Archives for category: animals

Oh Monkeyface eel

I love you like a grandpa

You are the greatest fish

See you in the rocks!

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Lifecycle:

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Survival:

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Sailing jelly fish washed ashore:

 

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Back when I was little my dad would take us to snake alley.  It was filled with snake meat, snake soup, snake alcohol, and snake side shows.  The one I remember best was mongoose versus cobra:

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Guess who won?  Well snake alley is no more, it got cleaned up along with the betel nut chewing and spitting on sidewalks.  We did buy many snakes not to consume, but to take home as pets.  Pythons mostly.  They didn’t always stay in the aquarium tank and mom got some not-so-happy surprises.

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In high school I brought my corn snake in a sack to school and friends’ houses.  One time at the Uyeda household playing super mario or nintendo something, passing the snake around, the snake had diarrhea in my hands.  It is to this day still one of the more foul smells I know.

 

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In the cliffs above the waterhole Barranco blanco was this coiled up viper.  Youth is often ignorant.  I prodded it with a cane and out it jumped.  Never swam so fast!!!  Respect wild life.  Respect wild life.

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This is a short curriculum to learn about animal adaptations and their habitats here in San Francisco.  It is written for the most excellent third grade teacher Ms. Kristin Engler, a truly dedicated and sincere teacher.  I hope that it helps to fulfill the district and statewide learning standards in some way shape or form.  Hey kids, study nature in all her facets!  She will make sure you stay true, and are surrounded by beauty.

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I did a talk for kids about animal taxonomy yesterday.  We discussed some of the ways we group the different kinds of animals.  This chart helped:

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When I got home, I was inspired by the invertebrates again.  They are so diverse and cool that they really deserve further study.  The class I remember best from my undergraduate years was Invertebrate Zoology at UC Santa Cruz.  Thanks Dr. Kerstin Wasson!  Here’s some notes for my next lecture…

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ImageMore later.  MISSION BLUE, MISSION BLUE!