Monday, October 29, 2012
Animal X-Rays

In the spirit of Halloween, our animal keepers are sharing some interesting, eerie x-rays of animals they have cared for over the years.  By observing bone structure and the shape of their teeth, see if you can guess what animal each x-ray is from! 

Here are some tips to guide you:
1. Animals with sharp teeth use them for tearing meat
2. Flat teeth are using for grinding plant matter
3. Forward-facing eyes are found on predators that need to focus on their prey
4. Eyes on the side of the head are found on animals that need to look out for predators
5. Large eye sockets may be found on nocturnal animals that depend on their eye sight for survival
6. Strong claws may be for an animal burrows or uses them for tearing meat
7. A large nasal cavity indicates an animal that depends on its sense of smell. 

The answers are at the bottom.  Good luck!

Answers: 1. coyote (Canis latrans), 2. desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii/berlandieri), 3. cobcat (Lynx rufus), 4. American kestrel (Falco sparverius), 5. North American porcupine (Erithizon dorsatum), 6. ringtail cacomistle (Bassariscus astutus), 7. red-tailed Columbian boa constrictor (Boa constrictor imperator)