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The largest member of the deer family, the moose lives in forests, bogs and marshlands where, for the most part of the year, it feeds on...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Corn Snake

Corn snakes are non-venomous snakes found primarily in the southeastern United States.They inhabit dry fields, open woodlands, grasslands and rock hillsides.

They are medium-size snakes, brightly colored with individual patterns. Their natural color is dark red blotches outlined in black on a deep orange background, with a black and white checkerboard pattern on the belly. Their scales are lightly keeled. They are a constrictor and their diet consists of mice and other rodents, chicks, and lizards.

Did you know?
Rodents are corn snakes' favorite dinner. Not being venomous, these snakes don't just bite their prey to kill it — they constrict it.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Common Periwinkle

Photo Credit: Paul Morris
The common periwinkle, also known as the edible periwinkle, is native to western Europe.

Common periwinkles are a type of marine snail. They have a shell that is smooth and brown to brownish-gray in coloration and up to about 1 inch long. The base of the shell is white. Periwinkles may live out of the water for several days, and can survive in challenging conditions. Out of the water, they can stay moist by closing up their shell with a trap door-like structure called an operculum.

Periwinkles are mollusks. Like other mollusks, they move around on their muscular foot, which is coated with mucus. These snails may leave a trail in the sand or mud as they move around.

Did you know?
Common periwinkles are omnivores that feed primarily on algae, including diatoms, but can feed on other small organic matter, such as barnacle larvae.
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