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Life Around the House This Weekend




I squealed like a fangirl when I found this salamander while moving dirt around my house yesterday.  I first thought it was an active earthworm, and grabbed him to move him out of the way.   Surprise, surprise - it had legs!  He's a little less than 3 inches long.  



I think salamanders are so cool, and unless you live where the land is fairly soggy, you probably won't see one. 
This particular guy/gal is a 'four-toed salamander', found throughout the state. 
I'm tempted to keep him, but it would be hard to find food in the winter.  So, I'll let him go tomorrow, maybe under the deck. 

I have also seen the spotted salamander by my house.  This guy already had his pic posted earlier in the year.  



If you're interested, this site lists descriptions and pictures of the salamanders found in NYS.  

http://nyfalls.com/wildlife/Wildlife-reptiles-salamanders.html 

And now on a sadder note.
Some afthead ran over a huge snapper last Friday.  I ask you, how could you possibly run over a turtle?  Did he jump out in front of you like a deer?  Was he waddling down the center of the road like a possum?  No!  He was just sitting there on the side of the road. 
I wish I had gone home for lunch earlier, I might have been able to save him.
He was really huge.  You can tell that he wouldn't fit on the shovel.  Poor turtle.

Don't look at the pic if you do't want to see blood.  Seriously. 
I mean it.




Pondering the 'how can you run over a turtle?' question, I guess it's because people don't know how to drive.  While driving, the car goes where you are looking, right?  I mean, try it.  Stare at that pothole with the intent to drive over it.  Betcha five that you run right over the hole and loose your hubcap.  It is something that drivers should have learned, you have to look to the side of the object you are trying to avoid.  It could be a dangerous lesson if you're on a motorcycle.  Riding over any roadkill could be very, very bad. 
That's one of the things they teach you in motorcycle school.  "If you stare at that telephone pole as you go around the curve, you will run right into it."  In fact, a few years ago, one of our new members (who was also a new rider) was killed going around a turn because she ran into a car coming in the opposite direction.  She was nervous going around the turn and stared at the car coming at her, and ran right into it.  So sad.   

Plus, many people don't know where their tires are in relation to the road.  Let's see if I can explain this. 
If you are sitting in the driver's seat, look at your hood ornament, or the very center of your car hood.  Where that line of sight meets the road is where your right passenger tire will travel.  
And you have to experiment with your left tire, I've found that different cars/trucks have different lines of sight.  On my truck, I use the edge of the far left defrost grill on the dash to judge the driver's tire.  In my old car, I used the space between the hood and the front panel.  The more you experiment and know, the better off you are. 
That's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

Oh, gotta go.  Hawaii 5-o is on! 

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sntmentalfkness
Sep. 28th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for all the driving information. I didn't know most of it.

RIP Innocent Turtle

The toes on that salamander are cute!
mdnytryder
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I have accomplished my mission in life of passing on knowledge. I can now die happy. hahaha. Well, it is kind of true - because I don't have kids I tell my nieces and nephews all sorts of trivial facts I have learned in my life. So now I guess I'm doing it on LJ.
Pretty sad, really.

They are cute.
pjcaruana
Sep. 28th, 2010 11:04 am (UTC)
Respect!
We've lost it!

Respect for Life ... and the Earth.

I LOVE your Respect for our beautiful little creatures >.^^.
mdnytryder
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Respect!
I think in these modern times, people are too far removed from nature to respect it. They don't have to go out and kill stuff to eat, they just traipse off to the store. A hands on approach can make you see just how life and death is all around you.

Um, you do know I deer hunt, right? Or I try. But not for the hell of it, I like venison. I am just as happy lying down in the woods watching the clouds as deer sneak by me. haha. Which I am sure happens quite often. I would say I appreciate nature.


__wilderness__
Sep. 28th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
How the frag did they not notice they'd run over it? I mean, something that big would make the car jolt!

And lookit the salamanders! They are adorable!
mdnytryder
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
You'd think. I suppose if you're in a truck it wouldn't be as large a bump. They could have at least moved it to the side of the road after.

If you think they are cute in the pictures, the cuteness goes up 100% in real life. I think people like them more than snakes because they have legs.
Everybody loves the Geico gecko.
xxsomeoneelsexx
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
Awww that poor turtle! :c But the salamanders are super cute, we don't have any around here because the ground is never wet.

I always try to figure out my tire placement when I'm driving something, because it helps immensely with parking and that's something I suck at. It's something everybody ought to know.
mdnytryder
Sep. 28th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
I felt so bad for the turtle, because there was nothing that could be done. Once the shell is cracked, that's it.

I never saw salamanders when I lived at ma's, which is just a mile away through the woods. No water. But my house is very shady and the back yard is usually wet. I have lots of tree frogs also.

Good for you. Everyone should also learn to use their side mirrors for backing up.
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