Tag: wild animals

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…

Animal Corner — Blanding’s Turtle

This week, we would like to spotlight an endangered species here in Missouri -- the Blanding's Turtle. These animals are located in the northeastern corner of the state. Their shell can grow up to seven inches long, and with a high dome. The upper shell can be a yellow-spotted black or brown, with a yellow-brown lower shell. The Blanding's Turtle spends most of its time either in or along the…

Animal Corner — The Genet

What animal looks like a cross between a cat, leopard, and a mongoose, with a really long raccoon tail to top it off? A genet! There are thirty subspecies of this animal, and they can be found throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The genet's body length varies between 16 and 24 inches, with its tail reaching up to 20 inches long! While all genet species have a dark…

Animal Corner – Père David’s Deer

[caption id="attachment_2518" align="alignleft" width="212"] Credit - Diver Dave[/caption] Deer may seem pretty boring but first glances can be deceiving. This is certainly the case with the Père David's Deer.   "Père" is the French word for "Father," which might seem an odd name for  a deer, but this species was actually first discovered in 1866 by Father Armand David, a French missionary in China. Père David's Deer have odd features, combining…

Animal Corner — The Barred Owl

  [caption id="attachment_2080" align="alignleft" width="232"] Photo Credit: trishhartmann[/caption] For April, we are focusing on Missouri Owls! While we hear these birds often, and mostly at night, chances are we do not know much about them. Most of us know owls hoot and that's it. We may not even realize that there are several different owl species in Missouri alone. This month, we hope to go beyond the hooting and learn…

Animal Corner — Black Buck Antelope

Concluding this month's focus on animals with unusual appearances is the Black Buck Antelope! Their large horns usually curl around about five times. Although their horns are big and distinctive, they are not actually a Black Buck Antelope's main defense mechanism against predators. That honor goes to their incredible eyesight and speed. They can often reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour! Sadly, these beautiful animals' have been…

Animal Corner — Belted Galloway

Belted Galloways are often nicknamed “Oreo Cows.” It is not hard to guess how they got that nickname! Their white middle and black bookends definitely help them stand apart from other cattle. No one is really sure how Belted Galloways got this white belt. The best and most educated guess says the belt came from crossbreeding with Dutch Belted Cattle. Makes sense to me! Besides their belts, Belted Galloways are…

Animal Corner — Uromastyx

You may not know the name “Uromastyx,” but you have probably heard their nickname – “Spiny-Tailed Lizards.” One look at their tail should tell you just how appropriate a nickname that truly is! Their tail is their defense mechanism. It is heavy and spiky, and when a Uromastyx swings it, well...just make sure you are not the intended target! While Uromastyx tails are indeed impressive, there is more to them…

Animal Corner — Miniature Sicilian Donkey

[caption id="attachment_1959" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: David441491[/caption] As you can probably guess from their name, Miniature Sicilian Donkeys originated in Sicily. They were first imported into the United States near the beginning of the 20th century. Their weight ranges between 250 and 400 pounds, and their height is between 26 and 36 inches. Any bigger, and they do not qualify to be Miniature Sicilian Donkeys. Those are simply, well, Donkeys! Similar…