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Animal Corner- The Red-Tailed Boa

[caption id="attachment_3281" align="alignleft" width="214"] A red-tailed boa in Belize[/caption] The Red-tailed boa is one species of constrictors originating from South and Central America. They are cold-blooded, non-poisonous and can live for 30 or more years in captivity. These particular boa tends to be fairly docile, especially those raised in captivity, and this makes them popular as pets. Wonder what a red-tailed boa eats? They are carnivores and in the wild…

Animal Corner – The Spotted Hyena

[caption id="attachment_3278" align="alignleft" width="259"] Spotted hyena in the wild[/caption] The spotted hyena is an unusual animal which has intrigued humans throughout recorded history. Also known as a laughing hyena due to a laughing-like sound it makes, the hyena is indigenous to Africa. It plays a large part in many African cultures, such as in folklore, superstitions and medicine traditions. The spotted hyena is a social animal which prefers to live…

Animal Corner – The Black Buck Antelope

If you happened to be on the Arabian peninsula you might mistake a Black Buck Antelope for a Gazelle. That's because these two species look similar in appearance and share the same natural habitat. Unfortunately, Black Buck Antelopes have been listed as a Near Threatened species since 2003. One very distinctive feature of the Black Buck Antelope is their long, spiraled horns. Only males have these horns, which range from…

Animal Corner – The Vietnamese Potbelly Pig

[caption id="attachment_2187" align="alignleft" width="229"] Credit: Angeles[/caption] Vietnamese potbelly pigs belong to the same species as the pigs typically found on farms across America. These guys, however, have been bred to have certain characteristics. The average between 100 to 200 pounds and they stand just 16 to 20 inches tall. Native to Vietnam, these guys are have become popular as pets because they tend to be smart, easy to train and…