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Raccoon

One night last week at dinner, I looked outside and saw a raccoon just walking along under the rhododendron.

IN all my life, I have not seen a raccoon a) on our property, b) not in a zoo or something. It was very freaky and weird.


Cows (oops)
Deer
Rabbits
Turkeys
Birds of varying degrees
squirrels
chipmunks
bugs, bugs, bugs
groundhogs
racoon
bats
skunks (ugh!)
mallards (they made a nest, but didn't stay long)
cats (wild & not so wild)
dogs (domestic only)
turtles (we used to mark them)
Crayfish
toads
frogs
lizard-type-things
garter snakes (which I always thought were called garden snakes 'cuz that's where we found them)
voles
mice
foxes


That's all I can think of right now.

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iniswitryn
Sep. 21st, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Your lack of raccoon-ery baffles me, because we've periodically had raccoons and opossums, and I think we're a lot more urban than you are.

We also used to run into them all the time at our place in the Poconos, but that was just accepted as a matter of course.

I'm impressed that you've had turkeys though. A wild turkey once chased me. ***fear***

And I regret to say that I've never seen a wild fox in my life.

Also. Do you have snakes? Our cats lurrrrve de little garter snakes. :D
mountainheather
Sep. 21st, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
hehe. I used to be afraid of garter snakes. My uncle had one in his basement once. We freaked out at first. What do the cats do with them?
dracheitskara
Sep. 21st, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
I can guess, they probably play with them until they get bored, and then kill them. Maybe eat them if they feel like it/are hungry.
mountainheather
Sep. 21st, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
Well, that's what I was wondering. I was curious if they'd actually eat them or not.
tenthz
Sep. 21st, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
We are totally out in the middle of nowhere. :-P

Well, we were, but now the "where" has started incrouching on us. :-(

I think the reason for not seeing opossums and racoons (except as roadkill!!) is the fact that they are nocturnal and there is plenty of space/food/whatever for them not to bother our trashcans or whatever they do in suburban/urban areas.

Oh, and yes, we have snakes! I forgot about snakes. I don't spend much time outside anymore, and those you definitely can't see through the window. I will add it to the list, though.
mountainheather
Sep. 21st, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
Hm. That is interesting. One time when Adam was here a *big* raccoon was in my Gp's garage sitting on top of a car. There is a picture around someplace.

No possums? Do you have a pond someplace?
tenthz
Sep. 21st, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
See above answer about the 'possums.

The front area is all marshy in the wet seasons. :) My dad always wanted to dig it out and make a pond, but I told him he better hurry before the area becomes protected or some sort of crap.
mountainheather
Sep. 21st, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Ah. That makes sense about the raccoons not needing to be after garbage. The possums I've seen thoughh have just been hanging out (at night)under a tree or something. Except for the one I almost ran over. He froze in my headlights like a deer (only a lot smaller), it was slightly creepy.
memeslayer
Sep. 21st, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
No armadillos? :-p
quilynn
Sep. 23rd, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
We used to get raccoons on our front porch all the time. They'd come to eat the cat food.
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