Hightlights of the day included seeing the flamingos get fed. Okay, well, not terribly exciting, just funny watching the flock follow the keeper around the pen. And listening to two very knowledgeable keepers in the bug house talking about how this one bird-eating tarantula doesn't actually eat birds (it got its name because the guy who named it saw it with a bird, but it's too heavy to actually go after them on purpose) and has dangerous hairs; if you get one in your eye, it'll be swollen shut for two weeks. If you get some in your nose and throat--bad news, dude. And they have five layers of mesh in the cage to protect the keepers from it. I kept trying to think of a nifty SF story or something to use that in.

Anyway. On to slightly less dangerous critters. These are, um, African short-nosed crocs, I think.

Crocodile


Rattlesnake! There were actually two of them curled up here.

Rattlesnake

Caiman lizard. I like these guys. They're fairly big (two feet long, or so) and colorful.

caiman lizard

Albino python or boa. I don't remember which.

Albino boa or python

And this dude's taking a nap. I don't remember his name. Bad zoo photographer, bad.

Lizard
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From: [identity profile] jess-ka.livejournal.com


Oo, the Caiman lizard is gorgeous and very cool. And I've always kind of loved crocs; look at that mouth, so prehistoric looking.

From: [identity profile] indigo-room.livejournal.com


Fabulous reptiles. I like the caiman lizard, too.

Tell me you're not planning to write about someone having sex with a spider. At least not one with such deadly hairs.

We just got back from a trip through Texas, the SW, and the desert of southern Cal. I kept looking around for tarantulas but didn't see any. We just passed through quickly--you don't see much that way. But we visited friends who live in the Foothills outside Tucson, and they reported seeing paralyzed tarantulas being dragged across their patio by tarantula wasps. Go, wasps!

From: [identity profile] tcastleb.livejournal.com


Um, no. I wasn't thinking e-books. That would be a bit too creepy. And I don't think I want to see a tarantula wasp, either. Eek!

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I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I loved your Haiku. I have a book out right now, titled AMERICAN STAR II, and my character is a cross dresser. Congrats!!
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