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Determined Turtle

Determined Turtle
Originally uploaded by ivy_windchaser
The reason that I joined flickr was so that I could join my friend Liz in a one-a-day photo project. The purpose is to take at least one picture every calendar day. These photos must be taken on their aesthetic or artistic interest alone, not to chronicle an event or because someone paid us.

Today, ironically while I was going to check the squirrel traps* under the house, I discovered a turtle. I spent about twenty minutes lying on the ground snapping pictures until the little fellow (or lady, I can't tell) decided to move again. After it was all finished, I pulled two slugs off me and have spent the rest of the morning scratching.

* The squirrel traps are humane, double entrance cages that we set so that we could catch the squirrels that have taken residence in our attic where they are nest, chew, claw, and make a mess. If we ever manage to catch any, we will release them in Cossar State Park. Any species other than squirrel will be released back into the yard. This morning all the traps had been sprung, the bait taken, and nothing was inside. I assume that the cats that live under the house were able to steal the bait (chunky peanut butter on 1/2 a hot dog bun) but were big enough the flip the trap upside down and get away.

mood: starving!

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kothoga From: kothoga Date: May 20th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Putting peanut butter straight on the trap spring will keep them from being able to grab and run.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 20th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC) (link)
::nod nod:: That's exactly what I told Jimmy this morning.
alcamar From: alcamar Date: May 20th, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC) (link)
:) that's a pretty nice pic.

Ugg, squirrels are such a pain in the ass. And the problem is, if you don't get rid of them soon, they leave a scene behind basically calling to others.

There was this section of the house that last year, squirrels had clawed away at enough to fit into. We kept hearing them trying to get in. I put up a mesh to try to keep them out, I think it might have lasted 15 minutes. Next day it was all bent away and hole was back. Finally I just took sheet metal and nailed it in place, and we haven't had a problem since.
There's really no telling where they're coming in at your house. They are devious and persistant buggers though. Good luck getting rid of them.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 20th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC) (link)
We tried to hire someone to fix this, but he was so busy helping a farmer with a beaver problem that he kept missing appointments with us. I wouldn't have minded the rescheduling, however, we never got a single phone call telling us he couldn't be there. I would call him toward the end of the day and ask him if he was coming that day and he said he couldn't make it. Imagine if my schedule was like a normal person and I'd had to take off work all those days that he didn't show up. Finally one day when I called him after the third reschedule, and he said he couldn't possibly be here at least for another another week. When I asked if he knew anyone else who I could hire, he said that there was only one other guy in the state licensed to trap or hunt out of season and that I would go to jail if I hired anyone else. It was implication in his voice and the lack of professionalism that pissed me off, so we decided to handle this ourselves.

I remember your travails of last year when you were helping kothoga with the opening in her (I think) wall near the roof line. Since this is such an old house, there are so many ways to get into the attic. Every site we've read have said how awful they are and they are impossible to keep out of the attic. They will chew through anything (except perhaps your metal) that you try to fix the holes with and they will keep coming back every year because they often nest and are born in these places. So we're going to have to trap them and take them at least 20+ miles away so that they lose their orientation (they're almost as good as cats in finding their way back to a place). The other option is to drown them, but I told Jimmy that was NOT an option.
alcamar From: alcamar Date: May 20th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC) (link)
Ugg, what an asshole. Yeah, don't go with him. Even if for no other reason than principle. You won't go to jail for hiring someone else, they'd get into trouble for actually doing the trapping without being licensed(is my thought). Gahhh, that pisses me off.

Yeah, basically the sheet metal didn't really give them a hold, and the entire hole was covered up, sooo.

Awww, come on, squirrel sirens would be fun! :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 15th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC) (link)



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