Monday, August 3, 2009

Ace Ventura lives at my house

My husband has an uncanny ability to find what I consider unwanted critters. I realize that I live in the hills and am therefore, closer to God's creatures. That doesn't mean I have to like it. I don't mind the cows, deer or wild turkeys that frequent my neighborhood. I can even live with the skunks if they stay upwind. It's the creepier creatures that bother me. Thank goodness it's rarely me who comes across them.

We have a gopher snake named Snake. Snake was in my backyard near our BBQ when my husband saw him. Todd grew up with snakes so you can imagine his joy. We feed the snake, house the snake in a glass aquarium and pay electricity for Snake so he can be snuggly warm. (rolling eyes)

Many years ago my husband came across a tarantula in our backyard. It was a big one too. He put it in a nice show and tell container (one of my favorite Tupperware!) and Paula brought him to preschool the next day for their science table. We have an abundance of Black Widows in my backyard too.

We have raccoons that come frequent our backyard at night scavenging for food. Last night, Todd turned on our BBQ to cook chicken and out flew a scorched rat! That's a first and I hope a last.
Here are a just few pictures I have so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about.

A moth Todd got to land on his shorts.

Snake





Our industrial strength bug zapper. It goes off non-stop.




the cows on our hills across the street from my house





Turkeys behind our house on the hill in February 2009



THE tarantula in our backyard


This snake Todd did not bring home and was further down our hill.



Two ducks who want inside my house for some reason



1 comment:

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

I need one of those industrial strength bug zappers!

Love the duck picture. Last night we drove up to our house around 10 and sitting in our front yard on the grass was a duck. Very random.

Snakes, rats and tarantulas I can do without!