Wyoming Wildlife - The Mammals!

 

Carnivores

Wyoming's Carnivores

Carnivores consume animal tissue as their primary source of food. But there is great diversity in the lifestyle of these meat eaters and how they obtain their food depends on if they are also known as predators, omnivores or scavengers.

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Herbivores

Wyoming's Large Herbivores

Herbivores consume vegetation as their source of food. But plants contain cell walls that are composed of cellulose and mammals are unable to digest this material. To overcome this limitation, some mammals have developed a compartmentalized stomach and employ bacteria to help breakdown cellulose.

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Hares - Rabbits - Pikas

Wyoming's Hares, Rabbits & Pikas

There are eight species of Lagomorphs in Wyoming: three are large sized hares or jackrabbits (genus Lepus), three are medium sized cottontails (genus Sylvilagus), one is the pygmy rabbit (genus Brachylagus) and the other is the little pika (genus Ochotona).

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Rodents

Wyoming's Rodents

Wyoming rodents are an extremely diverse group and range from the terrestrial little Silky Pocket Mouse (5-10 grams), to the medium sized aerial Northern Flying Squirrel (105-170 grams), to the large, web-footed and water loving American Beaver (11-35 kilograms).

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Bats

Wyoming's Bats

There are 16 species of bats in Wyoming: all are insectivores and most specialize in feeding on moths or beetles. Bats generally emerge from their day roost in the twilight just after sunset, grab a quick drink of water on the fly, and then forage for an hour or two before returning to their retreat for the rest of the night.

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