Possums Are Likely More Unique Than You May Think | Animal Control Experts
There are plenty of wild critters that people find cute and adorable. For example, raccoons are normally thought of as endearing, especially when they are babies. However, for some reason, possums do not get the love and affection that a raccoon often gets from people, but what gives? Why do people think possums are so repulsive? And what can possums do that other mammals cannot?
For one thing, you probably should regard raccoons and other wildlife as being more dangerous than a possum. This is because possums, unlike raccoons, have an immunity to rabies. So possums do not spread diseases like rabies, or at the very least, it is highly unlikely. Even your own dog is more likely to have rabies than a possum. More specifically, possums are eight times less likely to be carrying rabies than domesticated dogs.
Amazingly, possums even have an immunity to snake bites that can cause paralysis and even death in human beings. The rattlesnake, the cottonmouth and other pit vipers possess strong venom, but not strong enough to phase a possum. So the next time you see a possum, take a closer look, because they are pretty adorable.
Have you ever spotted a possum in the wild? Were you afraid of it? How did it behave in your presence?
This is the time of year when insects are going into chill-mode, or they just die. Some bugs hibernate over the winter, while other bugs will die, or succeed in finding a warm shelter during the winter months, such as your home. In any case, bugs tend to resort to a variety of different survival methods during the winter months, and some methods are more surprising than others.
Some insects, such as crickets, grasshoppers and praying mantises, leave their eggs behind for the winter before they die. Of course, there are many insects that succeed in migrating long distances, and into environments that are completely different from where they came from. For example, dragonflies, and the lesser-known tiny potato leafhoppers can migrate to other regions of the world with completely different and more hospitable climatic conditions.
Other bugs, like the stinkbug and boxelder bugs, count on finding an indoor location in order to live out the cold winter. If these insects fail to find a warm location to chill out for four or five months, then they will certainly die as these bugs can only seem to survive in dwellings made for humans. However, many other bugs are content with the warmth that can be found underneath a rock. These are the bugs that you don’t need to worry about this winter, but keep an eye out for roaches since they prefer the comfort of your home during the winter months, and they make for bad Christmas guests.
Have you ever studied or even heard of a method of winter survival for bugs that was not mentioned in the above article? NJ pest control services
The caterpillar of the three spot moth is a uniquely ugly life form, and there is a reason for its lack of aesthetic appeal. Researchers are under the impression that this caterpillar adorns itself with particular natural materials in order to disguise itself as bird feces. The caterpillar is not indulging in an extreme form of cosplay, rather the poop-disguise will fool potential predators into thinking…..well you get the idea.
photo: Eric Gofreedhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/egofreed/4928160733/in/photostream/ Harris’ Three Spot caterpillar butt
This caterpillar’s tricks do not stop at improvised poop-disguises. For example, the little slimy looking objects adorning this caterpillar’s body are not actually materials of fecal composition, instead the caterpillar dresses itself in its own discarded heads. To make that clear, bugs undergo a molting process as they age into adulthood, which is similar to shedding skin. In the caterpillar’s case, it sheds its heads, and then keeps the old rotting heads for fecal related hijinks. For example, the caterpillar uses its old discarded heads as weapons in addition to making disguises out of them. The caterpillar has been known to chuck its old heads very fast at oncoming enemies as a fighting technique; presumably when their disguise fails.
Is it likely that this caterpillar uses direct confrontation with other hostile insects as a last resort because this caterpillar is still too immature to defend itself with preemptive attack techniques?