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While watching a three part series on wolves in the Artic, I discovered a creature I'd never seen or heard of before--the mighty muskoxen.

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The muskox, also spelled musk ox and musk-ox, is an Arctic hoofed mammal of the family Bovidae, noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted during the seasonal rut by males, from which its name derives. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season.

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Its Inuktitut name "umingmak" translates to "the bearded one". Muskoxen primarily live in Greenland and the Canadian Arctic of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, with introduced populations in the American state of Alaska, the Canadian territory of Yukon, the Scandinavian Peninsula, and Siberia.

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The Musk Ox is one of the lesser known animals that live inside the Arctic Tundra. The Musk Ox is vegetarian and has a diet that consists of grasses, shrubs, willow shoots, lichens and any basically any vegetables in the Arctic Tundra.

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The oh so cute.... 

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and cuddly....

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KOALA  BEAR

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Cruziohyla craspedopus, the fringed leaf frog or fringed tree frog, is a species of frog in the family Phyllomedusidae, alternatively treated as the subfamily Phyllomedusinae of the family Hylidae. It is found in the Amazonian lowlands in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, and possibly in Bolivia. 

 

Adult males measure 53–66 mm (2.1–2.6 in) and adult females 68–76 mm (2.7–3.0 in) in snout–vent length. The head is slightly wider than it is long. The snout is sharply truncate in lateral view. The fingers and toes are webbed. The hind margin of the tarsus bear extensive dermal appendages forming irregular spurs. The dorsum has uniform dark green dorsal background coloration interspersed with irregular-shaped large pale blue-grey lichenose blotches. The flanks have narrow black lines. The undersides and concealed surfaces of the flanks and legs are yellow

Habitat and conservation

Cruziohyla craspedopus is a high-canopy frog of primary tropical lowland rainforest at elevations of 50–600 m (160–1,970 ft) above sea level. It only descends to lower branches for breeding, which takes place in fallen trees holding small water pools. However, tadpoleshave also been found in small pools on the ground.

Cruziohyla craspedopus is a rare species. It is not facing major threats, but it can locally suffer from habitat loss caused by human activities (e.g., agriculture). It occurs in several protected areas such as the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador and the Manú National Park in Peru.

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Oh, my goodness!  Can I have one of those wombats?  They are just too cute!

 

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When you see a wombat – a fuzzy little marsupial with a friendly face and calm demeanor – you’ll probably immediately want to hug it. But don’t be fooled by appearances: Wombats sport rodent-like teeth and can get aggressive if they feel threatened.

Wombats are surprising in other ways, too. Unlike other marsupials, their pouches face backwards and their poop is cube-shaped. To protect the tunnels where they dwell, they dive into them headfirst and stick up their rump, which is tough enough to thwart predators.  

You can find wombats in the San Diego Zoo, but they are best viewed in the wild. Head to Australia’s Maria Island, where they are prevalent and easy to spot. The island is located off the Tasmanian coast and is a beautiful place to visit in general.

 

The awesome wombat facts that will make you a mega-fan of this marsupial!

What poops cubes, has ever-growing teeth and can almost run as fast as Usain Bolt? The Wombat!! Today we share 10 incredible Wombat (Lasiorhinus latifrons) facts…

 

1.They Poop In Cubes

One of the more unusual facts about wombats is that their poo resembles an 80s toy craze rather than actual animal faeces. No joke: these critters actually excrete cube shaped poop!

Apparently this stops the poo from rolling off their marked territory of rocks or trees. Glad we got to the bottom of that…

 

2. Their Butt Is Their Main Form Of Defence

♫ They’ve got big butts and they cannot lie, those predators can’t deny. That when a wombat burrows down into the ground with a round thing in your face you get crushed ♫

MC Hammer jokes aside, the wombats rear end is really their main form of defence against predators. When a predator is near, these big booty mammals dive down their burrows and block off the entrance with their butts. As their booties mainly consist of cartilage, they are very resistant to scratches and bites.

They can also crush predator’s skulls with their behinds. Crazy stuff.

 

3. Their Closest Relative Will Surprise You

Although Koalas could be physically compared to bears, pigs and guinea pigs, the closest living relative to the Wombat is actually the Koala. Although they may not look physically similar, both species have backward-facing pouches. This is especially useful for Wombats as they won’t get dirt in their pouches while digging.

 

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4.There Are Actually Three Sub-species Of Wombat

The three species are Bare-Nosed Wombat (Vombatus Ursinus), Southern Hairy-nosed(Lasiorhinus latifrons) and Northern Hairy Nosed (Lasiorhinus krefftii). 

 

5. A Group of Wombats is Known As a Wisdom

A wisdom of wombats. A mob of kangaroos. A paddle of platypus. We can’t get enough of Australian animal collective nouns!

 

6. The Heaviest Wombat Was 38kg

The oldest (31 years) and heaviest wombat was Patrick the Bare-nosed Wombat who lived at Ballarat Wildlife Park. This makes him the weight of around four Koalas combined.

 

7. They Can Run As Fast As A Human

Don’t let their looks deceive you, these marsupials can run at speeds of 40 km/h! That’s just 7 km/h slower than Usain Bolt!

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8. Their Teeth Don’t Stop Growing

Next time you complain about your wisdom teeth coming through, spare a thought for the Wombat! Their teeth never stop growing, which ensures they don’t grind away when they are munching on grasses, roots, shrubs and vegetables.

 

9. Their Guts Can Hold Food For 70 Hours

And it takes them around four to six days to digest a meal.

 

10. They Are The Second Largest of All Marsupials

The largest living marsupial is the Red Kangaroo. However, the largest ever marsupial was a Diprotodon, which was a wombat-like creature standing at around 2 metres tall. Yikes!

 

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DIFFERENT KINDS OF CHIPMUNKS

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Chipmunks of North America number more than 20 different species, with the eastern and least chipmunk the two most prevalent. They are not an endangered species, and indeed you're likely to see them almost anywhere there is vegetation. The only species you won't find is the Siberian chipmunk, which inhabits Asia.

 

Chipmunks, or tamias (meaning "storer"), are a type of r By Debra Levy

 

Chipmunks of North America number more than 20 different species, with the eastern and least chipmunk the two most prevalent. They are not an endangered species, and indeed you're likely to see them almost anywhere there is vegetation. The only species you won't find is the Siberian chipmunk, which inhabits Asia.

 

 

Chipmunks, or tamias (meaning "storer"), are a type of  odent related to the squirrel family. Easily identified by their small stature -- much smaller than the average squirrel but larger than a mouse -- with a striped coat, dark eyes, bushy tail and fat cheeks, these rodents dart across lawns and sidewalks in the summer scavenging for food to be stored in underground burrows. In winter, they enter a near-hibernation state, awakening only to eat stored food.

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If you live in the eastern United States or southeastern Canada, chances are you've seen the eastern chipmunk. These chipmunks are usually 5 to 6 inches long -- but can get as tall as 11 inches -- and weigh 2.5 to 4.5 ounces. They have a brownish-red coat, two white stripes above and below their eyes, and brown and white stripes down their backs. They typically inhabit deep forests, but sometimes live in rural or suburban areas.

 

Least Chipmunk

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Tamias minimus, or least chipmunk, is a smaller version of the eastern chipmunk and can be found throughout North America, particularly in the western states as well as western Canada; some are also seen in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This species is smaller than the eastern -- 7.2 to 8.5 inches tall -- and weighs 1.1 to 1.8 ounces. The least chipmunk can be found in open areas, such as forests, but also near water.

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We know travel plans are impacted right now.

But to fulfill your wanderlust, we'll continue to share stories that can inspire your next adventure.

Scientists have estimated that there are 8.7 million animal species on earth. Some of these are fierce (lions, sharks, tigers). Some are adorable (rabbits, deer, otters).

And others are, well, really weird.

Across the globe, you'll find animals that exhibit truly remarkable, and bizarre, features and behaviors. From a frog that shows off its organs to a goat that faints when scared, here are 40 unusual and extraordinary animals to add to your travel bucket list now. It would be helpful if others would help support this topic with other posts on the 8,700,000 animal species out there. 

 

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This exotic wild goat is also known as a “screw horn goat,” and it’s easy to see why: Its head is adorned with long, corkscrew-shaped horns.

Unlike most goats, which can appear a little silly, the markhor strikes a majestic pose, with a long beard that clearly demonstrates wisdom.

The species is a rare success story; thanks to dogged conservation efforts, its numbers have gone up by 20 percent, and it’s no longer on the Endangered list.

You’ll find markhor in the mountains of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, the Himalayas and Uzbekistan. If you want to see one in the wild, however, plan on hiking to high elevations in remote ranges, where it’s most likely to roam.

 

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As animals are heterotrophs, it means they feed on living organism directly or indirectly. Again these are sub divided into herbivores, carnivores, omnivores and parasites. Generally all animals are predators. It means they hunt for food on other living organisms. In general extinction of some animals had taken place since some year due to variations in the earth.

Animals are generally considered to have evolved from a flagellated eukaryote. Animals which are living close to hydrothermal vents and cold seeps on ocean floor will not depend on energy of sunlight. Animals are divided into two broad groups: vertebrates and invertebrates. Vertebrates are animals which have back bone.  Invertebrates are animals which do not have backbone. There are different types of animals in the world. Let's see how many we can post with a short description of different types of animals in the world with their photos.

 

I will start with Squirrels "the cute little highly unstable creatures". The most surprising thing about them was the photograph was allowed to come very close to them. I think we all "Love Watching Them!!! 

 

This is intended to be an ongoing topic so feel free to add as many animals as you would like! Like the squirrels most animals have several different members in the group. Some will surprise us all!

 

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