Posts Tagged ‘rodents’
“New rodent species discovered in Indonesia” and the scary part is that it is carnivorous water rat. I’m often astounded that we are still finding new species across the world and this just goes to show how small our world is.
On the bottoms of its toes are small, fleshy pads that may help it hold onto the streambed when hunting underwater.
So as your hiking or rock climbing and your run across something different, it might be unique and technically something yet to be discovered. Maybe, maybe not?
I have to tell you, sometimes I worry about people. Why you ask? Because of stories like this “Feeding Alligators: dangerous unlawful.” I guess it doesn’t really surprise me, that is why those shows on TV are so riveting. You know someone is going to walk up to that Buffalo like he knows what he is doing and then POW…. I guess that is why all those warning labels are on things, to stop that one person who was thinking – should I really do that or not. Selection of the fitness!
So what kind of tips can I give if you own a house and want to keep those critters out:
- Don’t encourage them to live with you, don’t stack stuff around the outside of your home.
- Check weep holes and secure them – no open holes.
- Don’t create harborages, don’t set your shed on the ground. This is a possible site for all types of animals.
- Don’t leave doors or windows opened, things can crawl in. That is how I captured the snake below, someone left a door opened. She was about a foot long and is currently over 6 foot.
“Are insect farms the urban farms we need to feed the cities?” Just imagine the possibilities of giant urban farms capable of raising protein without all the issues of methane gas or excrement in abundance.
I’m sure that this is something we just need to get past, the creepy yuck factor of eating bugs. I for one would probably eat bugs faster than I could eat rodents.
- Skunks generally forage at night and are considered omnivores (they will eat anything) eat plants, berries, grass, bugs, worms, eggs, reptiles & rodents.
- Skunks don’t have the best eyesight but have excellent hearing.
- Ther prefer to live in burrows.
- Skunks actually sneeze to clear out their noses so they can better smell plant food or animal prey.
- If you get sprayed, only time will help to fade the smell, tomato juice and/or vingear will help to mask the smell – by the way scientists believe its the oil that makes it last.
- Stay back if you spot a skunk, it can shoot up to 10 feet and less accurate to 16 feet.