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Nov. 7th, 2010 | 08:00 pm
posted by: jacques_strappe in from_nature

kcanadensis   and I have been exploring as much as we can before it gets too cold. One of my favorite places to explore is an area that isn't really frequented by the public, but has several different key habitats, one of which (a fen) isn't very common in the area. And it's full of deer:

First Deer Skull  Bone Pile

We found two deer skulls the first day we went out... one of the skulls (the first pictured) was all that was left of the animal. It had been there for a long time... it was very chewed-up and bleached out.

We also encountered some critters! Steph found a rather-large millipede in the leaf litter, and then discovered a very large slug in the brain cavity of the second deer skull!

Millipede  Monster Slug!

We returned a couple days later and found a third deer skull, as well:

Third Deer Skull

Our most recent hike into this area began with the discovery of a beautiful deer trail, and ended with Steph finding an old, shed four-point antler!
 
Deer Trail II  Antler: First Look

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hellotheremary

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from: hellotheremary
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
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Very nice, it looks like you had some really cool finds! And AHHH Slugs are just so gosh darn cute!

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J D

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from: jacques_strappe
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Slugs are amazing! They're kinda slimy but they are still super-cute. :)

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J D

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from: jacques_strappe
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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I've got so many deer skulls I passed on the third one. So little space!

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J D

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from: jacques_strappe
date: Nov. 9th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
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I've thought about it before but honestly, each one has a very special memory attached and I'd hate to part with any of them :(

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Humph

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from: spiralsheep
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing. I've never seen an antler like that. Around here some being, probaby deer, would've eaten it long before it got to that condition.

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J D

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from: jacques_strappe
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
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This antler has SO many rodent gnaws in it.. one of the tines is chewed almost completely through. It's so old it has algae growing in it :O

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Humph

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from: spiralsheep
date: Nov. 8th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
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Wow. I used to find this-year's golf balls in the woods and even they'd been gnawed down to their rubber-band core, heh. Although... I have algae growing on my windows and I only cleaned them last month. Talk lichen and I might be impressed. ;-P

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