Mammals In Lewes & Rehoboth, Southern Delaware | Delawonder

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Mammals

Mammals you could see on the trail

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

This common species is easily recognized by the white fur on the underside of its tail, which it flashes to signal to predators that it is aware of their presence. This behavior saves the deer from expending too much energy fleeing, since most predators will recognize that pursuing an alerted deer is a futile endeavor.

Southern Flying Squirrel

Southern Flying Squirrel

Glaucomys volans

This species is seldom seen, though it is fairly common throughout Delaware. The flying squirrel is nocturnal, nesting and spending its daylight hours in tree cavities. Because of its secretive and nocturnal nature, many residents are unaware that this creature inhabits our state.

Red Fox

Red Fox

Vulpes vulpes

The red fox is a common small predator found throughout Delaware. It typically feeds on small rodents, rabbits, birds, and reptiles but also enjoys various fruits, tubers, and grasses.

Raccoon

Raccoon

Procyon lotor

The raccoon is a large omnivorous, nocturnal mammal. It often finds its way into residential neighborhoods and commonly scavenges from trash cans.

North American River Otter

North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis

This creature is found in fresh and brackish waters throughout Delaware. It is so fast, secretive, and elusive that many residents are unaware that it inhabits the state.

Gray Fox

Gray Fox

Urocyon cinereoargenteus

The gray fox is less common and less frequently seen in Delaware than the well-known red fox. It is the only canid species in America capable of climbing trees.

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