Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wild Kingdom

Our daily walk has turned into a bit of Wild Kingdom or Animal Planet.  A couple of weeks ago it was a pair of alligators, Monday it was snakes "frolicing" in the yard, yesterday it was a pair of armadillos and then today it was a deer.
The Nine-Banded Armadillos are a transplant, first sighted in Texas in 1849 it has spread to 8 other states, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi,  Louisiana, Florida and Georgia.  Armadillo means "Little Armored one" in Spanish.  They are so prehistoric looking,  The ones we saw were rooting around in the a treed area.  I've read that they can jump straight up but I've never seen one do it.

The deer we saw today was a White-tailed Deer, it was eating plants in someone's yard down near the lagoon.  Though usually nocturnal we have seen them occasionally in the day time, including a fawn in our backyard one morning.   We have to spray our garden and Hostas to keep the deer from eating them.
We live in an area full of animals and we love it.

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