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10 North American Animals No One Knows About

MAR-141
Biodiversity

Check out these 10 North American animals that you’ve probably never heard of before!

We were shocked to discover these animals. We’ve never seen them and they practically live in our backyard!

1) Ringtail Cat

This adorable little animal is related to the raccoon family. It’s nickname, Miner’s Cat, is because miners used to use them as rodent exterminators! If you can legally possess this animal, they are tameable and pretty darn adorable in our opinion!

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Image via Wikimedia Commons

2)  Collared Peccary

This small pig-like mammal can be found in the southern U.S. They prefer desert environments and eat Prickly Pears.

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Image via Wikimedia Commons

3)  Roseate Spoonbill

This spoonbill is located in South Florida. Their uniquely formed bill allows them to ear tiny crustaceans, snails, insects, and other tiny animals in the mangrove swamps of southern U.S.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

4) Pronghorn Antelope

This pronghorn antelope is actually the world’s second fastest land animal and it is located right here in the United States! They can run in excess of 60 miles per hour. Their only current predators are sportsmen and habitat destruction. They reside in grassy plains and semi-desert environments.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

5) American Paddlefish

This remarkable fish inhabits slow-moving rivers in North America. Its ancestors can be traced back to before dinosaurs due to fossil evidence. Their eggs are captured for caviar! What a unique and subdued creature.

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

6) Periodic Cicada

These are also known as the 17-year cicada. This might be one you are familiar with if you live in the northern U.S. They are orange-eyed and extremely loud. They leave molted skin all over trees and homes. Surprisingly, they do not have any mouth parts!

Image via Wikimedia Commons
Image via Wikimedia Commons

7) Giant Desert Centipede

This huge centipede is found in the southern deserts of the U.S. They can reach a whopping 8 inches long. They come out at night to hunt for small rodents!

Image via Univeristy of Arkansas
Image via Univeristy of Arkansas

8) Gulf Coast Jaguarondi Puma

This feline is native to Central America, but has a small population inhabiting south Texas. They look similar to a weasel due to their small heads and long tails. Habitat destruction threatens them. What a stunning cat!

Image via Biodiversity
Image via Biodiversity

9) Loggerhead Shrike

This cute little bird is known as the “Butcher bird.” It is actually a predatory bird and it impales its victims. Its beak resembles a hawk’s and it hunts small rodents or insects.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

10) Glass Lizards

These are not actually snakes despites their similarities. They are simply legless lizards! Like geckos, they’ll drop their tails if approached by a predator. They eat small rodents and insects. Unlike snakes, these little guys have eyelids and can blink! We think they are actually pretty cute!

 

Image via SRE Lab
Image via SRE Lab

 

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10 North American Animals No One Knows About