You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen but do you know these reindeer facts?
- reindeer or caribou live in the northern tundra or taiga forests.
- their favorite food is lichen and mushrooms.
- they have four stomachs like a cow.
- they use the sharp edges of their paws to dig through snow to get to lichens.
- reindeer can have 18,000 hairs per square inch of skin! That’s one warm coat!
- reindeer hair is hollow and straw-like. This serves as a natural insulator.
- big noses warm up the cold outside air before it reaches their lungs
- both males and females grow a rack of antlers every year. Antlers are shed in the winter.
- migrations can be very long up to 3100 miles per round trip.
- reindeer can run fast! up to 50 mph.
- reindeer are excellent swimmers.
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This little guy visited our yard today. He was forging for some left-over bird seed under the feeder.
Did you know?
- Opossums are the only North American marsupial. Marsupials carry and nurse their babies in a pouch. This makes them a part of the Kangaroo family.
- Opossums play dead when frightened. As a bonus, while they are playing dead they also drool and poop green mucus. Yuck! It’s enough to make most enemies leave.
- Special tails allow opossums to grab branches and “hang out”.
Black Eastern Gray Squirrels are common in Goshen, Indiana. The black color is produced when two genes for black are present in a mating pair. The incidence of black squirrels is about 1 in every 10,000 Eastern Gray Squirrels. They are quite cunning little devils and I had some difficultly photographing them feasting at the Courthouse.