Critters seen while caching

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No problem.  Unless it is in my flower bed and venomous, I walk around any and all snakes I see.  They are beneficial to the environment and I am just passing through.  I almost stepped on a coral snake at BBSP and I stopped and tried to get a photo before it slithered off.

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I've killed one of those that made it's way into a hotel stairwell that my son almost picked up (he thought it was a toy snake) and another that somehow got into my kitchen.  If they're outdoors where they're supposed to be and not threatening anyone, I'll leave them be.

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This one was at LHWP yesterday, it thought it wanted to use the same trail my wife, daughter, geopup, and myself were using while caching, wrong! Don't intend to offend anyone, but if at all possible, any Copperhead that I see is probably going to meet his demise.

 

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Why would you do something like that?!? My wife is terrified of snakes and we actually ran into one at LHWP this Sunday too (don't know what species it was, but I think it might have been a Rat Snake). It was sitting right in the middle of the trail we were riding on. I stopped us both and tried to get a little closer to see if I could snap a picture, but it slithered off into the woods as soon as I tried to get my camera closer.

 

I understand taking 'care' of snakes in an urban environment (and even then I would prefer to have someone relocate them instead of killing them) but out in a nature environment like LHWP?!? It's not doing anybody any harm, and remember: WE are guests in THEIR natural habitat! 

 

I am strongly opposed to killing ANY animal (well, maybe except ticks & mosquito's) when we cachers run into them while out enjoying the great outdoors.

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This one was at LHWP yesterday, it thought it wanted to use the same trail my wife, daughter, geopup, and myself were using while caching, wrong! Don't intend to offend anyone, but if at all possible, any Copperhead that I see is probably going to meet his demise.

 

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Why would you do something like that?!? My wife is terrified of snakes and we actually ran into one at LHWP this Sunday too (don't know what species it was, but I think it might have been a Rat Snake). It was sitting right in the middle of the trail we were riding on. I stopped us both and tried to get a little closer to see if I could snap a picture, but it slithered off into the woods as soon as I tried to get my camera closer.

 

I understand taking 'care' of snakes in an urban environment (and even then I would prefer to have someone relocate them instead of killing them) but out in a nature environment like LHWP?!? It's not doing anybody any harm, and remember: WE are guests in THEIR natural habitat! 

 

I am strongly opposed to killing ANY animal (well, maybe except ticks & mosquito's) when we cachers run into them while out enjoying the great outdoors.

 

 

I respect your opinion sir, though it obviously differs from mine. How about this for a compromise, I won't question your opinion on why you wouldn't kill a snake, or ANY other animal for that matter, and you don't question mine. Besides, I'm fond of ticks and mosquito's, but's that's my opinion and I'll keep it to myself...

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Speaking of critters and chiggers...  I found a bunch of them on a cache I did last week but I'll spare you by not showing the photographic evidence.    :wacko:

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This one was at LHWP yesterday, it thought it wanted to use the same trail my wife, daughter, geopup, and myself were using while caching, wrong! Don't intend to offend anyone, but if at all possible, any Copperhead that I see is probably going to meet his demise.

 

attachicon.gif5-11-14 Copperhead 2.jpg

 

Why would you do something like that?!? My wife is terrified of snakes and we actually ran into one at LHWP this Sunday too (don't know what species it was, but I think it might have been a Rat Snake). It was sitting right in the middle of the trail we were riding on. I stopped us both and tried to get a little closer to see if I could snap a picture, but it slithered off into the woods as soon as I tried to get my camera closer.

 

I understand taking 'care' of snakes in an urban environment (and even then I would prefer to have someone relocate them instead of killing them) but out in a nature environment like LHWP?!? It's not doing anybody any harm, and remember: WE are guests in THEIR natural habitat! 

 

I am strongly opposed to killing ANY animal (well, maybe except ticks & mosquito's) when we cachers run into them while out enjoying the great outdoors.

 

I respect your opinion sir, though it obviously differs from mine. How about this for a compromise, I won't question your opinion on why you wouldn't kill a snake, or ANY other animal for that matter, and you don't question mine. Besides, I'm fond of ticks and mosquito's, but's that's my opinion and I'll keep it to myself...

Thank you for respecting my opinion (and I will respect yours) *getting off his high horse*, I may have worded mine a little strongly, but I stand by it nonetheless.

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My mother lives in the country... we will kill the venomous snakes only if we come across them in the yard because they've done some serious damage to our dogs in the past. One had to be put down. They tend to be more aggressive and will not always back down from a curious dog. The others we leave be. Mom ran across a HUGE rat snake in the downed limb of a cedar tree a few weeks ago. She snapped a pic for Facebook and mentioned she hadn't seen any rodents lately so she she just left the big guy alone. :)

 

Me? I won't kill snakes on the trail because 1) I don't want to get that close and 2) if it's in my way I'll toss a stick or stone at it and it'll usually just go away. No harm no foul. Now if one ever bites me, it's toast. ;-)

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Me? I won't kill snakes on the trail because 1) I don't want to get that close and 2) if it's in my way I'll toss a stick or stone at it and it'll usually just go away. No harm no foul. Now if one ever bites me, it's toast. ;-)

 

1. Well..... too close for my wife would be half a mile! Me, although I try to keep a safe distance I also am too curious for my own good and I like to see what kind it is.

2. Ditto, sometimes trying to get closer to snap a picture seems to be enough

3. Yep, if it does happen to get close enough to bite me I see no other option then capturing/killing the bugger to take with me to the hospital for identification.

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Snakes bring out an unreasonable fear in folks, as do spiders and other things (clowns, guys who look like Hank Hill, as examples) and that is why they kill them.  Venomous snakes are want to fang something they want to eat and every time they do, there is a chance they will break a fang.  To bite a human is a last resort usually and giving them a wide berth should be the best option.  When placing the Brawndo series in Baytown,m I came within 4 feet of a fat mature moccasin.  I stood my ground and it did too.  I took a photo and stepped back top change the setting to movie and when I looked up, it was gone.  I backed up about 50 feet and continued past it.  It was so humid, my glasses were fogging up.

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Snakes bring out an unreasonable fear in folks, as do spiders and other things (clowns, guys who look like Hank Hill, as examples) and that is why they kill them.  

 

I'm scared of puzzle caches, newbie hides, and multis that require that I drive 30 miles between stages (ahem...)

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I didn't have time to get a picture, but this was last night's encounter with wildlife. I wish the time I helped catch a monkey in the parking lot of US Toy would've been caching related. A story for another time...

 

FTF. Well that was a first. I've never been T-boned on my bike by an armadillo. More later
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I was dozing on the couch and getting ready to head off to bed (early morning work meeting) when this one published. I've been out near GZ before when chasing some other caches/letterboxes by the CO, so I basically knew what the pursuit would entail. I loaded up my bike, headed over, parked at the parking coordinates, and rode my bike out toward GZ. As I was riding along, something caught my eye at the edge of the trail on my left, and it was moving fast toward me. It was an armadillo (I call them "possum on the halfshell"). Before I could even brake very much, this stupid creature had plowed into the front tire of my bike, almost making me wipe out. How he didn't get something caught in the spokes of my bike tire is beyond me, but since it was dark and it happened so fast, I'll just chalk it up to one of life's great mysteries. T-boned by an armadillo....

Anyway, after that little wildlife encounter, I made my way to within 60 feet of GZ, parked the bike, and walked right to the cache. I was showing about 18 feet on coordinates, but with the margin of satellite shift that occurs in the trees, that was plenty close enough. For whatever reason, the particular tree clump called to me immediately, so I never looked anywhere else. Quick and easy. The only problem I had was that my self-inking stamp appears to have gotten wet at some point and needs a need print pad inserted. Minor detail. I just used my pen to jot down the find on the nice blank log. 

Thanks to the CO for another smiley, another jaunt in the area, and another wildlife encounter. TFTLB!

 

 

http://coord.info/GLE76FWJ

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LOL Glad you and the armadillo made it out of that encounter safely! 

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I didn't have time to get a picture, but this was last night's encounter with wildlife. I wish the time I helped catch a monkey in the parking lot of US Toy would've been caching related. A story for another time...

 

FTF. Well that was a first. I've never been T-boned on my bike by an armadillo. More later

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I was dozing on the couch and getting ready to head off to bed (early morning work meeting) when this one published. I've been out near GZ before when chasing some other caches/letterboxes by the CO, so I basically knew what the pursuit would entail. I loaded up my bike, headed over, parked at the parking coordinates, and rode my bike out toward GZ. As I was riding along, something caught my eye at the edge of the trail on my left, and it was moving fast toward me. It was an armadillo (I call them "possum on the halfshell"). Before I could even brake very much, this stupid creature had plowed into the front tire of my bike, almost making me wipe out. How he didn't get something caught in the spokes of my bike tire is beyond me, but since it was dark and it happened so fast, I'll just chalk it up to one of life's great mysteries. T-boned by an armadillo....

Anyway, after that little wildlife encounter, I made my way to within 60 feet of GZ, parked the bike, and walked right to the cache. I was showing about 18 feet on coordinates, but with the margin of satellite shift that occurs in the trees, that was plenty close enough. For whatever reason, the particular tree clump called to me immediately, so I never looked anywhere else. Quick and easy. The only problem I had was that my self-inking stamp appears to have gotten wet at some point and needs a need print pad inserted. Minor detail. I just used my pen to jot down the find on the nice blank log. 

Thanks to the CO for another smiley, another jaunt in the area, and another wildlife encounter. TFTLB!

 

 

http://coord.info/GLE76FWJ

 

 

Another one of TexasWriter's late night FTF adventures that I would have loved to of had a video of!!

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Seen today while caching the Texas Star North of Austin:

 

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I never really appreciated how many bones snakes had until I went to China.  With the right seasoning and a lot of hot sauce, I could handle the deep fried snake, but it was a LOT of work for little result eating around all of those bones.

 

On the other hand, I really did like Turtle.

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We spotted a couple of foxes on our way back from a co-FTF last night.  We didn't get a picture though.

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A couple of the critters I saw Saturday at Monument Hill/Kreische Brewery State Historic Site.  This was one of 3 deer I saw in the middle of the day, oddly enough. These lizards were everywhere! This was one of the biggest. 

 

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TheBasty and Crasiestcatlady posted this photo when doing #14 of my Blue heron Parkway series.  Anyone know what it is?

 

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Not certain but it could be a prairie runner aka coachwhip.

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