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Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum
Photo by Mike Sturk

Habitat: Forests with mixed deciduous and coniferous trees, or pine and hemlock. Sometimes they are found on prairies, farmland and aspen swamps.

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

Size: 53-94cm long; 1-12kg

Diet: leaves, buds, twigs, bark, and the cambium layer of tress and shrubs.

Fun Facts: The skin on the soles of a porcupine's feet are covered in bumps that are like teeth, so it's easier for them to climb trees

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

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Large Marble
Euchloe ausonides

Habitat:  The Large Marble can be found flying in open woods and along ridges throughout Alberta

Description:  This butterfly is mostly white save for its hind wing which has a beautiful green marble pattern running through it.  The Large Marble can be distinguished from other marble butterflies by its greater size and also the thick cell bar that can be found on its upper wing.

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