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Yikes - Ixodes scapularis - female

Yikes - Ixodes scapularis - Female
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
November 30, 2008
Found this little sucker on top of my dog's thick winter coat. As an ACA Outdoor Living Skills (OLS) instructor, I use the deer tick as a major reason for always wearing headgear in the woods.

They continue to gross me out.
Nothing like finding a tick on your neck a day after hiking. Ugh! The only other thing that's frightened me on the trail was a rabid gopher.

Your well baited lure has hooked me. You must finish the story of the rabid gopher.

The gopher's tale (tail?) unfolds...
I'm on a trail at a local semi-wilderness park. Something rustles in the grass, then gets on the path. It's a staggering, slobbering gopher. (Slobber is white, I note.) I stumble backwards in an attempt to capture Hot Gopher Action. A mountain biker comes on the scene and stops to laugh heartily. Gopher exits, as I congratulate myself for my courageous stand. Film at eleven.

I can't help think of Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) in Caddyshack. Ron, you are a true ad man.

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