CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY OF AMERICA’S WILDLIFE
From carnivorous squirrels and ancient rodents to “snot otter” salamanders and wild pigs that aren’t actually pigs, America’s wildlife is more curious than you might think.
This National Wildlife Week we’re celebrating some of the most unusual animals, unique behaviors, and unexpected facts about the wildlife you thought you knew. Even species you think you know have strange secrets to reveal.
Let’s have fun and make a difference together!
The hellbender’s skin is protected by a covering of in slimy mucus, earning it the nickname “snot otter.”
Flying squirrels are highly carnivorous, hunting down insect and birds, and even feeding on carrion.
There are seven species of periodical cicadas that spend either 13 or 17 years underground.
Today only 10 red wolves can be found in the wild.
Javelina are not pigs, but peccaries—also known as the collared peccary, they’re found only in the Americas.
Tune in to Naturalist David Mizejewski’s YouTube channel for more wild facts throughout the week!