Later I showed it to Gretchen (see below). Continue reading
Hardly can see the moccasin bite mark:
Ew, she kissin me!Continue reading
Yellow Dog looking at a cottonmouth moccasin:
Moccasin in water:Continue reading
Francine out for a walk between the creek and the house:
Like other softshells, the Florida softshell turtle (Apalone ferox) is a large, flat turtle with skin covering its shell (resembling a pancake). It is the bulkiest of the softshell turtles but inhabits the smallest range. It varies in size with males measuring from 6-12 inches (15-30 cm) and females measuring double that at 11-24 inches (28-61 cm). Adults are usually colored by a dark brown to brownish-gray with dark spots. Also there are usually small dark bumps on the carapace. In juveniles these dark bumps on the carapace are much more easily seen, as they are usually lighter in color than the adults. The carapace of the Florida softshell is covered with longitudinal rows of tubercles that resemble ridges in younger turtles but are less evident in larger turtles. In adult turtles the plastron of the shell usually extends farther than the carapace.Continue reading
A snakey present from the dogs:
Picture by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 14 September 2012.
I like snakes: they eat rodents, and I’m allergic to rodents. But the dogs don’t like snakes that trespass on their area near the house. They left this one in the middle of the walkway from the house to the carport. You see it in the truck on the way to somewhere else.
I think Yellow Dog is nostalgic for her YouTube hit, Black Snake vs. Yellow Dog. They look mild-mannered, Yellow Dog and Brown Dog, but so far a beaver, a raccoon, several rattlesnakes, and two kinds of water moccassins have found tangling with the dogs is not a good idea.
Although that copperhead did give Yellow Dog a bit of a hangover. Here Yellow Dog thanks you for your concern.
Yes, Brown Dog and Yellow Dog found another hog-nosed snake. Hiding:
John S. Quarterman, Gretchen Quarterman, Brown Dog, Yellow Dog, Lowndes County, Georgia, 10 March 2012.
Pictures by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms.
Yellow Dog and Brown Dog pointing:
Can you see it there, between the wiregrass and the oak log?