Thursday, October 31, 2013

Creepy Crawlies

Just in time for Halloween.

A few photos demonstrating our affinity for things that might make our skin crawl.

{at a honeybee farm in Hong Kong}

Stuff like this is so cool. I mean, how do grasshoppers molt so very tidily?! Found this beautiful specimen in a drainage grate. Seriously cool. 

At a friend's HUGE annual Halloween company party (2012). My young samurai holding an emperor scorpion. It looked like it had been painted dark green, but, no, apparently that was its natural color. Weird.

It's quite possible that there has been a little bit of talk about this as a possible future pet. 

My husband does not know about this yet.

This is a lone soldier crab. Most often you will see soldier-crab swarms that make it look like the whole beach is crawling. It's fascinating to watch. But they're 'fraidy-cats when anyone comes close.
Gross-out factor: they eat sand through what looks like their. . . ahem . . . bums and then they poop it out through what looks like their mouths. They will do that over and over, creating tons of little, round sand-poops on the beach.

Awwww . . . It's kind of cute, right?

Praying mantis. Another favorite creepy.

Meet "Sunset." We met this little lady on our return hike from "Y" Mountain near Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. We had hiked up to get a view of the almost-"ring-of-fire" solar eclipse. (That was pretty cool. May 2012) She was out in the middle of the trail and so we sat with her and admired her and protected her from any passers-by. My older daughter really, really, really, REALLY wanted to take her home and keep her as a pet. She named her and everything. I explained that we were not equipped for that and that "Sunset" needed to stay there. We worked as a team to get her back undercover in the brush so that she could safely hunt for delicious bugs.

There were heart-wrenching tears all the way home. Seriously. The whole way.

Poor girl. Poor, sweet, sweet girl.

How unfair that I deny my daughter a spider yet let my son get a pet ball python named "Skulls." (The truth is she will be able to get a pet--a tarantula, even, if she wants . . . when she's older. It's merely an age thing.)

I have always been taken with snakes so this wasn't at all strange or weird or scary to me to welcome this guy into our home. 

I'm telling you, if you are looking for a low-maintenance pet, this is it. It feeds once a week, poops once a week, doesn't smell and is very quiet.

Oh, and it's very good at playing hide-n-seek.


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