Classification of Mammals

Some characteristics that place mammals in the same class is that they are all warm blooded. Unlike other animals, mammals have body hair. They also have three middle bones: The malleus, the incus, and the stapes. Mammals also nourish their young with milk that females produce in their mammary glands.

Mammals live in a large number of different habitats such as oceans, tree tops, burrows and on plains. Many mammals need to find food, shelter, and breeding mates. They have to be able to move fast through their habitats to avoid carnivorous predators. Mammals that live in trees are usually agile creatures that can move from tree to tree quickly and easily such as monkeys. Aquatic mammals have developed flippers instead of legs to enable them to glide and swim through the water in search of prey and to make quick escapes when being preyed upon.

The order of division for mammals are Artiodactyla, Carnivora, Cetacea, Chiroptera, Dermoptera, Edentata, Hyracoidea, Insectivora, Lagomorpha, Marsupialia, Monotremata, Perissodactyla, Pholidata, Pinnipedia, Primates, Proboscidea, Rodentia, Sirenia, Tubulidentata.

I choose the Carnivora Family, The word "Carnivora" comes from the Latin words carō, meaning "flesh," and vorāre, meaning "to devour," meaning "to devour flesh." Carnivores in general get most of their food by killing and eating other animals, including other mammals,birds, insects and fish. However, many are omnivores and get a large part of their nutrition from plant foods. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and a few other members of Carnivora are almost exclusively herbivores. (The panda occasionally eats fish, eggs, and insects.) Carnivores have a characteristic skull shape. Their dentition includes prominent canines and carnassials, while the molars are blade-like and more suited for cutting than grinding. Carnivores, unlike many other mammals, can not move their lower jaws from side to side but can only open and close their mouths.The bodies of most are covered with thick fur. Almost all carnivores have tails, which are used in various ways by different species.

The genus I choose is the Golden Tabby Tiger. This tiger is characterize by its gorgeous fawn colored fur. The fur is thicker and softer than other tigers’ fur, giving it a distinctly luxurious look and feel. Usually, a Golden Tabby Tiger (or a Strawberry Tiger, as it is sometimes known by the public) is simply a different colored version of the Bengal Tiger subspecies. The Golden Tabby Tiger is usually considerably larger than the average Bengal Tiger. When two of these golden tigers are mated with one another, the offspring may be white, since this variety of tiger carries the gene for White Tigers. There are only about 30 or fewer of these animals in the world. However, there are more tigers that carry the gene (although they display no physical characteristics thereof), slightly improving the chance of more being born more that Golden Tabby Tigers are allowed to breed only with one another, the more likely they are to produce more such color variations, although this is not guaranteed.


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