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Naturalist Notebook 

August 16, 2011

Spotlight On…



Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)

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Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal has a tactile sense 10 times as sensitive as a human’s.
  • This animal can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, August 19th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 9:36 am

11 Comments »

  1. My guess is an anteater!

    Comment by Daniel — August 16, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

  2. I’m guessing it’s a flea.

    Comment by Sharon E. Cathcart — August 16, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  3. Raccoon!

    Comment by Rebecca R. — August 16, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  4. Elephant!!

    Comment by Jillian — August 16, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  5. Procyon lotor, to be precise.

    Comment by Rebecca R. — August 16, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  6. Its a Raccoon! Procyon lotor

    Comment by Adam — August 16, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

  7. Hmm tactile speed I’m thinking star nosed mole but can reach up to speeds of 15 mph??? Meerkat??

    Comment by Robin — August 16, 2011 @ 5:19 pm

  8. I guess it is a type of squirrel.

    Comment by Jamie Lant — August 17, 2011 @ 1:20 am

  9. Meerkat is my guess too. If I have to make a 2nd guess then I’ll say it’s a mongoose.

    Comment by george — August 17, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  10. Sure looks like a meercat, especially after looking at “Meercat Manor” pictures.

    Comment by Barbara — August 18, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  11. Each week we’ve been so impressed by your deductive skills! Special congratulations to Rebecca R. and Adam, who gave us the correct scientific name. It is a picture of the forepaws of Procyon lotor, the Northern Raccoon. Photobucket
    Animal Diversity Web has a nice entry on them here.
    We’ll put another guess the specimen up on Tuesday, but in the meantime, won’t you tell us Who Pooped?

    Comment by nature — August 19, 2011 @ 9:24 am

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