Category: South American Animals


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This photo was taken by wikipedia user Lori Mazzuca

The Fin whale is an fairly endangered animal. They are very large whales, and the ones that live in the northern hemisphere can be around 60 feet. The ones in the southern hemisphere tend to reach closer to 70 feet. It is the same for males and females. Fin whales can be found in all the major oceans, with water temps polar and tropical. Though the Fin whale can live in different temperatures, they are found more commonly in colder climates. The only known predator of the Fin Whale is the killer whale, and even so, there are not many sightings of attacks. The Fin Whale is a baleen whale, and it eats only small fish, squid and other little crustaceans. The gestation period for a calf is 11-12 months.

Fun fact: fin whales can live up to 140 years!

A pretty calm looking Chausie.

The Chausie can be three colors. Black, brown ticked tabby, and black grizzled tabby. They were bred from the wild Jungle cat. Males are usually 9-15 pounds, and females 7-10. These cats are very active and athletic, and like most cats, pretty intelligent. However, these cats do not like to be left alone, so either have a human companion or other cat with them.

Guadeloupe Raccoon

The Guadelope Raccoon is a sub-species of the common raccoon. It is found on Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, two Guadelope islands. It is closely related to the Bahaman Raccoon. It is a bit smaller then other raccoons. Their coat color is dark grey.

Guadeloupe Raccoons sniffing. Taken by Wikipedia User Lin`e 1

This is an endangered species, with less than 2,500 adults, and still declining. Its habitat of mangrove and rain forests is being cut down, people kill them for food, and the introduction of the crab-eating-raccoon.

Harpy Eagle

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This photo was taken by Wikipedia user Clement Jacquard

The Harpy eagle is one of the most powerful birds of prey in the world. It has huge talons and is extremely fierce. Female Harpy eagles weigh 14-18 pounds while male eagles weigh 10-16 pounds. The Harpy eagle can be found in Mexico,  throughout Central America, and in parts of South America. The Harpy eagle is a carnivore, so it eats a variety of small rodents, sloths, porcupines and opossums. Their population is unknown.

Fun fact: The harpy eagle’s talons are the size of grizzly bear claws!