Mystery Critter #15

by Bethe Almeras, The Grass Stain Guru

Fun wildlife facts. Check. Desire to stump my readers. Double check. Must be Why did the chickens cross the road?Saturday! That’s right kids, it’s time to play Mystery Critter. Let’s have some fun with my little game to test your wildlife knowledge and inspire you to find the wild in your world.

Put on those thinking caps and let’s get to it. It’s Week #15 in the series — your nature detective skills must be getting quite impressive about now. Let’s see if you are “smarter than the average bear!” And remember — no cheating!


  • My body-type is the only of its kind in North America;
  • My preferred habitat has sandy soil;
  • I range throughout much of the south east of the USA;
  • I have 4 young per year, and an amazing reproduction process; and
  • I enjoy insects, crayfish, eggs, and carrion.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! If not, no worries — you’ll have another chance next week!

While it is not as widespread as many species, this Mystery Critter ranks as one of the coolest in the animal kingdom in my book (read: one of my personal faves!). Fascinating and comical, they are a sight to see! Even of you don’t spot today’s critter, Mother Nature has something fun for you to discover right outside your front door. So grab the kids or a pair of binoculars if you have them, and go take a look.

Don’t forget to let folks know about what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a great way to keep track of your wild adventures and share info with others.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru


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  1. Alison Kerr’s avatar

    What a cool critter! Too bad I didn’t guess.


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