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A Wildlife Where’s Waldo

Posted by Richard Conniff on March 22, 2015

1395180_939683106081777_4770492552988501563_nTexas conservationist John Karges picked up a piece of lumber lying on the ground at Las Estrellas Preserve, a Nature Conservancy Property in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  Then he took this picture and immediately put the plank back down.  He now calls that plank “the Waldo Board,” because it set him off on a search for species taking shelter beneath it. So far he’s found “three Texas banded geckos, three Great Plains narrow-mouthed toads, one centipede, at least one beetle larva,” and probably other stuff since he posted this seven hours ago.

I still can’t find the damned centipede.  You give it a try.  Hints after the break.  I first noticed the toads by the shape of the hind legs of the largest one. Then that soft bluish-gray  color led me to the others.  I also had to download the picture and enlarge it to see much of anything.


One Response to “A Wildlife Where’s Waldo”

  1. I read, in the book Wild Comfort, I think, about placing a board or door in the woods and then lifting it periodically to find snakes. I haven’t done it yet but love the idea. Thanks for this entry. Great food for thought.

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