Quiz #127: Mammal

Last weekend, I found a partial skeleton above the high tide line of a rocky coastline at the mouth of a river in Biddeford, ME. The skull measured roughly 3.75" by 2.5", a small amount of hair remained near the sharp toe nails of a front foot, and the spine was about 2' long. Note that the pair of upper incisors are missing. Identify the mammal.

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12 thoughts on “Quiz #127: Mammal”

  1. I’m not sure but my daughter took one look and confidently said “Pig. Claudia’s pig”. Soooo… that’s our guess. A very very small pig. Belonging to Claudia.

    1. I agree, this is a tough one. Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) would be possible on the west coast, but not here in New England. Perhaps you meant River Otter? In any case, a weasel would show more teeth, including canines.

  2. In the Peterson’s mammals guide they have the skeletons to the heads of all the common mammals. So after looking through them this seemed to fit best.

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