Small Snake Relocated from the Garage

Small snake found in our garage.
This little guy was found huddling against the inside of the garage door last night. We tried to convince him to go out on his own, but he was having none of it.

I guess I don’t blame him, the nights have been getting rather cool lately and I’m sure the garage was much warmer than it was outside. But it’s not safe for him to stay in there, so we resorted to carefully picking him up and relocating him elsewhere.

This photo is of Angela gently carying him across the yard. A lot easier said than done as he was in constant motion the entire time.

Spiny Lizard in our Wandering Jew

Spiny Lizard in our Wandering Jew

Went out onto the back porch to water the plants tonight and found this guy hanging out in the pot of Wandering Jew.  He may not look it here, but he is not small.  His body, tip of his nose to his hind legs, is about as long as my hand, finger tips to wrist.  Even so, I didn’t see him until I started putting water into the pot.  I’m not sure he appreciated the bath.

Essssscorted across the Road

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Driving home Wednesday morning, when I turned onto our street, I found this guy sunning in the middle of the lane. Unfortunately, this is how a lot of them die, as people don’t see them, or worse, just don’t care. I got out of the car and escorted him across the road and into the brush to keep him safe. Hopefully he went on to find a safer place to bask in the warmth of the morning Sun.

At the Phoenix Zoo

Ang’ and I went to the Phoenix Zoo, where she met with one of her illustrator friends and had a short visit with one of her Zoo friends.

There are a few new walk-in enclosures since we were there last. In one, these Ibis came right up to us…

Ibis' at the Phoenix Zoo

…before sparring with each other using those long beaks.

Ibis' at the Phoenix Zoo

There is also an enclosure with Squirrel Monkeys.

Phoenix Zoo Squirrel Monkey

Upon leaving the enclosure, we were cautioned to wash our hands. The monkeys like to mark everything in it, including hand-rails and door handles.

Phoenix Zoo Squirrel Monkey

But it was fun to watch them play leap-frog over each other as the climbed across the tight-rope.

Although we think we walked the whole circuit, I’m sure there are animals we missed, some because they were sleeping, some because the exhibit was closed. And even though it was a relatively cool day, the it was still rather intense in the sunlight.

We’ve decided that we’ll have to go back, probably in January.

Tarantula in the Parking Lot

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Found this guy crossing my allergist’s semi-busy parking lot. I stopped and chaperoned him across the lot to ensure he didn’t get run over.

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When he got to the other side of the lot, he kept going back and forth, against the curb.

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I wasn’t sure if the square curbing confused him or if he was just getting his bearings, so I gave him some gentle assistance over the curb and he immediately headed into the landscaping, taking refuge in the shade of a cactus.

We don’t see many of these guys, so I always try to look after them if I can. Their days are usually numbered as it is.