While digging up plants in the yard that are growing under bushes I discovered a snake skin. Pretty sure it's a garter snake. Looks like it found the perfect place to rub its skin off. When they shed the skin splits at the mouth and ends up inside out when they are done. When our snakes shed at the nature center we always check the eyes to make sure it shed completely. Looks like this one shed perfect!
I keep crossing my fingers that these eggs will hatch soon without any disturbance from the house sparrows in the yard. The last batch of bluebird eggs got cracked open. It's been 12 days, and incubation may take up to 18 days. 🤞
This is the Blanding's turtle that was tormenting crow yesterday. If you see a large Blanding's turtle out and about it's likely a female looking for a place to lay eggs. They are considered a threatened species in Michigan and are Endangered in many other states. So if you see one that is pretty special. They are losing their habitat and many get hit by cars during egg laying season. They have to survive up to 20 years to even be old enough to reproduce, and compared to a snapper that lays up to 100 eggs they only lay 6-20 eggs. With nest predators that gives them even less of a success rate. I always think about what the turtle may have encountered in its life when you see them this big. How many times has it crossed the road, what has it seen along the way...such as a noisy crow that wanted nothing to do with him 😉.
Hopefully this clip doesn't get me banned. Today's hilarious discovery was that it was SexEd day for the #campussquirrels ! I saw half a dozen male squirrels in this section of the Diag waddling about with giant distended testicles and erect penises, laying down spreadeagle to dry hump the daylights out of the ground whenever they were left alone. It's quite a sight, I tell ya. At first I thought they were birthing mothers, what with the odd splayed-joint stance, rhythmic pulsing, and purpleish swelling in the groin area. But the location made no sense for that, and then I realized what I'd taken for a fetus head was actually a bad case of blue balls! Normally they took longer to rub one out than this, but the paparazzi (me) was intruding on this guy's fantasies. Sorry, dude.
Enjoying my coffee on the deck this morning and heard leaves crunching. I looked down and a pretty doe was watching through the leaves. She let me snap the pic and we both enjoyed the rest of the morning- I sipped my coffee and she munched away. #treehousechalet#michiganwildlife