Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Query: I really think you should alert people to look out for unusual roadkills. I saw what looked like a very long dead snake covered with black fur lying by the side of the road. It was maybe about six feet long, and definitely much longer than a weasel would be, even one that has been run over a few times. I wanted to stop, but my mom was in a hurry, so I couldn’t get a close look at it. Can you tell me what this could be?

Answer: Without seeing the creature, it’s hard to be sure. Also, if we knew the geographic location of your sighting, that would help.

Iranigami has verified sightings of a fur-covered snake, known as a “howler monkey head snake” because of the unusual shape of its head, near the Amazon River in Brazil. But unless someone has captured one and smuggled it into the United States and it then got free, it’s unlikely that this was what you saw.

Fishermen resident in Montana also tell stories about a fur-covered trout found there, but these are tall tales, designed to play a trick on tourists, and not genuine sightings.

One possibility is that you saw an augerino. Normally, we only see the signs left behind by augerino activity, and not the augerino itself, so we’re not entirely sure what they might look like. (For more about augerinos, see the Field Notes posting at this website.)

But lately augerino activity has been on the rise, and the description of the size and shape of what you saw is consistent with what we do know about this species of Imaginary, we can’t rule out that this was the creature that you saw.

If you should happen to see another one, please try to take a photo for us. We would be most interested in investigating your sighting further.


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