Skull 1

Skulls: Heads and Tales Exhibit

Take a closer look at this animal skull. What can this skulls tell you about the animal's diet? Their eyesight? Their behaviors? Their place in the food web?

Skull 1 / CAS:MAM:16714 by California Academy of Sciences on Sketchfab

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skull 1 side view

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This skull belonged to a coyote.

Habitat: Found in a wide habitat range covering most of North America and into Central America

Diet: Omnivore – will eat almost anything

  • Rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, deer, insects, snakes, fruit, grass, and carrion

Average Life Span: 14 years

Size: 32-37 inches (head & body), 16 inch tail

Weight: 20-50 pounds

Coyotes are formidable in the field where they enjoy keen vision and a strong sense of smell. They can run up to 40 miles an hour. In the fall and winter, they form packs for more effective hunting.

Source: National Geographic Photo Ark: coyote

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The Skulls exhibit at the Science Learning Center gives visitors a chance to see and touch real (and some replica) animal skulls, many from local animal species. Special thanks to Dr. Ted Stankowich of the Mammal Lab and Suellen Jacob in the Biological Sciences Department for lending these interesting specimens to the SLC.

3D images courtesy the California Academy of Sciences; physical specimens are part of the Academy's Ornithology & Mammalogy collections.

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