The scientific name for the skunk is Mephitis mephitis. “Mephitis” in Latin refers to a very foul odor. (As you can see, whoever gave the skunk its name felt strongly enough about the way skunks smell to say it twice!)
From their scaly hide to their vertical pupils to their big humorless grins, it’s not hard to believe that these reptiles are very closely related to dinosaurs. They haven’t changed much at all for over seven million years.
Sandhill cranes can fill the sky in flocks of up to 10,000 as they migrate south for the winter, bodies printing against the sun with their long legs trailing out behind—graceful, elegant and…delicious? Yes!