Category Archives: animals

Name that animal track!

Matthew, who loves quizzes, insisted that I post this tw**t. He says “n.b. the scale is in centimeters, so it’s very big!” I’ll let him post the answer in a few hours. He adds, “Don’t go looking! Guess!” Here we go! Who made this track, found in ne British Columbia along a river? Tweet me […]

Pet rocks

Because about 40% of my Facebook feed consists of complaints about Donald Trump, and because I can’t brain today, I’m proffering cats as a palliative. Italian artist Roberto Rizzo Pittore specializes in painting animals on rocks; what’s amazing is the lifelike job he does. Here’s a video, along with a picture of the animal he’s painting. […]

Toad rescue

by Greg Mayer I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I periodically engage in turtle or frog and toad “rescues”, taking animals that had fallen into human made traps, such as window wells and stairwells, and releasing them, sometimes after feeding them for a while in captivity to fatten them up prior to release. A couple […]

A fish with hips

by Greg Mayer The four-legged land vertebrates– amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, collectively known as tetrapods— get around, at least mostly, on their four legs. Their front and hind limbs are attached, respectively, to their pectoral and pelvic girdles, bones that attach or closely adhere to the axial skeleton. The pectoral girdle consists of the […]

A three-eared cat?

by Greg Mayer The BBC reports on an abandoned cat with “three ears” found in Norfolk. Shelter staff at Feline Care Cat Rescue in East Harling have named him “Brian”*. [JAC: several readers also sent this to me.] I can’t recall ever seeing such a cat, and neither could the shelter’s vet, though Jerry had […]

Spot the snakes!

by Greg Mayer Late this past summer, I caught a brown snake (Storeria dekayi) at the Root River Environmental Center in Racine, Wisconsin, so that the REC (as it’s known) could put it on display in a terrarium for visitors to see. Although I did not realize it, it was a pregnant female, and she […]

Who’s that bug?

by Greg Mayer As Jerry is about to, or has just completed, a trip from Europe over the Atlantic to North America, I thought I’d share a photo of a fellow traveler– this hemipteran, or “true bug”, that arrived today at a furniture store in Racine, Wisconsin, in a shipment of furniture from Norway. Although […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

WEIT stalwart Stephen Barnard sent Jerry some more gorgeous photos from Idaho with his comments. Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). The first two photos show the difference in size between the female and the male. That’s Desi on the left and Lucy on the right. This American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) has been patrolling my backyard. It likes to […]

The anurans of autumn

by Greg Mayer In a previous post here at WEIT, I’d reported on some toads and a painted turtle that I’d rescued from stair and window wells, and then released back into the wild last spring. I’d mentioned at the time that I periodically check these places, especially a deep (ca. 20 feet down) window […]

Spot the toads

by Greg Mayer A further salientian post is coming, but since people seemed to have such fun finding the frogs, I thought I’d add a quick post on spotting the toads.These are American toads, part of the same “rescue” as the green frogs featured yesterday. I think getting the count right on this one is […]