This blog was intended to be a description of how I transfer Earthworms from one bin to another. My pictures didn’t quite work out, but not to be discouraged I have one more colony to transfer. However I ran out of bins due to wear and tear, they get brittle after a few years. I had to order more, they are due to be delivered next week. A little bit of planning goes a long way, so does a lack of planning.
I haven’t seen many reptiles this summer so far, I’m wondering if the cool nights and hot days have something to do with it. To see them is an indication the environment is healthy, I look for them. Bullfrogs are difficult for me to spot, I hear them but am unable to clamber down the levee to shine a light on them. I am reduced to finding them in the daylight and we all know how that goes, they’re not out in the sun. I was however lucky enough to take a few pictures over the past months.
I captured a photo of this Snake working it’s way across the Levee early this past spring. I suspect it had just molted, It was difficult to tell if it was merely wet or recently shedded. This species is harmless, it most likely sensed me close by just kept it’s pace and direction. I don’t hurt or molest the critters, I’m happy they are here.
I was fortunate to be able to take a picture of this good size Mud Turtle around the same time as the photo of the Snake above. There are numerous Turtles in the slough, one spot further North has a large population. In my neck of the woods they are more difficult to see due to the current but they may spotted sunning as this one is doing. The water is cold, a constant 55° F (12.7° C), I was unaware Turtles are able to survive in that temperature.
I have watched Turtles swim underwater past the docks, that is interesting. They are not fast swimmers they are however determined to get where they are headed. I am sure there are many more in the water than what meets the eye. Unlike the fence Lizards that are everywhere.
I am convinced there are many more Fence Lizards than those I see, they are everywhere. Blue Jays, Skinks and Hawks will prey on them, I question how many they are able to catch as they are fast. On occasion one will fall into the water, always a life ending event.
Years ago I was in the Sierra’s and stopped at a small resort next to a steep sided canyon about 50 feet high that had a narrow river running through it. In the river were many large German Brown Trout, a dozen or so fishermen were on the shore attempting to catch them. A young boy of 10 years old came walking up with a fishing pole, he lived at the resort. As he went past me he said “I know how to catch them, watch me.” I didn’t dought him for a second as he scrambled up and down the steep cliff. He caught a Fence Lizard which he baited his hook with. Tossing the hook, line and sinker into the water for no longer than three seconds when one of the big fish attacked it. He reeled it in as all of the older fishermen watched him. He told me as he passed by the problem is they’re all using the same bait that everyone always uses. I shook my head and laughed.
Jacques Lebec Earthworm Farming and Composting