Another week of 2004 is gone. Where do they go? Why do they go by so fast?
Monday (7-19-04), I arrived at work and checked my snake eggs. The Corn Snake eggs are slitting! New babies almost here!
Tuesday (7-20-04), At work, four Corns have hatched. Later, I had my students ramble outdoors a bit and we found an Eastern Worm Snake and a Redbelly Snake. Later still, my friend Greg called. He had found an Eastern King in Edgefield Co, SC outside his office. It was about 52 inches, a male, a bit lean, and it was in the act of constricting an adult, female Mole Kingsnake! (He regrets not having a camera.) His co-workers wanted both snakes dead. They were insistent! They were even trying to get a guy in a trash truck to drive across the lawn and run them over. Greg simply picked them up and put them in a container. The Eastern King released the Mole King, and he then put them in separate containers. I now have the Mole King from Edgefield County and even though it is VERY lean, and was roughed up a lot, I will see if it will take food. Greg kept the Eastern, until he could get it back into the wilds of Edgefield County.*** At sunset, I was paused for a minute outside a store (getting a battery installed in my Jeep) when I realized a Tiger Beetle, Megacephala carolina, was running down the sidewalk, right towards me! I snatched it up. A carolina from Laurens County!
Wednesday (7-21-04), Arriving at work, I found a couple of neat beetles (Pseudolucanus and Dorcus) in the canoe I keep under a big yard light. Inside, I got the new Mole King set up in a cage and offered it a skink. No response. Hmmmm.
Thursday (7-22-04), A Tiger Beetle, Megacephala virginica, was in the dining room at work. Neat, they are coming inside now! In my classroom, the skink in the new Mole Kingsnake cage is still un-touched. Hmmmm. For the evening hours, I rambled around some and found little to nothing that thrilled me (a handful of virginica and a dead Hercules at a local gas station).
Friday (7-23-04), My students and I checked our minnow traps (collecting fish and crayfish as feeder items) and found a small Midland Watersnake. Inside, we also took the skink out of the new Mole Kingsnake cage and dropped in 4 pinky mice. She took them without hesitation! I think she will make it! Now to put some weight on her!
Saturday (7-24-04), I was slack, sorry, worthless, and did little, inside or out!
Sunday (7-25-04), Got outdoors after dark and prowled a bit. Found some neat bugs. Imperial Moth, Royal Walnut Moth, and various beetles. There was a Pseudolucanus (to pinch), a Calasoma scrutator (to smell bad), and a Bombardier Beetle (to spray boiling acid out of his butt! Ouch!).
The moon is getting bright now, and unless we have cloudy/rainy/stormy nights, bugs and herps will be few and far between. Okay, I suppose I could use some rest.