Where in the hell am I?

October 12, 2007


Filed under: fauna, frogs, reptiles, Texas, turtle — John @ 5:22 am

Originally uploaded by texasrobo

I had a much nicer encounter with Texas reptiles today. After finishing up our reconnaissance (and racing a huge storm system), we drove up to Ranger, Texas to check out a bridge replacement project. These frogs were everywhere, hopping around. At first, I thought it was just grasshoppers or water bugs, but then I finally saw them. They’re really tiny, maybe an inch big and all legs.
I also saw a turtle that must have hurt his hind legs. It was practically vertical in the creek bed, and I thought maybe the rock he was against was just too steep to climb up. So I grabbed a stick and used it to scoot him up the rock, but then it just slid forward again and seemed stuck again. A few minutes later I had my shovel and picked the turtle up and looked at the back of his shell, and I couldn’t see the feet or claws, and it never extended the hind legs. Eventually, I put it up on a more level surface and it scooted itself along using its front legs. I didn’t really know what else to do.
This week has been pretty easy, even with walking almost 8 miles yesterday. We didn’t find a damn thing, though, and the bridge we’re checking out tomorrow before driving back to Austin seems like a low probability too.
I’ve had that damn “Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)” song stuck in my head for a couple of days now. The beat is catchy, but the rap is just horrible and the dance is pretty dumb. And yet, I find myself doing the Superman part randomly, for no reason.


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