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Coyote

Canis latrans
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Very adaptable to all land habitats.

Description: A tan, reddish-grey medium sized dog with pointed ears and nose.

Size: 1-1.3 m long; 58-66 cm tall; 8-34 kg (18-75 lbs)

Diet: Small mammals, amphibians and reptiles with some plants.

Fun Facts: For its cleverness, native cultures have labeled the coyote as the “trickster”. At one time, coyotes lived mainly in the grasslands, now they live almost everywhere, even cities! This is because they have adapted to eat lots of different things. An adaptation is a change, which helps the animal survive.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Porcupine
Erethizon dorsatum

Glossy, brown to black coat, with long, white-tipped guard hairs.  The front claws are sharp and curved.

 

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