Gallery - Carnivores
Typically meat-eating mammals with claws, small incisors and large canines. A pair of carnassial teeth usually developed for cutting and shearing. Powerful jaw muscles with hinged jaw joint.
The Red Fox has long had a reputation for cunning and slyness, and not without good reason. It is an amazingly adaptable Mammal and this combined with its high reproductive rate, means that it has managed to overcome many barriers and has successfully colonised an increasing number of new habitats. Foxs are now even found in inner cities and suburban areas in many parts of here range.This section has several pictures of foxes, many of them are cubs at play which I hope you enjoy
Here are some pictures to help ID Foxs.
Lives mainly in woods and copses in extensive burrow systems called sets, may also liv in fields and hedgerows. The badger feeds on a wide range of animals and plants including earthworms, small mammals, carrion,fruit, nuts and bulbs. lives in family groups and is nocturnal.
Here are some pictures to help identify Badgers
Otters are one of the most threatened European mammal species. otters are somewhat ungainly when moving on land but are superbly adapted to life in the water, being excellent swimmers and divers.for slow swimming they use their webbed feet, the toes of which can be spread very wide.When swimming fast they move by swaying their whole body and tail from side to side,trailing their front feet next to the body.both ears and nostrils close when diving.otter fur has an oily secrection covering it which makes it waterproof.The thick underfur retains a layer of air which simultaneously prevents water-logging and also keeps the body warm.
Here are some pictures to help identify Otters.
The mink we have in Britain are not native here. They are American mink, which originated from mink brought here for fur-farming.
In continental Europe, there is also a European mink (Mustela lutreola), a somewhat different species and now endangered. The European mink has apparently never existed in the British Isles.
A widespread modern misconception is that the UK's wild population of American mink originated from mass releases of mink from fur farms by animal rights activists in the 1990s. Many people will remember these dramatic events for the sheer numbers of mink involved. In fact, the wild population was established decades earlier from multiple escapes (and perhaps deliberate releases) all over the country.
Here are picture to help identify mink
Stoats mainly hunt small rodents up to the size of a Rat, although they will occasionaly kill mammals as large as Rabbits or evan Hares. On detecting their prey they creep as low as possible along the ground and then attack with a quick jump. They prey is then usually killed by a lethal bite to the back of the head or neck.
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