Category Archives: Awesome Animals

Animals that are awesome.

More Angus

With my last post about Angus I didn’t get to write everything I wanted. It was a little tough. And I promise this is the last one, but I wanted to share some things he was awesome at.

When he got a little older he had this thing he would do with his food. I don’t know where he got it from, or where it went, because he only did it a few times. He would get some food from his dish, drop it on the floor, and then dance around it.

He would dance. His tail would be wagging, his paws would be prancing, and he would throw his head all around. This could go on for five minutes before he would finally eat the food. My grandmother and I said he was dancing to the food gods to thank them for his feast.
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Remembering Angus

If you want to skip this one, have at it. But I have to write it. Right now it’s the best way I can cope.

Earlier this morning I had my dog put to sleep.

angus-chair

That’s Angus. I’ve posted about him before. I got him when he was 2 months old. He was abandoned and split from his family in a terrible way. His “owner” dumped him and his siblings out in the February cold. My buddy found him and his sister huddled together to keep warm. He asked me if I wanted him and I took him.

I took him because I was drunk at the time. I really wasn’t ready for a dog and I really didn’t want a dog. Never mind that all the dogs I had ever had in my life up to that point had been family dogs. I had never taken care of one on my own.
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Awesome Animals: Lightning Bugs!

Recently I saw someone posted about having seen lightning bugs already. Can’t remember if it was Joey at her blog or someone else on Facebook or who. I was pissed. Around my parts it always takes forever to get them, but once we do we REALLY get them.

Their asses light up. That means they don't give a fuck. Source

Their asses light up. That means they don’t give a fuck. Source

I was driving around different areas and saw a bunch, whether in the country over some field, like a bunch of tiny UFOs abducting tiny cows, and near a river. Across the street from my house is a big field that has a creek running through it, and that creek circles around and flows behind my house. I always thought it strange that it took so long for us to get them little bugs that have the light up assholes, but I’m glad that we always do.
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Awesome Animals: Skink

Skinks are lizards belonging to the family Scincidae. Together with several other lizard families, including Lacertidae (the “true” or wall lizards), they comprise the superfamily or infraorder Scincomorpha. With more than 1500 described species, the Scincidae are the most diverse family of lizards.

I pulled all that shit from Wikipedia. I’m not that much of an expert.

If I had never been in the house I live, whether living or visiting, I would have probably never seen one. However, they are extremely plentiful around my area. Not a summer goes by without seeing at least one (but it’s more like dozens).

This one delivers our mail.

This one delivers our mail.

My mother lived only a couple of miles away from me until recently when she had to move in with me. She’s now seeing them all the time and she’s both amazed and delighted at them. She just sent me an email telling me she saw one with a reddish head. While I’ve never seen one with a red head, typically the ones we see around here have blue tails, which is common, especially around here.

Found on our porch step. It was 10 feet long. We have big steps.

Found on our porch step. It was 10 feet long. We have big steps.

Ok, so that one had a reddish head. Whatever.

If you’ve never seen or heard of skinks, they basically look like salamanders, and can be found in just about any type of habitat. We see them baking in the sun all the time. Sometimes, they’re so happy baking in the sun, they don’t care if you pet them. Some even let you put a leash on them and walk them down the street. Some go to the grocery store with you, and if you tip them enough, they’ll actually go to the store FOR you.

This guy let my wife pet him. He was almost a foot long.

This guy let my wife pet him. He was almost a foot long.

The one above was the biggest one we had ever seen. I did see one last year that was big (almost that big) on the side of the house. When he saw me he freaked out and tried to run, but he was so big he fell off of the side of the house. He kept trying to get back on it and run, and he kept falling. I pointed and laughed at his troubles. He cried. We spent the next hour cuddling.

Depending on the species, they can eat anything from flies, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and caterpillars, to earthworms, millipedes, snails, slugs, isopods, other lizards, and small rodents. Some have even been known to eat people.

Godzilla, the world's biggest skink.

Godzilla, the world’s biggest skink.

Skinks love to dig in the ground and make tunnels that help them get to where they need to go without being bothered by predators or bullies, who only want their lunch money.

Skinks typically give birth to live young, while some species lay eggs. Others count on the stork.

You can see all sorts of awesome pictures of skinks on Google Image Search, just like these. You can click the pictures for better views.

Blue tail skink. We have this type around our house, but never with a tail that blue.

Blue tail skink. We have this type around our house, but never with a tail that blue.

Blue tongue skink.

Blue tongue skink.

Snake looking skink.

Snake looking skink.

Mom and baby Night Skink.

Mom and baby Night Skink.

Skinks would probably make awesome pets, and there are people who have them as pets. If you can find a reputable pet shop with one for sale, go that route. Nabbing one from the wild could be fun and free, but it might have young dependent on it, so don’t do that. Plus, those wild skinks can be trouble if you piss them off enough, and they’ll shank you.

Awesome Animals: Uso Puffer Fish

This blog piece is brought to you by the soon to be famous underwater crop field circles being found in the ocean all over the world. Well, namely right around the coast of Amami Oshima, Japan.

Big deal. Looks like a sand castle made with the top of a plastic deli-tray container.

Yeah, so someone dove about 80 feet with a giant plastic lid and made themselves a nifty sandcastle.

ACTUALLY it’s the handiwork of this awesome little puffer fish.

This guy.

Recently, some awesome dude named Yoji Ookata, a professional underwater photographer, discovered this. He set up cameras and documented the little puffer fish making these Labyrinth’s Of Love, or LOL for short. You had no idea.

He swims around like a drunk lunatic having a seizure to make these cool patterns.

Some researchers did some researching and discovered that the fish, whom I named Uso since the original article I read had nothing on the actual name of this fish and I wanted to throw my own idea out there, does this to not only be a badass but to attract a mate.

After the scientists did some more studying, their findings also “showed that the grooves and ridges of the sculpture helped neutralize currents, protecting the eggs from being tossed around and potentially exposing them to predators.”

You see, once the Uso finds a mate, they totally do it in the very center of the circle and lay their eggs there. And then billions of years of evolution go to work in the form of sweeping the water and currents away from the eggs so that they won’t get carried away and served up as an omelette at some tiny IHOP for shrimp.

Since the circles actually reminded Yoji Ookata of crop circles, that reminded me of USO’s, or Unidentified Submerged Objects, basically underwater UFO’s. That’s where I got the name for the little guy. And if you follow Spanish formalities, the female would be an Usa, which is very patriotic.

Until next time, my hat’s off to you, Van Gogh of the sea.

All info and pics came from www.spoon-tamago.com.