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Just wondering what type of wildlife folks have come across while caching. I ran across this little feller right after i placed my first cache "Wild, Wild Horses". He was looking for a handout and almost had my wife buy into his sypathetic look. He actually sat and was being a true actor in hope of us throwing him something to eat. I'm sure we were not the first folks he tried this one on--let me tell you he was as sly as a......




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I've never really seen anything out of the ordinary around here...I guess, since you're in Japan some might be rare for you. icon_smile.gif I've seen one American Bald Eagle, some Indigo Bunting, Quail, Pheasant, Grouse, Deer, and a multitude of other mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles.


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Found a dead something once... I guess it couldn't wait any longer for handouts. icon_frown.gif


Also seen a few gopher tortoises which are pretty cool.



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[This message was edited by Doc-Dean on August 14, 2003 at 05:07 AM.]

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I've run into a few black bear and a lot of deer. Let me re-phrase that...a real lot of deer.


And of course there are the usual hawks, vultures, songbirds, chipmunks, squirrel, snakes.


"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, he'll sit in a boat and drink beer all day" - Dave Barry

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I have run into quite a few deer, coveys of Bob white quail, local lizard known as a mountain boomer, road runners, all sorts of snakes, buffalo, longhorn cattle, racoons, armadillos, prarie dogs, etc...the list goes on and on!




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i have seen the standard bear, deer, blah, blah.


i have been attacked by grouse and threatened by moose.


loons. we got to see a whole flotilla of them. two parents and a flock of chicks. even though i live where fox and moose and bear are plentiful, i had never seen a loon.


and we ran into a really big group of turkeys; three adults and more chicks than we could count.


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We had a couple black bear cubs that paid a visit to our event cache last night.


They ran across the parking lot about 50 feet in front of my daughter and I. Couple other cachers had to wait till they moved on a bit before they could go look for their gift caches.



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but we saw more unusual stuff out in Colorado.


I love Marmots! I have seen the usual deer, snakes, bugs, birds, etc. while caching. The weirdest was a huge groundhog in the middle of the city between several very busy streets. While not caching, I can add bear, moose, antelope, marmots, a funky little orange weasel and probably more that I am not remembering at the moment.



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We have come across all the normal stuff like roos, wombats, possums, gliders, flying fox’s and snakes. But at one cache we found a Platypus trapped in a deep rock pool and managed to rescue it. It was a bit tricky getting it out, as male Platypus is venomous via a hollow spur on the rear legs. Once we removed it from the hole we found it was a female. We released her upstream away from the rock pools an as soon as she reached the water she dived under and disappeared. Also have seen some albino red roos while caching in the Outback.



[This message was edited by Tangles on August 14, 2003 at 05:32 PM.]

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I think I got it but how can you post a pic withour putting it on geocaching.com first? Anyway...

We found a cache this summer. It was supposed to be in a tree. My wife saw this hole but it was about 8 inches taller than me, so I grabbed the hole and pulled myself up to peek and well.....1610141_400.jpg

These suckers are MEAN and everywhere. And no, we don't eat them here in Alabama. Well, I don't eat them.


God bless you and your family,

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Originally posted by Bubba Cache:

How do I post a pic within the post?


Very carefully! (Sorry, couldn't resist... Not enough sleep last night..)


Along w/the normal wildlife, had a neat experience night caching when a 'hidden' fawn watched me search for an hour.


Last weekend as a white squirrel (not albino as eyes were brown and had a dark splotch on front).





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Originally posted by Metaphor:

I saw a BrianSnat once on a cache hunt.



"Crikey, and here we have the rare and elusive BrianSnat. This critter is very dangerous, and has a wild temperment. Looks like e's just waking up from a nap, and by the looks of the GPS in 'is hand I can tell e's on the prowl for something. There 'e goes rooting around under that bush looking for e's prey. E's pulled the prey out and it appears to be.....a cracked and wet old tupperware container. Ohhh look out e's really mad now...see how 'e used 'is powerful arms to toss that tupperware across the woods. Come have a closer look while I poke 'im with a stick." icon_biggrin.gif


Mr. 0


"Remember that nature and the elements are neither your friend or your enemy - they are actually disinterested."


Department of the Army Field Manual FM 21-76 "Survival" Oct. 1970

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For me, running into interesting wildlife is one of the best things about caching. The coolest animals I have seen were a herd of about 20 coatimundi. They were all scanvenging around looking for grubs I guess. I was in southern Arizona (a canyon south of Sierra Vista). I think they migrate up from Central America. I bet they would make great cache hunters if you could train one icon_smile.gif


Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera, but here's a pic from the web:



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Well, 2nd try...


I have come across the usual deer, possum, squirrel, coon, woodpeckers, hawks, eagles, alligators and such. But the most outstanding for me were the Newborn Fawn (5/25/03), and the White-tailed squirrel.


While not caching, I had this cute little baby dove in one of my American Chestnut trees in my back yard. He (or she?) just sat there, perched in my tree, long enough for me to go inside and get my camera and he let me get within a couple of feet of him to take the picture. This pix was published in the newsletter of the American Chestnut Foundation.


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[This message was edited by ChurchCampDave on August 14, 2003 at 08:47 PM.]

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Originally posted by Rubberhead:

I sometimes find caches when I'm hunting wildlife.


Does that count?




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In Australia it would be very unusual to go more than few days caching without sighting some interesting wildlife. Here is a list of animals that I have had close encounters with in the 2.5 years I have been caching just on the outskirts of Sydney.


Dingoes. (who, by the way, I still believe to be innocent)

Rock Wallaby

Swamp Wallaby




Bush Rat

Native field Mice

Red Kangaroo

Grey Kangaroo

Pigmy Possum

Ring Tail Possum

Brush Tail Possum

Wild Dog

Wild Pigs



Marsupial Mice


Flying Fox

Feral Cats


Of course then there are the countless lizards and snakes and birds and so on. If you love to spot wildlife come down under and cache here for a while, you will be richly rewarded. The picture below shows a paw print of something I am glad I didn't meet.



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Originally posted by The 2 Dogs:

The picture below shows a paw print of something I am glad I didn't meet.


The 2 Dogs,

Believe it or not that looks like the tracks of a running rabbit.


The two outside "toes" are actually the front feet that land first. After the front feet land, the rabbit pulls its back legs underneath him to prepare for the next jump so the two large inside toes are actually the rabbits two back feet. Of course it could have been a thylacine.


Do you have rabbits or hares in Australia?


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Originally posted by sept1c_tank:

_The 2 Dogs:_

Would those tracks be an emu?

Can you identify this Tasmanian critter?


Actually I believe the print is that of a very large Kangaroo so it's not that bad really. Roos do grow to be very big and if they whack you with their tale they can break bones.


The Tassie devil photo is great. These critters are exclusive to Tasmania so not many mainlanders have actually seen them in the wild. Not as fierce as the cartoons will have you believe.


The most recent scarey story I have is... my son in law just had a night time close encounter with a very large Saltwater Crocodile. He was wading at a boat ramp on the Mary River near Darwin when he heard a large splash and could see two eyes, very well spaced apart heading quickly toward him. Judging by the spacing of the eyes we estimate the 'salty' to have been 12 feet long and needless to say he jump into his boat very quicky. The eyes then disappeared under. Whats really scary is that an American tourist was seveverly bitten at the same ramp only days before. So.... What else could we do but hide a cache in the area.



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On a recent adventure trying to find - Squishy's Birthyday Cache - I headed into the Nags Head Woods of NC. After eating and wearing about 100 spiders. I came upon the swamp! That's where I found Squishy (not the cache either)! I'm not sure what kind of snake he was but he was huge! A Python, or maybe an Anaconda!! icon_eek.gif

Actually he was a VERY LARGE Water Moccasin otherwise known as a Cottonmouthwatermoc.jpg (WARNING! The Water Moccasin is a very venomous snake, one of the most deadly in North America. It is highly dangerous to people and their pets. If you should ever encounter one of these snakes and think that it has bitten someone, seek medical help immediately!)







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QUOTE: "...The Tassie devil photo is great. These critters are exclusive to Tasmania so not many mainlanders have actually seen them in the wild. Not as fierce as the cartoons will have you believe...."--The 2 Dogs




Actually, the photo is what is locally (Tasmania) known as a "spotted native cat." I know there are no native cats in Australia, and the critter apparently is not related to the cat family. There is a scientific name for it but I can't remember what it is called. The photo was taken on the Franklin river in Tasmania.


I have never seen a devil outside of captivity.


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Fooled me there. icon_redface.gif


I took one look at him and assumed he was a Tassie Devil but now I see that Tassie's don't come in that colour for a start. Show's you how much I know about the little critters.


Looking up my bible here I can find your fella listed a "Dasyuroid Marsupial" He is closely related to the Tasmanian Devil but there are various species. Your specimen seems to be a "Spotted Tailed Quoll" which occur to varying degrees up and down the East Coast of Australia and of course more commonly in the Rain Forests of Tasmania. They are usually 2 to 3 feet long and sleep mostly by day in a hollow log or rock crevice. Sometimes they feed by day but mostly at night. Their diet includes small mammals, birds reptiles and insects. Listed as 'Common' in numbers. The Tassie Devil is listed as Common as well.


Thanks for prompt to gain some further education, and if I spot one I'll certainly let you know.


FOOTNOTE: The (presumed extinct) Tasmanian Tiger is probably the most famous of the Quoll's relatives. See Pic below.




There is also an interesting article on bringing the animal back to life Here.


[This message was edited by The 2 Dogs on August 16, 2003 at 10:45 PM.]

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It never even occured to me that the quoll might be related to the tiger. This has been a learning experience for us both, mate.


Here is a close up of the same quoll:




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Found this deer guarding the 'Love That Dirty Water' cache by Cachew Nut. Actually saw many deer while hunting this cache. They were not afraid of my presence either.







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