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...]
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.
Common/Spectacled CaimanThe 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, … [Read more...]
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...]
The pig was domesticated approximately 5,000 to 7,000 years ago and are found across most of the world including Europe, the Middle East and into Asia as far as Indonesia and Japan. They are one of the oldest forms of livestock, and were domesticated earlier than cows. Nowadays, … [Read more...]
The Osprey bird (Pandion haliaetus) is a medium-large raptor which is a specialist fish-eater with a worldwide distribution. It occurs in all continents around the world except for Antarctica, but in South America only as a non-breeding migrant. The Osprey bird is often known by … [Read more...]
The Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) is a member of the Canidae family and is a part of the order Carnivora within the class of mammals.Members of the family are called 'canids' and include dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, dingoes, jackals and African Wild Dogs. Within this family, the … [Read more...]