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Critters of the Week

Critters of the Week

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




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

Adopt Wild Turkey at Richmond RACC

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


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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.