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Crocodile Takes Lawnmower—It Makes Plenty Enough Sense

I feel I’d be remiss not to post about the saltwater crocodile in Australia that grabbed a lawnmower and watched over it quite closely.

The crocodile was in time tricked into giving up the lawnmower. 

Here is a link to a video of the lawnmower abduction. 

This took place at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, Australia.

Here are facts about visiting Australia.  I’ve never been to Australia.

If you decide to visit Australia, please be certain to tip service workers well and to be respectful of the working people you encounter on your trip.

Here is the website for Occupy Sydney, Australia.  

A saltwater crocodile is a large and fearsome creature.

Here is some history of lawnmowers.

I know this is a freak show kind of story, but that does not mean you can’t use it to learn something new.

So much of what goes on that we might view as more serious news is a freak show as well.

Given your expectation that giant crocodiles would be aggressive and unpredictable, you could argue that this story makes more sense than does much of the daily news.

There is always so much to learn.

Here are facts about reptiles.

Here is a history of lawns.

I hope folks are having a nice holiday season.

December 29, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Picture Of 14 Foot Long Alligator

The picture you see with this post is of a 14 foot long alligator. You can’t quite tell it is 14 feet long, but it is indeed such a creature. It was huge like a pre-historic monster.

This beast lives, for the moment, at the Newport, Kentucky Aquarium. The alligator is named Mighty Mike and is 50 years old.

I’m sorry this alligator is a prisoner in a fish jail like an aquarium. But otherwise it was going to be shot as a safety risk to humans in Florida. And, frankly, nature is not such a nice place for animals. Animals die all the time out in nature. They are eaten by other animals and shot and poisoned by people.

Mighty Mike now tours various aquariums in the U.S.

If I were home now instead of on the road, I’d include some links to learn about alligators and reptiles. But I’m doing the blog on the fly for the moment.

I’d encourage you to take some time today to learn about alligators and reptiles and whatever it is you find of interest in life.

January 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Picture Of Texas River Cooter With Weekly Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

With the round-up this week is a picture of a turtle called the Texas River Cooter. As you might imagine, this is a turtle that lives in Texas. They appear to live in Austin among other places in Texas.

Here is a link to more photos of this creature.

Here are  facts about River Cooters from the Univ. of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

Here are facts about reptiles in Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online.

From the Handbook—“As of 1987, Texas ranked first among the fifty states in numbers of reptilian species, with thirty-five species of turtles, sixty-one of lizards, sixty-eight of snakes, and the American alligator.”

Here is a list of reptiles in Texas.

Here is a good list of facts about reptiles from Reptile Knowledge.com

Here is this week’s TPA round-up—

TXsharon went undercover this week to map methane plumes in the Barnett Shale: “Stealth” measurements contradict Shale Gas industry safe air claims, new technology shows. Big Gas is so BUSTED! And it’s all reported on Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy covers all of the results of the primary elections including the surprising defeat of Don McLeroy in the State Board of Education District 9 Republican primary. Left of College Station also covers the week in headlines, and this week will begin coverage of the local municipal elections.

The Texas Cloverleaf provides a Denton County and Texas primary roundup.

Texas Vox celebrated last week as the student governments of two Texas rivals, UT and A&M, passed “green fees” to support sustainability initiatives on campus.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson takes a first look at the general election race for governor in Texas: White vs. Perry is a toss up. Continue reading

March 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment