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Naturalist Notebook 

December 20, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!

(Pictured below, really close up!)



12-20-11ab
Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • Adults of this species can weigh up to 60 lbs. (27 kg).
  • They have transparent eyelids, which help them to see when they are underwater.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us outside the Project Lab on Friday, December 24th at 11:30 AM for Specimen Spotlight in order to find out if you’re right and to learn more about this animal.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 3:48 pm

8 Comments »

  1. Is it…a beaver?

    Comment by Daniel — December 20, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  2. beaver!

    Comment by Ariane Trelaun — December 21, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  3. It’s rodent for sure, maybe beaver…

    Comment by mili — December 21, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  4. It’s a nutria!

    Comment by Eric Knight — December 21, 2011 @ 9:29 am

  5. I believe its the jaw of a beaver.

    Comment by Jeri — December 21, 2011 @ 9:33 am

  6. North American Beaver, Castor canadensis).

    Comment by D. Furlong — December 21, 2011 @ 9:34 am

  7. Capybara or nutria.

    Comment by Anne — December 21, 2011 @ 10:21 am

  8. Thanks for all of your guesses! As many of you thought, this week’s specimen was from an American beaver (Castor canadensis). To learn more about beavers and see photos and videos of them, check out these websites:

    Comment by nature — December 24, 2011 @ 10:22 am

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