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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 [ ... ]

Playing Opossum in Dallas: Saving Our Wildlife

It’s 12:45 am in Dallas, Texas right now… I just took our kitchen garbage out to the trash can and noticed one of our neighborhood stray dogs laying in the middle of the street. As I focused in and started approaching, I noticed that it was sitting next to another animal, also in the middle of the street…I thought it could have been a run over cat or something like that… …As I came upon the dog, I took a look at what kind of animal was laying there and lo and behold, it was the opossum I’ve been noticing walking through the [ ... ]

Ladder-Backed Woodpecker Sighting in Dallas

Out of all the exotic animals I’ve ever seen, for the first time in my life, I saw a woodpecker in person. I’ve seen photos, heard them pecking, videos and know a bit about them, but have never seen one before. I’m from Canada, so I’m sure there are more varieties there, but here in Dallas, there was a tiny, black with white speckled woodpecker with a touch of red on it’s head. I’ve done my research online and found out that it’s a Ladder-Backed Woodpecker! I knew it was a woodpecker from it’s tuft of hair on the back of it’s head, it’s [ ... ]

Keeping a Horny Toad as a Pet in Dallas

Well, as we all know, TCU’s (Texas Christian University’s) mascot is the horny toad. Actually, it’s also called a horned lizard. They are ridiculously adorable and are great, placid pets, that are even great with children. The problem with the Texas horned lizard, native to Texas, is that their food supply is waning. Even as a lizard owner, it’s gotten tougher and tougher to find natural sources for their food. What Do Horned Lizards Eat? A typical horned lizard should eat between 20-100 harvester ants per day. This is necessary because harvester ants provide this horned lizard with the formic acid it needs to [ ... ]

My First Shark Sighting – Whitetip Reef Sharks

Well, the day before we went whale shark swimming in Exmouth, Australia, I took a tour where we snorkeled off of the coast of Exmouth’s pure, white sand beaches. I was a little nervous about the sharks and asked the “local girl” that came with us if it was pretty safe. She said that the only sharks you’d see would be white-tipped reef sharks and they don’t bug you unless you provoke them, but that we probably wouldn’t even see any of them where we were. So, I got up the courage to get out there, since I had to be ready [ ... ]

Shark Week Starts Today on Exotic Animal Lover

Exotic Animal News-Flash: If you’re looking for some great Shark shows to watch this week, then check out the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starting August 2nd! So, in honor of this, will also be hosting a Shark Week! Power-packed shows giving you more information on the oceans’ largest predator – a dinosaur of sorts! These misunderstood animals of the deep will be concentrated on all week on the Discovery Channel and on Exotic Animal Lover! I’ll tell you all about my experiences with Sharks too… Guess what…Sharks are actually

There Are Bats in Dallas

That’s what I said! I’ve been noticing a lot of bats this season in Dallas and to me, that’s a blessing… That’s right! I am so shocked every time I point out a bat to someone in the evening or night time and they nearly panic and run… Bats aren’t the rabid, blood sucking, scary animals horror movies would have you believe they are. In fact, they would love to stay away from you and have nothing to do with you! LOL… They’re your best friends if you’re tired of all the darn mosquitoes biting you at night or during activities in the evening or [ ... ]

Cassowary of the Great Barrier Reef

A Cassowary is a flightless Australian bird, and is native to the tropical forests of New Guinea. It’s funny because Australia has another flightless bird, the emu, making it and the cassowary the 2nd and 3rd largest flightless birds in the world, behind Africa’s ostrich. Females are larger than males and are more vividly colored, and may reach up to 2 meters tall! That’s a big bird! Known to be a timid bird, it can inflict serious injury to human adults, and fatal injury to dogs and children. They have 3 toes and extremely sharp talons/claws. Check out this great, but short, video showing [ ... ]

Whitetip Reef Sharks on the Great Barrier Reef

The very first shark I ever saw in the ocean was a Whitetip Reef Shark! Not only that, it was the very first time I had ever snorkeled either…I went under the water for the first dip and there was a shark! It was probably about 5 feet long! Sure…It brought me right back up to the surface and ready to head back to shore, but our guide told me they’re harmless, unless you really mess around with them and bother them, which I was not even about to attempt. This wasn’t on the Great Barrier Reef, but on the Ningaloo Reef on [ ... ]

What in the World is a Kinkajou?

Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammal Order: Carnivora Family: Procyonidae Genus: Potos Species: P. flavus * There are also 7 subspecies of kinkajou. The Kinkajou is also known as the Honey Bear and is an arboreal animal native to Central and South America. They are not monkeys or ferrets…In fact, they are related to the raccoon, coati and ringtail to name a few. Kinkajous only weight between 4-7 lbs and have a long, curled tail, which is prehensile. This means that it can use it as a “limb” or 5th hand of sorts and can hang on to branches, etc with it. Although they have a