Saturday, October 31, 2009
Chicken Scratch and A Turtle Dilemma
My banties have been scratching hard in the fallen leaves around the oaks. Shallow craters like these surround all the "yard trees". They are doing this, because (A) I don't feed them and (B) the mulch is alive with pesky Asian cockroaches. These Asian exotics are small and seem to prefer living outside (Halleyooyah for that!) but they still tick me off, because they fly ... alot.
Laya tried a new nest in the confederate jasmine near the front porch, but Bear found it ... so, that one is a no-go. The chickens have evolved into two tribes ... Laya and two roosters form one group and two roosters form the other. They do not mix even though all the roosters are spawn of Laya.
The two outcasts keep their distance and if they come too close to the Laya tribe, the Laya's guards chase them away.
In other news ...
Two little turtles turned up on my classroom doorstep yesterday ... source unknown. This happens when you are a science teacher.
They seem a little different from the baby turtles I raised from eggs and which I have written about many times here on PF.
I haven't got my Florida reptile ID book down yet to figure out who they are, which makes me a little nervous.
Florida recently passed new and stringent wild turtle protection laws to help preserve our wild aquatic turtle populations, and I don't want to run afoul of that.
On the other hand, I don't want to release an exotic from the pet trade into our waters.
So, FWC, if you are reading this, my intentions are good, I just need to ID these little guys so I know what to do.
I think they will be easy to ID with these photos, for today they are in my turtle/cichlid tank out in the garden.
I won't have time to ID them until tomorrow, as I'm getting up from the kitchen table in a moment and heading to St. Augustine to help my parents decorate and operate the spookiest house on their street for Halloween.
I'm taking Bear, and Junior, and I may just take the slow way over ... that's usually good for a post or two.
Watch out for the little candy totin' spooks tonight.