just let him have the pizza
He gets a sugar cube every time he defeats and alien baddie.
BUT I WAS GONNA USE ALL THAT MONEY TO PAY FOR HIS MONEY TOXIFICATION HOSPITAL BILLS
(Austin Creek, California - 6/2014)
Since the last post I did about black snakes crossing the road got such a nice response, here’s one on northern and eastern snapping turtles (I live up north, and have no experience with alligator snapping turtles)
Snapping turtles like to go traveling from pond to pond to stake out new territory, especially in spring and early summer. In order to do this, they have to trudge across fields and roads with their stubby little fat turtle legs. As a terror of the deep, snapping turtles are very clumsy and embarrassing on land.
Like black snakes, snapping turtles will often times take a break in a road to absorb the warmth of the asphalt and to take a break (walking when you’re a snapping turtle is exhausting) You will usually see snapping turltes crossing the road on rainy days, or just after a big rain.
If you see one in the road, it will probably freeze and hope you don’t see it. Snapping turtles will usually hide in their shells as a first reaction to people coming up to them.
If you want to move them, there are a lot of ways you can try, here is a fantastic video on how to! The turtle by the end of this video has definitely had enough of this guy’s shit, but it’s still a great resource in how to help these animals safely cross the road.
Make sure you keep away from their mouth! Snapping turtles have a surprisingly wide bitey range, so be careful! If you don’t know much about turtle behavior, try one of the simpler methods of moving them out of the road like the car mat or just scooting it across. The safest place to hold onto them is the part of the shell above their back legs.
Snapping turtles are stinky, messy, and a bit scary, but they’re usually only cranky on land because they feel very vulnerable. They’re a very important animal for our lakes, rivers, and ponds; they eat fish, carrion, and can live for 50 or more years, assuming they don’t get hit by a careless car.
Been getting some messages as to how to help snappers cross the road, so I’m bringing this post back! Snappers are aggressive on land only because they’re scared. Help them cross the road, and signal boost please!
PLEASE WATCH WHERE YOU DRIVE
Box turtles frequently cross roads and can be hit by careless drivers. Habitat loss and heat has driven them to cross roads in search of new territory.
If you see a turtle crossing the road and are safely able to, whatever direction it is going, help it cross, but don’t remove it from its habitat.
This female was hit by a car and has a cracked shell that is festering. I am going to take her to a herp vet to see if they can make her well again.
Oxpeckers. They’ll get you every time.
New Doctor Kawaii http://doctorkawaii.com/comic/oxpeckers/
I hope to make more people here aware that bats are not scary and actually super cute. I hope you think so too!
Drawn on white postcards with a Pentel brushpen and Copic markers.
These beautiful moths and butterflies look like they’re ready to flutter up and away, but they won’t be doing so because they’re wonderful textile sculptures painstakingly created by North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita. She sews, embroiders and stitches all sorts of multi-colored fabrics to create these oversized insects, which measure nearly a foot wide. She also adds painted details along with feathers and artificial fur. With great care Okita has achieved an awesome balance between astonishing realism and fanciful invention.