Monthly Archives: June 2014

Good Guatemalan migratory birds and amphibians news

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video from Guatemalsa is called Saving the Sierra Caral.

From Wildlife Extra:

Creation of new Guatemala reserve has big implications for bird migration

Conservationists are celebrating the government in Guatemala’s formal establishment of a new 47,000 acre (19,013 hectare) protected area that will safeguard some of the country’s most endangered wildlife.

The reserve is home to three species of threatened birds, a host of migratory birds that breed in the United States, a dozen globally threatened frogs and salamanders, five of which are found nowhere else in the world, and the rare Merendon palm pit viper (Bothriechis thalassinus), an arboreal, blue-toned venomous snake.

The National Congress of Guatemala established the National Protected Area by an overwhelming pro-conservation vote of 106 in favour out of a total of 125 congressmen present in the session.

It is the first new protected area designated by the Guatemalan Congress…

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Sexing a Painted Turtle

Naturally Curious with Mary Holland

painted turtle 035If you see a Painted Turtle on land at this time of year, chances are great that it’s a female on her way to or from laying her eggs. But how do you know the sex of a Painted Turtle at any other time of year? It helps to have both sexes in front of you, as it’s all relative, but in general, males have much longer nails on their front feet than females (good for gripping females during mating). Males also have longer and thicker tails. The cloaca (passageway into which the intestinal, urinary, and genital tracts open) of a male Painted Turtle is close to the tip of the tail, whereas the female’s cloaca is near the base of the tail. A super large Painted Turtle (8”-10”) is more likely to be a female, as their shells can grow to a larger dimension than those of males. (photo:…

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Hmm…Good Friends, They’re All Edible

Author Lynn Steigleder

I have a reoccurring character that just happens to be an animal. alligatorNot the type of animal you would normally think of, if you were thinking of animals. This particular critter is roughly the size of a wolverine. It has two unusual characteristics.

Number one: Its yellow eyes curve from the front around to the side of its head.

Number two: It talks.

Animals bring about a wealth of emotions. These emotions are different for each individual, just as finger prints.

Allow me to tell you of some of my early experiences with our four-footed friends.

I’ve always had a special place in my being for animals of the reptilian variety. My first exposure to these scaly creatures came in the form of an alligator named Wilbur. In actually Wilbur was probably a caiman, but when it comes to a twelve-inch long mouth with needles for teeth, does it really…

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Millennium Green: Slow start but comes up trumps



Early on in the year I said to myself I would endeavour to take a walk in my lunch hour and ensure that I didn’t sit at my desk every lunchtime. Near to the office in Halesworth is an area called Millennium Green and this was the obvious place to head out to.

I was joined by the New Web developer who had similar interest in wildlife. Early on in the year we started to wonder if this was a place devoid of life. We saw very few birds and next to nothing else. We set ourselves the challenge of seeing 50 species of Bird, 15 species of Butterfly and water ever else we could see would be a bonus.

In spring the green just simple came to life. Birds started to arrive, and as them months have gone on Butterflies, Dragon and Damselflies, mammals and reptiles. One reptile that we…

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Attracting amphibians and reptiles to your garden

A Morning Visitor

I love Box Turtles

Nina's Nature Diary

This morning as I practiced tai chi chuan in the carport, I discovered that I was not alone!


This lovely Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) was watching me from the sidelines. She (I think it was a female, as they have brown eyes, whereas the eyes of the male are red, according to this article in Wikipedia) did not seem afraid and did not pull her head and legs into her shell. (I have observed many times before that wild animals seem interested and unafraid when I am doing tai chi. The slow movements seem to attract them.) She did not flinch when I stopped to admire her beautiful markings and take her picture.


Eventually, she began to move. She seemed to be looking for a way off the carport, but could not figure out how to do it, as there were several steps and…

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