Nepal

Nepal

The home of Mount Everest and possessing a total of eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, Nepal enjoys one of the fastest growing economies worldwide. If Mount Everest wasn’t enough to put Nepal on the map, this country is also the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. He was born in Lumbini in southern Nepal. A land rich in folklore with strong ties to Tibet, this independent country was once a buffer state between Imperial China and British India. 

Videos of Nepal: Here is a beautiful 3-minute video of Nepal. Here’s another gorgeous 4-minute video all about Nepal.

FunFacts about Nepal: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It borders China in the north and India in the south, east and west while Bangladesh is located within only 27 km (17 mi) of its southeastern tip and Bhutan is separated from it by the Indian state of Sikkim. (Source)
  • Nepal has a population of 26.4 million people.
  • Eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains are in Nepal including Mount Everest, which is the highest point on Earth.
  • Nepal has a diverse geography, including fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and of course extraordinary Himilayan mountains.
  • The capital and largest city of Nepal is Kathmandu.
  • Nepali is the official language of Nepal.
  • In the first millennium BCE, Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbini in southern Nepal.
  • Parts of northern Nepal have strong cultural associations with Tibet.
  • The Kathmandu Valley was part of the ancient Silk Road.
  • Historically, Nepal had ties with Britain but was never colonized. Nepal served as a buffer state between Imperial China and British India.
  • Nepal became a member of the United Nations in 1955.
  • Humans have lived in the Kathmandu Valley for 11,000 years.
  • Nepal has an extreme diversity of geography with the plains at sea level all the way to the Himilayas. This makes Nepal a biodiversity hotspot.
  • Nepal has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Major industries include agriculture, textiles, cement and tourism. More than a million people in Nepal are employed in the tourism industry.
  • 81% of the population follows Hinduism.
  • Folklore is an important part of Nepalese life.
  • The rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower.

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Macaque Monkeys

Macaque Monkeys

With 23 established species of macaque monkeys, this group of primates has considerable variety. The tails come in all lengths from long to medium to short and finally no tail at all. The range of macaque monkeys is quite broad including Asia, North Africa and southern Europe. Each troop has a strict, hierarchical structure, giving a lot of power to those at the top. Bullying occurs, taking food away from those in lesser positions and even infant-stealing. Highly intelligent, macaque monkeys are often used in scientific experiments. They are not recommended as pets since these monkeys can carry diseases fatal to humans.

Videos of Macaque Monkeys: Here’s a 2.5-minute BBC video showing a youngster learning troup hierarchy. Here’s a 3.5-minute video of baby macaque monkeys at play.

FunFacts about Macaque Monkeys: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The macaques constitute a genus (Macaca) of gregarious Old World monkeys of the subfamily Cercopithecinae. The 23 species of macaques inhabit ranges throughout Asia, North Africa, and (in one instance) Gibraltar. Macaques are principally frugivorous, although their diet also includes seeds, leaves, flowers, and tree bark. Some species, such as the crab-eating macaque, subsist on a diet of invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. (Source)
  • The southern pig-tailed macaques in Malaysia eat about 70 large rats each per year.
  • All macaque social groups are matriarchal, arranged around dominant females.
  • Macaque monkeys are highly adaptable. Some have learned to live with humans.
  • Macaques on the island of Mauritius and in the Silver Springs State Park in Florida are actually considered invasive.
  • Some macaques can carry diseases fatal to humans.
  • Macaques are the most wide-spread primate genus and can be found in Southern Europe, Africa, India and much of Asia.
  • A colony of barbary macaques lives on the Rock of Gibraltar in Southern Europe.
  • The tail length varies with macaques from long to absent and a variety in-between.
  • Size of macaques, quote: Males from all species can range from 41 to 70 cm (16 to 28 inches) in head and body length, and in weight from 5.5 to 18 kg (12.13 to 39.7 lb).Females can range from a weight of 2.4 to 13 kg (5.3 to 28.7 lb). (Source)
  • Though able to swim, macaques spend most of their time on the ground and in trees.
  • Macaques have large pouches in their cheeks which they use to carry food.
  • Macaques are highly intelligent and adults tend to be bad tempered.
  • Macaques are unsuitable as pets, quote: Nearly all (73–100%) pet and captive rhesus macaques are carriers of the herpes B virus. This virus is harmless to macaques, but infections of humans, while rare, are potentially fatal, a risk that makes macaques unsuitable as pets. (Source)

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Ural Mountains of Russia

Ural Mountains of Russia

Dividing Russia into its European and Asian parts, the Ural Mountains are the backbone of the country. Full of valuable ores, coal, gold and precious gems, the Ural Mountains have long played an important part in Russia’s economy. The home of the ancient Bashkirs people, of Turkic origin, the Ural Mountains are comprised of pristine rivers and rugged, boreal forests.

View on taiga from Poliud mountain. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

Ural Mountains of Russia Videos: Here is a beautiful 1.5-minute video featuring an overview of these rugged, forested mountains. Here is an equally beautiful 3-minute video featuring similar footage.

FunFacts about the Ural Mountains of Russia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Ural Mountains, or simply the Urals, are a mountain range that runs approximately from north to south through western Russia, from the coast of the Arctic Ocean to the Ural River and northwestern Kazakhstan. The mountain range forms part of the conventional boundary between the continents of Europe and Asia. (Source)
  • The Ural Mountains continue into the Arctic Ocean as part of Vaygach Island and the islands of Novaya Zemlya. They extend about 2,500 km (1,600 mi) from the Kara Sea to the Kazakh Steppe.
  • View of the Vishera river from the Vetlan cliff. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

    Since the 18th century, the Ural Mountains have contributed to Russia’s economy. The mountains are rich in minerals, coal deposits and precious stones.

  • One legend of the naming of the Ural Mountains, quote: From the 13th century, in Bashkortostan there has been a legend about a hero named Ural. He sacrificed his life for the sake of his people and they poured a stone pile over his grave, which later turned into the Ural Mountains. (Source)
  • The ancient Bashkirs were known to reside on the western slopes of the Ural Mountains as early as the 7th century AD and today live on the eastern side of the Urals as well. Bashkirs now also reside in Kazakhstan and other countries.
  • Since the 10th century AD, Mideastern geographers knew of the Ural Mountains. Russian documents mention the Urals around the 11th century. But the mountains didn’t become firmly established in Western geography until the middle of the 1500’s.
  • During the 17th century, the first deposits of iron, copper, mica, gemstones and other minerals were discovered in the Urals. Iron and copper smelting works proliferated. In 1745, gold was discovered and has been mined ever since.
  • In 1878, the first railway crossed the Urals.
  • The railway completed in 1890 that linked Ufa and Chelyabinsk became part of the Trans-Siberian Railway in 1896.
  • The highest peak of the Urals is Mount Narodnaya (elevation 1,895 m or 6,217 ft).
  • The Urals are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
  • The Ural forests are inhabited by animals typical of Siberia, such as elk, brown bear, fox, wolf, wolverine, lynx, squirrel, and sable.
  • The Ural forest composition, quote: The western areas are dominated by dark coniferous taiga forests. The eastern mountain slopes have light coniferous taiga forests. The Northern Urals are dominated by conifers, namely Siberian fir, Siberian pine, Scots pine, Siberian spruce, Norway spruce and Siberian larch, as well as by silver and downy birches. The forests are much sparser in the Polar Urals. The forests of the Southern Urals are the most diverse in composition: here, together with coniferous forests are also abundant broadleaf tree species such as English oak, Norway maple and elm. (Source)
  • Virgin Komi Forests in the northern Urals are recognized as a World Heritage site.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Bashkortostan, Russia. The White river in the southern Ural mountains at sunset. Deposit Photos

View of the Vishera river from the Vetlan cliff. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

View of taiga in the Kvarkush plateau. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

View on taiga from Poliud mountain. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

Subpolar Ural mountains, view from mountain Narodnaya. Deposit Photos

Bashkortostan, Russia. The White river in the southern Ural mountains at sunrise. Deposit Photos

Mountain pines grow on slopes of mountains. Deposit Photos

View on taiga from Poliud mountain. Perm Krai. Russia. Deposit Photos

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Ural Owl

Ural Owl

A beautiful, large owl with as much as a five-foot wingspan, the Ural owl is named for the Ural Mountains of Russia in which it lives. The Ural owl can also be found as far west as Scandinavia and as far east as Japan. Though not considered endangered, biologists and conservationists have worked to protect this species. The introduction of special nesting boxes has helped the process. The Ural owl is now rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.

Ural Owl Videos: Here is a beautiful 2.5-minute video of a Ural owl in the wild. Here’s a fun 2-minute video of a pet Ural owl in which the owner is trying to retrieve the hamster from its clutches. No conclusion is shown, but the owl sure reminds me of my cat and how my kitty likes to have his forehead scratched. See what you think.

FunFacts about the Ural Owl: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Ural owl (Strix uralensis) is a fairly large nocturnal owl. It is a member of the true owl family, Strigidae. The Ural owl is a member of the genus Strix, that is also the origin of the family’s name under Linnaean taxonomy. Both its common name and scientific name refer to the Ural Mountains of Russia where the type specimen was collected. However, this species has an extremely broad distribution that extends as far west as much of Scandinavia, montane eastern Europe, and, sporadically, central Europe across Eurasia broadly through Russia to as far east as Sakhalin and throughout Japan. (Source)
  • The Ural owl may have as many as 15 subspecies.
  • Though the Ural owl can survive on a variety of foods, it prefers small mammals, especially rodents like voles.
  • Ural owls nest in tree stumps and tree cavities but also have taken to special nest boxes provided by biologists and conservationists. The nest boxes have bolstered Ural owl populations and the species is rated ‘of least concern’ in terms of extinction issues.
  • The Ural owl has an unusually long tail, for an owl, that bears a wedge-shaped tip.
  • The Ural owl has pale-gray to white feathers overall with a slightly darker gray-brown back and mantle with contrasting whitish markings.
  • The Ural owl is a large owl and ranges in total length from 50 to 62 cm (20 to 24 in). The wingspan can reach up to five feet.
  • Ural owls pair for life and maintain a territory.
  • A clutch is usually 3-4 eggs.
  • Ural owls prefer the forest and stick to their home range.

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February Winners:  Donna W., Teresa, Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Half the population of Luxembourg is made up of foreigners from 170 different countries. An important founder of the European Union and one of the smallest countries in Europe, Luxembourg was motivated to combine interests with other nations. Two world wars saw Luxembourg invaded by Germany. The sharing of economic interests helps protect the boundaries of nations. With over a hundred castles in Luxembourg, many of them like fairytales, this beautiful country is a favorite of tourists. 

Videos of Luxembourg: Here is a beautiful 3-minute video featuring an overview of Luxembourg. Here’s an interesting 3.5-minute video overviewing what it’s like to live and work in Luxembourg. Here’s a lovely 3-minute video featuring the charming historic district of Luxembourg City.

FunFacts about Luxembourg: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Luxembourg, officially the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, is a landlocked country in western Europe. It is bordered by Belgium to the west and north, Germany to the east, and France to the south. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the four official capitals of the European Union (together with Brussels, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg) and the seat of the European Court of Justice, the highest judicial authority in the EU. (Source)
  • Luxembourg is one of the smallest countries in Europe.
  • Luxembourg is a blend of both German and French cultures.
  • The official languages of Luxembourg are German, French and Luxembourgish.
  • Repeated invasions by Germany in WWII led to Luxembourg’s support of the European Union.
  • Luxembourg is a small country experiencing significant population growth. Nearly half the population are foreigners. The current population of Luxembourg is 613,000.
  • Luxembourg is a democracy with a constitutional monarch, Grand Duke Henri. Luxembourg is the world’s only remaining sovereign grand duchy.
  • In 1994, the City of Luxembourg with its old quarters and fortifications was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Luxembourg is a founding member of the European Union, the United Nations, and NATO
  • Luxembourg’s recorded history begins in 963 when Siegfried, Count of Ardennes acquired Luxembourg Castle through an exchange act with  Maximin’s Abbey, Trier.
  • The Grand Duchy was formed after the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, at the Congress of Vienna
  • The people of Luxembourg are called Luxembourgers.
  • There may be as many as 130 castles in Luxembourg, though a good number are more like beautiful manor houses. To see the top 50 castles, go here.

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

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Badgers

Badgers

Fearless. That’s the word to describe badgers. They will stand up to bears and wolves, to coyotes, hyenas and jackals. The honey badger, native to Africa, India and southwest Asia, will defend itself valiantly against a pride of lions. Nature has given the badger a host of self-defense attributes like powerful jaws. A badger will eat the bones of its prey. Badgers are amazingly immune to venom. A badger’s skin is so loose, rubbery and strong that most predators ignore this animal as a food source.

Videos of Badgers: This 3-minute video features an encounter with an American badger. Here’s 1.5-minute video of a badger facing off with a leopard.

FunFacts about Badgers: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the families Mustelidae (which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, and ferrets), and Mephitidae (which also includes the skunks). The European badger is one of the largest; the American badger, the hog badger, and the honey badger are generally a little smaller and lighter. Stink badgers are smaller still, and ferret badgers smallest of all. They weigh around 9–11 kg (20–24 lb), while some Eurasian badgers weigh around 18 kg (40 lb). (Source)
  • Badgers and skunks are loosely related.
  • The Asiatic stink badger is genetically closer to skunks.
  • There are several species of badgers which include the European badger, the ferret-badger, the honey badger and the American badger.
  • All badgers have squat bodies.
  • The long face gives the jaw biting strength.
  • A badger’s short legs help with digging.
  • Badgers have small ears.
  • Names for badger family members and colonies, quote: A male European badger is a boar, a female is a sow, and a young badger is a cub. In North America the young are usually called kits, while the terms male and female are generally used for adults. A collective name suggested for a group of colonial badgers is a cete, but badger colonies are more often called clans. A badger’s home is called a sett. (Source)
  • Location of badgers throughout the world, quote: Badgers are found in much of North America, Ireland, Great Britain and most of the rest of Europe as far north as southern Scandinavia. They live as far east as Japan and China. The Javan ferret-badger lives in Indonesia, and the Bornean ferret-badger lives in Malaysia. The honey badger is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Desert, southern Levant, Turkmenistan, and India. (Source)
  • All badgers live underground.
  • Some badgers are solitary while others live in clans.
  • Badgers are omnivores and have a varied diet, from worms and insects, to bird eggs, to roots and fruit, to small mammals.
  • In Britain, the badger is the main predator of the hedgehog.
  • American badgers find most of their food underground and can dig after rodents with great speed.
  • Badgers can become intoxicated with alcohol after eating rotting fruit.
  • The Dachshund (German for “badger hound”) was bred to hunt badgers.
  • Badger pelts were used for centuries for making shaving brushes.
  • Badgers can be tamed and kept as pets.

 

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We have a winner! Congrats Donna W.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

February Winners:  Teresa, Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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February Winners:  Teresa, Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020! On Thursday, February 20th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Kansas

Kansas

Situated in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas has given us many notable and famous people like musician Melissa Etheridge, aviator Amelia Earhart, actors Kirstie Alley, Annette Bening, Hattie McDaniel and Buster Keaton as well as President Dwight Eisenhower and activist Erin Brockovich.  Kansas was a place where the buffalo roamed so it’s no surprise that the American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan. Numerous Native American tribes lived and thrived in Kansas for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. In Cold Blood was a story of Kansas as well. 

Kansas Videos: Here’s a 5-minute video featuring 10 Best Travel Destinations in Kansas. Here’s a lovely 2-minute video featuring all kinds of things to see and do in Kansas.

FunFacts about Kansas: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Kansas is a U.S. state in the Midwestern United States. Its capital is Topeka and its largest city is Wichita, with its most populated county and largest employment center being Johnson County. Kansas is bordered by Nebraska on the north; Missouri on the east; Oklahoma on the south; and Colorado on the west. Kansas is named after the Kansas River, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native Americans who lived along its banks. (Source)
  • For thousands of years, the region in which Kansas exists was home to a number of Native American tribes. Some of the tribes were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Others lived in villages along the river.
  • The unofficial nickname of Kansas is ‘The Free State’. In the years prior to the Civil War, Kansas was a hotbed of violence as pro and anti-slavery factions battled for political control of the state. When the war began, Kansas entered as a free state.
  • Historically, Kansas was first settled by Americans in 1827 with the establishment of Fort Leavenworth.
  • The first European to set foot in this region was the Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, who explored the area in 1541.
  • In 1803, most of modern-day Kansas was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Kansas has a population of 2.7 million people.
  • Mount Sunflower is Kansas’s highest point at 4,039 feet (1,231 meters).
  • Kansas is a major agricultural state and produces wheat, sorghum, corn and soybeans.
  • Kansas has hills and forests in the east but the great central plain dominates the western two-thirds of the state.
  • Kansas has many important rivers including the Missouri, the Kansas, the Arkansas, the Saline, and the Big Blue.
  • The city of Abilene was formerly a trailhead for the Chisholm Trail and was the boyhood home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • In southwest Kansas, Dodge City, known for the cattle drive days of the late 19th century, was built along the old Santa Fe Trail.
  • The American classic, Home on the Range, was written by a Kansan, Brewster Higley, and is the official state song.
  • Kansas is the setting for the 1965 best-seller In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
  • Two well-known tales about Kansas are The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Little House on the Prairie.

   * * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020! On Thursday, February 13th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

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To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Kansas. Have you ever visited this U.S. State? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!

Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs

Sweetly affectionate by human standards, prairie dogs of the same family group interact through ‘kissing’, that is oral contact, and through grooming. These rodents are native to the grasslands of the Midwest and give a warning cry like a dog’s bark, hence the name. Relatives of the ground squirrel, they are in no way related to canines as a species. Prairie dogs live in large communities called ‘towns’ that can cover hundreds of acres and are highly social as a species. 

Prairie Dogs Videos: This 3-minute video features prairie dogs in the Sonoran Desert. Here’s an awesome 4-minute video showing how prairie dogs deal with a venomous snake.

FunFacts about Prairie Dogs: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Prairie dogs (genus Cynomys) are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. The five species are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel, found in North America. In Mexico, prairie dogs are found primarily in the northern states, which lie at the southern end of the Great Plains: northeastern Sonora, north and northeastern Chihuahua, northern Coahuila, northern Nuevo León, and northern Tamaulipas. In the United States, they range primarily to the west of the Mississippi River, though they have also been introduced in a few eastern locales. They are also found in the Canadian Prairies. (Source)
  • Prairie dogs are not actually canines.
  • Prairie dogs have a warning call that sounds like a dog’s bark.
  • The name, prairie dogs, has been in use since 1774.
  • The 1804 journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition note that in September 1804, they “discovered a Village of an animal the French Call the Prairie Dog”. (Source)
  • Prairie dogs are usually between 12 and 16 inches long.
  • Prairie dogs have short tails.
  • Prairie dogs primarily eat grasses and seeds but will also eat insects.
  • White-tailed prairie dogs are known to kill competing squirrels.
  • Prairie dogs burrow. A burrow can have up to 6 entrances. The entrances can be flat or have a crater, either domed or rimmed. The latter two types serve as both lookout platforms and to protect against flooding. Burrows have many chambers. Nursery chambers can be as many as two to three meters below the surface.
  • Prairie dogs are very social. They live in large colonies also known as ‘towns’. These towns can span hundreds of acres.
  • The family group is the main social unit. Members of a family group interact through oral contact, ‘kissing’, or through grooming. These family group behaviors do not extend into the ‘town’.
  • Ecologists consider prairie dogs to be a keystone species. Large grazing animals, like bison and mule deer, prefer to be in regions where prairie dogs are active.


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For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet ~ ~ or a $15 Amazon gift card, winner’s choice! ~ ~ just scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!! 

Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

(Unless otherwise designated, today’s photos are from Pixabay ~ Pixabay is a free site, so feel free to share, pin and enjoy these wonderful photos. Any photo designated as coming from Deposit Photos has been purchased and is subject to copyright law.)

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SAPPHIRE FLAME Buy Links! 

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~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~   ~ ~ ~

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* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Teresa!!!

First February Winner! Congrats Jackie B.!!!

January Winners: Sarah J., Merrie W., B.N., Connie F., Jeanette P.!!!

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, OR a $15 Amazon Gift Card, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on both Caris Roane blogs ~~ Monday and Wednesday ~~ to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed, otherwise no limits!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Wednesday, February 12, 2020! On Thursday, February 13th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

* * * This Week’s Giveaway is Closed * * *

We have a winner! Congrats Teresa!!!

To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about prairie dogs. Have you ever seen these cute critters in the wild? Which photo did you like best?

*** And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.) ***

Above all: Live the fang!!!