Mammals


  • American Mink | KET Image Bank

    The American mink (Mustela vison) can be easily recognized by its slender body, short legs, and tail that is about one third of its body length. Its fur is normally dark brown or black, but it can also be slightly lighter, depending on its place of residence.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Bobcat | KET Image Bank

    The bobcat (Lynx rufus), also known as a wildcat, is native to North America and can be found from Canada down into Mexico. Bobcats are part of the feline family and are about twice as big as a housecat, weighing between 11 and 30 pounds.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cat | KET Image Bank

    The cat (Felis catus) has been domesticated for over 9,500 years. Known for its small, round, furry body, and ability to hunt mice, the cat is a chosen companion for humans. Because of their ability to live alongside humans, cats are the most widely owned domestic animal worldwide.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Cow | KET Image Bank

    The cow (Bos taurus) has been domesticated for nearly 9,000 years. Europeans brought this species to North America when they settled the new continent. The female is referred to as a cow, while the male is called a bull and a young cow is called a calf.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Dog | KET Image Bank

    The dog (Canis lupus familiaris), which has lived with humans for over 15,000 years, is believed to be the first domesticated animal. Almost everyone knows how to identify a dog, despite the fact that there are hundreds of different breeds worldwide. Because these breeds vary so drastically, adult dogs can weigh anywhere from a few pounds to well over 100 pounds.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Chipmunk | KET Image Bank

    Eastern chipmunks (Tamias striatus) are small reddish-brown rodents with striped backs that reside in eastern North America. Chipmunks are normally seen in wooded areas or in undergrowth where they enjoy burrowing or making their homes in the abandoned nests of other animals.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Cottontail | KET Image Bank

    The Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is the rabbit most commonly found in North America. Characterized by large front teeth, short tails, and muscular hind legs, these animals are primarily nocturnal, but can be seen moving around during the daytime as well.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Eastern Gray Squirrel | KET Image Bank

    The eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is native to the United States and found in the eastern and Midwestern part of the country. These squirrels prefer densely wooded areas because they build their dens in trees, but they also can be found in suburban and urban areas, often living in neighborhoods and backyards.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elk | KET Image Bank

    Elk (Cervus elaphus) are related to deer, but differ from their kin in several ways. Male elk can reach heights up to nine feet tall, which means they tower over their smaller cousins. Elk commonly recognized by their large antlers, which they shed in March and grow back before the summer mating season.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Fox Squirrel | KET Image Bank

    The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) can be found in most regions of the United States, including the Northeast, South, Midwest, and West. This breed of squirrel lives in forested areas or near trees in urban areas.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Goat | KET Image Bank

    The goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) was domesticated shortly after the sheep, roughly 10,000 years ago. Though sometimes similar in appearance to sheep, goats have tails that point upward while the tails of sheep point downward and are usually longer.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Horse | KET Image Bank

    The horse (Equus ferus caballus) is a large, hoofed mammal that has been domesticated at least since Biblical times, four to six thousand years ago. Approximately 75 million horses inhabit the world today; and, as in the past, they are used for transportation, farm work, and recreation.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Opossum | KET Image Bank

    The opossum (Didelphia virginiana) is the only marsupial native to the U.S. and Canada. Like other marsupials, they have offspring that continue to develop after birth. Up to 20 tiny opossum babies are born at one time, and they immediately move inside a pouch where they continue to develop.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Raccoon | KET Image Bank

    The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is a small mammal native to North America that can be found throughout the U.S. except for a few southwestern states. Because of their ability to adapt, they thrive in a variety of habitats including forests, prairies, suburban neighborhoods, and cities.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Red Fox | KET Image Bank

    The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) can be found in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The red fox is a solitary animal that usually lives alone in the wild. However, for a short period of time, they may live in dens with mates and offspring. Female foxes are called “vixens.”

    Grades: 6-12
  • Sheep | KET Image Bank

    The sheep (Ovis aries) has been domesticated for roughly 11,000 years. It is one of the first animals to be domesticated for its meat. Depending on the breed, sheep are also used for wool, hides, and milk.

    Grades: 6-12

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