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Boa Constrictor | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Nov 28, 2018  · While the pet trade may not necessarily be a threat to this animal, their trade can pose a threat to other animals. In many unfortunate cases, an owner will simply release a boa constrictor that has grown too large into a local park or open area. Because boa constrictors are habitat generalists with the ability to vary their choice of prey

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California sea lion | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Males are generally a dark chestnut brown, although some males have lighter coloring on their head, muzzle, sides, hind and belly. Females and juveniles are usually tan. Both sexes have a sleek, single hair coat, which also distinguishes them from true seals. At about 5 years old, males develop a noticeable crest that runs lengthwise along the top of their skull creating a high, domed forehead. The fur on this crest usually becomes increasingly lighter as a sea lion ages. California sea lions lack the \"mane\" tha…

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Safety and Park Rules | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The Smithsonian's National Zoo is a wonderful place to explore, learn and have fun. These few rules help ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for all visitors.

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Tiger | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The largest species of cat in the world, tigers are powerful hunters with sharp teeth, strong jaws and agile bodies. They range across Asia from Russia all the way to the Sumatra and Indochina. Scientists still have much to learn about these beautiful, critically endangered, solitary cats.

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Southern tamandua | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 25, 2016  · Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet …

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Tokay gecko | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 25, 2016  · Tokay geckos are also a common pet, with most coming from Java, Indonesia, where the law limits the harvest of geckos and restricts the transport of tokays as live animals for the pet trade. While this trade is legal, many breeders and private sellers across Southeast Asia have unregulated operations, sell wild-caught geckos and promote the ...

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Siamang | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Orangutan | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Crocodile Monitor | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Dec 03, 2019  · Crocodile monitors have recently entered the pet trade, and it is unclear whether this will have a significat impact on their numbers in the wild. Help this Species. Reduce, reuse and recycle — in that order! Cut back on single-use goods, and find creative ways to reuse products at the end of their life cycle. Choose recycling over trash when ...

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Red panda | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Gharial | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The gharial is one of only two species in the Gavialidae family. It has a characteristic elongated, narrow snout, similar only to the tomistoma (previously called the false gharial). Many sharp, interlocking teeth line the gharial's elongated jaws. Gharials exhibit sexual dimorphism — or differences in characteristics between males and females of the same species — in both size and appearance.

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Rock hyrax | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Rock hyraxes, also called rock dassies or rock rabbits, are small, stub-tailed, rabbit-like animals native to Africa. Though rock hyraxes resemble rodents, their closest …

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Lesser Madagascar hedgehog tenrec | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Lesser Madagascar tenrecs, also called lesser hedgehog tenrecs, are small, nocturnal animals covered in spines. Though sometimes confused with hedgehogs, lesser tenrecs are actually members of a …

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Webcams | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The Zoo's animal webcams are some of the most famous on the internet. Tune in to watch the Zoo's giant pandas, elephants, lions and naked mole-rats — live, 24/7!

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Land hermit crab | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Land hermit crabs live close to the shoreline and must have access to both land and water. They are popular pets but do not breed in human care. Consequently, the pet trade harvests them from the wild, which is unsustainable.

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Home's hinge-back tortoise | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade.

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Striped skunk | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Tomato frog | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Collection from the pet trade is driven primarily by herpetological hobbyists, who covet these frogs due to their remarkable coloration. A sister species of Dyscophus guineti, D. antogili , has been placed on Appendix I of CITES and is listed as near threatened by the IUCN’s Red List, primarily due to pollution and collection for the pet trade.

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Prevost's squirrel | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade.

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Harbor seal | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Harbor seals, also known as common seals, spend half their time in the sea and half on land. They have the widest distribution of any seal and live in both the North Atlantic and Northern Pacific oceans, ranging from cool, temperate waters to cold, arctic and sub-arctic coasts.

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North American river otter | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Corn snake | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Corn snakes are widely popular as pets. In fact, they are the most commonly bred snake species in the pet industry. Like many snakes, corn snakes also provide an important service to humans: they control rodent populations. By preying on rodents, corn snakes help prevent the spread of diseases associated with these animals.

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Live Bird Friendly | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The cause: Cats can make great pets, but more than 100 million feral and pet cats now roam the U.S. These nonnative predators instinctively hunt and kill birds, even when well-fed. Solutions that are good for cats and birds: Save birds and keep cats healthy by keeping cats indoors or creating an outdoor “catio.” You can also train your cat ...

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La Plata three-banded armadillo | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Choose your pets wisely, and do your research before bringing an animal home. Exotic animals don’t always make great pets. Many require special care and live for a long time. Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade.

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Emperor tamarin | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Oct 29, 2019  · Emperor tamarins are threatened by habitat destruction and are also collected from the wild for the pet trade. Help this Species. Reduce, reuse and recycle — in that order! Cut back on single-use goods, and find creative ways to reuse products at the end of their life cycle. Choose recycling over trash when possible.

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Freshwater stingray | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade. Never release animals that have been kept as pets into the wild. Share the story of this animal with others. Simply raising awareness about this species can contribute to its overall protection.

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Eastern newt | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Eastern newts are native to the U.S. They have yellow or green-brown skin with red dots that signal their slight toxicity. The eastern newt's appearance evolves throughout its three distinct life stages: larvae, juvenile (or eft) and adult. Its primary habitat shifts between water and land, depending on its life stage.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Naked Mole-rats ...

Posted: (52 years ago) Aug 29, 2018  · 3. At birth, a mole-rat pup weighs less than a penny! Naked mole-rats are one of the only true eusocial mammals, meaning they live in large colonies …

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Ring-tailed lemur | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Asian water dragon | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Threats to the species have not been identified, but they are commonly found in the pet trade. Habitat destruction is also common within their native range, and the permanent bodies of water they rely on are disappearing. Asian water dragons have been identified as an invasive species in Hong Kong, likely due to the release of unwanted pets.

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Goeldi's monkey | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Goeldi's monkeys are small primates with shaggy black hair, claw-like nails and long tails. They inhabit areas of the Amazon rainforest across southern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and …

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Giant Panda Cam | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Welcome to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Panda Cams, where you can watch giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji. Toggle between Panda Cam 1 and Panda Cam 2 using the tabs at the top of the video player for the full experience.

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Small Mammal House Exhibit | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Deforestation, the pet trade, and commerce have caused golden lion tamarin populations to decline drastically. Since the 1970s, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has been working to save these small Brazilian monkeys. Zoo scientists Jon Ballou and Devra Kleiman used the family tree of the population of golden lion tamarins in North American zoos ...

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What Does the (Fennec) Fox Say? | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Apr 12, 2018  · Fennec foxes may seem cute and cuddly, but these wild animals have not been domesticated, and it’s not a good idea to keep one as a pet. In fact, in many jurisdictions it’s illegal. Not only are fennecs highly social, incredibly active and very destructive — they also require specialized diets, health care and socialization with other ...

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Hellbender | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The eastern hellbender is the largest salamander in the Americas. They live in clean, swift-running rivers across the eastern United States and spend their entire lives in the water. This near-threatened species is protected in several states.

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Northern Luzon giant cloud rat | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Northern Luzon giant cloud rats are timid, forest-dwelling animals with a coat of long, rough fur. They are endemic to the island of Luzon in the Philippines.

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Panamanian golden frog | Smithsonian's National Zoo

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Roseate spoonbill | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Using fertilizers sparingly, keeping storm drains free of litter and picking up after your pet can also improve watershed health. Where to find the Roseate spoonbill. Animal News. Apr. 19, 2021. Thank You, Volunteers! Apr. 16, 2021. #PandaStory: A Friendly Game of Tug-of-War. Apr. 15, 2021. Happy 3rd Birthday, Moke! ...

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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe | Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Posted: (52 years ago) A part can be any type of measurement (e.g., cup, ounce, quart, etc.) but will always be equal. To calculate 1 part sugar and 4 parts water for your recipe, first choose a measurement for “one part.”

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Eastern red-backed salamander | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Eastern red-backed salamanders can occur in two color phases, lead-back and red-back. The lead-back phase salamanders are a consistent gray to black color while the red-back phase is characterized by an orange to red stripe down the length of their body and tail.

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Grand Cayman blue iguana | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Protection under CITES Appendix I has kept blue iguanas from the international pet trade, but they are sometimes illegally collected by locals. Additionally, habitat loss has become a problem as land is converted for agriculture. While iguanas are adaptable, the loss of forests converted for agricultural lands means less food and also brings ...

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Vietnamese mossy frog | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The combination of the Vietnamese mossy frog's green body, black spots, tubercles and spines makes it look like a clump of moss, which it spends a large portion of its time pretending to be. Native to Vietnam, these frogs live in mossy caves and in the banks of rocky mountain streams.

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Chilean rose tarantula | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) Tropical reptiles and small mammals are often traded internationally and may be victims of the illegal pet trade. Never release animals that have been kept as pets into the wild. Share the story of this animal with others. Simply raising awareness about this species can contribute to its overall protection.

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Emerging Diseases in Salamanders | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The international pet trade can unintentionally spread diseases that can have devastating effects on native wildlife populations, and even on human health. The deadly frog-killing fungus chytrid has had devastating effects on wild frog populations globally, causing disappearances of species throughout Australia, North America, Latin America and ...

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Migratory Birds Tracking Map | Smithsonian's National Zoo

Posted: (52 years ago) The migratory birds tracking map shows where some birds have traveled while they were wearing a tracking device. All of the information shown on the map is real scientific data collected by scientists who are studying these species.

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Why are Sloths So Slow? And Other Sloth Facts ...

Posted: (52 years ago) Oct 18, 2019  · Can sloth swim? What do they eat? And why are they so slow? Impress your friends and ace your next online quiz with these fun facts about sloths to celebrate International Sloth Day on Oct. 20.

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