Mystery Critter #33

A Pirates Eyes For Me

TGSG Note: My good friend Wendy Gabriel was kind enough to stop by to host this week’s Mystery Critter. Thanks, Wendy! If you haven’t already, read my interview with Wendy, an eco-writer and mom with a lot of great info to share.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain guru

THRILLED to be doing a Mystery Critter at The Grass Stain Guru! OK, let’s get down to business. This week’s Mystery Critter pick is a favorite of my two little girls. I’m really not sure why, but they can’t get enough of this cute, little… oh, have I said too much?!?


  • I am found in foothills and brushy areas.
  • I love to eat insects but will also eat reptiles, arachnids, mollusks, small mammals and vegetation.
  • I am primarily nocturnal but may forage by day in winter.
  • I have a litter of 2–4 young born April–May.
  • I make my den in rocky crevices.

What am I? Make your guess, and then go here for the answer and more interesting facts. Did you get it right?! Would it have helped if I said the critter was a little stinky? Remember — you’ll have another chance next week!

Now get outside and see what Mystery Critters you can find. And don’t forget to let everyone know what you see! Join the Wildobs community and report your wildlife observations. It’s a wonderful way to keep track of your wild adventures and share information.

WendyGuest Blogger Bio: Wendy Gabriel is wife to a recovering stage actor turned radio talk host, mommy to two amazing little girls and a green living writer. She is the owner of My Green , writer for, a columnist for and a weekly on-air contributor to The Christopher Gabriel Program. You can listen to her Wednesdays on AM970 WDAY where she talks about Simple Tips for Green Living. Follow Wendy on Twitter @mygreenside.

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