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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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Western Tailed Blue
Everes amyntula

Habitat:  The butterfly can be found throughout Alberta and loves to live in poplar forests.

Description:  Males of the Western Tailed Blue are purplish blue on the inside of their wings while females are brown.  The undersides on both sexes’ wings are white.  On each hind wing protrudes a small tail and behind each tail is some yellowish spotting.

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