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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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Arctic Skipper
Carterocephalus palaemon

Habitat: The Arctic Skipper can be found throughout Alberta from mid-May to June.  Prefers open areas of poplar and mixed forests.  Once found throughout North America, Europe and Asia the Arctic Skipper is now extinct in England due to habitat disturbance and pesticide use.

Description: The Arctic Skipper is the most recognizable of Albertan Skippers.   It is...

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