wildlife

Unusual sighting on our outback ride yesterday - in addition to over 10 alligators - a spectacled caiman. These are not native to Florida. Interesting history: sale of alligators as pets was banned in 1960, so dealers found a loophole and started importing caiman from the Caribbean. Not surprisingly, they were first spotted in the wild around that time. Now there are breeding populations in counties south and east of here, however, I couldn't find any reports in Sarasota county.

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Seeing many dead armadillos around here on bike rides. Apparently, like the salmon of Capistrano, they are in their annual migration mode. I don't want to post pics of squashed ones so here's a live one:

I always liked these ugly little things, I hear they make good pets.

Are they migrating some place warm, where the beer flows like wine? Are they going to As-pen?
 
Unusual sighting on our outback ride yesterday - in addition to over 10 alligators - a spectacled caiman. These are not native to Florida. Interesting history: sale of alligators as pets was banned in 1960, so dealers found a loophole and started importing caiman from the Caribbean. Not surprisingly, they were first spotted in the wild around that time. Now there are breeding populations in counties south and east of here, however, I couldn't find any reports in Sarasota county.

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All you need now are some anacondas to complement the invasive pythons, caiman, and snake heads.
 
I posted elsewhere about the invasive Cuban tree frogs. I caught one a few weeks ago and even after washing my hands, still burned the crap out of my eyes - toxic skin!
So then, you can rub that shit onto the tip of your spear or blow-dart, squeeze into your loin-cloth, and go hunt-down some caiman and pythons.