Red Diamondback Rattlesnake - What a Beauty!

Posted by Nancy on 7/17/2018 to Rattlesnakes
Red Diamondback Rattlesnake - What a Beauty!
The Red Diamondback Rattlesnake is one of the most beautiful of all the rattlesnakes I have seen.  They have brownish red diamonds with white edges.  The belly is a creamy white.  

Broad-tailed Hummingbirds – Did You Know?

Posted by Nancy on 7/10/2018 to Hummingbirds
Broad-tailed Hummingbirds – Did You Know?
It was cold enough in the Rocky Mountains that Dad agreed to reconsider tenting for a few nights.  The fact that the Broad-tailed Hummingbird could survive the cold fascinated me.  I have since learned that they enter a state of slow metabolism called torpor and only maintain a body temperature of about 54 degrees.

Why Did My Turtle Lay an Egg?

Posted by Nancy on 7/3/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
Question: My Painted Turtle just laid an egg!  I have had her since she was 4”.  She is kept with my brother’s Juvenile Red-eared Slider.  What is going on?  Is she pregnant?

Help! I Have a Sick Bird at my Bird Feeder

Posted by Nancy on 6/12/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Question:  I have a sparrow sitting near our feeder that is still and not eating.  Its feathers are puffed out like it is cold, but other birds are not indicating the weather is affecting them.  Is the bird sick?  What should I do?

Is My Tortoise Constipated?

Posted by Nancy on 6/5/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
Is My Tortoise Constipated?

Question:  I think my tortoise is constipated.   What would cause this and how do I prevent it in the future?

Answer:  The first thing we need to discuss is your tortoise’s appetite.  Your tortoise will have a greatly diminished appetite if it is constipated. 

Do Hummingbirds Remember Who Feeds Them?

Posted by Nancy on 5/22/2018 to Hummingbirds
My wife tells me that I am getting the same hummingbirds to my hummingbird feeders because hummingbirds remember who feeds them.  Can this be true?  Don't they just find a feeder that is in their range?

Do Rattlesnakes Lay Eggs or Give Live Births?

Posted by Nancy on 5/15/2018 to Rattlesnakes

Question: I have heard that rattlesnakes give live birth, but I heard Tom talking about a rattlesnake having up to 25 eggs. Can you please explain this discrepancy?

Will Birds Starve if I Stop Feeding?

Posted by Nancy on 5/8/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Will Birds Starve if I Stop Feeding?
The goal of Brittingham's study was to learn whether birds become dependent on feeders and loose the ability to forage in the wild. 

Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders?

Posted by Nancy on 4/25/2018 to All About Bird Feeders
Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders?

We love talking about birds and helping others enjoy birds and birdwatching.  This is a question we are often asked by new wild bird enthusiasts.

Question:  Where should I hang my hummingbird feeders? 


How to Safely Pick Up Your Turtle

Posted by Nancy on 4/4/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
How to Safely Pick Up Your Turtle

 A youngster or inexperienced turtle person may drop the turtle possibly resulting in injury to the turtle. Therefore, I would like to offer these steps to handling your turtle safely.  First, be prepared for the turtle’s reaction.  

An Unusual Reason to Feed Wild Birds

Posted by Nancy on 3/27/2018 to Our Bird Trips

 I asked her why she had decided to start feeding birds.  She replied "guilt".  Now I have to admit that guilt was a new reason for feeding birds.

Horned Lizards -What a Defense!

Posted by Nancy on 3/20/2018 to All About Reptiles
 These lizards have some of the most fascinating ways of defending themselves. Dr. Wade Sherbrooke studies have found that these lizards use different types of defense depending on the predator. 

Finches- The True Vegans of the Bird World

Posted by Nancy on 3/13/2018 to Learn More About Birds

Now that you know about the seeds finches enjoy, I would like to offer you the opportunity to do more bird watching. Many of us spend needless time...

How to Feed a Leopard Tortoise

Posted by Nancy on 3/6/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
Adult Leopard Tortoise can range in size from 10-18 inches.  It sounds like your tortoise is not receiving the right nutrition to grow properly. Learn about proper nutrition for Leopard Tortoises.

One of Our Snowbirds, The White-crowned Sparrow

Posted by Tom on 2/27/2018 to Learn More About Birds
Since the White-crowned Sparrow prefers to feed on the ground along tree and shrub lines their favorite feeder in our yard is the platform bird feeder. A mixed seed seems to attract then however they have been know to be drawn to grains such as oats, wheat, barley, and corn.

Cryptic or Brilliant Snake Coloration – Which is Better?

Posted by Nancy on 2/20/2018 to All About Reptiles
If arboreal snakes like tree boas and tree vipers are supposed to use their coloring to blend into the background for survival why are there morphs with such vivid coloring?

How to Keep Narrow-mouthed Toads in Captivity

Posted by Nancy on 2/8/2018 to Reptile Care Sheets
I recently discovered Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toads near a pond by my house.  I am thinking about collecting some and then try to breed them.  Do you have any advice about this species?

Is Honey Really Bee Barf?

Posted by Nancy on 2/1/2018 to Nature Stories
Is honey really bee barf?  Learn if this is true in this blog.

Does Feeding Birds Make Them Dependent?

Posted by Tom on 1/31/2018 to All About Bird Feeders
We have often heard the comment "I don't feed birds because I travel and I don't want to make them dependent on our feeding."...For the longest time I really didn't have a good answer based on facts.  Now I do.  

My Box Turtle Won't Open His Eyes!

Posted by Nancy on 1/25/2018 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises

Question:  I have a male box turtle that is not opening his eyes.  When I look at him closely I can see a white discharge coming from the eyes.  Do you have any ideas what could be wrong?


Bird Watching For Your Health

Posted by Nancy on 1/23/2018 to Learn More About Birds

It’s a Robin!  Everyone has smiled when a robin has landed on a branch next to you and started singing.  This simple reaction can be the start of a lifelong hobby. Birdwatching or birding as it is often referred to can be as involved or as simple as you want it to be.


The Bat Opens A Diner

Posted by Nancy Hays on 1/17/2018 to Nature Stories

 Well, it seems that a Big Brown Bat had figured out how to turn on the light by flying across the sensor.  Once the light was turned on it attracted insects and dinner was served for this very clever bat. This got me interested in looking up more about bats.  One of the most interesting facts...

Phew - It Must Be a Javelina

Posted by Nancy on 7/6/2016 to Nature Stories
We stepped out our sliding glass door and could smell them.  The smell was distinctive.  It was a dirty, musky, really nasty, unpleasant smell.  If you have ever been in the southwest you know by now we are talking about Collared Peccaries or Javelina.

More About Bird Brains

Posted by Nancy on 6/22/2016 to Learn More About Birds
What is the most energy demanding system of a bird's brain?  Need another clue?  This system does not require blood to function properly.  One more clue, the cones and rods, which number in the millions....

How to Pick a Healthy Turtle

Posted by Nancy on 6/15/2016 to Turtles, Box Turtles and Tortoises
So, you've decided you want a pet turtle. Now you are looking at a selection of turtles and trying to decide which one is yours.  Choosing a healthy turtle will save you heartache and possibly money on a veterinarian bill.