A concerend Chantilly resident asked that I come to his home to capture a snake he said was crawling around in his back yard. The snake, a young black rat, was underneath the steps (background in the photo). Snake was captured and released unharmed and the home owner graciously provided me with this pic.
I shot this photo, although not of great quality, around 11:00 pm the during first week of January 2009. The combination of narrow, winding roads and too many deer have proved to be a hazard and sometimes fatal mix for motorist. This photo shows some white tails at the intersection of Cliton and Neuman Roads.
My friend Quin McGrael discovered this rather large snapping turtle suspended below an ice covered pond. The ability to endure such conditions for periods of time is characteristics of certain turtles given they can lower their metabolic rate and derive oxygen through specialized sacs found in their vents.
Snappin turtles are considered a game animal in Virginia. Many are harvested each year as a food source. However their has been documented evidence that these animals do bio-accumulate pollutants and heavy metals such as mercury in their fatty tissues which would lead one to think twice about eating them.
Twenty years ago a snapping turtle like this one went for the property owners dog while it swam in the pond. The turtle clamped its jaws down on the dogs paw and tried to pull it below the surface. the property owner saw what was happening and was able to rescue his pet. To this day the owner does not have much affection for these turtles
This female black widow was observed in a shed behind a house (house no longer standing)near the corner of Maple Branch and Clifton roads. The home owner ask me to remove and relocate the spider. Prior to relocating the animal I took these photgraphs of it in its “natural” habitat.
Black widow after release