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Bald Eagle

The bald eagle was officially adopted as the U.S. national emblem on June 20, 1782.

American Beaver

The American Beaver can remain submerged under water for up to 15 minutes before surfacing for air.

Gray Wolf

The wolf is the largest member of the canine family. (Wildlife fact, not comparing to house pets!) On average, wolves stand 26 to 32 inches at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 115 pounds.

Banded Coyotes

Banded Coyotes in North America have been known to travel for up to 400 miles.

American Crocodile

American crocodiles can be distinguished from American alligators by their longer, more "V" shaped snouts vs. the alligators "U" shaped snout. Also by their lower teeth, which are visible even when the crocodile's mouth is closed.

American Bison

The American bison is the heaviest land mammal in North America.


Elk are territorial ungulates. They mark their territories by stripping the barks of seedling trees.

California Condor

The largest flying birds in North America.


Moose can swim in the water at 6 miles per hour for as much as two hours at a time.

Prairie Dog

Prairie dogs are actually short-tailed, short-legged squirrels.

Red Fox

The Red Fox is the only North American candid with a white-tipped tail.

Wildlife Facts Note

Please note that when we are sharing a fact about wildlife, we are never comparing to house pets! We are only referring to animals in the wild.

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Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.