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Coyote
(Canis latrans)
walrus
Description
Coyotes are significantly smaller than gray wolves and much larger than foxes. Coyotes are distinguished from domesticated dogs by their pointed, erect ears and drooping tail. The eyes have a yellow iris and round pupil. The nose is black and usually less than one inch in diameter. Upperparts are variable in color, but typically brownish, often with reddish highlights on legs. Belly and throat are pale.
Dimensions
They typically grow from 30 to 34 inches in length, adding a tail of 12 to 16 inches. Coyotes stand about 23 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 15 to 46 lb.
Diet
They eat primarily small mammals, such as eastern cottontail rabbits, thirteen-lined ground squirrels, and white-footed mice. They occasionally eat birds, snakes, large insects and other large invertebrates.
Habitat & Range
Their habitats include forests, grasslands, deserts, and swamps. They can be found in New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Florida, Texas, California, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada and Alaska.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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