CREATURE FEATURE: South American Cougar

The South American Cougar (Puma concolor puma) is a large wild cat in the Felidae family. It is a felid. It is a sub-species of the Cougar (Puma concolor). It is also known as the Puma.

The South American Cougar is one colour (concolor means one colour), which is usually tawny brown or reddish-brown. It has lighter patches on its underbelly, chin, and throat.has a rounded head, and a long, slender body with powerful forequarters, larger front feet, and large paws. It has four retractile claws on each hind (back) paw and five retractile claws on its forepaws (front paws), but one is a dewclaw (digit). Retractile claws can extend and retract, protecting them with a sheath of skin when they are not being used. 

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Pauxillum Sweat Bee

The Pauxillum Sweat Bee (Lasioglossum pauxillum) is a common, small insect in the Halictidae family of sweat bees. It is called a sweat bee because it is attracted to the sweat of animals and humans.

The Pauxillum Sweat Bee is metallic black. It has thin, whitish abdominal bands. It has six legs, two pairs of wings, and three body parts: (1) head, (2) thorax, and (3) abdomen. Its wings are translucent (see-through). It has enlarged compound eyes. 

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Tumulous Sweat Bee

The Tumulous Sweat Bee (Halictus tumulorum) is a common, small insect in the Halictidae family of ground-nesting sweat bees. It is called a sweat bee because it is attracted to the sweat of animals and humans.

The Tumulous Sweat Bee is black or dark-brown. Sometimes, it has a green metallic colour. It has thin, whitish abdominal bands. It has six legs, two pairs of wings, and three body parts: (1) head, (2) thorax, and (3) abdomen. Its wings are translucent (see-through). It has enlarged compound eyes. 

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CREATURE FEATURE: Common Leopard Gecko

The Common Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis Mascularis) is a small ground-dwelling reptilian lizard. 

The Common Leopard Gecko is pale beige with dark-brown markings and spots. Its back is covered with small lumps. It has short legs with short nails on its toes, which are used for gripping objects (it does not have sticky pads on its feet). It has movable eyelids. It has about 100 small teeth. It has a thick, fleshy tail.

It can regenerate its tail if if drops off. This is called caudal autotomy. It regularly sheds its skin (about once a month). This is called moulting. 

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Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus orStegomyia albopicta) is a small insect from the Culicidae family of mosquitoes. It is also known as the Forest Day Mosquito.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito has white bands on its long, thin, silvery-black legs and black body. It has a single silvery-white line of scales that begins between its eyes and continues down its back. It has bushy antennae and compound eyes. It has a dark-coloured proboscis (long nose) for sucking blood from the body of animals or humans.

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Reeves’s Muntjac

The Reeves’s Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) is a small ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is a deer. It is also known as the Chinese Muntjac.

The Reeves’s Muntjac has reddish-brown fur with striped markings on its face. Its belly, neck, chin, and the underside of its tail are creamy-white. It has a long tongue. The male has short antlers. The female has bony lumps on her head instead of antlers.  

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Dusky Pademelon

The Dusky Pademelon (Thylogale brunii) is a small macropod marsupial mammal. It belongs in the Macropodidae family of big-footed mammals. It is also known as the Dusky Wallaby or the Aru Island Wallaby. 

The Dusky Pademelon looks like a mini-kangaroo. It is a stocky marsupial with brown fur with light patches and a white underbelly. It has large ears, a black nose and large brown eyes. It has a short, flat tail. It has two big hind (back) feet with two smaller front feet that act like hands. Its paws are dark-brown to black, with sharp claws. 

It grows to about 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall, with a tail measuring about 50 centimetres (20 inches). 

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Visayan Warty Pig

The Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons) is a critically endangered ungulate (hoofed) mammal. 

The Visayan Warty Pig has coarse dark-grey hair. Its entire body is covered in hair. It has a thin tail with a tuft of black hair at the tip. It has long, thin ears with hair tufts. It has three pairs of fleshy warts on its face. The male has prominent whiskers and small, sharp tusks. Both the male and female have scent glands near their eyes and on their feet. 

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Red River Hog

The Red River Hog (Potamochoerus porcus) is a wild mammal in the pig family.

The Red River Hog has striking orange to reddish-brown fur, with black legs and a tufted white stripe along its spine. It has white markings around its eyes and on its cheeks and jaws. The rest of its muzzle and face are black. Its entire body is covered in hair, with no bare skin visible. It has a thin tail with a tuft of black hair at the tip. It has long, thin ears with hair tufts. 

The male has prominent whiskers and small, sharp tusks. Both the male and female have scent glands near their eyes and on their feet. 

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Eurasian Teal

The Eurasian Teal (Anas crecca) is a freshwater dabbling duck, and a freshwater wetlands bird. It is also called the Common Teal. 

The Eurasian Teal is named after its blue-green colour, called teal. The male has a chestnut-coloured head and upper neck, with a wide iridescent dark-green patch near its eyes. The patch is bordered with thin yellowish-white lines. It has a buff-coloured chest with small, round, brown spots. The centre of its belly is white. Its tail is black with a bright yellowish patch. 

The female is yellowish-brown, and darker on its wings and back, with a dark grey-brown upper head. The male has a dark-grey beak, whereas the female has a pinkish or yellowish beak, that is darker at the tip. It has short legs. The male has dark-grey feet, whereas the female has grey-olive feet. It has brown eyes.

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Cat, Cheetah, Leopard, Lion, Tiger Eyes: What’s the difference?

What are the similarities or differences between the eyes of a Cat (Felis catus), Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Leopard (Panthera pardus), Lion (Panthera leo), and Tiger (Panthera tigris)?

The Domestic Cat is nocturnal, active at night. The Cheeth and the Lion are diurnal, active during the day. The Leopard and the Tiger are crepuscular, active at dawn and dusk.

The eyes of a nocturnal animal have vertical pupils that look like a black line, called slitted eyes. The eyes of a diurnal or crepuscular animal have round pupils.

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What is the difference between the African Leopard, the North Chinese Leopard, the Persian Leopard and the Snow Leopard?

What is the difference between the African Leopard (Panthera pardus), the Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), the Persian Leopard (Panthera pardus saxicolor) and the Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia)?

The African Leopard, Amur Leopard, Persian Leopard, and Snow Leopard are all solitary, elusive, large felines or wild cats. All of the leopards have pale-green or grey eyes.

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Guinea Pig

The Guinea Pig (Cavia porcellus) is a rodent and a mammal. It is also known as the Cavy. It is not a pig. It does not come from Guinea. It is now a domesticated species – a widespread, common pet.

The Guinea Pig has a stout, hairy body, with short legs, a large head, and short ears. Its feet have short, sharp claws and hairless soles. There are four toes on its front feet and three toes on its back feet. Some Guinea Pigs have short hair, and some have long hair. Its tail is very short and covered by its hair. Its fur can be black, brown, white, chestnut, cream, or a combination of colours.

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CREATURE FEATURE: Snow Leopard

The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) is a large feline from Central Asia and South Asia. It is also called the Ounce.

The Snow Leopard has thick whitish-grey fur with black spots on its head and neck, and larger rosette shapes on its back, sides, and tail. It has a whitish underbelly. Its nose is short. Its tail is bushy, long, and flexible. It has a strong, stocky body, with short legs and broad paws. Its eyes are pale-green or grey. Its ears are small and rounded.

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Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is a marsupial mammal from Tasmania, Australia. It is a dasyurid.

The Tasmanian Devil has black fur with irregular white patches on its chest and rump. It has a muscular build with a large head, thick neck, and a medium-sized thick tail. Similar to a hyena, its front legs are slightly longer than its back legs. It has five long toes on its front feet and four toes on its back feet, with long non-retractable claws. It has long whiskers on its face.

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