The Elk (Cervus canadensis), is an ungulate mammal which is also known as the 'wapiti' a native American word that means 'light-colored deer'. It is one of the largest deer species in the world, along with the Moose and the Sambar Deer. Elks are native to North America and East … [Read more...]
Animals in North America
The North American continent is one of the world's seven continents. It is located in the Northern Hemisphere and is made up of three countries: Canada, the United States, and Mexico. The continent has a total area of 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,500,000 sq mi) and a population of over 538 million people.
This continent is bounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the south. The climate of North America varies from region to region. In general, the further north you go the colder it becomes, and the further south you go the warmer it becomes.
The geography of North America is very diverse, with mountains, forests, deserts, and rivers. The Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range that runs through the western United States and Canada.
Other notable mountain ranges include the Appalachian Mountains in the east and the Sierra Nevada in the west.
North America also has many large forests, including the boreal forest in Canada and the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest.
Many animals are native to North America. Some of these animals include the grizzly bear, the black bear, the elk, the moose, the white-tailed deer, and the American bison.
Many different types of birds can be found in North America, such as the bald eagle, the golden eagle, the Canadian goose, and the American robin.
Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) are brown bears found in North America, in areas such as Alaska and Canada. They are huge in size, weighing up to 36kg. Contrary to popular belief, they are just one of a number of subspecies of the brown bear, and can easily be … [Read more...]
The Piranha Fish (also known as the 'caribe' in Venezuela) is a ferocious, schooling, fresh-water fish. It is native to warm rainforest lowland streams and lakes in South America - the Orinoco river basin in Venezuela, in the Orinoco River and east of the Andes Mountains, up to … [Read more...]
An Alligator is a crocodilian in the genus 'Alligator' of the family 'Alligatoridae'. Alligators are large, semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles with four small legs and a very large, long tail. The tail is half the animals total length. Alligators tails help propel them rapidly … [Read more...]
Common/Spectacled Caiman The Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) is also known as the Common Caiman.Its distribution range includes: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guyana, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto … [Read more...]
Northern Short-tailed Shrew
The Northern Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda) is a large shrew found in central and eastern North America from southern Saskatchewan to Atlantic Canada and south to Nebraska and Georgia. At one time, this species and the Southern Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina carolinensis), … [Read more...]
The Copperhead Snake (Agkistrodon contortrix) is shorter than both the Coral snake and the Cottonmouth snake. The Copperhead Snake is the most often encountered snake in Eastern parts of the United States such as Alabama, Missouri and Arkansas. Copperhead snakes are responsible … [Read more...]
The Harp Seal is an aquatic mammal belonging to the Suborder Pinnipedia (fin-footed animals) and the Family Phocidae (true seals lacking external ears) that is found in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Harp Seals are separated into 3 populations based on where they breed, … [Read more...]
The Jaguar (Panthera onca), is a New World mammal of the 'Felidae family'. It is one of four 'big cats' in the 'Panthera' genus, along with the tiger, lion and leopard of the Old World. The jaguar is the third largest feline after the tiger and the lion. The jaguar is the largest … [Read more...]
For more than 100 million years, ants have been living on the Earth. They can be found almost anywhere on the planet. As of 2006, there are 11,880 known ant species, most of which reside in hot climates. Ants are members of the family of social insects which means they live in … [Read more...]