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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Elk and Their Sleeping Behavior (When, Where, How Much?)

Elks are some of nature’s most beautiful animals. They are tall, graceful, and very strong, but also intriguing. Many people don’t realize it, but they share quite a few similarities with us. Like us, elk are great at adapting to their environment. While they can’t change their physical characteristics, elks can adjust their behavior to … Read more

The Bobcat’s Teeth and Bite (Questions Answered)

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are known to be shy, elusive, and very secretive in nature. Their looks are similar to that of a house cat, albeit them being much larger. However, don’t be fooled by these descriptions. These felines are highly ferocious and are very powerful predators. The bobcat’s teeth and bite are the stuff of … Read more