Boomer is a striped skunk. His natural coloring is lavender, which is a rare color for a striped skunk. Usually you will find black or chocolate striped skunks. These skunks are found in central and southern Canada as well as all of the United States in deserts, woodlands, grassy plains and suburbs. Skunks are omnivores who eat vegetables, insects and grubs, small mammals, the eggs of ground nesting birds, amphibians and whatever else they can get into.
The skunk's unique characteristic is their defense, the ability to stink anything away. They can spray their musk 15 feet and if you get caught in their path you will need to take a bath in tomato juice to get rid of the smell. Humans actually use the skunk musk to make perfumes because of its ability to hold the scent and cling. Of course, they take the skunk odor out first.
The skunk's main predator is the great horned owl.
Omnivore - An Animal that eats all types of food.
Frankie is a red squirrel and is found in most parts of Alaska and Canada. They are also found in the Rocky Mountain states, and in the eastern United States south to northern Virginia and west to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in coniferous, deciduous and mixed coniferous-deciduous forests.
The red squirrel eats a wide-variety of foods including insects, seeds, bark, nuts, fruits, mushrooms, and pine seeds or cones. Sometimes they eat insects, young birds, mice, and rabbits. A large part of their diet is made up of pine seeds. In the fall, they will cut green pinecones from trees and store them in the ground. It also stores nuts and seeds in piles or middens under logs, at the base of trees and underground. It doesn't always find or eat all of the seeds and nuts they have stored. Because of this, the red squirrel fills an important role in spreading seeds in the forest. The red squirrel may migrate short distances when food supplies are low. They also drink tree sap from maple trees. They bite a tree until the sap flows out and returns to drink it after the water in the sap has evaporated.
The red squirrel is a solitary animal, except for mothers and their young. The red squirrel makes its nests in a variety of places including hollows in the ground or in trees, logs or crotches in trees. The red squirrel is very vocal and chatters, growls and screeches.
Solitary - An animal that usually lives alone.
Coniferous forests consist mostly of conifers, trees that grow needles instead of leaves, and cones instead of flowers.
Temperate deciduous forests are most notable because they go through four seasons. Leaves change color in autumn, fall off in the winter, and grow back in the spring.
Roger is a field mouse and can be found almost anywhere it's not too cold. They may be mostly herbivores, but seem to eat anything they find and can eat their weight in food each day. Mice are prey so they have a lot of enemies. Some animals that eat mice include weasels, birds, foxes, snakes and owls.
Mice are extremely intelligent and will plan things out if they have enough time. Humans should be very thankful to mice for testing out many of our modern medicines to make sure they are safe for us to use.
Young mice are called kittens.
Herbivore - Plant eating animal.
Prey - An animal that is usually considered food by most other animals.
The Grizzly Bear
The Grizzly Bear can be found in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories; and the US states of Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, and Montana. These solitary mammals can run up to 35 mph for short bursts. These fierce predators are mostly nocturnal and they sleep in dens during the winter, they are not true hibernators and can be easily awakened. This large animal reaches weights of 300-1500 pounds and heights of 4.5 feet on all fours and 8 feet standing on their hind legs.
Grizzly Bears are omnivores who eat plants, roots, berries, fungi, fish, small mammals, and large insects.
The coat color ranges from shades of blond, brown, black or a combination of these; the long outer guard hairs are often tipped with white or silver giving it a grizzled appearance and their name.
Dens - caves, hollow logs, or holes they dig to sleep in.
Omnivore - An animal that eats all types of food
Great Horned Owl
Mr. Featherby is a great horned owl and can be found in forests in North, Central, and South America from Arctic tree regions south to the Strait of Magellan. They have a wingspan of over four feet and can be about two feet in height. The great horned owl has very good eyesight and excellent hearing that helps it hunt at night and may take prey 2 to 3 times heavier than it. Its loosely packed feathers make it almost silent when it flies. This makes it easier to sneak up on its prey. The great horned owl is nocturnal. It hunts small mammals like mice, rabbits, squirrels and skunks. It also eats birds such as ducks and quail.
The main characteristic of the great horned owl is its ear tufts, which are actually feathers that come to a point on the top of its head and look like horns. That is how it got its name.
A great horned owl sounds like the usual "hoot-owl".
Nocturnal - An animal that sleeps during the day and is awake through the night. They usually have big black eyes that allow them to see in the dark.