Mystery Critter #20

Seth uses my binoculars to look across the river as we hike

Wow! I can’t believe we are on episode #20 of Mystery Critter! Way to go, wildlife detectives! Over these past 20 weeks, I hope you have had fun, learned a lot, and been inspired to go see what wildlife is waiting to be discovered in your neck of the woods.

So, let’s get to it. Put on those  thinking caps and let’s play! And remember — no cheating! ;-)


  • I have a widespread habitat — from forests and open woods, to farmlands;
  • I have two or three litters per year;
  • Despite my name, I can be found throughout much of the US and parts of British Colombia;
  • I am solitary; and
  • I am both arboreal and terrestrial.

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!

If you got it right, let me know on Twitter @balmeras, but don’t give away the answer, please. We don’t want to ruin the fun for others!

You have most likely seen this Mystery Critter before. You may even think they are a bit ugly, but of course, I think they are quite cute. They are actually fascinating creatures.  As always, it’s not about what you see, but simply making the time to get outside and connect with nature, and taking the opportunity to really notice the wildlife near you. Let Mother Nature show you a thing or two this weekend!

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

Creative Commons License photo credit: dionhinchcliffe

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