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Common Wildlife (Mammals) Seen in Mississauga

In Mississauga, there is a wide variety of wildlife that exist among us. Many of them have learned how to co-exist with our close presence. Many continue to exist without any interaction from us at all. This list has been created to illustrate some of the species of wildlife that are living in our community. Each has a brief description about the identification of the animal. For further information, please contact a Wildlife Representative at 905-896-5862.

MAMMALS

 

FOX (Vulpes vulpes) 20-30 inches in length. Usually reddish on back and face, white on underparts, bushy tail and white
tipped.
MUSKRAT (Ondatra zibethicus) 9-15 inches in
length. Reddish brown, light gray belly, black tail, scaly and vertically
flattened.
COYOTE  (Canis latrans) 32-40 inches in length.
gray on back with red on flanks; tawny legs, feet and ears; tail held between
legs when running.
WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) 4-6 feet in
length. tail white on underside, raised when alarmed; antlers on
males.

STRIPED SKUNK (Mephitis
mephitis)
15-19 inches in length. white facial
stripe, neck patch and V on back; mottled bushy tail.

BEAVER
(Castor canadensis)
27-38 inches in length. front
teeth prominent, orange; tail large, paddlelike, scaly.
RACCOON (Procyon lotor) 16-26 inches in length.
dark eye mask; bushy, ringed tail.
RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) 7.5-8.5 inches
in length. rusty above, whitish below; smaller than Gray Squirrel; tail less
bushy.
GRAY SQUIRREL
(Sciurus carolinensis)8-11
inches in length. usually gray on back and sides, whitish below (many northern
ones are all black); large, bushy tail.
LITTLE BROWN BAT
(Myotis lucifugus) 3-4.5 inches
in length. low, zig-zagging flight; small size; dark shiny fur.
MEADOW VOLE or Field Mouse
(Microtus pennsylvanicus) 3.5-5
inches in length. back and sides brown to dark brown; gray below.
OPOSSUM (Didelphis
virginiana)
13.5-21 inches in length. nose long,
pointed, pinkish; white face; large leaflike ears; tail long, rounded sparsely
haired; pale gray in colour.
EASTERN CHIPMUNK (Tamias striatus) 5.5-6.5 inches in
length. stripes on head, sides, and back; back stripes extend only to
rump.
WOODCHUCK or Groundhog
(Marmota monax) 14-20 inches in
length. large head; chunky body; short legs; small bushy tail; no special
markings.
SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus
americanus)
15-18.5 inches in length. large hind
feet; dark brown colour.
EASTERN COTTONTAIL (Sylvilagus floridanus) 13.5-16 inches
in length. short-eared, short-tailed rabbit; white tail conspicuous when
running.





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