Mystery Critter #7

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Saturday means one thing around here – Mystery Critter! A fun little game I like to play with my beloved readers — a time to put your wildlife knowledge and love of games to to good use, and to encourage you to get outside and see what nature has in store in your neck of the woods.

So, here we go. Put on those thinking caps and see if you can solve this week’s mystery. Good luck — and no cheating!


  • I am the most wide-spread of my kind in North America;
  • I have yellow and red stripes;
  • I range in size from 4 to 9 inches;
  • My preferred habitat is streams, rivers, and lakes; and
  • I nest May-July.

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!

This week’s Mystery Critter is not hard to spot if you go to a body of water, and can even be found in public parks and gardens. If if you don’t spot one, you will no doubt find plenty of wildlife near you. Grab the kids and go for a hike to see what you can see. And let folks know about it! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations.

Until next week, my nature detectives! Don’t forget to make time to unplug and #playoutdoors.

See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

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