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The fir needle moved …

fir needle insectI was on a hike near Whistler in south western British Columbia, where I was about to brush what I thought was a fir needle. It was slowly moving across my hand. Is this a type of stick insect or assassin bug? I did notice a possible straight proboscis (about one fifth body length) on the underside.

It moved quite slowly for a predatory insect … ~4mm per second. I didn’t want to aggravate it too much and put it down on some fir needle-covered moss.   Peter

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Preschoolers: “What do we call this crazy swimming creature?”

My preschool class, 4 & 5 year olds, and I were watching this video about creatures living under the sea in Hawaii. At about 56 seconds, there is a yellow creature floating around and we don’t know what it is.  Can you help us?  Mary

Warning: Viewers might want to mute or turn down sound. The video is accompanied by music.

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Who laid this large stinky egg?

large eggThis egg was found in my cousins yard and we have no idea what it is or where it came from. There wasn’t a nest that we could find. This photo is of my cousin’s husband holding it and he’s not a small guy. The egg was a good bit bigger than a softball. We live in Alabama where there are lots of creeks and the Tombigbee River is maybe 8 miles or so from their place.  My cousin’s dog got a hold of the egg and when it did there was yellowish green slime in it.  It stunk very bad so no doubt it was a rotten egg of some sort.  We would really like to know what could have laid such a big egg and so near to their home.  Especially with all of us having small children that run around the property.  Shalisha

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Why won’t our toad grow?

Fowler's toad
Fowler’s toad

We found what I believe to be a Fowler’s toad last June.  My daughter wanted to keep it as a pet since it is injured.  We don’t know what happened but it was already healed, it just doesn’t have a  foot.  Anyways, it’s now the end of March and he is still the same size?  He’s only about an 2 inches, maybe less.  Feeding him is a nightmare because he is so small.  Finding things small enough to fit into his mouth is almost impossible.  We try though!  We buy mini crickets, pellets, mealworms, and he loves the little pillbugs!  We feed him every day but he’s just not growing.  Is this normal?   Jessica

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