There are 20 different species of armadillo, all of which live solely in Latin America with the exception of the Nine-banded armadillo which has expanded into the USA. The Nine-banded armadillo is the official state small mammal of Texas, nicknamed the ‘hillbilly speed bump’ as they are hit on the roads so often. During the …

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A cat not using its litter box is among the most commonly reported cat behavioral problems. The good news is that in most cases the problem is easy to fix. It is often only necessary to identify and resolve the cause of the problem: additional training or re-training to use the litter box is rarely necessary. Here are …

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Dogs love to play, and it’s a great way for them to explore the world and learn how to socialize with other animals and people. Roughhousing is just part of the fun and in most cases, it’s completely healthy, safe and harmless. However, sometimes it can become dangerous if a pup takes it too far. …

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As any cat owner knows, the life of a kitty can certainly be stressful sometimes. Long days of playtime, eating, and grooming would make anyone tired. (Though we’d gladly accept our cat’s version of “tired” in our human lives any day!) On top of that, these cats occassionally need to take a bath, which any feline …

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Bulldogs are one of the most popular dog breeds in the US—in fact, they’re #4. With a personality that’s calm, courageous, and friendly, it’s not hard to see why people fall head over heels for this breed. From English to French, it might be said that bulldogs are having a moment. Everyone from Lady Gaga and …

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Having a dog or cat in the house releases oxytocin, a hormone associated with lower blood pressure and cholesterol. There’s nothing like that dopey, drooley face when you walk in the door. Most Americans have pets, and you find yourself saying things like, “How’s my little puppy wuppy,” or “You’re my little kitty cuddle.” They seem kinda …

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The cutest thing to take the internet by storm this year is The Snoot Challenge. Everyone knows that their pet’s nose is the cutest — and often the wettest — thing on the planet. It is something worthy of framing. Right now pet noses, particularly dogs, framed by their owners’ fingers are going viral in …

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An eel is a snake-like fish with a slender elongated body and poorly developed fins, proverbial for its slipperiness. There are over 800 different species of eel. The term “eel” originally referred to the European eel, and the name of the genus means “European-eel-shaped.” Eels can live for 70 years or more – depending on the specie though most species of eel don’t live for more than 30 …

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Tortoises have one of the longest lifespans of any animal, with the average ranging anywhere from 50 to 100 years. Even tortoises kept as pets can live for about 30 – 40 years and decades longer with proper care. All of the tortoises on this list were at least 100 years old, but most of them …

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Why do cats hate baths so much? No one knows the exact reason why so many cats hate baths, according to veterinarian Mary Fuller, DVM. In an article for Vet Street, Dr. Fuller writes: “Some behaviorists think it’s because the domesticated cat’s early ancestors lived in dry regions of Africa, where they had relatively little exposure …

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