A few New Mexico mammals

 

As of August 2019, a new section. As images appear, they'll be arranged in alphabetical order by taxon.


Artiodactyla

 

Cervidae: Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)


Carnivora

 

Canidae: Coyote (Canis latrans)

Max Evans is no longer with us—he died in August 2020—but the following October, I found a coyote in his back yard. How appropriate. He was completely unafraid of me, but wasn't the slightest bit threatening either. A few months later I found the same coyote (sometimes called the Ridgecrest Coyote) in the same yard, enjoying a bit of sun. Coyotes have infiltrated much of Albuquerque; my third photo shows one on a mud bank in the middle of the Rio Grande.

 

Procyonidae: Raccoon (Procyon lotor)

In Albuquerque, as in so many other places, raccoons are a pest. Handsome creatures, though. These low-light photos show a raccoon raiding food we set out for birds and ground squirrels.

 

Ursidae: Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

To see my YouTube video of these bears, click here.


Lagomorpha

 

Leporidae: Jackrabbit (Lepus)

Jackrabbit, Lepus, New Mexico
Albuquerque, July 2020

 

Leporidae: Cottontail (Sylvilagus)


Rodentia, Sciuridae

 

Sciuridae: Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis)

According to the Los Alamos Nature Center, "The Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel is similar to a chipmunk with the same overall appearance. However, the ground squirrel lacks the chipmunk’s facial stripes."

 

Sciuridae: Rock Squirrel (Spermophilus variegates)

"Steve" lives in my back yard. Like the rest of his species, he's a ground dweller. Once released in the yard (after being captured by an irate gardener in the neighborhood), he tunneled under the concrete slab next to my kitchen door. The only time I see him is when he darts out to nab the walnut halves and other delicacies I put out for him. I can see why gardeners want to get rid of ground squirrels; one of his first acts was to dig up my favorite flower bed, tossing aside the daffodil bulbs while scarfing down the tulip bulbs.

 

My wife came up with the name and gender, but Steve could be a she. Ground squirrels can climb trees, hence my photo from March 2021.

 

Sciuridae: American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

 

Sciuridae: Colorado or Least Chipmunk (Tamias [or Neotamias] quadrivittatus or minimus

Chipmunk species are not easy to tell apart. I know that these photos are of one of two species, the Colorado chipmunk or the least chipmunk, because those are the only two species documented for the Sandia Mountains.