunks can be great “exotic” pets…They are adorable and an unusual find as a pet! Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Rodentia Family: Sciuridae Tribe: Marmotini Genus: Tamias Conservation Status: Chipmunks are a genus of least concern in regards to conservation! Awesome! *** Chipmunks as Pets By Tonia Jordan As I was walking around a local pet store recently, I happened to see a Siberian Chipmunk racing around its cage, performing acrobatics that entertained a growing crowd gathered around its cage. It got me to wondering – do chipmunks make good pets? How would I choose one? What involves taking care of one? Purchasing a chipmunk First and most importantly, find a [ ... ]