Wolverine

Spencer Myka, Period 8, 5/16/16

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Habitat

Wolverines are found in mountainous forests, rocky areas and grasslands.(Morris 56) They also like tundras, but only in the summer. In the winter they like snow covered areas. Specific countries or continents that wolverines live in are Russia, about half of Europe and all of Canada.

Movement

Wolverines walk on their four legs. Wolverines can go at a normal pace or if they want to or if they're hunting, they can go fast. Wolverines are good at sticking to things like logs or trees because of their sharp claws. (Francis)
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Body Covering

Wolverines are vertebrates. Wolverines have thick brown and black fur on their bodies and have yellow stripes on their backs and have lighter colored fur that run along their sides to the top of their tails. (Adams 102) Their heads have white fur above and to the sides of their eyes and also have white on the underneath of their heads. The rest of their fur is black or brown.
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Diet

Wolverines are omnivores. Wolverines eat rodents, large mammals, fruit, berries and bird eggs (Morris 57). Wolverines drink water. In the summer they eat small and medium sized animals, birds and plants. In the winter they eat reindeer and caribou. Wolverines have very big appetites so they never let anything go to waste. When they manage to catch an animal they eat it, bones and all.

Reproduction

Wolverines give birth in winter in their dens because it provides security. They usually mate in late spring to late summer. Newborn wolverines are called kits and are born as white as snow. Wolverines typically give birth to 1-5 kits in their lifetimes. (Adams 102)
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Adaptations

Wolverines are predators so they have to have a way to hunt, which is where their claws come in handy. Wolverines have special sharp claws for hunting their prey. Wolverines also have very broad paws so that when they're walking on snowm they don't sink in (Morris 57). Wolverines cannot adapt to climate change.
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Other Information

  • Their scientific name is Gulo Gulo.
  • Wolverines are going extinct.
  • They live 10-12 years.
  • They are called "skunk bear" by the Blackfeet Indians.
  • They're part of the weasel family. (Morris 57)
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Work Cited

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