Mammals

The mammals of Floyds Fork flourish and add a sense of life to the area. Without these mammals Floyds Fork would lose its lively, exciting personality. There are many interesting species in the Floyds Fork area and they are listed below. The name and description of each animal is located to the left or right of their picture.

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The Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. The Gray Squirrel is approximately 1 lb. and 18 inches in length. It's tail is half of it's body length. It is a light silvery gray in winter and a gray-rust in summer. ff_graysquirrel.jpg.jpg (26270 bytes)

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Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Largest tree squirrel, wide range of color.
Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 8-14 inches with thick brownish or grayish fur. The eyes are on the side of the head. Long ears.

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Opossum (Didelphis virginiana) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Big as a house cat with rough grayish-white hair, this marsupial has a long snout, dark eyes and big hairless ears.
Raccoon (Procyon lotor) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 24-42 inches and 8-20 pounds. Some males may weigh up to 40 pounds. Coarse, long, gray hair, bushy tail with black rings.

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Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Rusty-red or red-orange fur with a whitish belly, black legs and white plain tail.
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 3 and 1/2 feet tall at shoulders. 200 lbs. Foot long tail. Brown on top, white underneath.

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Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 12-18 inches, 9 ounces, black eyes, small rounded ears.
White-footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 6-8 inches, tails are 2 and 1/2 to 4 inches. Gray or brown fur. White belly and large ears.

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Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. About 5 inches, short or medium length tail, short legs, tiny ears, Gray fur. Individuals named for habitat.
Prairie Vole (Microtus ochrogaster) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. About 5 inches, short or medium length tail, short legs, tiny ears, Gray fur. Individuals named for habitat.
Pine Vole (Microtus pinetorum) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. About 5 inches, short or medium length tail, short legs, tiny ears, Gray fur. Individuals named for habitat.
Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Lead-gray fur, very short, eyes nearly invisible, external ears non-existent. 1 inch tail and 3-4 inch body.

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Least Shrew (Cryoptotis parva) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations.
Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Smallest tree squirrel. They don't fly, they glide up to 80 yards.

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Eastern Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus subflavus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations.
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Dark brown fur, 12 inch wingspan.
Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations.
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 2 white stripes make a V on its back, white fur on top of head. 13-18 inches and 3-10 lbs.

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Red Bat (Lasiurus borealis) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. white-tipped red fur. Short rounded ears, 12 inch wingspan
Groundhog (Marmota monax) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 2 feet long. has a bushy tail, a broad, flat head. It has coarse grayish-brown fur. It's yellow-orange underneath.

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Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. Small striped animal, 8 inches long including tail. Light stripes on face, back and sides. Underside is light gray or white.
Eastern Mole (Scalopus aquaticus) - Common species of mammal in the Floyds Fork vicinity observed at several locations. 5-8 inches, 1-inch tail and 1 and 1/2 to 5 lbs.

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