LAND MAMMALS
All images on this website © Deidre Heindl
Land Mammals are fascinating. In this area you will find Bear photos, Wolf photos, Big Cat photos, Hyena photos, Primate photos, Hooved animal photos, Rhino photos, and Raccoon photos as well as photo prints.

Mammals (formally Mammalia) are a class of vertebrate, air-breathing animals whose females are characterized by the possession of mammary glands while both males and females are characterized by sweat glands, hair and/or fur, three middle ear bones used in hearing, and a neocortex region in the brain.

Mammals are divided into three main infraclass taxa depending how they are born. These taxa are: monotremes, marsupials and placentals. Except for the five species of monotremes (which lay eggs), all mammal species give birth to live young. Most mammals also possess specialized teeth, and the largest group of mammals, the placentals, use a placenta during gestation. The mammalian brain regulates endothermic and circulatory systems, including a four-chambered heart.

Mammals are divided into two subclasses: the Prototheria, which includes the oviparous monotremes, and the Theria, which includes the placentals and live-bearing marsupials. Most mammals, including the six largest orders, belong to the placental group. The three largest orders, in descending order, are Rodentia (mice, rats, porcupines, beavers, capybaras, and other gnawing mammals), Chiroptera (bats), and Soricomorpha (shrews, moles and solenodons). The next three largest orders include the Carnivora (dogs, cats, weasels, bears, seals, and their relatives), the Cetartiodactyla (including the even-toed hoofed mammals and the whales) and the Primates to which the human species belongs.

All photographs are printed on Archival quality Kodak or Fuji premium photo paper, with longevity UltraChrome Ink, water, & light resistant for up to 80 years. All photo prints come hand-signed and numbered by the photographer and are Limited Editions out of 250 Prints made. They are also backed with a Certificate of Authenticity. Photo prints are shipped matted with an Archival quality mat board in a color that accents the piece. High-resolution photo scans are also available for purchase. Please email me for details and pricing.