Hi, my name is Gulo Gulo. Some people call me Skunk Bear, Devil Bear, Devil Beast, or Glutton... but I am most commonly known as a Wolverine. I am in the order carnivora, in the family mustelidae (weasels, skunks), and I am the sole member of the genus Mustelinae. Even though some people say I look like a bear, I am not related to the bear at all.
These paw prints that you see here are about one half actual size. Because my feet are so big they act like snowshoes and help me to walk on top of deep, crusted snow without falling through. Most other animals do not have this natural advantage, so they have a hard time getting around in the deep winter snow. This makes it much easier for me to grab a quick snack on the go.
Wolverines are dark brown in color, with tan stripes down both sides, meeting at the shoulder and tail. Some people call these markings "Diamonds" because of the diamond like shape. We have long, fluffy tails. Females will may weigh up to 25 pounds. Males usually weigh up to 35 pounds. Occasionally a male will top 50 pounds, but it is very unusual. Although wolverines are relatively small animals, pound for pound we are considered to be one of the strongest mammals in the world... and we all have an extremely nasty disposition.
Our necks are larger than our heads, supporting tremendous jaw muscles that can crush even the massive leg bones of moose. We have heavily muscled legs, much larger in comparison to the leg muscles of other animals similar in size. Some people say our strength is comparable to that of a bear. Our semi-retractable claws (like a cat's claw, only much larger), over one and a half inches long, are very sharp and light in color. We use our claws for digging, climbing, and to capture and kill our prey.
Click the buttons to the left and I'll tell you more about where I live, what I eat, who my enemies are, and even some old legends and myths about me, the mysterious and elusive wolverine...
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