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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Social Distancing

Recently, we headed to northeastern Arizona in our new truck camper and spent a couple nights to escape the Phoenix oven and engage in a little “social distancing.” More than seeking cooler temperatures and reveling in nature, this was a shakedown cruise to test our recollection of living off the grid with solar energy and …

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