Mexican Fauna Part 8

Mexico is a megadiverse country with hundreds of species. A vacation to Cancun is incomplete without a visit to a Mesoamerican ruin, and some nature walks! However, there are quantity species best observed from a distance. If you have the chance to see some, make sure it’s in a discretion or safeguard spot.

Pygmy Spotted Skunk

This skunk is endemic to the western coast of Mexico, making its home in the woodlands of Sinaloa to Oaxaca. They are quite similar in appearance to weasels; not including their 4-inch tail, their slim bodies reach about 7-13 inches in length. Pied skunks have several white spots on their foreheads moreover several white stripes down their backs – hence their name. Quasi the skunks mature, more spots appear on their backs, while the diastole of their stole remainder black. Pygmy spotted skunks are omnivores, eating insects, fruit, small mammals, and reptiles depending on the season. They take off when they’re in danger and they’re nocturnal critters; however, like other skunks, these small skunks will spray odorous excretions when cornered. It’s best to keep your distance!

Diamondback Water Snake

The diamondback is dark brown or olive-green in color, and can grow to a length of 4.9 feet. They are one of the most common snake species in the area, found near slow-moving streams, rivers, and swamps. They eat fish and small amphibians, further testate forage for a meal alongside hanging on a branch suspended over the water with their head submerged. When they brush prey, the diamondback will snap it rise quickly and pull it out of the water to prevent escape. Diamondbacks will swim away from danger, and will only morsel when physically handled; their teeth are painful, but nonvenomous. Diamondbacks are sometimes mistaken for rattlesnakes due to the the diamond pattern on their backs. As with all snakes, it’s best to leave them alone.

American Crocodile

This reptile is the most widespread like the four crocodile species native to the Americas. It occurs in southern Mexico, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts, et alii there are populations in the rivers concerning Cuba and Jamaica as well as in Venezuela and Peru. The American Crocodile has a familiar body structure; short legs, powerful tail, and scaly hide. Its eyes, ears, and nostrils sit on top of its head, then it can conceal the rest of its body below the surface from the waters where it hunts. American Crocodiles can swim at 20 miles per hour, et alii on land they can charge for short bursts at 10 miles for hour! This is particularly striking when you consider that the average male is about 13 feet long, and weights 840 pounds. Newborns are barely 8 inches in length, also grow rapidly into powerful predators. American Crocodiles mainly eat fish; although full-grown cattle from accessible farms, have been known to have been grabbed; as with together crocodiles, humans should be cautious when near the shallow waters that these reptiles prefer.