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Mein "Konzentriertes Zusammenleben" im Garten
« am: 07 September 2020, 19:30:35 »
Mein "konzentriertes Zusammenleben" in meinem Garten.

All the Pictures were taken in “Onser Gärtle” with:
•   Agfa Optima III
•   Canon Rebel S
•   Samsung Digital Video Camcorder SC-D6550
by “Mecke”, that’s what they called me way back in the Gartenstrasse in Ludwigsburg, Germany, a Photographer, who is very mean, first he framed them, then he shot them, and then he hanged them on the wall.


 

 
Meet my back-yard friends (Oma and Opa’s private Zoo)
Frequent Visitors to our Back Yard
Green Lizards
•   They blend directly into the tree background.
•   They are common in South Florida. They like what attracts people to Florida: beautiful scenery, water views, swimming pools and sunbathing.


                                       



                           

 
Curly Tail Lizards

 
Interesting Facts about Curly-Tail Lizards
•   Curly-tailed lizards were released in Florida during the 1940s to bring the population of sugarcane pests down. (People with a Swabian accent were allowed to vote in Florida to compliment the red-neck vocabulary of the state as well as the limited vocabulary of Donald Trump)
•   Males can grow up to 20 cm long, while females are comparatively smaller. They have small, tough scales that are rough in texture, but glossy to look at.
•   These lizards may either be brown, gray, green, or a mix of two or more colors. Their bodies can also have irregular spots and stripes, and the underside is whitish-yellow.
•   The males have a throat fan, and also have larger heads as compared to the females.
•   Curly-tails require an area with a lot of insect life, which is needed in big amounts during the mating season.
•   Curly-tails emerge out into the open during the day, and sun themselves to kick-start their metabolism. They spend their day hunting for insects and other smaller lizard species.
•   Curly-tails have a lifespan of 5 - 7 years.
•   Even though a major part of their diet consists of insects, the curly tails are called omnivores because they vociferously eat flowers, small fruits, small crustaceans, seeds, Anole lizards, roaches, spiders, mosquitoes and ants.
 
 

 
Curly Tail lizard they eat from your hand.
https://youtu.be/HWyLVzYoiGs

 

 
Brown Anole Lizards.  

 
Interesting Facts about Brown Anole Lizards
•   They can grow anywhere between 12 cm and 21 cm (5 inches and 8.5 inches) in length. The Males are generally larger than the females.
•   They have red or orange extensible throat fans or dewlaps with a distinct white border.
•   Apart from their native range of the Bahamas and Cuba, the brown anole was introduced in the southern regions of Florida, United States from the Caribbean Islands.
•   Their diet consists of various insects including grasshoppers, spiders, crickets, cockroaches, wax worms and mealworms. They may also feed on smaller Lizard species like the green anoles and their eggs.
•   I saw them many times walking on water across the pool or hang out near the pool’s edge waiting for “hand outs” (when I feed them with drowned insects from the pool).
•   They like to spend their time sitting on tree branches or rocks, basking in sunlight.
•   They tend to hide under tree barks and inside rotten logs, alone or in groups, when the weather is cold.
•   Males often bob their heads and move in a manner (as if they are doing push-ups) when angry. The same behavior is displayed for finding suitable mates.
•   They have a special defense mechanism that allows them to shed their tails immediately if they are captured by it.
•   The lizards are able to run at fast speeds, making it easier for them to catch prey or avoid enemies.
•   They can cover long distances in a single leap.
•   Being excellent climbers, they can climb any type of surface at a blinding speed.
•   Average lifespan of this species is 3 to 4 years.

 

 


Iguanas
Interesting Facts About Iguana
•   Iguanas during the times of attack; use their tails to punch the enemy. Also, they can detach a part of their tail in danger and ensure a fast escape.
•   On the top of their heads; these lizards have a third eye, which is a retina-like structure that connects to the pineal gland in the brain. Even though it does not produce images, it’s an important element to them.
 

           



                       












 

                       
Iguana Video   https://youtu.be/m7j-p-yXMyQ



     



   

 
 
•   Iguanas can survive great falls even from the height of 40-50 feet without any injuries. (Maybe if I had an Iguana in my pocket I would have survived my fall from the roof in 2012 without injuries).
•   When a mother iguana gives birth, it lays eggs, covers it up and moves away. Babies hatch, dig their way up and are on their own to survive.
•   Green Iguanas are excellent swimmers.
•   Iguanas breathe through their lungs and amazingly have the ability to survive underwater for 28 minutes without breathing.
•   Iguanas are known to be very social who like to live and eat together. Male Iguanas fight over territories for encroachments. (Just like humans)
•   These lizards only eat plants, fruits, leaves and flowers and sometimes insects.
•   The young iguanas will often eat the poop of grown up iguanas to get the necessary bacteria to digest their food.
•   Iguanas don’t really like to hunt actively for food and therefore are laid back creatures and spend their day sprawling in the sun to keep warm. (They have a mañana philosophy)
•   Iguanas have an extra skin below their neck called ‘Dewlap’ that helps in their body temperature regulation. The Dewlap is also used to display aggression.
•   Iguanas can grow up to 6 feet weighing 20 pounds in captivity with proper care. But the fascinating thing is half of their length is their tail. Quite a big lizard!

Snakes
Black Racer

 
Interesting Black racer Facts:
•   Black racer can reach 55 to 70 inches in length.
•   Black racer, as its name suggests, is covered with black scales. It has white markings on the throat and chin.
•   Black racer has a slender body covered with smooth scales. It has large eyes with round pupils and needle-sharp teeth.
•   Black racer is an excellent swimmer and climber.
•   Black racer is agile and very fast animal that can "run" (crawl) 4 miles per hour when it is threatened, hence the name "racer".
•   Black racer is diurnal animal (active during the day).
•   Black racer is a carnivore (meat-eater). Its diet is based on insects, frogs, small snakes, lizards, rodents, moles and birds.
•   Unlike other constrictors, black racer does not coil its body around the prey. Instead, it presses the prey on the ground and uses its own weight and strength to crush it.
•   Black racer produces buzzing noise which resembles the sound of rattlesnake, by vibrating its tail in the tall grass. This tactic is used to intimidate predators. Black racer is also able to lay motionless, with sharply curved body which looks like a fallen branch, when it is faced with danger.
•   Natural enemies of black racers are large birds (various types of hawks), snakes (king snakes and large racers) and humans. (Very Sad!)
•   Black racer will try to escape from humans whenever possible. It attacks and bites only in self-defense. Even though it does not produce venom, bite of black racer can be very painful.
•   Mating season of black racers takes place during the spring and summer (from March to June).
•   Female lays up to 20 eggs (usually 6 to 18) from the May to August. Babies are 6 inches long at birth. They need to fend for themselves from the moment of birth.
•   Only 40% of babies manage to survive first year of their life. Black racers reach sexual maturity at the age of 2 to 3 years.
•   Black racer can survive up to 10 years in the wild.

 
Black Racers Mating (By the time I saw them and get the camera they were gone)

 
https://youtu.be/mOMzUPlWxNs
King Snake

 
Interesting King Snake Facts:
•   King snakes can reach 3 to 6 feet in length and up to 3.3 pounds of weight.
•   King snakes have strong body covered with smooth scales, hence the scientific name for this group of snakes: "Lampropeltis" ("shiny shield" in Greek).
•   King snakes are terrestrial animals (adapted to the life on the solid ground).
•   Most species of king snakes are nocturnal. Few king snakes are active during the day (diurnal) or at dusk or dawn (crepuscular). Their activity often changes during the year (they become nocturnal during the summer).
•   King snakes are meat-eaters. Their diet is based on other snakes, turtle eggs, lizards, small mammals, birds and frogs.
•   King snakes belong to the group of snakes known as constrictors. They wrap the body around their prey and squeeze it until it dies out of suffocation.
•   Name "king snake" refers to the fact that these snakes tolerate venom of pit-vipers and eat poisonous snakes such as copperhead, rattlesnake and cottonmouth without any visible side effects.
•   When they are faced with danger, king snakes release unpleasant odor and produce rattling sound by moving their tail in leaf litter. King snakes look like poisonous coral snakes. Specific body coloration repels many predators. King snakes are not aggressive by nature, but they will bite in self-defense.
•   Natural enemies of king snakes are birds of prey such as hawks and eagles and mammals such as coyotes, raccoons, foxes and bobcats.
•   Majority of king snakes hibernate during the winter or remain dormant short period of time ("pseudo-hibernation").
•   Mating season of king snakes takes place during the spring.
•   Female deposits 3 to 13 eggs under decaying logs or into the ground. Babies emerge from the eggs 2 to 3 months later. They are 4 to 12 inches long at birth and able to fend for themselves from the moment of birth. (No baby-sitting required)
•   King snakes reach sexual maturity at the age of 3 to 4 years. (In a human scenario, the Kindergarten would become a red-light district).
•   King snakes can survive 20 to 30 years in the wild. (For humans, it is as short as a 2 or 3-day stint until help arrives, for a long-term “Robinson Crusoe” scenario stranded on a deserted isle it might be a few weeks or months).
Coral Snake

 
Thank goodness!!! So far, I have not seen a Coral Snake in my back yard.



Interesting Coral Snake Facts:
•   Venom produced by the coral snake is the second strongest of all snake venoms.
•   Coral snake produces neurotoxic venom which targets brain and nervous system. Sometimes effects of venom can become visible after 12 hours. If not treated with anti-venom, person will experience difficulties with movement and speech, and eventually die as a result of cardiac arrest due to inability to breath.
•   Unlike other venomous snakes, coral snake cannot retract its venomous fangs into the mouth; instead, they are constantly erect.
•   Coral snake does not have strong or large fangs, so it needs to chew its prey in order to deliver toxin. Leather boots, for example, cannot be penetrated with coral snake's fangs.
•   Since there are few non-venomous species of snakes that look like coral snake (because of their bands and colors), there are few rhyme which help people to distinguish venomous from non-venomous snakes. The most famous one is: "Red on yellow, kill a fellow" and " red on black, friend of Jack".

 
•   Coral snakes are not very large. Rare specimens may reach 3 feet in length, but most of them are 18 to 20 inches long.
•   Coral snakes are characterized by specific body coloration which consists of black, red and yellow bands.
•   Head of the coral snake is black and it is hardly distinguished from the tail.
•   People rarely come in contact with coral snakes because they are active mostly during the night or early in the morning hours. Besides, coral snakes are not aggressive and they will rather hide than confront with the predator.
•   Coral snakes spend most time during the day in the underground holes and tunnels which are dug by other animals. They can be also found under the rotten leaves or in the tree stumps.
•   Coral snakes are carnivores (meat eaters). They prefer frogs, mice, insects, lizards and small birds. They will also eat other snakes, including coral snakes. That is why they are called "ophiophagous", which means "snake eaters".
•   Coral snake is the only venomous snake in the North America which lays eggs (other species give birth to live snakes).
•   Female lays 3 to 5 eggs in the summer. It takes couple of months (2 to 3) for eggs to hatch.
•   Babies have the same coloration as their parents and they are fully venomous from the first day of their life.
•   Lifespan of the coral snake in the wild is unknown. They can live up to 7 years in captivity.
Habitat
•   Coral snakes that live in forested or jungle areas spend most of their time burrowed underground or in leaf piles, according to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology’s Animal Diversity Web(ADW). They like marshy and wooded areas, but also live in the scrubby sandhills of the Southeast United States.
•   Western coral snakes live primarily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona and Northern Mexico. According to Arizona Leisure, they like to live under rocks or burrow into sand or soil, and are often found in the rocky areas around Saguaro cacti.
•   Coral snakes are nocturnal and reclusive. Because of their secretive habits, they may be found in suburban areas. They spend most of their time keeping cozy in burrows or under rocks or rotting leaves. According to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, they are most commonly seen in the spring and fall. These snakes are shy and will often flee from predators.
Diet
•   Coral snakes eat lizards and other small, smoothed-scaled snakes. National Geographic reported that Eastern coral snakes will eat frogs, and Western coral snakes are particularly fond of devouring blind or black-headed snakes, according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.







Squirrels

 
Interesting Squirrel Facts:
•   There are over 265 species of squirrel worldwide. The smallest is the African pygmy squirrel which is tiny at around 10 cm long, whereas the largest, the Indian giant squirrel is a massive three feet long.
•   When a squirrel is scared and feels that it is in danger, it will at first remain motionless. If it is on the ground, it will run to a nearby tree and climb to safety, and if it is already in a tree it will circle the trunk and press up against the bark tightly with its body.
•   Squirrels are very trusting animals, and are of the very few wild animal species which will eat out of a person’s hand.
•   Squirrels tend to run in erratic paths. This is intended to deceive potential predators as to its chosen direction so that it may escape.
•   Squirrels are extremely intelligent creatures. They are known to put on elaborate bogus food burying displays to deceive onlookers. The fake burials are to trick potential thieves, such as other squirrels or birds, into thinking that they have stored their food stock there. Any observers planning on taking the stash will then focus on the bogus burial site, allowing the squirrel to bury the real stash elsewhere safely.
•   Tree-dwelling squirrels such as the grey squirrel build dreys (similar to bird’s nests) made of twigs high in trees. They are about the size of a football and are lined with grass, bark, moss and feathers for added comfort and insulation.
•   Squirrels communicate with each other through various vocalisations and scent marking. They also use their tails as a signalling device, twitching it when uneasy to alert other squirrels of potential danger.
•   There are 44 species of ‘flying squirrel’. Rather than actually flying, these species glide using a membrane which stretches from their wrists to their ankles. It allows squirrels to glide naturally like humans do with the aid of a parachute.
•   The squirrel is the Native American symbol for preparation, trust and thriftiness.

 

 

 

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Possums
The possum is actually a tree-climbing marsupial that lives in Australia, and a distant cousin to the North American, opossum. not a rodent. Like its cousin the possum, the opossum is a marsupial, which is to say that it is an animal that has a pouch. It uses this pouch to carry its young around.
Habits
Slow moving and nocturnal, when faced with danger opossums will often play dead by “playing possum.” They are omnivorous and eat a wide variety of plants, animals, pet food and human garbage. Though generally sluggish creatures, opossums can climb readily and use their tail to grab tree limbs or carry small objects. Although many think opossums are blind, they actually have strongly dilated pupils that allow them to see well in the dark.
Habitat
Rather than create their own homes, opossums typically seek shelter in hollow logs and trees, crawl spaces beneath structures, garages, abandoned woodchuck burrows and even squirrel’s nests.
Not ones to travel long distances to forage for food, possums are omnivores who prefer to set up camp near readily available food sources. Opossums like to eat a wide variety of foods, ranging from fruits, grasses, insects, mammals, birds, fish and even carrion. Opossums also have a knack for keeping rats and roaches at bay since they commonly compete for the same territory.

 
https://youtu.be/upizVx4V-WY

 
 

 


 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Birds
Cardinals

 
Interesting Cardinal Facts:
•   Unlike many other songbirds in North America, both the male and female cardinals can sing. Usually, only a male songbird is capable of singing. (I can only sing in the shower)
•   On a related note, when a female cardinal sings from the nest, it usually means she’s telling the male she needs more food.
•   During the courtship process, male Cardinals are known
•    to exhibit affection toward females by feeding her beak-to-beak, like this picture:
 
 
•   The bird is named for the red plumage of the male, which was said to look similar to a Catholic cardinal’s red vestments.
•   The oldest Cardinal ever recorded was 15 years and 9 months old.
•   During the spring, you might see a male Cardinal attacking a window. It’s actually attacking his reflection in the glass because he will fiercely defend his breeding territory from intruding males.
•   When a male cardinal is attacking his reflection, it’s due to an increase in hormone levels that are so strong. (That’s why I keep away from the mirror as long as possible or take a cold shower).
•   For cardinals, their bright red color is highly dependent on their diets. Cardinals get carotenoids from the seeds and fruits they eat. (Donald Trump get’s his carotenoids from his hairdresser and “Middle-aged women” find his orange skin more attractive but the majority of women think he is a “short-fingered vulgarian”.

 



 
« Letzte Änderung: 07 September 2020, 19:55:26 von Urs Heßling »
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

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Re: Mein KZ
« Antwort #1 am: 07 September 2020, 19:47:38 »
moin, Rolfo,

bitte ändere umgehend den Titel mit der doch sehr irritierenden Abkürzung und ebenso den des Folgethreads und entferne auch diese Abkürzung aus dem Text !!

Wegen fehlener Reaktion Deinerseits  flop geändert

Gruß, Urs
« Letzte Änderung: 07 September 2020, 19:56:27 von Urs Heßling »
"History will tell lies, Sir, as usual" - General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne zu seiner Niederlage bei Saratoga 1777 im Amerikanischen Unabhängigkeitskrieg - nicht in Wirklichkeit, aber in George Bernard Shaw`s Bühnenstück "The Devil`s Disciple"

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Re: Mein "Konzentriertes Zusammenleben" im Garten
« Antwort #2 am: 08 September 2020, 13:31:47 »
Versuchte es zu aendern aber es wurde anscheinened bereits geaendert.
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.