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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Buttermilk Trail
Common Name: Eastern American Toad
Scientific Name: Anaxyrus americanus americanus
Length: 2 – 3.5 in. (5.1 – 9 cm)

Quick Facts – (Wikipedia)

  • This is the earliest toad species to breed in this area.
  • When cold weather comes, these toads dig backwards and bury themselves in the dirt of their summer homes, or they may choose another site in which to hibernate.
  • Some of these toads have been known to live over 30 years and currently a female specimen (over 13 centimeters long) is living healthily into her late 30s.
  • Adult toads are mostly nocturnal, although juveniles are often abroad by day.
  • Their diet includes crickets, mealworms, earthworms, ants, spiders, slugs, centipedes, moths, and other small invertebrates.

Biscuit at Richmond SPCA

Biscuit is a big, friendly boy looking for a nice family to adopt him. Biscuit enjoys being the center of attention, getting lots of affection, and taking long walks with friends on nice days. Visit Biscuit today to see what a great companion he is.

Age: 6 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Brown / White
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 41991623

Adopt Biscuit at the Richmond SPCA

Learn more about Richmond SPCA’s adoption process.

Please note that the adoptable critter we’ve selected was available when we created the post the animal might not be available when you go to the facility.

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Critter of the Week

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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Double-crested Cormorant aka Mr. Submariner
Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus
Average Length: 28–35 in
Average Wingspan: 45–48 in
Average Weight: 2.6–5.5 lb

Quick Facts

  • When swimming, the bird sits low in the water with its neck and head showing; from there it plunges into the deep to catch fish at depths of up to 25 feet.
  • It can stay submerged for over a minute.
  • After diving, it spends long periods standing with its wings outstretched to allow them to dry, since they are not fully waterproofed.
  • When their eggs hatch after about a month, the adult cormorants will shade the chicks from the sun using their wings.

Rose at Richmond SPCA

Rose is an adorable girl that is looking for just the right home and environment for her. If you’re interested in learning more about Rose please contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 or visit our humane center to meet with an adoption counselor and Rose.

Age: 4 years, 8 months
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / White
Declawed: No
ID: 31457867

Adopt Rose at Richmond SPCA

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Juvenile Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Mature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Photo from AllAboutBirds.org

Where Spotted: Wetlands
Common Name:  Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker aka Mr. Ye Olde Tyme Cartoon Insult
Scientific Name: Sphyrapicus varius
Average Length: 8-9 in
Average Wingspan: 16-18 in
Average Weight:1.5-1.7 ounces

Quick Facts

  • Yellow-bellied sapsuckers will drum on metal surfaces such as signs, gutters, or vents to increase the resonance and more broadly proclaim their territory.
  • Arthropods, tree sap, fruits, and nuts compose the majority of the yellow-bellied sapsucker’s diet.
  • Before feeding consistently on a tree, this sapsucker lays down exploratory bands near a live branch. These bands are laid down in horizontal rows.
  • This bird is monogamous, and nests in pairs,[with both sexes working to make the nest. Excavation of the cavity is done mostly by the male.

Goggles at RACC

Goggles is looking for a special someone to help him learn manners and be a well-behaved boy. He was once a yard dog. His previous owners didn’t teach him anything so he needs to start with a basic manners training class so that he can be the best version of himself possible. He can be very affectionate with his caretakers, especially after he gets some of his energy out running around in our play yard with his favorite toys. The staff here have been working with him on leash manners (he walks better on a harness), getting him to be more polite with toys, dog socialization, and verbal commands like “sit” and “down”. He has a lot of potential, and we love his goofy face. If you are looking for a rewarding challenge, ask to meet with Goggles!

Primary Color: Blue Brindle
Weight: 55
Age: 1yrs 7mths 1wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83313

Adopt Goggles at RACC

Learn more about their Adoption Process or how to Foster A Pet.

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Floodwall
Common Name:  Great Black-backed Gull aka Mr. You Gonna Eat That
Scientific Name: Larus marinus
Average Length: 25–31 in
Average Wingspan: 4 ft 11 in–5 ft 7 in
Average Weight: 1.7–5.1 lb

Quick Facts

  • The Great Black-backed Gull is one of many bird species whose feathers were used for fashionable clothing in the 1800s.
  • This is the largest gull in the world.
  • They will investigate any small organism they encounter and will readily eat almost anything that they can swallow.
  • Unlike most other Larus gulls, they are highly predatory and frequently hunt and kill any prey smaller than themselves.
  • The breeding pair are devoted parents who both take shifts brooding the young, defending the nest and gathering food.

Have a picture of a wild critter? Send it to richard@rvahub.com and it might end up as a Critter of the Week.

Comet at Richmond SPCA

Age: 5 years, 1 month
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 43349579

Adopt Comet at Richmond SPCA

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