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Alligator Snapping Turtle Southern Swamps

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Macrochelys temmincki

Biome: Southern Swamps

Classification: Reptiles

Biography: The alligator snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America. Primitive in appearance, it can be recognized by its large, heavy head, and the three rows of spiky ridges along its massive shell. It is sometimes confused with the common snapping turtle,... More >

American Alligator Southern Swamps

American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis

Biome: Southern Swamps

Classification: Reptiles

Biography: American alligators are important members of their ecosystem, and are regarded as keystone species. Many animals are affected by their existence. Young alligators are prey for wading birds, turtles, snakes, mammals, and larger alligators. Alligators over 4' are at the top... More >

American Elk Big Sky Country

American Elk

Cervus elaphus

Biome: Big Sky Country

Classification: Mammals

Biography: Elk are among the most vocal members of the deer family. Cows bark alarm signals, calves bleat and squeal, and bulls bugle. Bugling marks the beginning of the fall rutting, or breeding season, and advertises the bull's fitness to cows and rival bulls. During the rut, cows... More >

American Marten Northlands

American Marten

Martes americana

Biome: Northlands

Classification: Mammals

Biography: The American Marten is an Arboreal acrobat. They are small and agile members of the weasel family. With their sharp and semi-retractable claws, they easily climb trees and jump from branch to branch. Strong scent glands are used to mark trails through the treetops and... More >

Bald Eagle Northlands

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Biome: Northlands

Classification: Birds

Biography: With its white head and tail, chocolate brown body, large yellow beak, and seven-foot wingspan, an adult bald eagle is unmistakable. Immature eagles take about five years to acquire this distinctive plumage. Bald eagles usually mate for life. Before the nesting season, the... More >

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