Welcome Home!

Last year we created a reptile environment in our patio area in the hopes of attracting a lizard or two. When that didn’t happen, we picked up a little toad on our nightly walk through our neighborhood and brought it home where it took up residence in the lizard habitat. Complete with a sunken pie …

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Generating Trash

Answering a call from a couple being stalked by an emaciated cougar, an experienced wildlife instructor found himself in a life and death struggle outside the couple’s home as the cougar attacked. During the attack, the wildlife instructor was able to kill the cougar with a knife. “A necropsy revealed a piece of running shoe …

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Toad Update

Last month we picked up a couple young toads as we walked our neighborhood and turned them loose in our condo patio area where they made use of the habitat we’d created for lizards. On occasion, we’ve seen both, but more often we’ve seen just one in a pie plate we’d sunk into the ground …

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Habitat for Lizards

We’ve lived in our Arizona condo for nearly four years now. And since the beginning, we have tried to create a habitat in our patio area that would entice lizards to take up residency. Building a Habitat At first, we stacked broken ceramic pieces, piles of rocks, and skeletons of cholla cactus in a corner …

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Fear Not

When and how do people develop a fear of snakes? Often these fears begin in childhood, whether experiencing one’s own frightening incidents or adopting a parent’s fear. We have even perused a children’s reptile book with pictures demonstrating snakes attacking an unwary adult or lurking in wait with scowling menace for innocent victims. Rather than …

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Behind the Scenes

Behind the reptile exhibit at White Tank Mountain Regional Park is a “kitchen” of sorts that contains lettuce, red peppers, mealworms, insects, and other items to feed the rats and mice. All these rodents are, in turn, scheduled to be fed to the reptiles on exhibit. All, that is, except one. Pardoned Simon is a …

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