Month: August 2018

Wildlife of the Bahamas

Diving Dive Nassau Bahamas Diving Diving D

If you are looking for Bahamas property for sale, it may interest you to know what sort of wildlife you will encounter when you’ve bought and moved into your new home. There are plenty of very beautiful and interesting wildlife in and around the Island.

There are a huge number of animals and birds and lots of diverse species; there are tours of the Bahamas which allow tourists to see that this array of different kinds of creatures. There is a part of the island that has flat land and is salty with small hilly areas. This is perfect for the wild animals; there are several tropical plants in this region also. The most common birds are the Mocking bird and the Warblers.

The Hutias are just another creature that may be found on the island, they’re rodent like animals and have the look of little beavers with no tail and big teeth, and they can be anything from 20 to 60cm in size. There are 20 different species of this animal although half of these may now be extinct. They obviously make nests in trees or rocks and are usually herbivores; Cubans hunt these creatures for food and cook with honey and nuts. When taking a trip to view the wildlife at the Bahamas tourists can expect to see all kinds of different species such as frogs, cash bats, raccoons, snails and snakes, even though there are no poisonous snakes on the islands they’re there to keep the rodent population down, are seen as fairly useful creatures. There are various different Zoos on the islands that can be visited too.

Underwater of course there’s a rich selection of Aquatic life as you’d expect there are lots of tropical fish and also lobsters. The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, it is a unique attraction as it’s guarded by the Bahamas National trust so that fishing is forbidden here and this has been shown to be beneficial as more and more of the species are reaching maturity within this area. The best way to experience the park is to hire a Kayak and allow a guide to take you out onto the clear waters, this way you can see and experience all the amazing creatures of the sea and land. Diving is also allowed in the region and is popular for enthusiastic divers who wish to explore the marine life close up there are loads of places which anglers are allowed to swim although as the park is protected there are some places that are limited to protect the wildlife.

Wildcats of North America

Snow Leopard, Leopard, Big Cat, Snow

The Bobcat, Lynx, Ocelot and the Puma or Cougar are considered native to North America. With more and more of the natural habitat disappearing, wildcats, as well as many other kinds of wildlife, are coming in closer contact with man. Find out More about the wildcats of North America.

Bobcat – The bobcat is the most commonly known wild cat in North America. He’s also the only species of wild cat that is not currently on the endangered list. The bobcat and the Canadian Lynx are occasionally though of as the same animal. They’re both of the same household but different species. The bobcat is about double the size of the average house cat. They have long legs, large paws and tufted ears. They get their name from the brief, black-tipped tail which seems to be”bobbed” or cut off. The”tufts” of their ears are actually used like hearing aids and they have excellent vision. At once the bobcat’s territory was wide spread of the US, but their number have diminished through the years. Bobcats are nocturnal animals and are rarely seen by humans. The bobcats diet consists of rabbits, mice, squirrels, reptiles and fowl, including the farmer’s chickens. They are many times considered as a nuisance and are taken by farmers. Many hunters will also kill a bobcat since they eat the quail, pheasant and chukka that many hunters shoot for sport.

Lynx – The lynx is truly the bobcats”cold weather” cousin. They are actually several species of lynx. The Asian and European lynx are bigger that the North American species, the Canada lynx. The Canada lynx are generally found, of course, in Canada and the colder parts of the US. The Canada lynx is about the exact same size as the bobcat, and it has tufted ears also. Their feet are used as”snow shoes” and are larger and have more hair for extra insulation from the cold and snow. The Canada lynx diet consists mainly on snowshoe hares. There is a correlation between the number of snowshoe hares and the population of lynx. As the number of snowshoe hares decrease, so do the number of lynx. The larger Eurasian lynx will hunt deer in addition to smaller animals.

Ocelot – The ocelot is sometimes called the”Painted Leopard”. At one time they could be found throughout the southwestern parts of the usa. However due to their beautifully spotted fur, their numbers have been greatly reduced and has put them on the endangered list. Occasionally you will see the ocelot in Arizona or portions of Texas. They are most frequently seen in Mexico and northern parts of South America. They are primarily nocturnal and solitary animals. The ocelot has brief tawny or reddish brown fur with black spots and rosette shaped markings. Their face has two black stripes down each side along with their tail has black bands. They can be seen in the trees, stalking monkeys and birds. They also eat small mammals and rodents, frogs, fish and a number of reptiles. Unlike most other cats, they don’t obey the water and can swim very well.

Mountain Lion – The mountain lion goes by several names. He’s also knows as puma, cougar, catamount, and panther. They are found mainly in the eastern and southern areas of the US, such as the swamps of Florida. They weight approximately 120-140 lbs. Mountain lions prefer to prey on deer but may also attack and consume coyotes and other mammals such as raccoons and porcupines. Their range has been removed in the Midwest and Eastern US, though there are small populations returning the states such as Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. Mountain lions have been known to attack humans. But, statistics show that on average there are 4 attacks and 1 death each year in all of the US and Canada. Mountain lions will be more likely to attack a person who’s alone or a little child.

Few people will really come in contact with any of these wildcats in their natural habitat, but at least now you know a bit more about these wonderful creatures.

Wildlife in the Rocky Mountains

Alberta, Canada, Lake, Mountains, Banff

The Rocky Mountains offer some of the best wildlife watching opportunities in Canada, if not North America. For lots of people spotting wildlife can be the highlight of the trip. Whether it is a grazing elk, a whistling marmot or a black bear playing with it’s cubs, you are sure to encounter many wild creatures.

HOARY MARMOT

Also called’Whistlers’ because of the shrill, whistle-like sound they make. They’re photo-friendly creatures who live high in the alpine.

Spot them: High mountain trails; often on top of the Jasper Tramway on Whistlers mountain.

BIGHORN SHEEP

Appropriately named because their horns are enormous, they are often used as a sign of the Rocky Mountains.

Spot themOn Yellowhead Highway east of of the town of Jasper, the north end of Jasper Lake, and Lake Minnewanka Road.

MOUNTAIN GOAT

You may need to look up to see them though, because they prefer the inland areas, particularly cliffs or steep slopes.

BEARS

Grizzly bears (or brown bears as they’re sometimes known) are possibly the most infamous of all creatures in the Rockies. They are recognisable by the large hump in their shoulders, although you probably won’t want to get close enough to notice it.

To make matters confusing they also are often brown in colour. Spotting either one in the wild is a memorable experience. Keep your eyed open and return!

Place them: Along the Banff-Radium Highway, notably between Dolly Varden Picnic area and Mount Harkin Viewpoint and along the Icefields Parkway in infamous’bear jams’.

MOOSE & ELK

Recognisable with their enormous antlers and bulbous nose, moose are often quite timid animals. During mating season (October – November) they could become more competitive, and you might hear them making a very loud, peculiar bellow as they try to attract a mate.

Elk are quite a frequent sight in the Rockies and they frequently seem fairly tame as they graze nonchalantly from the roadside. It is worth giving them a wide berth however, especially during the breeding season (fall) since they’ve been known to attack.

Spot them Along the roadside, especially Highway 93A between Banff and Jasper.