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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Blue-Tongued Skink)

The common blue-tongued skink is a member of the genus Tiliqua, which is a group of six species of the largest skinks found throughout Australia and eastern Indonesia. This stubby little lizard makes his home in burrows beneath the ground, with an unusually friendly disposition for a wild reptile. In Australia, the blue-tongued skink is…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Degu)

Native to the forests and woodlands of central Chile, the Degu is a sociable, intelligent, little rodent, who makes his home with his pack in underground burrows. Working as a team in everything from foraging for food to nursing their young, Degus rely on the support from their fellow creatures in order to thrive in…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Black Tailed Prairie Dog)

The Black-Tailed prairie dog is a ground-dwelling rodent native to the great plains of North America. Related to the squirrel and apart of the Sciuridae family, the prairie dog is an intelligent little animal who makes an elaborate home for himself and his coterie. The prairie dog helps maintain an extremely beneficial balance to their ecosystem-…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Domesticated Ferret)

The adorable ferret has been living side by side with humans for thousands of years, with their domestication beginning as far back as 600 BC! Their Latin name, Mustela putorius furo, translates to “smelly little thief”, a perfectly suitable name for the mischievous creature. Related to the European polecat and apart of the weasel family, the domesticated…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (African Pygmy Hedgehog)

While he may be super cute, the African Pygmy Hedgehog is not the most cuddly of mammals. Their spined, spiky coat is the only defensive mechanism this little animal can use against a predator. Found in sub-Saharan Africa, among much larger animals, the hedgehog’s thorned coat comes in handy. Solitary and nocturnal, these little guys…

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Critter Squad’s Weekly Creature Feature! (Virginia Opossum)

The Virginia Opossum is a commonly seen animal throughout the US. Although we often see them in urban areas, opossums are unique because they are the only marsupial found in North America. Related to the sugar gliders we learned about a few weeks back, these interesting creatures have many young that develop in a pouch on…

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