Chinese Ferret-badger (Melogale moschata)

Also known as the small-toothed ferret-badger, the Chinese ferret-badger is not a ferret or a true badger but is in a genus all its own. Chinese ferret-badgers, like their common names suggest, are native to southern China, northern Indochina and north-eastern India. Like other ferret-badgers the Chinese ferret-badger is an accomplished climber and feeds mostly at night for fruit, insects, worms and other small animals. During the day it retires to a burrow or small crevice and will rest until night. Like the unrelated stink-badgers the Chinese ferret-badger can secret foul smelling liquids via its anal gland when threatened. 


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Male Muscovy Duck

Muscovy ducks, Cairina moschata (Anseriformes - Anatidae), are large ducks; the typical wingspan is between 137 to 154 centimeters. Males are generally larger than females.

Muscovy ducks have red, fleshy protuberances on the face. The plumage is brownish-black with iridescent green and purple dorsal plumage and with white wing patches.

These ducks are native to Mexico, Central, and South America.

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Photo credit: ©Fabio Rage

Locality: Argenita, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Cassia moschata | ©Andrés Hernández S.   (Panama)

Cassia moschata is a species of deciduous tree 5 - 25 m tall, belonging to the family Fabaceae, characteristic for its hanging bright yellow inflorescences.

This is a tropical species distributed in Mesoamerica, from Mexico south to Central America and northern South America [1].

Cassia moschata is commonly known as Casia amarilla (Yellow Casia), Caro, Caña fistula, Lluvia de oro (Golden rain), and Lluvia de fuego (Rain of fire), among other common regional names.


Our Tiny House plans in Sketchup

This is a rough(ish) sketchup of the 24’ tiny house we plan to build. It borrows from multiple designs and we’ve adapted the floor plan to fit our lifestyle accordingly. 

A brief overview. We will build on a 24’ trailer extended to the wheel wells. The entrance will be similar to the Tumbleweed Cypress with a windowseat / nook. We actually purchased The Small House Catalog plans for the Moschata Rolling Bungalow. Inside there is a staircase to reach the main sleeping loft (inspired by hoMe from The kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower are in one small area to easily plumb using pex. Just to the left of the bathroom is a 2’ wide set of cabinets to store a fresh water storage tank and a grey water storage tank inside (to prevent freezing pipes in winter). We will have a nature’s head composting toilet that does not require water and vents out the side. 

One of the most important features in the kitchen will be a spot specifically for making tea and storing my wife’s amazing collection of mugs and tea pots. 

We will likely add a deck on the front of the house eventually which is why we might choose to have the door flush with the entrance (to maximize interior space). 

We will start building this spring! :)

A common sight in Central America, South America and Mexico, the Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is popular both as a captive and wild animal. It is said that Muscovies originated in Brazil but today small populations can be found as far away as California. Muscovy Ducks are non-migratory creatures that prefer to live in forested swamps, lakes and trees due to the abundance of food present at such sites. They generally eat plant material and some small vertebrates and insects. Muscovy Ducks get most of their food by grazing and dabbling in shallow water. When they are not nesting, these ducks often choose to roost in trees at night. Domesticated Muscovy Ducks are the only such ducks not to originate from mallard stock.