Not in the existential sense, but why spend your limited time on Earth looking at this website? Lots of other stuff to do. You could be playing backgammon. Or watching your kids’ lacrosse match. Or inventing an exciting new style of shoelace. Maybe baking some muffins or learning Sanskrit. Instead, you’re looking at this website. And we hope it amuses. If you have an interest in natural history, particularly that of the Piedmont region of the Eastern United States, you may find it diverting and possibly informative. And quit honestly, much more relevant than Sanskrit.
Signs of Spring are beginning to appear in the Piedmont, despite the lingering snow.
Emydidae, the basking or pond turtles, are extremely common in the Piedmont. Tips are given on field identification of the four common species.
Oooooo…snapping turtles. People get so excited about snapping turtles. “They bite off your toe!” “They hiss!” Which is a bit silly. They’re still turtles, and water turtles at that. Land makes snapping turtles a bit nervous, and being on edge makes most everyone a bit curt.
The administrator of this website is a slightly crabby middle aged woman who keeps bees, has trained cats, serves as webmaster for some rather snazzy non-profits, used to speak two separate Bantu languages but has forgotten nearly everything, does far too much needlework and studied non-linear dynamics at one point. So don’t be challenging her sciency mojo. In general, she has had far too weird of a life to fit into this web page.
If you’re interested in some assistance with your presence upon the inter webs, you’re welcome to send her a note.
Or if you know the Lugwere word for hedgehog, which she used to know and regrets forgetting.
The frog is a Cope’s Grey Tree Frog, Hyla chrysoscelis. There’s a curious story involving its genetics. It’s worth a thought.