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Monday, January 11, 2010

MAX BLAKE: Taxonomy Fail #1

Just after Christmas Max sent me a number of these images. I'm not sure from whence young Blake obtained the pictures, but I find them highly amusing, which is reason alone to put them on the bloggo....

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

Oh dear!

This reminds me of the Pepe Le Pew cartoons, where the skunk always mistook a black cat with a white stripe down her back for a "lady skunk."


Opossums aren't that aggressive, but they will hiss and murmur (something like a cat) when they are trying to defend themselves.

I love the "not housebroken" description. Opossums are arboreal, so they poop where ever they are. Also, if they are frightened enough, they will let loose some green stuff out of their anus that smells absolutely awful.

I'm surprised that the description didn't include "has seizure condition," because one of the main traits of this species is that if they are scared enough, they will go into an involuntary coma-like state (playing 'possum).

We had some issues with local raccoons and opossums digging through the garbage this past summer. When we caught opossum in cage traps, we'd just haze them off. Because these animals are nomads, it's a waste of time to relocate them.

My dog decided to help run one off as we released it from the cage trap.

It took off from the cage, and my fierce golden retriever took off after it. It ran maybe 20 feet before the dog was upon it. It stopped and hissed, and my dog came running back home! The opossum went up a tall white pine and stayed there the rest of the day.