Tag Archives: Insectivore

3-Banded Armadillo

Species Latin Name Tolypeutes matacus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Family: Dasypodidae Overview The unique look of these mammals, as well as many interesting facts about this species, makes the Southern Three-Banded Armadillo a good addition to an education team. When hormonal behavior is presented, staff must take into consideration that the armadillo might not be willing to sit still during

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American Green Tree Frog

Hyla cinerea Order: Anura Family: Hylidae Natural History Information This is a medium-sized frog that can reach up to 6 cm (2.5 inches) in length. Their bodies are usually colored green with shades ranging from bright yellowish-olive to lime-green. The darkness of the color can change depending on lighting or temperature. There may also be some small patches of gold

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Ducks

Anas sp.Order: Family: Note relevant information about latin name, close relatives, etc. Recommended Species Buffalo Zoo: We use call ducks. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: We are partial to Indian Runners. Natural Science Center of Greensboro: We use runner ducks. Interesting body type, many colors, trainable to recall/follow. Tracy Aviary: We’ve had white-faced whistling ducks in our ambassador program for years

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Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat

Dipodomys merriami Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Kangaroo rats need dust baths to keep their fur clean Diet Requirements In the wild, kangaroo rats eat seeds, vegetation, and insects. Their diet will vary seasonally, with more vegetation in the summer and more insects in the winter. In captivity, this species is given seed mix, fresh fruits and vegetables, and

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Short-tailed opossum

Mondelphia domestica Order: Didelphimorphia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Must be housed alone unless you are trying to breed. Single animals can be kept in 30-gallon aquariums with at least one hide provided. Keep a luggage strap around the tank to secure the lid because this species is known to push on lids and escape. Wood shavings (aspen) can be used for

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Tamandua (lesser anteater)

Tamandua tetradactyla (southern) Tamandua mexicana (northern) Order: Pilosa Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Lots of climbing opportunities and heat in cold weather. Can be great escape artists would do better in a meshed exhibit Standard chain-link has been used with adult tamandua, but should not be used for any newborn/juvenile tamandua as the holes are too large. Newborn tamandua can fit through the links and juveniles

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Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

Echinops telfairi Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species can be housed in larger aquarium style tanks or wire style enclosures as long as the wire enclosure can be kept sufficiently warm to prevent torpor. You must provide a heat pad for tenrecs year round otherwise they can go into torpor during cooler times of the year. Any temperatures below

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Nine-banded Armadillo

Dasypus novemcinctus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species has been housed successfully in 6-8 foot metal troughs/stock tanks with a wood and mesh lid. Built in enclosures such as Corners Cages would also work for this species. Provide a hide box and stuff with balled newspaper. The armadillo will shred the paper and make a nest out

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Hairy Armadillo

Chaetophractus vellerosus Order: Cingulata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Provide sub-strait that they can dig in, if kept in two small enclosure with out proper exercise they can dig holes in exhibits. Substrait such as sand or mulch provides a great digging opportunity Things such as logs or pvc tubes to burrow into They are excelent climbers so make sure that

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Veiled Chameleon

Chamaeleo calyptratus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements It is best to keep veiled chameleons individually in their own enclosures after they reach sexual maturity at around 8 to 10 months of age, to avoid potential stress and fighting. Veiled chameleons do best in screen-sided enclosures because of the increased airflow. Ideal size is 2 feet wide by 2 feet long by

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