Red Panda

Regan Holmer Period 3 5/16/16

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Habitat

A red panda can be found in ancient forests. These ancient forests are usually in the Himalayas in northern India, Sikkim, Bhutan, southeastern Tibet, Nepal, northern Myanmar and Southwest China. (Red Panda). Red Panda's usually spend their lives in trees. This animal lines their den with sticks and leaves for protection from predators (Red Pandas).

Movement

Red pandas get around by either slowly walking on the ground or quickly climbing in the trees. When they are climbing they use their tails for balance as they weave through bamboo forests. At sunrise and sundown they are usually moving around and for the rest of the day they are usually in trees (Sydenham). The sixth finger they have is used to grasp the branches as they quietly get through the trees (Red Panda).
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Body Covering

These fluffy animals are covered in red, white and black fur. They have black fur on their arms and tails to hide from predators like the snow leopard. The white fur is all over their face and ears. The red panda is a vertebrate (Red Panda). It's tail can be as long as 12-20 inches long with tan and black stripes. The length of the red pandas is usually 20-24 inches long with a height at it's shoulders of 10-12 inches tall (Red Panda, 30). They have sharp claws that they use for grip as they climb. (Red Panda).
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Diet

A red panda is a carnivorous animal that eats bamboo, but it also eats fruits, grass, acorns, birds eggs, chicks, and other small animals. They find their food by exploring the trees throughout their day. Almost 99% of their diet is bamboo! When red pandas need water they dip their paws into the water for a drink. Their wrist bone works like a "false thumb" to grasp things like bamboo shoots (Red Pandas). A red pandas mouth has flat teeth and a strong jaw for eating bamboo. They eat as much bamboo as they can get at the moment and as much water as they need. The red pandas diet does not change as they grow up and develop, is remains as bamboo shoots, water, and many other flowers and animals/insects (Red Pandas).

Reproduction

Red pandas produce sexually and they use internal fertilization. They usually breed in between the months of January to April. A female red panda normally has 1-5 cubs. After they develop inside the female, they are born and they are born blind. They don't fully open their eyes until they are a month old. Then the mother will build a den in a tree-hole and they will live in that until they are able to manage wandering around in trees on their own. As they start to get older their variety of foods will expand slightly, but they will still mainly eat bamboo shoots just as they did when they were cubs (Red Panda). These animals have a very long gestation period of 135 days and they have a small weight of 11 pounds at birth. Red pandas don't really have a metamorphosis, they are fully grown usually after one year and the only thing that change greatly after their slow growing period is the color of their fur and the size of them. (Red Pandas).
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Adaptations

Red pandas behave like dogs. They are very protective of their territory when another animal tries to claim it. These animals usually live alone unless they are a mother with cubs, then that would be the only time they live with another animal. They are like cats when they clean themselves, they lick their paws and then clean. Red pandas are also very silent besides a few calls like whistles to other red pandas (Red Panda). They are normally active and dawn and dusk and they chill in the trees throughout the rest of the day. These adorable animals only like the cold and can't handle heated temperatures. When it is extremely cold they curl up in a small ball. Predators of the red panda are mainly the snow leopard and jackals (Red Panda Facts).

Other Info

  • easier to keep captive than giant pandas
  • can't handle heat and humidity
  • very bearlike
  • very raccoon-like
  • also called the lesser panda

(Red Panda, 30)

  • giant panda is closest cousin
  • not a bear
  • skunks are closely related
  • they are endangered
  • catlike face

(Red Panda)

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