Coyote Packs: Exploring the Social Behavior of North America’s Most Common Canines

A pack of three coyotes playing together in the snow

This article was fact-checked in February 2024 by coyote expert Jonathan Way who runs the website Eastern Coyote Research Coyotes are one of the most adaptable and widespread predators in North America. They are known for their intelligence, resourcefulness, and ability to survive in various environments, ranging from deserts to forests and even urban areas. While …

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A Survey About Americans and Wildlife Experiences

A deer and a faun walking along a fence close to house.

How Often Do People in the U.S. See Wild Mammals in Their Day-to-Day Lives?Table of Contents1 How Often Do People in the U.S. See Wild Mammals in Their Day-to-Day Lives?1.1 Introduction1.2 Methodology1.3 Research Findings1.3.1 Most Americans see wild mammals weekly, many daily1.3.2 The wild mammal most commonly spotted by Americans is deer1.3.3 People mostly spot …

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How Gophers Move Around (Can They Climb, Jump, Swim, and Run?)

Gophers are small, furry animals found in North and Central America. They live in the woodlands and grass prairies of coastal and mountainous regions.  They are fossorial rodents that are known for their excessive underground digging and tunneling. However, can gophers also perform other locomotor activities such as climbing and jumping? Let’s explore how these …

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Gophers, Mating, Reproduction, Babies, and More

The pocket gopher is a small and furry animal that digs through the yards of North and Central America. It has close cousins that are found in the West and Southeast.  Gophers are known for making their own tunnels where they spend their lives, keep their food, and take care of their young. They are …

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Do Groundhogs Have Tails? (Short Answer: Yes)

Groundhog in yard

Groundhogs do have tails, but they are not very long. In fact, their tails are quite short, barely exceeding the length of their hind feet. This is in contrast to other rodent species, such as rats, which have much longer tails. While groundhogs’ tails may not be very noticeable, they do serve an important purpose …

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Male vs Female Groundhog: What’s the Difference?

Groundhog mother and kit eating together

Groundhogs are fascinating creatures that are widely known for their (alleged) ability to predict the weather. However, there is more to these animals than meets the eye. One interesting aspect of groundhogs is the physical and behavioral differences between males and females. While they may look similar at first glance, there are distinct differences that …

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Where Does the Dirt Go When a Groundhog Digs a Hole?

Groundhog digging a burrow

Groundhogs are known for their exceptional digging skills, and it’s no secret that they can dig extensive tunnels and burrows. But have you ever wondered where all the dirt goes when they dig a hole? Groundhogs’ digging habits have always been a topic of interest for many, and it’s fascinating to learn about their role …

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The Groundhog Mating Call: Understanding the Sounds and Behaviors of Groundhog Courtship

Groundhog in yard

Groundhogs are known for their ability to predict the weather, but did you know that they also have some unique vocalizations, some of which are specific for courtship? While they can’t be classified as “groundhog mating calls”, these sounds are an important part of their reproductive behavior, and they play a crucial role in attracting …

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The Most Stereotypical Owners of 35 Exotic Pets

Buckle up for a wild ride as we dive into the wonderfully weird world of exotic pets! I’ve used Midjourney, an AI tool, to generate these portraits of the most stereotypical exotic pet owners from simple text prompts, and some of the results are both hilarious and surprisingly accurate! This list is a delightful blend …

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Coyote Teeth vs Dog Teeth: What’s the Difference?

Coyote sneaking up

Coyotes and dogs are two closely related canine species. They share many physical and behavioral characteristics, but one area where they differ is their teeth. Coyotes have unique teeth that set them apart from most dog breeds. While coyotes and dogs have many similarities in their dental structure, their teeth are not identical. In the …

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February: National Bird Feeding Month

Little girl feeding birds

According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 47.8 million Americans enjoy feeding birds in their yard. That amounts to about 1/3 of the United States population! The hobby benefits birds too. Primarily, it helps those who have stayed for the winter and are struggling to find food. But it also helps those who …

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Snowshoe Hares and Their Drinking Behavior (What, Where & How Do They Drink?)

Snowshoe hare looking towards the viewer

Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) are fascinating creatures who mainly live in forests. They are found in the northern parts of the United States and throughout Canada. These floofy animals are herbivores. Their diet mainly consists of various plants found in their habitat. But what about their water? How do they keep themselves hydrated? Let us …

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Bobcats and Their Sense Of Smell (How Great Is It?)

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) is one of North America’s most resilient (and coolest!) predators. Having lived through landscapes of varying sights, sounds, and odors, these solitary and elusive felines have evolved through the years to better survive in unpredictable environments and their excellent sense of smell is definitely proof of this! A bobcat’s nose is capable …

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Porcupine Look-alikes: Animals Similar to North American Porcupines 

How many spiky, furry, brownish, four-legged creatures can you think of?  Well, it turns out there are a lot of different animals fitting this description scattered all over the world! You can easily confuse the general appearance of a North American porcupine with a lot of different large and smaller rodents. In fact, many other …

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The Elk and Its Odor: Are Elk Smelly?

The elk ( Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest terrestrial mammals in North America. These large deer are easy to spot not just because of their size and appearance but also by their scent. Yup, you read it right. Male and female elk do have distinct odors that you cannot miss.  What makes these …

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What is Insular Dwarfism and How Does It Affect Animals?

One of the biggest things that impact a species’ evolution is its environment, where animals live, eat, and mate. The ecosystem has everything to do withr a species’ diet, behavior, and physical characteristics! Although most environments are interconnected, some ecosystems develop in isolation from the wider world, limiting their available resources, territory, and species. Being …

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Downloadable Screaming (Meeping) Sea Otter Ringtone

Are you crazy about sea otters? Do you think their beautiful vocalizations sound like music? Are you sometimes unable to hear your phone when it’s ringing, or to wake up in the morning when your alarm clock goes off? Well, you need the meeping sea otter ringtone! I made this one for my wife, but …

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When Are American Badgers Most Active? (Night, Day, Weather, Seasons)

The American Badger (Taxidea taxus) is a very active, hardworking, and highly adaptable creature. These furry mustelids are found in the United States and parts of Mexico and Canada, which all experience changes in weather conditions throughout the different seasons each year.  How do these furry mammals fare during different seasons and weather? Are they …

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What is Habitat Fragmentation, and How Does it Affect Animals?

Many environmental issues threaten our animal friends today. Some of these problems are well-known issues that everyone is aware of, such as overhunting, habitat loss, and global warming. Unfortunately, not all issues are as well-understood. Many environmental problems, such as habitat fragmentation, which is strongly linked to habitat loss, tend to go unnoticed. Not many …

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Can I Legally Own an Opossum In My State or Country?

There is something wonderful about owning a pet. Nothing compares to the joy of coming home to a cute creature and enjoying its company. The most common of our pets are, of course, cats and dogs. However, there are some people who prefer something unique or unusual, and opossums are one of the options they …

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How to Attract Opossums? (And Why You Might Not Want To)

Opossums may not be the cutest animals you’ll encounter. Many people actually regard them as ugly and dirty. However, contrary to how people perceive them, opossums are clean animals that are extremely beneficial to have in the backyard. If you’re interested in further understanding this cute creature and reaping the benefits of having one live …

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Threats and Dangers to Coyotes (Are Coyotes Going Extinct?)

Coyotes need every bit of cunning they have to survive in the wild. Aside from dealing with the forces of nature, several large predators consider the species their primary food source. What are some of the dangers coyotes face regularly, and how do they defend themselves? Is the species on the verge of extinction? Floofmania …

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Are Sea Otters Smelly? (What Do They Smell Like?)

The cute, cuddly sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is known for its stuffed toy looks but also infamous for its smell. There are a lot of stories that depict the sea otter as having a disgusting smell. On the other hand, there are people who also say that their odor is similar to fresh flowers. Which …

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Sea Otter Poop (Some Stinky Questions Answered)

Sea otter mom smimming on her back with her baby on her tummy.

Sea otters (Enhydra lutris) are a little bit of the oddballs among the otter species and even more among the Mustelidae family. These cuddly little guys are the largest of the entire weasel family and are the only fully aquatic otters, having no obligatory ties to any terrestrial habitats like most of their relatives.  Its …

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What is a Keystone Species? (Why They Matter and What You Should Know About Them)

A keystone species is an organism that other organisms depend on to such a high degree that its local environment would significantly change if the keystone species were to disappear. While all organisms are important and have important roles in their local environment, in most cases, the environment would remain relatively unchanged. However, if a …

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The Opossum’s Tail (Its Appearance And Purpose)

Opossums, as highly adaptive marsupials, have grown quite fond of living close to residential areas. Because of this, it might be that you have already encountered them at least once in your life. Could it be that, when you saw them, one thing that caught your attention was their tail? If that’s the case, or …

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Raccoons VS Skunks – How Do They Compare?

Raccoons and skunks are both small to medium-sized mammals that love to hunt. While they share a few similarities, it can be confusing to tell the differences between the two. Despite their shared traits, raccoons and skunks have a lot of distinctive features that make them stand out from one another.  Join Floofmania in taking …

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When Are Bobcats Most Active? (Night, Day, Weather, Seasons)

Bobcats are one of North America’s most versatile predators. They can be found throughout the United States and survive in most climates. While deadly and incredibly successful, we rarely see out in the open, which is by design. Bobcats have created a niche in the environment by sticking to the shadows and hunting when the …

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