Friday, May 19, 2006

Coyotes


Adult coyotes vary in color from light yellow or yellowish-gray to brownish-yellow. Their fur might have black in it. The coyote has large, pointed ears and a bushy tail. Female coyotes first mate when they are about 2 years old. They have a pregnancy period of 60 to 63 days. In spring, the female usually gives birth to 5 or 6 babies.

Coyotes eat rabbits and rodents, such as gophers, mice, prairie dogs, rats, and squirrels. Coyotes also eat antelope, goats, sheep and other animals. The coyote eats various insects and reptiles as well. During the winter, many of the coyotes in the North Cascades eat the remains of large dead animals like cattle deer and elk.

More about the pups, a newborn pup weighs from 7 to 10 ounces. It is born blind, but its eyes open within 2 weeks. The mother provides milk for her young until they are 6 or 7 weeks old. By that time, the pups have started to eat prey and other food supplied by their parents. Most coyote pups can care for themselves by late summer, when they leave their parents.

By Amanda

4 Comments:

At 10:54 AM, Blogger maddie said...

Amanda Nice Picture.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

nice writing amanda

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

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At 5:11 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Hey Amanda, um they are nocturnal... and that's a cool picture

 

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