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Wapiti or Elk

Cervus canadensis

Description:

An ungulate and one of the largest land mammals in North America possessing an even number of toes on each foot and a four chamber stomach.

Habitat:

Native to North America but are highly adaptable and found throughout the world. They thrive in forest and forest edges as they are primarily grazers but browse as well.

Notes:

-Did you know that a yearling bull elk is known as a spike? -And the top two canine teeth are ivory, possible a remnant of saber-like tusks their ancestors may have used for survival -A bulls antlers are shed each year and can grow to weigh 40 pounds!

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2 Comments

VicLoya
VicLoya 8 years ago

Thanks Alice. Would love to visit the everglades and tropics of Florida... Maybe not in August though ;-)

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

I do enjoy a winter picture when I am sitting and sweating in the tropics of Florida. Nice job!

VicLoya
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VicLoya

Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Dec 29, 2006
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

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