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  •  to counter that, I've stopped in the road (22+ / 0-)

    to rescue turtles,  and tarantulas, too.

    and I try to visit with any passing snakes...

    But what I noticed this week was Chinese elms beginning to flower,  in the last week of winter.  It got up to 80 on Friday; looks like we may skip Spring this year and proceed directly to Summer.  Fasten your seat belts.

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:29:35 AM PDT

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    •  Wow, awesome bull snake Claude! I haven't seen (21+ / 0-)

      one of those in years, fear they are all gone from Missouri, at least from this part of the state.

      I too move snakes and  turtles off the road whenever I can if it's safe for me to stop long enough to do so. A lot of our county roads have no room to pull over so you have to stop right in  the road  and hope no one pops over the hill while you are picking it up. Heartening to hear that others do the same thing.

      I think I remember that you are from out west, Arizona maybe?

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon

      by burnt out on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:37:23 AM PDT

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      •  New Mexico, owl, (4+ / 0-)

        right where the southernmost tip of the Southern Rockies,  the Sangre de Cristo range,  meets the Prairie, on the Pecos River.

        That was the biggest one I ever had the pleasure of meeting.  As long as I can help keep this 175-yr-old irrigation acequia going, critters are going to have a bit of habitat, this oasis on some pretty bleak high desert.  About a dozen or so miles where the riverine habitat is enhanced by the acequia spreading the water around.

        don't always believe what you think

        by claude on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 07:24:13 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks Claude, well I was close, sort of....... (4+ / 0-)

          I had to google acequia, I wasn't familiar with that term. Very interesting.  Sounds like you are doing some good out there. I'd like to hear more about it.

          That is indeed a big fellow. I remember that they were some of our biggest snakes here in the midwest, not sure if I ever saw one that big though.  I sure wish they'd make a comeback here but I'm afraid they are all gone from this area. I'll bet it's been twenty years since I've seen one. I believe that all of our snakes are in trouble here in Missouri. This past summer I saw fewer snakes of any species than I've ever seen before. We had a severe drought that may have had something to do with that but I've been watching a steady decline for years . As I said, our bullsnakes appear to be completely gone, as do the hognose and the milk snakes. I haven't seen any speckled king snakes in several years either. All of them were fairly common twenty or thirty years ago. Copper heads are still here but numbers are way down, I actually can't think of any snakes that are holding their own, possibly the common water snakes, but I'm not even sure about that. Too many people, too many cars, and too little habitat left. Very sad.

          Just give me some truth. John Lennon

          by burnt out on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:00:40 PM PDT

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