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Sir, i am asking this question, on behalf of my seven year old daughter, just hope you can help.  Whats the name of a small American animal. Thank you, god bless.

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Dear Alvin

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

There are lots of small American animals. As well as small mammals, such as mice and bats, there are small birds, such as hummingbirds, and lots of insects, such as ants.

I think it may be best to give examples of small animals that live in Trinidad and Tobago as your daughter is more likely to see them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago gives a list of birds. Some species of hummingbirds can only be found in Trinidad or Tobago. Other small birds include the pygmy kingfisher and lots of perching birds. You can look at information from links in the website.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago gives a list of butterflies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mammals_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago gives a list of bats and other mammals. It includes one of my favourite animals - the wrinkle-faced bat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrinkle-faced_Bat).

There are other animals listed at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_history_of_Trinidad_and_Tobago, so I hope you find something your daughter has seen.

All the best

Jonathan  

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.

Experience

I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

Organizations
WWF. ZSL. Natural History Museum. RSPB. London Bat Group.

Publications
Newsletters of London Zoo volunteers and the London Bat Group

Education/Credentials
BSC degree in Zoology. 'A' level in Zoology. 'O' Level in Biology.

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