Mongooses are small mammals that belong to the family Herpestidae. They are found mainly in Africa, but can also be found in Asia and southern Europe. There are at 34 species of mongoose which are found in two genera. There are also some extinct species of mongoose.Mongoose … [Read more...]
Animals in Europe
Europe is a continent that comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia. It is bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The eastern boundary with Asia is a historical and cultural construct, as there is no clear physical and geographical separation between them. Europe is commonly considered to be separated from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Caspian and Black Seas, and the waterways of the Turkish Straits.
Although the term "continent" implies physical geography, Europe is more often referred to as a cultural continent, deriving its identity from its common cultural heritage of Greco-Roman classical civilization, the Christianity that originated from the Middle East, and the Western culture that developed in Europe after centuries of waves of migration from East Asia and South Asia.
Europe has a wide variety of topographies, with vast plains, mountains, and coastal areas. The continent is divided into about 50 sovereign states, with Russia being the largest and most populous. Europe covers an area of 10,180,000 square kilometers (3,930,00012 sq mi), or 2% of the Earth's surface
Europe has a rich history, dating back to ancient civilizations like the Celts, Greeks, and Romans. It was also the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Age of Discovery, and the Industrial Revolution.
Today, Europe is a major center of politics, economics, and culture. It is home to some of the world's most famous cities like London, Paris, Berlin, and Moscow.
The term "Europe" is derived from the Latin word Europa, which means "land of the setting sun" or "land of the rising sun". The name might also be related to the ancient Phoenician goddess Europa, who was the patron goddess of Tyre and is often depicted with a bull.
Europe is home to a wide variety of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
One of the most iconic animals in Europe is the brown bear. Brown bears are found in forests and mountainous areas across the continent. They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and animals.
Another popular animal in Europe is the red fox. Red foxes are found in woods and forests throughout the continent. They are mainly carnivores, eating small mammals like rabbits and rodents.
There are also many different species of birds in Europe. Some of the most popular include the barn owl, the common raven, and the Eurasian blue tit.
Reptiles and amphibians are also found in Europe. Some of the most common include the European adder, the European green toad, and the Western Hermann's tortoise.
Europe is a continent with a rich history and diverse wildlife.
Herons are long-legged and long-necked birds in the family Ardeidae. There are at least 64 species, although some of which are referred to as egrets or bitterns rather than herons. They are split into three subfamilies — Tigriornithinae, Botaurinae and Ardeinae.Herons are … [Read more...]
The ferret (Mustela furo) is a domesticated species, found all over the world. They belong to the family Mustelidae, which also includes the stoat, badger and mink. It is thought that they are most likely a domesticated form of the wild European ferret or polecat (Mustela … [Read more...]
The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides), also known as the Chinese raccoon dog, Asian raccoon dog, mangut (its Evenki name), neoguri (its Korean name) or the common raccoon dog, is a canid that is found in mainland East Asia and northern Vietnam. It is one of two extant … [Read more...]
Camel crickets belong to the family Rhaphidophoridae of the suborder Ensifera and the order Orthoptera, which contains grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets. Rhaphidophoridae, also known as cave wētā, cave crickets, camelback crickets, spider crickets (sometimes shortened to … [Read more...]
The slow worm (Anguis fragilis), also known as a deaf adder, a slowworm, a blindworm, or regionally, a long-cripple, is a reptile native to western Eurasia. Its genus is Anguis. Despite its name and appearance, it is not actually a worm or a snake, but a lizard, belonging to the … [Read more...]
Moray eels, comprising the family Muraenidae, are a family of eels whose members are found worldwide. There are approximately 200 species in 15 genera which are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few are found in fresh … [Read more...]
The Eurasian eagle owl (Bubo bubo), sometimes abbreviated to just the “eagle-owl” in Europe, is a species of eagle owl that resides in much of Eurasia. It is one of the largest species of owl, and females can grow to a total length of 75 cm (30 in), with a wingspan of 188 cm (6 … [Read more...]
The sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) is a small, rare lizard that is found in Europe and Asia. The word “lacerta” derives from Latin meaning lizard, while “agilis” is also Latin, meaning mobile, swift or agile. Sand lizards are the only member of their family and are sometimes called … [Read more...]
The Tundra Wolf (Canis lupus albus) is a subspecies of Grey Wolf that can be found throughout northern Europe and Asia, primarily in the northern arctic and boreal regions of Russia. Although Tundra Wolves were eliminated from some of the Arctic islands north of Siberia, they … [Read more...]