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red tailed boa

Animal Corner — Red-Tailed Boa

When a Red-Tailed Boa is first born, it weights between 14 to 22 ounces and can easily fit in your hand -- if that's your thing. Within a year, though, you can say goodbye to holding that snake easily in your hand! At this point, the Red-Tailed Boa is up to eight feet long. Once it is fully grown, this snake can weigh 50 pounds and be 10 feet long. Most…

Shedding

Animal Corner – Shedding for the the Summer Heat

Right now, animals are shedding their fur for the summer. They shed their extra warm layer of fur to get ready for the summer season. Hormonal changes trigger the fur to fall off so the thin coat can help the animal stay cool during the hot summer weather. Since the fur sheds unevenly and not all at once, animals sometimes look sick and mangy as they undergo this process. Don't worry--this process is…

Animal Corner — Pere David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_1855" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Airwolfhound[/caption] Pere David's Deer were first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. In fact, "Pere" is the French word for "Father," hence the name! What made the deer species stand out was its unique features: cow-like hooves, camel-like neck, donkey-esque black tufted tail and deer antlers. They are also known for the males' antlers, where the main beam…