Content tagged with "Mammals"

hairy, ape-like creature walking in green forest

Momo, Swamp Ape

Homo cryptis
Reports of this large, foul-smelling, manlike creature have come from along the Mississippi River in Missouri since 1971.

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Mountain Lion

Puma concolor
Mountain lions hadn't been seen in Missouri since 1927 — but in 1994, conclusive physical evidence proved they are reappearing in our state. These animals probably are individuals dispersing from other states, and no breeding population seems to have been reestablished.

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Photograph of a muskrat standing on grass


Ondatra zibethicus
One of the most abundant commercial furbearers in Missouri, this semiaquatic rodent has benefited from the construction of thousands of farm ponds throughout the state.

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Nine-Banded Armadillo

Dasypus novemcinctus
There’s no other animal in Missouri that can be mistaken for an armadillo! Fifty years ago, they were not considered residents, but now they are regularly found in the southern half of the state.

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North American Elk (Wapiti)

Cervus canadensis
A very large member of the deer family, elk are brown or tan above with darker underparts, with a thick neck and yellowish-brown rump patch and tail. Elk are being restored in three Ozark counties.

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Nutria in wetland habitat

Nutria (Coypu)

Myocastor coypus
Native to South America, this large aquatic rodent was brought to the U.S. and other countries for the fur market. In Missouri, the nutria has been occasionally trapped in the southeastern part of the state.

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Opossum in snow


Didelphis virginiana
North America's only marsupial might look something like a large rat, but its life history, biology and habits make this nocturnal mammal worthy of appreciation. What other mammal in our state can hang by its tail, “play dead” and carry its young in a pouch?

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Procyon lotor
When you see the black mask and striped tail of this medium-sized mammal, you know you’ve spotted a raccoon. These nocturnal omnivores are clever and adaptive.

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Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes
The common name of this animal, “fox” is the Anglo-Saxon name for this animal and refers to its crafty behavior. In the twenty-first century, hunters still respect and appreciate foxes for their ability to elude.

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River Otter

Lontra canadensis
The playfulness and amazing agility of these streamlined mammals endear them to humans, but their voracious appetite makes these graceful, powerful swimmers a serious predator for crayfish and other small aquatic organisms.

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