Friday, December 22, 2006

See What I Mean?

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roger said...

that hole looks big enough to partially swallow a wheel of your wonderful JEEP. (how can i make text red in comments?)

how big are these animals?

Floridacracker said...

thanks for noting the sheer wonderfulnicity of my red JEEP. as for the gophers, a big one can probably be 16 inches long (front of shell to rear of shell)

SophieMae said...

First, don't EVEN get me started on development. This entire area has gone mad with it. >8\

We tried to herd a resistant gopher, bless its heart, off the road the other day. The minute we left, it ambled right back onto the pavement. No grease spot next time we went out, so I reckon it survived, anyhow.

Part of me wishes our kids could experience gopher stew. Oh well, there's always 'cooter'. 8-]

Floridacracker said...

I know what you mean about that last thought. I suppose swamp cabbage is the next thing off the list ... although I never really liked it all that much.

SophieMae said...

OK, now I'm completely and utterly mortified. I reckon I don't think like most of the world. When I googled cooter, I was reminded how so many people just naturally gravitate toward the gutter. *sigh* For those who might read this and think otherwise... the cooter is a soft-shell turtle.

Floridacracker said...

I knew the use you meant.
You can stop hyperventilating now.

SophieMae said...

LOL! I knew you'd know what I meant. For someone so well-aged, I can, at times, be a bit naive.

Laura said...

Great post, FC! Years ago, a friend of ours stopped by our house to show our kids a big gopher turtle that she'd found in the commons area of our neighborhood, which was a large, 3 o4 4 acre spread.

She called someone over at UF and they told her in no uncertain terms to PUT IT BACK. She thought she was doing it a favor by bringing it home to "safety".

When we lived on the lake, hub had warned me not to go near the holes, as rattle snakes liked to roost in them in the cold weather. horrors!

How do you like the new blogger thus far?

Floridacracker said...

The list of cohabitants of a gopher tortoise burrow is long and the rattlesnake is on it along with the gopher frog, wolfspiders, indigo snakes, subterranean crickets, ... too many to list!

Regarding the new blogger:So far, except for too many required log ins and some photo posting glitches, I like it.