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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: Pipeline, T-Pot Bridge
Common Name: Northern Watersnake
Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Average Length: 24 – 42 in. (61-106.7 cm)

Quick Facts

  • Often mistaken for the venomous Copperhead. This page helps you tell the difference.
  • It is ovoviviparous (live-bearing), which means it does not lay eggs like many other snakes. Instead, the mother carries the eggs inside her body and gives birth to free living young, each one 19–23 cm (7.5–9.1 in) long.
  •  If picked up by an animal, or person, it will bite repeatedly, as well as release excrement and musk.
  • Its saliva contains a mild anticoagulant, which can cause the bite to bleed more but poses little risk to humans.
  • Active both day and night. During the day, it hunts among plants at the water’s edge, looking for small fish, frogs, worms, leeches, crayfish, salamanders, small birds. At night its focus is on minnows and  other small fish sleeping in shallow water.

Blue Steel at Richmond SPCA

 

Blue Steel is a handsome boy that is looking for just the right home and environment for him.

Age: 5 years, 6 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Brown / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 41643880

Adopt Blue Steel at Richmond SPCA

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My picture above isn’t great so I’m supplementing it with this awesome photo by Cornell Labs that really shows off the coloring on the duck’s head.

Where Spotted: Belle Isle
Common Name:  Bufflehead aka Most Awesome Named Duck Evah
Scientific Name: Bucephala albeola
Length: 13–16 in
Weight: 9.5–19.4 oz
Wingspan: 5 ft 11 – 7 ft 7 in

Quick Facts From Maymont’s Eagle Page

  • The Bufflehead nests almost exclusively in holes excavated by Northern Flickers and, on occasion, by Pileated Woodpeckers.
  • It rivals the green-winged teal as the smallest American duck.
  • Buffleheads are monogamous, and the females return to the same breeding site, year after year.
  • Bufflehead fossils from the late Pleistocene (about 500,000 years ago) have been found in Alaska, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, and Washington.
  • One duck serves as a sentry, watching for predators as the others in the group dive in search of food.

They Call Me Bertha

Meet Big Bertha!

She’s a hefty ham, but that won’t stop her from fitting in your lap! Bertha is just under 70 pounds, HOUSE TRAINED, crate trained, and super silly.

Bertha is a total people person. She is so excited to meet everyone. She loves to show off her zoomies and how high she can jump for treats! Bertha also loves playing fetch – she’s really good at it!

She may be large, but she’s an energetic spunky gal. Bertha is also known for being a super snuggler. She’s the perfect mix of energy and couch potato. She loves being with people so much that she usually sits on or as close to you as possible. Bertha also knows how much we humans love when a dog rolls over and wiggle, so she will often do this to get extra attention.

Bertha is a QUEEN, she does not care for other animals. In the right hands, she can walk past other dogs without an issue. *Her adopter must be in control and confident* She responds well to verbal correction from her human if she’s being a brat towards dogs. She is also treat motivated, which is great ammo to redirect her focus if she is getting worked up.

Bertha would LOVE to move to the suburbs or the country, where she can have her space to relax. She would not appreciate living in the very dog populated Scott’s Addition or Shockoe Bottom.

She can be sassy with her toys and food sometimes – so no children for Bertha. However, she would love older kids!

If you’re looking looking for a well rounded (pun intended) DIVA, ask to meet Bertha. She is currently an office dog because living in kennels was causing her great distress.

Primary Color: Brown Brindle
Secondary Color: White
Weight: 71.2
Age: 6yrs 2mths 1wks
Sex: Female
Pet ID: 83309

Adopt My Name is Bertha at RACC

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Photo by Suzanne Velasco

Photo by Suzanne Velasco

Where Spotted: James River Park
Common Name:  Bald Eagle
Scientific Name:Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Length: 28–40 in
Weight: 6.6 – 13.9 lb
Wingspan: 5 ft 11 – 7 ft 7 in

Quick Facts From Maymont’s Eagle Page

  • Maymont has two bald eagles that are too injured to return to the wild.
  • The average lifespan of a bald eagle in the wild is 28 years, and 48 years in captivity.
  • Bald eagles can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. During level flight, they can achieve speeds of about 30 to 35 mph.
  • Their size increases with latitude; Alaskan birds are noticeably larger.
  • Bald eagle pairs mate for life.
  • Eagles build huge nests called aeries in the tops of trees. These nests may be up to 10 feet across and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.

Hannah at Richmond SPCA

Meet Hannah! This adorable lady is looking for a nice family to call her own. Hannah enjoys going for walks with friends, lounging in big comfy beds, and getting lots of affection. Visit Hannah today to see what an incredible companion she is!
Age: 8 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: S (dog size guide)
ID: 43605776

Adopt Hannah at Richmond SPCA

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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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