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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: Reedy Creek
Common Name:  White-Throated Sparrow
Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis
Body Length: 5.9 to 7.5 in
Wingspan: 9.1 in
Weight: 0.78 to 1.13 oz

Quick Facts

  • White-throated sparrows breed in central Canada and New England.
  • Alongside some other species such as the cardinal, dark-eyed junco, song sparrow and chickadees, this species ranks among the most abundant native birds during winter in eastern North America.
  • Numerous mammalian carnivores prey on the White-Throated Sparrow and at least ten avian predators often hunt them and they are among the most regular prey species for some smaller raptors, i.e. the sharp-shinned hawk and eastern screech-owl.

Not So Slim Shady at RACC

Weight: 14
Age: 3yrs 10mths 3wks
Sex: Male
Pet ID: 83575

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Photo courtesy of Dave Parrish 

Where Spotted: Floodwall
Common Name:  Beaver
Scientific Name: Castor canadensis
Body Length: 2.4 – 3 ft.
Weight: 24 – 71 lbs

Quick Facts

  • They are the second-largest rodent in the world (after the capybara).
  • A beaver can stay under water for as long as 15 minutes.
  • The enamel in a beaver’s incisors contains iron and is more resistant to acid than enamel in the teeth of other mammals.
  • Beavers continue to grow throughout their lives.
  • Beavers also practice alloparental care, in which an older sibling may take over the parenting duties if the original parents die or are otherwise separated from them.

Flash at Richmond SPCA

HEY EVERYONE!!! I’M FLASH!!! Now that my awesome ears caught your attention, let me hit you with some cool facts about me. I LOVE to have FUN. Day or night, count me in on the next ADVENTURE. I’m always ready to show off, especially in my Canine Manners class. Lazy days just aren’t my thing, so if you’re ready to get busy livin’ contact the Richmond SPCA adoption center at 804-521-1307 or visit our humane center to meet me today!

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: White / Tan
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 42624092

 

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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Where Spotted: Maymont Bobcat Enclosure
Common Name:  Bobcat
Scientific Name: Lynx rufus rufus
Body Length:  25 to 30 in length
Weight: 8.8 to 33 lbs

Quick Facts (courtesy of Maymont)

  • The bobcat is the most common wildcat in North America.
  • It gets its name from the stubby, or “bobbed,” tail.
  • Bobcats are mostly solitary animals and both sexes will only come together for mating.
  • The various calls of the bobcat sound much like those of the domestic cat, although its scream is piercing and sounds similar to a human baby.
  • In the wild, bobcats can live 10 to 14 years.

Seto at Richmond SPCA

Age: 3 years,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black
Declawed: No
ID: 44002879

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

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Where Spotted: Caught Below T-Pot Bridge (Thanks to Pete Reusch for the photo)
Common Name:  Smallmouth Bass
Scientific Name: Micropterus dolomieu
Body Length: 12 – 16 in
Weight: 4-6 pounds (mature)

Quick Facts

  • It normally takes three to five years of growth before smallmouth bass are legally harvestable in states that have a minimum recreational size limit of 12 inches.
  • Male smallmouth bass build spawning nests just like their largemouth cousins in the shallow waters of lakes and rivers, on sand, gravel, or rocky bottoms.
  • Nest building occurs within 150 yards of where the male smallmouth bass built his nest the previous year.
  • Because it is intolerant of pollution, the smallmouth bass is a good natural indicator of a healthy environment, though it can better adjust to changes in water condition than most trout species.

Wild Turkey at RACC

Sex: Male
Weight: 61.2
Age: 5yrs 1mths 1wks
Pet ID: 84020
Not Good with kids

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