Wild Animals/Red Pandas


What is a Red Panda's country of Origin?
What are some of its behavioral Adaptions?
Also Are they colorblind?

Dear Lily

Thank you for your questions. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_panda#Distribution_and_habitat gives details about the distribution. The panda occurs in the temperate forests of the Himalayas and ranges from the foothills of western Nepal to China in the east, with an isolated population in the Meghalaya Plateau of northeastern India.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_panda#Behavior and http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-red_panda.html give various examples of behavioural adaptations. They include:
1. When it is a sleep, stretched out on a branch, its legs dangle when it is hot and the panda curls up with its tail over the face when it is cold.
2. If it feels threatened or senses danger, it may try to escape by climbing a rock column or tree. If it cannot flee, it stands up on its hind legs to make itself appear larger and uses the sharp claws on its front paws to defend itself.  
3. It uses trees as a perch when it sunbathes high in the forest canopy and as an escape route from predators.

I couldn't find any information about whether red pandas are colourblind or not. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090205203431AAyht3l says that the raccoon can't identify the colour red, but can see green. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichromacy says that most carnivores are dichromatic (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichromacy#Animals_that_are_dichromats), meaning that they can match any colour they see with a mixture of no more than two pure spectral lights. This is probably true for the red panda and means that it probably has a similar method of seeing in colour as raccoons do.

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