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Wildlife Around Your Home (post pics if you've got 'em!)

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    madtowndavemadtowndave Minneapolis, MN Posts: 4,012
    I'm so glad there aren't any poisonous snakes in this part of MN.
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    PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BC Posts: 49,743
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    I really like snakes.... I don't want to run into any poisonous ones obviously... But generally, I think they're cool. I used to play with them as a kid. Drove my poor mom crazy, as she has a serious snake phobia, lol.
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    madtowndavemadtowndave Minneapolis, MN Posts: 4,012
    We have garter snakes around our house, and while they don't bother me, I've scared myself when I almost stepped on a couple.
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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,926
    Snakes are awesome!  My favorite sightings on hikes have included a California King Snake in Sonoma County, CA and a sidewinder in Joshua Trees National Monument. 
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    dankinddankind I am not your foot. Posts: 20,827
    I would catch snakes what seemed like every day when I was a kid. The only one that ever bit me was a king snake. It slithered before I could grab it by its head, so I wound up grabbing it by its tail. When I reached out my other hand to grab its head, the snake turned around and struck it. That thing wasn’t putting up with my shit that day. 

    Last time I visited family in Florida, I caught a black racer to show to my kids. All I ever see up here is garter snakes. 
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    rhanishanerhanishane NSW Australia Posts: 505
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    FifthelementFifthelement Lotusland Posts: 6,942
    I about stepped on it but it was nice and said hey, don’t crush me.  Never new I had a 6ft vertical leap......
    That is a healthy looking snake.  Nice shot.


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    bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 6,932

    Here's one from my yard last summer. Harmless, but still made me jump back about 5 feet.
    I’m the furthest from an expert but are you sure that’s not a brown recluse? I believe one of their signature markings is an upside down “violin” and it almost looks like one starting near the head and running backwards. I’m probably wrong. Either way, big f’n spider there! 
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    bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 6,932
    I about stepped on it but it was nice and said hey, don’t crush me.  Never new I had a 6ft vertical leap......
    That is serious shit right there! I like snakes but would not want to encounter one in that setting. Every time I visit my in laws in the desert, my head is on a swivel. 
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    markymark550markymark550 Columbia, SC Posts: 5,114
    bbiggs said:

    Here's one from my yard last summer. Harmless, but still made me jump back about 5 feet.
    I’m the furthest from an expert but are you sure that’s not a brown recluse? I believe one of their signature markings is an upside down “violin” and it almost looks like one starting near the head and running backwards. I’m probably wrong. Either way, big f’n spider there! 
    Pretty sure that's a wolf spider. They commonly get confused with the brown recluse. The violin on the recluse is more pronounced than the one seen in the picture.
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    jeffbrjeffbr Seattle Posts: 7,177
    Had a visit by a mama and her 2 cubs yesterday. Lots of bear sightings around here, but they don't usually come play in the neighborhood during the day when people are out. It was garbage day today, and they had a smorgasbord of stuff to choose from. I was standing in my front yard next door and they didn't seem the least bit bothered by me. (ps - those are my neighbor's leaves, mine are picked up. :lol:  )


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    jeffbr said:
    Had a visit by a mama and her 2 cubs yesterday. Lots of bear sightings around here, but they don't usually come play in the neighborhood during the day when people are out. It was garbage day today, and they had a smorgasbord of stuff to choose from. I was standing in my front yard next door and they didn't seem the least bit bothered by me. (ps - those are my neighbor's leaves, mine are picked up. :lol:  )


    Beautiful bears. BTW, if your neighbors wait long enough, the wind will blow and those will be your leaves. :relaxed:

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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,926
    jeffbr said:
    Had a visit by a mama and her 2 cubs yesterday. Lots of bear sightings around here, but they don't usually come play in the neighborhood during the day when people are out. It was garbage day today, and they had a smorgasbord of stuff to choose from. I was standing in my front yard next door and they didn't seem the least bit bothered by me. (ps - those are my neighbor's leaves, mine are picked up. :lol:  )


    Impressive beasts but lousy table manners, haha!
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    FifthelementFifthelement Lotusland Posts: 6,942
    This gorgeous creature was on the window of my truck.  I opened the window and it fell in.  I thought it was dead at first cause it was in a tiny little ball on my jacket and then, lo and behold, it opened up.  It sure is good looking.


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    I am SO glad in England we have critters like these. House spiders scare the shit out of most English people
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    eeriepadaveeeriepadave West Chester, PA Posts: 41,220
    brianlux said:
    jeffbr said:
    Had a visit by a mama and her 2 cubs yesterday. Lots of bear sightings around here, but they don't usually come play in the neighborhood during the day when people are out. It was garbage day today, and they had a smorgasbord of stuff to choose from. I was standing in my front yard next door and they didn't seem the least bit bothered by me. (ps - those are my neighbor's leaves, mine are picked up. :lol:  )


    Impressive beasts but lousy table manners, haha!
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    Jason PJason P Posts: 19,124
    Let the bears pay the bears tax, I'll pay the Homer tax.


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    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,926
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Bullwinkle!
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    Hey Bri...

    That moose was awesome to behold. The picture doesn't do it great justice, but it's back and shoulders were massive- it was very healthy. I didn't want to venture too close because it had a calf nearby. They can be dangerous when they feel threatened- one attacked my dad when he was snowmobiling and tried to free a calf found stuck in some deadfall.

    Powerful and strong animals. Just awesome to see in the wild.
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    mcgruff10mcgruff10 New Jersey Posts: 28,023
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Daaaaamn. It is absolutely gorgeous where ever you are. 
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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,926
    Hey Bri...

    That moose was awesome to behold. The picture doesn't do it great justice, but it's back and shoulders were massive- it was very healthy. I didn't want to venture too close because it had a calf nearby. They can be dangerous when they feel threatened- one attacked my dad when he was snowmobiling and tried to free a calf found stuck in some deadfall.

    Powerful and strong animals. Just awesome to see in the wild.
    They are BIG suckers, aren't they?!  I've seen a few in Washington and around Yellowstone.  Don't ya just want to go up and give them a big... :hug: ?!
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    FifthelementFifthelement Lotusland Posts: 6,942
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Gorgeous!  Great shot!
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    mcgruff10 said:
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Daaaaamn. It is absolutely gorgeous where ever you are. 

    Agreed. Every time we leave that place after our workout... the rest of the day is great.

    We just got 15cm of fresh snow. We're going up again today and it should be fantastic!
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    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Gorgeous!  Great shot!

    Cheers!

    I'm trying to spot a lynx. If I come across one, I'll be getting a shot if I can. There's also cougars in this region. If I come across one of them... I'll be skiing my ass off to the parking lot lol.
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    FifthelementFifthelement Lotusland Posts: 6,942
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Gorgeous!  Great shot!

    Cheers!

    I'm trying to spot a lynx. If I come across one, I'll be getting a shot if I can. There's also cougars in this region. If I come across one of them... I'll be skiing my ass off to the parking lot lol.
    Good luck.  Hope you find some pretty kitties  =)
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    brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,926
    Came across this magnificent beast cross country skiing this morning:


    Gorgeous!  Great shot!

    Cheers!

    I'm trying to spot a lynx. If I come across one, I'll be getting a shot if I can. There's also cougars in this region. If I come across one of them... I'll be skiing my ass off to the parking lot lol.
    That would be SO COOL!  I've always wanted to see a wild cat larger than a bobcat- not that they aren't cool, they are and I've seen a few, but a large cat would be great.  Maybe the last thing I'd see, but great, lol.  Seriously though, be careful and if you spot one, I hope you get a photo!

    Oh, and on closer look at your moose, it looks like he is observing a cross at about 2 o'clock from his head.  IS that cemetery?
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    wasa1971wasa1971 Calgary, Canada Posts: 2,144
    Caught this guy out my bathroom window today.
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    darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, IN Posts: 5,924
    ^^^that's freakin awesome! Nice birch tree too.
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    wasa1971wasa1971 Calgary, Canada Posts: 2,144
    ^^^that's freakin awesome! Nice birch tree too.

    They are amazing creatures. About half an hour later I discovered he had a friend. I'm trying to post a video but having no luck.
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