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unfriendlybambi:

f-emasculata:

REALLY just wanna take this chance to remind the people who follow me to not kill/trap opossums if they’re in your yard, and do not call animal control! Seriously.

  1. Opossums are literally 100% BIOLOGICALLY INCAPABLE of carrying rabies. Their body temperature is too cool to incubate it properly.
  2. Opossums are actually quite gentle and NOCTURNAL, so if they’re roaming, they’ve probably gotten lost, been injured, and are looking for a place to hide.
  3. Young opossums tend to try to climb into garbage cans when they’re starving. This is because THEY ARE LITERALLY STARVING. Don’t fucking shoot them or hit them with things because you wanna be some fucking macho top-of-the-food-chain cocksucker.
  4. Mama possums are amazing mothers and if you encounter an “aggressive” opossum, it’s probably because she’s got babies hanging off her nipple and she’s freaking out. They’re clumsy. Sometimes they don’t hear you coming and  you catch each other off guard.
  5. Wanna lure an opossum off of your property? You can set up a box with some greens and cat kibble in it, hide it well, and lure them out that way. They’re actually quite harmless and keep other predators away. they eat lotsa gross stuff.
  6. Opossum mamas who get hit by cars often still have their helpless babies attached to them. Possums get a bad rep and people say they are “the dumbest animal”, but they are incredible creatures who have been around since the days of fucking dinosaurs so treat them well, okay?

Aww!!!

(Source: micromys, via gendeer-queer)

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Prevost’s Squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii)

Also known as the Asian Tri-colored Squirrel, Prevost’s squirrel is a large species of Callosciurine squirrel that is native to Sumatra, Borneo, the Thai-Malay Peninsula and nearby islands. An introduced population exists in northern Sulawesi as well. Like other squirrels C. prevostii has a wide diet which includes fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, insects, and even bird eggs.

Classification

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Images: Timo1974 and Karkal

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Pink Fairy Armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus)

Also known as the lesser fairy armadillo, the pink fairy armadillo is a unique species of small armadillo found only in Central Argentina. Pink fairy armadillos are the smallest known armadillo, with the largest individual growing to around 4 inches long. They are primarily nocturnal and burrow near anthills, as their main food item is ants, however they will eat worms, snails, plants and roots as-wells. Like a golden mole or a marsupial mole the pink fairy armadillo navigates its surroundings via “sand swimming” using its powerful claws to move through the sand as if it was water, its pink back/head plates shield it from debris. Although the pink fairy armadillo is listed as ‘data-deficient’ by the IUCN it suffers from habitat destruction as cattle farms are taking over its natural range. 

Phylogeny

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Darwin’s Fox (Lycalopex fulvipes)

Also known as the Zorro Chilote or Darwin’s Zorro, Darwin’s fox is a critically endangered species of fox found only on Chiloe Island and Nahuelbuta National Park in Chile. Named after the famed naturalist Charles Darwin, Darwin’s fox like other foxes is an omnivore and will eat insects, small birds and mammals, and fruits and berries. Darwin’s foxes are primarily forest dwelling and tend to inhabit primary temperate forests and are most active at twilight and sunrise. Currently they are listed as critically endangered and there are only 320 individuals left, 250 on Chiole and around 70 on the mainland, Habitat loss and introduction of feral dogs and disease are major concerns for their survival.

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astronomy-to-zoology:

White-throated Magpie-jay (Calocitta formosa)

… is a large species of jay found throughout Central America. Like other corvids the white-throated magpie-jay is an omnivore and feeds on a wide range of items ranging from: insects, reptiles, fruit, eggs, nestlings and seeds. Like other jays the white-throated magpie-jay is very noisy and sociable and is often found in flocks that are known to mob potential observers.

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helenofdestroy:

A very unusual genetic color variation in white-tailed deer — rarer even than albinism — produces all-black offspring in that species which are known as “melanistic” or “melanic” deer.

(via toothmarket)

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)

Also known as the ring-tailed cat or miner’s cat, the ringtail is actually not a cat but is a member of the raccoon family (Procyonidae). Ringtails are found in Mexico and arid regions of the Western United States. Like their raccoon relatives ringtails are nocturnal and are more carnivorous than omnivorous, they feed primarily on small birds, reptiles and mammals. However they will eat other items too like fruits and insects. Ringtails are notoriously friendly and have earned the name miner’s cat due to their habit of wandering into miners’ camps and becoming accepted. The miners then used them as mousers like real cats.

Phylogeny

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gemiblu:

recykle:


A boy sharing an umbrella with a deer

why do i love this so much

that’s some Miyazaki shit right there

gemiblu:

recykle:

A boy sharing an umbrella with a deer

why do i love this so much

that’s some Miyazaki shit right there

(via tastytofusoup)

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