The wildlife in Florida is varied and deadly. We’re not quite Australia, but we’re not far.
Venomous Snakes: 6 – Eastern Diamondback, Pygmy Diamondback,Timber Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Water Moccasin, and Eastern Coral
Venomous Spiders: 5 – the Southern Black Widow, Northern Black Widow, Red Widow, Brown Widow and Brown Recluse
Random Animals: Black Bears, Wild Boars, Alligators, Sharks, Jellyfish, Florida Panther
Those are just the ones indigenous to Florida. Because people are stupid and lazy and incompetent, they bring potentially dangerous animals into Florida via smuggling. We now have Nile Crocodiles in Florida.
A team of scientists has identified three reptiles captured near Miami as Nile crocodiles, a species native to Africa.Through DNA testing, scientists from the University of Florida were able to confirm that the reptiles captured in the wild from 2009, 2011 and 2014 were Nile crocodiles, the second-largest extant reptile species in the world.
An examination of the digestive systems of 104 pythons killed this year in a public hunting competition turned up the remains of seven alligators, 50 mammals — including two deer — and 38 birds.
It was ample evidence of the toll the non-native constrictors were taking on Everglades wildlife.
Alligators. The damn things eat freaking alligators.
I’m getting fat. Not making/getting time for the gym, barely eating right, not getting enough sleep, and I turn 40 next week. Fatherhood and this whole “driving to work” thing is killing me. The former is worth it, the latter is not. I need motivation this week, and lots of it.
Also sleep. And some steak. And less alcohol. And like a hundred pullups.
I miss you all. No time to write before I have to be in bed so I can sleep really fast and get up early to get a few hours on the clock at the office before my wife has to go to a dental appointment and I have to hang out with Li’l Possum for the afternoon. This is the 200th MMM poat — believe it or else — so I should really have done something auspicious. I didn’t.
So, pictures! First, a triptych.
It’s been a long day. I had to put a horse down on Friday and then had to be the one to help the pick-up guy get the body into the back of the truck, then I was alone caring for a congested baby for most of the weekend.
Anyhow, just pictures today.
First, may teh Fred rest in peace. I voted for him in the ’08 primary and I’m deeply sad that he lost out on the nomination, and even moreso that he’s passed on so soon afterward. My heart goes out to his family in this time of mourning, and I pray for the repose of his soul.
On a less somber note, it’s Monday again, and we’re all up against another hard work week with no holidays to speak of. I’m potentially finally meeting up with potential future bossman on Wednesday. I’m at the point where I think I could stay in the current job if I had to, but I’m also certain someone out there wants and needs it a lot more than I do, and I’ll happily give them the opportunity. Anyhow, I still like looking at these and they motivate me. If they don’t do it for you… well I don’t care. Never have. Pthbbbbbbt.