Amazing Animals of America, about which few people know
In South America, in the forests of this part of the world inhabited by a huge number of living beings, the existence of which can not even guess zoologists. However, today we will focus on North America, the territory of which can still be found amazing animals that are not found anywhere in the world and about which few people know.
1) ring-tailed cat (lat. Bassariscus astutus)
It would seem that this animal - the fruit of fantasy cartoon artist: his large, dark eyes and a striped fluffy tail. Bassariscus is nocturnal, catches mice and it is easy to tame. These beings were called "cat miners", as they helped miners to get rid of rodents. According to the description animal resembles a cat, however, belongs to the family coon.
2) collared peccary (lat. Pecari tajacu)
It turns out that this is not a wild boar, though similar to a wild pig. Bakers - mammal native to North America, but they are also spread in South America. They are pretty cute creatures that feed mainly on plant food. They are hard to spot in the wild because they are quite secretive creatures, do not need a human society and prefer desert area.
3) roseate spoonbill (lat. Platalea ajaja)
This bird - a real treasure of South Florida. In color it is a bit like a flamingo, but has a completely different beak shapes. It feeds on small crustaceans, snails, insects and other inhabitants of the marshes. These birds are social species that live in large flocks.
4) Pronghorn (lat. Antilocapra americana)
Did you know that the second fastest animal - hoofed pronghorn that lives in North America? Pronghorn live on grassy plains and semi-arid areas in the western states. These creatures can reach speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour! Not surprisingly, the predators with great difficulty can keep up with these animals, although some, such as wolves, lynx and pumam, yet it sometimes fails. Today pronghorn suffer at the hands of hunters and because of the loss of territories.
5) paddlefish (lat. Polyodon spathula)
This unusual freshwater fish - a reminder, she lived back in the Paleozoic era 300-400 million years ago the distant past of our Earth. Some fossils of this fish is older than the dinosaurs! The fish lives in the dark smoldering rivers in North America. In recent years, fish mercilessly slaughtered because of the delicious eggs. Paddlefish is also suffering because of habitat destruction.
6) Periodic cicadas (lat. Magicicada)
These insects have several groups with 13- and 17-year life cycle, they are well known to those who live in the northern states. Sometimes they are called locusts, although they belong to an entirely different family. Cicadas are not poisonous, they do not sting, do not bite and do not pose much of a threat to man or plants.
7) Scolopendra California (lat. Scolopendra heros)
These centipedes strikes fear in many people in America. These relatively large skolopendry inhabit the deserts and the southern United States can reach a length of up to 20 centimeters. Mainly nocturnal and like to hide under logs and stones during the day to escape the heat. They can hurt bite, so it's best to stay away from them. 8) Jaguarundis (lat. Puma yaguarondi)
Jaguarundis - a representative of the cat family, living in Central and South America as well as in the south of Texas. These cats are reclusive and have an amazing appearance, reminding marten longer than a cat. They are rare, though least concern. Hunt peccary, rabbits and birds. Jaguarundis problem today is mainly a loss of habitat due to human activities. By the way, a very small population Jaguarundis lives in Florida, although there is an invasive species.
9) American Shrike (lat. Lanius ludovicianus)
These birds are sometimes called birds-butchers because of their peculiar way of hunting. As predators, Tathagata can impale prey on sharp thorns plants, they eat not only small insects, but also rodents and small birds. With a sharp hook beak they hold their prey.
10) Slender armored anguis (lat. Ophisaurus)
These creatures are often confused with snakes, when in fact they belong to the lizards, but do not have legs. Like many other species of lizards, anguis can discard the tail, if at someone grab. So they flee from danger. They feed on insects and rodents. The only difference between them and the snake, at least in appearance, this is what anguis able to blink. Snakes, as you know, no eyelids.