Elk Hygiene 101: How Do Elks Keep Themselves Clean?

Elks, Cervus elaphus canadensis, or Wapiti, are the largest species within the deer family or Cervidae. They are usually present in Central and East Asia and North America. Like all living beings, elk tend to get dirty from laying down in the mud, running around in the forest, and just from doing their everyday activities, …

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North American Porcupines And Their Odor (A Smelly Rodent!)

North American porcupines are best known for their quills but they have another distinct characteristic that most people don’t know about, which is their unpleasant, pungent odor!  Today, Floofmania will cover porcupine smells and the role they play in their daily life and survival.  Are North American Porcupines Smelly? North American porcupines are stinky little …

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Groundhogs, 8 Animals That Look Like Them, And What To Do About Them!

Identifying the creatures that are digging tunnels and causing damage to your backyard, is not always easy. In many cases, people will jump to the conclusion that it’s a groundhog that is creating the pile of dirt in their garden.  There are, however, many other possible culprits! This article will discuss the different animals that …

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American Badgers In The Winter (Do They Hibernate, Migrate, or Change Their Rhythm)?

Have you ever wondered how American badgers survive winter? American badgers are mostly known for their fur and the holes they dig, but we don’t really know much about their behavior, especially during winter. Keep reading as Floofmania dives deeper into the American badger’s winter behavior and get to know these cute animals more! Do …

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Threats And Dangers To Elk: Are They Going Extinct?

Elks are considered the largest among deer species. They have long been used on deer farms where velvet antlers are produced, and this practice has spread around the world.  In the past, they were excessively hunted for their ivory teeth and velvet antlers which were turned into accessories and used in traditional medicines.  Join Floofmania …

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The Gopher’s Teeth, Bite, and Jaw (Questions Answered)

Gophers are fossorial (living underground) rodents that live across North and Central America. Aside from their fur-lined cheek pouches, the gopher’s yellowish large front teeth are one of their most noticeable features. One might think that a small rodent wouldn’t need sharp teeth and a powerful jaw, but that’s not the case for the gopher. …

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Groundhogs VS Prairie Dogs VS Gophers – A Comparison

Groundhogs, Prairie Dogs, and Gophers are often confused with one another because of the similarity in their appearance and digging behavior.  Even though they have highly similar features, distinguishing one from another is definitely possible. Let’s investigate the characteristics that set these animals apart from one another! Are Groundhogs, Prairie Dogs, and Gophers Related? Groundhogs, …

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Gopher Territories (Underground Turf-Wars)

The pocket gophers (Geomys bursarius) are also known to many as gophers. They are fossorial creatures named after their spacious cheek pouches that they use to carry their favorite meal or materials to their burrows. These medium-sized rodents spend most of their time digging a complex network of tunnels in the soils of North and …

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The Red Wolf’s Paws And Claws (All About ‘Em)

The red wolf is the most critically endangered member of the canine family. They are only found in forests, wetlands, and bushlands of northeastern North Carolina. Red wolves are known to be persistent runners, who can move through many different terrains partly due to their big and tough paws. Let’s learn more about the red …

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Groundhogs Vs Muskrats – What’s The Difference?

People tend to confuse groundhogs and muskrats with one another because, let’s face it: at first glance, they do look so much alike. For non-experts, it is hard to tell, especially if you are looking at them from a distance, but don’t worry you are not alone. What’s The Difference Between A Groundhog And A …

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Bobcats And Their Drinking Behavior (Explained)

Bobcats, like most cats, are not big fans of water and swimming but they do frequent bodies of water like streams, lakes, ponds, and rivers to hydrate.  Water is part of their daily interaction with nature so it is never far away, bobcats are always around water. Bobcats drink water at least once a day, …

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The North American Porcupine’s Habitat (Questions & Answers)

The North American porcupine is well adapted to living in different climates and environments. The rodent is usually found in forested areas all across North America, but they even thrive in urban environments.  While porcupines do have their preferred environments, they easily adapt to other locations, and it’s not uncommon to see them outside of …

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Mountain Lions: The Great Climbing Predator

The Mountain Lion, also referred to as Pumas or Cougars, is one of North America’s top predators. They are highly feared and respected in the animal kingdom. If their blood-curdling screams and growls don’t terrify you, their adept climbing abilities might.  This article features how skilled these cats are in climbing. Please continue reading to …

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How Do I Recognize A Snowshoe Hare?

A snowshoe hare is a nocturnal rodent that has a fantastic way of adapting to its environment, like how its fur may change its color depending on the season.  Snowshoe hares have white fur in the winter, which allows them to blend in better with the snowy environment. Its coat takes on a rusty-brown color …

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Muskrat VS Opossums (A Comparison)

Arguably two of the most underrated creatures roaming around North America, muskrats and opossums are often mistaken for one another. So what’s the difference? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Though they may look somewhat similar, muskrats and opossums have very different characteristics that set them apart. In this post, we’ll take a closer …

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Are Elk Dangerous? (Elk Attacks, Safety, & Tips)

Elk or wapiti (white deer) is one of the largest deer species in the world. They are found in North America and Central Asia’s coastal forests and mountain ridges.  They are famous for their stunning, branched, large antlers and ivory teeth. They are extremely beautiful animals because of their breathtaking antlers and noble posture. Their …

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Where Can Elk Be Found (US States & Countries)

For hundreds of years, the elk has been an iconic symbol of the American west providing recreational opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts, hunters, photographers, and artists. Currently, the elk is one of the largest species in the deer family. It is also called the Wapiti which means “light-colored deer” in the Native American language Shawnee. They …

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Bison VS Moose (A Comparison)

In North America, you can find many fascinating creatures in the wilderness, but few of them are as iconic as the bison and moose. Bison are some of the unique animals here, and the moose is one of the continent’s largest and most prominent creatures. But while they might seem different, both animals also have …

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The Elk Species (Characteristics and Related Animals)

Elk are also known as wapiti, a Native American word for light-colored deer. These eye-catching animals are famous for their magnificent antlers and ivory teeth.  They are found in Eastern Asia and North America, specifically in the rocky mountain areas and the bordering parts of southern Canada. Currently, they primarily roam in the region of …

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The Elk’s Teeth (Some Of Them Are Ivory!)

Elks are the largest subspecies of red deer found in North and Central America. They are also called wapiti, which means “white deer” in the local American languages. Wap in their name also refers to their white tail and rump characteristics. Aside from their elegant antlers, elks are also famous for their authentic ivory tusks. …

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Beavers And Their Sleeping Behavior

Beavers are the construction workers of the animal world. They spend most waking hours building dams and lodges in ponds and rivers. But unlike humans, they don’t use tools to make their tasks easier. That sounds like hard work, right?  And this is why you might wonder: As hard workers, how much do beavers actually …

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The Gopher’s Senses (Vision, Hearing, and Smell)

Gophers are furry rodents most frequently found in North and Central America. Even though considered pests, they are a crucial part of the ecosystem as they incorporate plant and fecal materials into the soil, improving its fertility. These tiny rodents are known for their digging behavior. They spend most of their time underground and hardly …

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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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Bobcats As Pets (Do Bobcats Make Good Pets?)

Bobcats are wild animals that have not been domesticated. Special permits are required for people who want to keep them in captivity or as pets. While some enthusiasts argue that they make good pets, they are wild animals that deserve to live free in the wild, not in our homes. If you do decide to …

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Are Opossums Smelly? (Questions Answered)

Opossums, which include almost 100 species under the order of Didelphimorphia, are not the most loved animals around. They have a less-than-stellar reputation, primarily thanks to their rat-like appearance. Opossums are often misunderstood and viewed as dimwitted, dirty pests whose most impressive party trick is to play dead. Is that all there is to them, …

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How Do Beavers Fight (And Protect Themselves And Their Young?)

Beavers’ oversized front teeth, bead-like eyes, flat tails, and fluffy bodies make them seem like cuddly and approachable animals in the wild. Despite their cute appearance, beavers can be incredibly aggressive in defending their territory, especially when they feel threatened. Beavers have a couple of built-in defenses that help them prevent trespassers from entering their …

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How Do I Recognize An American Badger?

American badgers are short-legged carnivores of the family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, otters, and polecats. They look similar to many other mustelids but have some unique characteristics. They are usually found in open and dry areas in North America. Badgers are mostly nocturnal animals. During the day, they rest in their dens, which can …

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